What Can Tablets Do With Bluetooth?

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    I know that most tablets are Bluetooth-enabled, but what does this mean practically for the user? What can you actually do with tablets and bluetooth?
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    You can use a BT keyboard and mouse. BT Headphones for movies or music. BT Printing if your printer is equipped that way. If you have a BT enabled car, and your tablet supports it you can do BT nav from placed like Google Nav.

    Those are a couple of things you can do.
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    Ah, thanks. A BT headset is a type of wireless headset, yes? With a BT headset, how far away could I be standing from the tablet and still hear good audio? I.e., what's the range? Does it have to be within line-of-sight like infrared? Thanks a lot.
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    Bluetooth is a totally different technology from both WiFi and Infrared, and yes it is wireless. Generally speaking you can go about 30-40 feet away from the device and still receive a good signal, but this is affected by battery power of the receiving device and environmental factors such as walls, other device interference, etc. It does not need to be line of sight, but it does need a certain amount of proximity.
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    Thanks. Right now (I don't have a tablet yet!) I am using a great RF 2.4 GHz wireless headset for my Windows desktop PC. My computer is upstairs and this headset allows me to walk around downstairs and anywhere in the house and there's really no signal degradation. I'm guessing that when I get my tablet, a bluetooth headset wouldn't have quite this range and quality, but would it allow me to, say, go behind a wall and into another room that's, say, 25 feet away from the tablet? Thanks for your help--it's much appreciated.
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    That's the best part about a tablet, you take it around the wall into the other room with you. Unlike a desktop, you don't need to stay in range of it, you keep it in range of you.:)
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    I use BT to transfer files from My Laptop to my Tablet
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    Right! OK, I'm still trying to figure out how I'd be using a tablet since I'm planning to use it a lot for listening to talk and music podcasts which maybe is different than how most people use theirs. I guess I'm thinking that as I walk around the house doing things, I'll leave the tablet in the living room since I don't want to be carrying it around with me wherever I go (doing dishes, cooking, back to the living room for a minute, upstairs for a few minutes, etc.) and would be wearing the headset to give me this freedom to be hands-free. Maybe in a way this goes against the concept of a (portable) tablet but I want to see if I'll be able to have my cake and eat it too. I'll sometimes use it as a portable device and take it out of the house, but I may also want to rely on the headset for the portability while in the house.
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    When you do this, does the OS load some sort of file manager to transfer your files? Is it some sort of Android file manager, or is it a BT-specific file manager?
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    In actuality, it's built-in to the BT protocol to do file transfers. If you can *USE* the file, that depends on what is transferred over. You could conceivably use your phone as a sort of flash drive to transport work home.
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    Ok, thanks. I just realized I don't know something pretty elemental: how do you copy files from a tablet to a Windows desktop computer that doesn't have Bluetooth? I don't have a smartphone at all!
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    sometimes you can connect directly using USB or other external storage methods such as an SD card if your computer has a slot for it. You could always use cloud storage as well, there's a lot of free cloud based storage services out there that would do the trick.
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