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What makes a tablet usable outside the house?

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The major requirement for using a tablet outside of a home is a consistent Internet connection, such as that provided by a cellular modem. In addition, it is often wise to give a tablet protection from the elements with a carrying case or sleeve when venturing outside.

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What makes a tablet usable outside the house?
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While most tablets are technically usable without an Internet connection, many of the activities tablet users take for granted are dependent on exchanging data with websites and servers. Though free Wi-Fi is often available in many shops and buildings, those intending to use their tablets outside should consider opting for a cellular Internet solution to ensure a stable connection wherever they go. Some tablets have optional built-in cellular modems that allow them to directly connect to a cellular network, but these models are often more expensive than other tablets. Using a cellular phone or dedicated mobile hot spot device to provide mobile Internet access for a tablet is often a less-expensive solution.

Tablets taken outdoors are more likely to encounter hazards, from being dropped on hard concrete sidewalks to being caught in sudden downpours. Many companies construct cases for tablets that can provide extra protection while still allowing access to the tablet's screen. Users who only need to transport the tablet from one indoor location to another should still consider getting a sleeve or case to protect their tablets during transport.

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