10 awesome Android tablet tips and tricks

10 awesome Android tablet tips and tricks

Summary: There are a lot of Android tablets in the market, it seems like a new one is launched each week. Android 4.0, aka Ice Cream Sandwich is only just appearing on tablets, so most in owner's hands are running Honeycomb. These ten tips and tricks can be used to get better use out of Honeycomb tablets, and most should work on Ice Cream Sandwich too.

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  • This collection of tips and tricks for Android tablets range from settings to make them run better, to special features that can be unlocked by those who know about them. They work on any tablet running Honeycomb, which is most of them, and many should work on Ice Cream Sandwich, too.

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  • Making the battery last as long as possible is high on the Android tablet owner's list. Android keeps working even when the tablet is sleeping, and while usually a good thing that can use up the battery even when the tablet is not being used.

    A good way to extend battery life on Android devices is to put the Wi-Fi polling to bed when the tablet is not being used. Simply go to the main Settings menu and select the Wireless & Networks > Wireless Settings > WiFi Sleep Policy and choose the option to sleep "when the screen turns off". The tablet will immediately reactivate the Wi-Fi when the tablet is wakened for business.

Topics: Laptops, Android, Google, Hardware, Mobility, Tablets

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  • RE: 10 awesome Android tablet tips and tricks

    In Honeycomb the about:debug command doesn't work, but then you don't need it anyway. You can get the to the debug and lab menus from the settings menu, at the top right of the browser.
    dazzlingd
    • RE: 10 awesome Android tablet tips and tricks

      @dazzlingd On my Galaxy Tab 10.1 it does indeed work. As I stated, different devices have different browsers.
      JamesKendrick
      • RE: 10 awesome Android tablet tips and tricks

        @JamesKendrick Interestingly, I just tried "about:debug" on the Kindle Fire's Silk Browser and it works there too.
        JeffGr
  • RE: 10 awesome Android tablet tips and tricks

    What's that sweet weather/clock widget that you have in the 9th image?
    StinkyCheeseMan
    • RE: 10 awesome Android tablet tips and tricks

      @StinkyCheeseMan That is HD Widgets
      JamesKendrick
      • RE: 10 awesome Android tablet tips and tricks

        @JamesKendrick

        I can't seem to find the HD widgets app can you give more details?
        fig@...