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HardwareZone's Tablet Buying Guide Essentials
By Seow Tein Hee - 22 Nov 2011,1:52am


Accessorize Your Tablet

Once you've set your eyes on the desired tablet, it's probably a good idea to get some accessories to match. Standard accessories include a screen protector, and a casing to protect your tablet. But let us be more inclusive, and provide you with more suggestions that you may want to consider.

Screen Protectors

This particular accessory is perhaps the very first, and probably the most essential item you need before you tinker with your tablet. Screen protectors, be it giving you the privacy you need or an anti-glare surface to make your content viewable under strong light, is a must-have accessory to keep your screen safe from scratches.

3M Privacy Filter

Some of us are quite familiar with this situation - having a fellow passenger glancing over when you're checking your emails on the train. If you value your privacy, the 3M Privacy Filter does the trick. With the screen darkened at side angles, you can view your information without worrying about others glancing at it. More importantly, it also functions as a screen protector to keep your tablet display safe from scratches when it's tossed in the bag with potential scratches within.


Battery Packs

Battery packs are an essential accessory if you're a heavy user with limited access to a power outlet. Charging up your tablet with these battery extenders will increase its battery mileage, though it depends on the capacity and how extensive your usage is. More importantly, like all accessories, this will add some weight to your inventory, so you have to weigh the pros and cons of carrying an extra item over rationing your battery mileage.

Mili Power Prince

A 5000mAh external battery pack that charges almost any tablet in the market, the Mili Power Prince is a must-have accessory for users who spend every waking hour with their tablet without a power source at hand. The compact form factor also makes it an ideal accessory for your long-haul flights, where power plugs are nowhere nearby and you need the extra juice to bring the tablet beyond its usual mileage range as you fly across the oceans.



A tablet dock does wonder to keep your gadgets neatly arranged, but it does more than that. For those who are frequent typists on their tablets, you might not find the on-screen keyboard as usable as you wish. And if you wish to get more bass out of your music from the tablet, a sound dock can fulfill that role.

Logitech Tablet Keyboard for Android 3.0+

The thing about keyboard docks, is the added features that it brings to the tablet form factor. While your usual on-screen keyboard gives you the standard QWERTY layout, the Logitech Tablet Keyboard for Android 3.0+ comes with media controls that allows you to play, pause and even adjust the volume of your tablet from the keyboard. Its Bluetooth wireless connectivity also means you can work the keyboard from the tablet at a distance. And once you're done, this nifty dock also converts itself from a sturdy stand with adjustable angles, to a carrying case that protects your Android tablet.



How does the user interact with the tablet? In today's context, this is mostly a done through a full touch screen concept, with most of the interactions performed through finger swipes and multi-touch pinching on the capacitive touch screens. However, tablets were once equipped with a stylus, or to be more accurate, a drawing pen that lets users doodle whenever they wish to. This is still possible through a capacitive stylus, so the artist in you need not have to use your fingers to create brush strokes on your tablets.

SGP Capacitive Stylus

A tablet is not just for movies, web surfing and gaming. With its reasonably sized screen, you can actually take notes and doodle on the tablet. Though tablets usually don't come with a stylus, new owners can consider a capacitive stylus to explore their creative minds. This is where the SGP capacitive stylus comes in, allowing you to indulge in your designer instincts and doodle your latest creations on your shiny new tablet.



Suppose you're on a train or a noisy environment, and you wish to enjoy a movie on your tablet. In all honesty, some tablets and their built-in speakers just can't perform well with background noise. As such, you might want to invest in a pair of headsets to complete the movie viewing experience when you're commuting.

iTech ClipMusic 802i Bluetooth Headset

Most tablets come with Bluetooth wireless connectivity, so why not put it to good use? Instead of a wired headset, get a compact and wireless accessory such as the iTech ClipMusic 802i Bluetooth headset. And here's the icing on the cake: if your tablet runs out of battery, you can fall back on the built-in FM radio to keep you entertained.


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