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First Gen Nexus 7 is unusable and slow since recent Android updates

I've got a first-gen Nexus 7 tablet that I once loved dearly. But for some months now, since one Android update or another, it has become unusably slow. Even between basic functions, it now has the kind of lag time that allows a person to go the kitchen, brew a cup of coffee, come back and settle into their chair and still find the thing dragging. Surely, it's not gone for good. How can I make it usable again? Specific instructions or links greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Sep 19, 2015 - 9 answers

Android Tablet for Kids

I'm trying to find an affordable tablet for kids to use...details inside. [more inside]
posted by trivia genius on Sep 18, 2015 - 11 answers

the pursuit of appiness

I got an android tablet, which is the first mobile smart device I've ever bought. (I'm still in the dumbphone contingent.) What are the few apps that you've found to be the most useful or just plain neat? [more inside]
posted by threeants on Sep 8, 2015 - 16 answers

Tablet/laptop recommends - 10 yr old, needs to use Google Classroom.

I have a hard time figuring out which devices will do what we need, so some help would be muchly appreciated. More inside. [more inside]
posted by rudd135 on Aug 25, 2015 - 5 answers

Tablet recommendations

I'm looking to replace my old busted laptop with a tablet (since all I used the laptop for nowadays was browsing the internet in bed) but I'm out of touch with the vast array of tablets out there and I don't know where to start. More details below the cut. [more inside]
posted by flatluigi on Aug 22, 2015 - 7 answers

Laptop or iPad for 13 year old?

I decided to get the kid a computer for her 13th birthday. Does she need a laptop or can I get away with an iPad with external keyboard? Primary uses: homework (word processing, internet research), games, general internet. [more inside]
posted by latkes on Aug 16, 2015 - 21 answers

How to add multiple books to Aldiko Books in an Android Lollipop tablet

I want to add multiple books at once to Aldiko Bookreader on my Samsung Tablet. My current method is I upload books to Dropbox, and then essentially click on them on a time, and tell Aldiko to open them. Is there a way just to drag files somewhere, so they will batch add to Aldiko Bookreader?
posted by cascando on Aug 15, 2015 - 5 answers

I'm losing control of my (battery) life!

What is going on with the battery of my Samsung Galaxy S Tab and how can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by Promethea on Jul 25, 2015 - 12 answers

Gamifying an interactive book

Suppose your favourite childhood book is being brought to the iPad (tablet), how would you gamify it? I'm setting this as a challenge for my game design students but I thought it was such an interesting question, I'd love to hear all your thoughts.
posted by SRMorris on Jul 23, 2015 - 8 answers

Actually educational toddler / preschool apps

There are so many terrible educational apps which seem to be a combination of flash cards / slot machine with in-app purchases or hard to avoid ads. What are your favorite tablet apps which actually have taught your toddler something other than randomly swiping around the screen? [more inside]
posted by benzenedream on Jul 21, 2015 - 21 answers

Hard shell v. soft

Is a hard-shelled case for a glass-fronted tablet such as an iPad more likely to lead to shattering, when the thing is dropped at its corner, than a thick padded fabric case? Asking because of bad recent experiences.
posted by Countess Elena on Jun 30, 2015 - 7 answers

Technology in the Classroom

I'm curious about bans on technology at the college level. I've read previous threads on this topic but they predate the widespread introduction of iPads and tablets. If you're a student or instructor are there particular types of classes that ban electronics or is it more or less random based on the instructor? For "no laptop" classes are tablets allowed? [more inside]
posted by Jeff Howard on May 26, 2015 - 14 answers

Can I get these movies from iTunes to a Kindle Fire?

I bought some bluray+DVD+download discs of some movies for my kids. When we're traveling, it's nice for them to be able to watch on their tablet - a Kindle Fire - but when I try to use the download code that came with the DVDs, it only gives the option to download to iTunes. Is there a way to get these onto a Kindle Fire? [more inside]
posted by cmaxmagee on Apr 23, 2015 - 6 answers

Is there an app for this? Personal dental record/tracking

Is there some kind of personal dental record / tooth history app, or even a way of marking comments on tooth diagrams, for either major tablet OS? [more inside]
posted by amtho on Apr 21, 2015 - 0 answers

Known good copy of Windows + cheap Chinese 8" tablet?

