Please help me get the best out of my Android tablet when offline
September 4, 2013 5:38 PM Subscribe
I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 tablet running Android version 4.1.1. It's a great device to use -- when I'm connected to wi-fi. When I'm out of wireless range, it's currently mostly useless. I'd like to get more use out of it when it's offline.
posted by stennieville to computers & internet (9 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
When I'm connected to the wi-fi, I can watch Netflix and other video streaming services, listen to Pandora, of course I can go on Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, Metafilter and other sites, Skype, etc. When it's offline, basically all I can do is play a few games. I can't even read any of my Kindle books unless I've remembered ahead of time to sync up my books.
So what else can I do with this when I'm away from wi-fi? I know I can load up some mp3's and play them locally on the device (I have winamp installed). Netflix doesn't offer an "offline mode" for viewing movies or TV shows, and I can't use my Amazon Prime account on Android so I can't rent and pre-download movies from them. Are there other ways available to rent and download movies, to watch on an airplane for example? This is something that I'm particularly interested in doing since I have a plane trip coming up and would like to watch a movie or two if possible.
What other fun or productive uses are there for my offline tablet that I haven't thought of? What do you use your Android tablet for when you're offline?