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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  • Dropbox is a useful service for storing files either as a backup or to share with others. The files are organized in online folders to make it easier to work with them. There is an easy way to put a shortcut for any Dropbox folder on any of the Android home screens.

    On any home screen tap and hold an empty spot, or hit the big + button at the top right of the display. This opens up the home screen customization display. Hit the More tab and you'll see an icon for Dropbox folders. Hit that and select your Dropbox folder you wish to have access to on your home screen. 

    Once the icon has been put on a home screen, it can be positioned as desired just like any icon on the home screen. A dropbox folder icon is indicated in the image by the red square marker.

  • The Android browser is pretty good, but the free Dolphin Browser HD (available in the Android Market) is the best mobile browser on any platform. It has a long list of features that set it ahead of the pack, and one of the most useful is the ability to use add-ons like many desktop browsers.

    I use Evernote heavily in my work to capture information during research, and the free add-on for the Dolphin Browser makes that as easy as tapping an icon on the screen. The web page is saved to my Evernote notebook in the cloud, accessible on any device I may be using at a given time.

  • In addition to the Evernote add-on for the Dolphin Browser as detailed in the previous slide, another good one is the Skitch add-on. Evernote recently bought Skitch, and have already released a free add-on for Dolphin.

    With the Skitch add-in installed (from the Android Market), images can be shared directly from the browser. Skitch has a number of useful features, the one I use most often is the annotation feature which lets me write on the captured image with my fingertip.

    Capturing information couldn't be easier than using both the Skitch and Evernote add-ons for the Dolphin Browser HD.

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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.
    • 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.
      • 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.
  • RE: 10 awesome Android tablet tips and tricks

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

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


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