I have a Teclast x80h tablet (based on x86 hardware) that is running a Windows 8.1 build that the OEM installed. I'd like to reinstall Windows using media downloaded from Microsoft (or similar known-good channels), preferably without buying a new license. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by toxic on Mar 30, 2015 - 3 answers

Reading on a Google Nexus Tablet

Hey folks! Any tips on using the Google Nexus Tablet to read articles and books? I have the kindle app, and it is not as intuitive as I would like. For example, I would like the text to be larger, BUT still be able to view the entire page, not just parts of it. No luck with goggle searches, uggh. thanks :)
posted by sistertips on Mar 28, 2015 - 9 answers

Street Navigation App for Android Tablet: Italy edition

We spend a few months in Italy each year, and duplicate our lives from Australia over there. Last year we purchased a second-hand car, and find it really useful to use a GPS for navigation. Our TelCo also gave us two Samsung Note 3 Android Tablets. We have smartphones and iPads, and are hoping to use the android tablet in the vehicle for navigation when required. Would Google Maps be the best? There is the provision for SIM cards in the Samsung, however I would probably prefer to link it to a portable hotspot if needed. PREFERABLY a navigation app for Italy which works well off-line. Any suggestions? TIA
posted by Flashduck on Mar 20, 2015 - 2 answers

Can I get more than one app to run in kiosk mode on a Microsoft Surface

I need to put some games on a few Microsoft Surface RT tablets for use in a coffee shop by kids while Mammy and Daddy are sipping their coffee. I'm no expert but is there a way to do that while restricting access to the computers' settings by customers?
posted by togglers on Mar 19, 2015 - 1 answer

Tablet for handwritten notes?

I am considering getting a tablet computer mainly for two tasks: reading ebooks/magazines (with Nook/Kindle apps) and writing notes/sketching outlines for my personal projects. Reading I know would be pretty straight forward, but I'm having a hard time figuring out if tablets are the right thing for my note taking needs. [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Mar 12, 2015 - 9 answers

Technical Approaches for paper-based data collection

I'm looking for suggestions on how to gather data using paper-forms which can then be digitized, to compliment a web-based surveying system. [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth on Mar 2, 2015 - 0 answers

Need to get my tablet's cracked glass fixed without paying much.

The screen is "cracked" but actually only the glass in front is cracked. Asus won't fix it without replacing the LCD as well and they'll charge me like $200. Help me find someone who will only do what I want, and charge reasonably. [more inside]
posted by LogicalDash on Mar 1, 2015 - 4 answers

I want to turn a PC / tablet into a timeclock. How do I do this?

I want to use a PC or tablet for one single application - to go to a website where someone logs in with their account, "clocks in", and then logs out. That's it. (Snowflakes...) [more inside]
posted by dukes909 on Feb 19, 2015 - 5 answers

What am I supposed to do with a manically depressed tablet?

I recently bought a new Alcatel One Touch 7 Tab, running Jelly Bean. It has a lot of problems, often it takes several seconds to respond, apps freeze, it has graphical issues with some games that aren't necessarily new, some apps don't even run, and it hangs when going from one app to another. [more inside]
posted by Promethea on Feb 12, 2015 - 13 answers

What's the best machine for digitizer pen AND keyboard input?

I like to draw, I like to code, and I need a new laptop. Because of points 1 and 2, I'm looking for something that both has a good, lap-friendly keyboard AND has a digitizer pen. What's the best machine that fits both of those criteria? [more inside]
posted by fermion on Feb 2, 2015 - 13 answers

Can my Nexus 7 be revived?

I have a 2012 Nexus 7 that hasn't been successfully turned on in over a year. After the last time I used it, I was without it for a few months. When I returned, it didn't seem to react to being plugged in to charge, even leaving it charging for a whole day. I didn't have time to deal with it then, so now it's been sitting on a shelf for many months. Can it be resurrected, or is it probably just dead?
posted by ocherdraco on Jan 28, 2015 - 8 answers

Budget tablet recommendations for D&D

I'm thinking of picking up a tablet for playing Dungeons & Dragons. I need some advice on which tablets do well with both graphics-heavy PDFs and spreadsheets. Under $200 preferred. [more inside]
posted by chaosys on Dec 28, 2014 - 5 answers

Marrrrrrrrrrio Bros.

On the box for the Orbo Jr. 4GB Android tablet, there is a picture of the tablet with a game on the screen. Assuming this is a real app/game (even if it's edited in later for the product packaging, which I assume it is), what app/game is it? It looks awfully similar to Super Mario Bros. 1-1, but with a pirate character instead.
posted by TinWhistle on Dec 24, 2014 - 5 answers

Android tablet is hung up on a system update

I've got a refurb ASUS ME173x tablet here, that I bought to give my one of my kids for Christmas. It's actually one of four identical tablets that we bought for our four (non-identical) kids. I've updated three of them to Android 4.2.2, per the notification that popped up on each. This last one, though, seems to be hung up on the actual installation. [more inside]
posted by Shohn on Dec 22, 2014 - 1 answer

Apple tech geek needs to expand Android horizons

My loyalties are firmly in the Apple camp. I've owned many iPhones, iPads and various Macs. However, I know nothing about Android devices... and it's about time I learn. I'm a self proclaimed tech geek for pity's sake, but yet I am woefully ignorant about all things Android. I want to change this! [more inside]
posted by cgg on Dec 19, 2014 - 12 answers

Tablet for hearthstone

I'm looking to buy a sub-$200 tablet primarily to play Hearthstone and watch Netflix. I'm finding it confusing to to pick out the best quality tablet in this price range that will run Hearthstone well, do you have a suggestion? I am open to Windows, Android, or Apple. If I understand correctly, the Hearthstone app is not out for Android yet but it should be available soon.
posted by Drinky Die on Dec 12, 2014 - 14 answers

Comparing Similar 7 inch tablets

Hi - I'm hoping for a bit of help comparing two similar 7 inch tablets that are on sale this Black Friday. [more inside]
posted by stewieandthedude on Nov 24, 2014 - 7 answers

Phablet / Smartphone help, Holiday 2014 edition

I am contemplating replacing my flip-phone with a phablet, or even a 10-inch tablet. Fashion dorkiness aside, is this a viable phone for me? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit on Nov 13, 2014 - 9 answers

What's the best tech solution for me?

I'm in the market to buy some tech that allows me to tweet and do other stuff at cafes and such, but what would be the best fit for me? [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Nov 13, 2014 - 4 answers

Optimistically, a mobile device fresh start.

My iPad 2 recently bit the dust. Before then, I had been using the iPad for entertainment + school, as well as a droid smartphone for typical smartphone things. My droid is also on its last legs, and I'm considering changing my technology situation to an iPad Mini with mobile data + a dumb phone (just talk and text). Questions ensue. [more inside]
posted by i_am_a_fiesta on Nov 10, 2014 - 11 answers

I fumbled the phone!

Crap! I dropped the tablet to my (fairly) new Asus Padfone X face down on the tile in the kitchen. Where do I find the parts to replace the pieces? [more inside]
posted by BlueHorse on Oct 30, 2014 - 2 answers

Make an Android tablet elder-friendly for my grandma

Family members have gotten an Android tablet for my 97-year-old grandmother. Please suggest some ways to make the tablet as friendly and easy to use as possible for someone who has computer experience, but who can be pessimistic about learning new things and can get frustrated with people trying to teach her. We're particularly interested in tablet settings and also methods for instructing her in its use, but also open to hearing about tutorials or apps that might make her experience smoother. I'm overseas, so I'll be passing along ideas to my dad. [more inside]
posted by theory on Oct 16, 2014 - 5 answers

How can I justify buying a Hudl 2?

I have an iPad 3 (Retina) which is excellent and works well. I am potentially able to buy a new Hudl 2 tablet with Clubcard vouchers costing me £65. What can I do with it that I can't do with my iPad? [more inside]
posted by Stark on Oct 7, 2014 - 7 answers

One USB wall charger to charge them all

I am looking for a wall charger to keep here at work to plug in my devices when they're low on juice. List of devices behind the fold. [more inside]
posted by royalsong on Sep 17, 2014 - 13 answers

Teaching on the sly

Music teaching n00b filter. I now have a tablet with ear training software I use in lessons and discovered the kids quite automatically pick up terms like "minor second" which I hadn't dreamt about teaching them yet. Just as they're in the app. Then when they're stuck on a melody on their instrument I say "go up a minor second here" and it works. Holy interval, batman! What are similar ways you use to teach musical concepts without being all obvious about it? Would it be correct to classify this as active/experiental learning and what are your favourite resources? [more inside]
posted by yoHighness on Sep 11, 2014 - 2 answers

Because we all need another gadget.

I'm looking for an awesome bluetooth headset/handset/gadget. It should play well with an up to date android tablet. Do you know of a bluetooth device cooler than the Sony SBH-52? [more inside]
posted by nobeagle on Sep 8, 2014 - 4 answers

How to remove a superglued security base from my tablet?

I was given a tablet demo unit from my workplace because we no longer sell this model. It's functional and great, but still has the old security base attached. It's a circular nub about 1" thick that fits into the cradle of the demo pedestal, and has wires coming off both ends of the nub. I can cut off the wires, but the nub is superglued onto the back of the device. What's the best way to remove it? Photos within. [more inside]
posted by wintersonata9 on Aug 29, 2014 - 8 answers

Device of all trades, master of none?

In the next month or so, I'm going to need a new laptop. Windows 8 scares me, but I'm willing to try. In the spirit of being game, and because I like the idea of tablets but can't currently live with a tablet as my primary device, I'm considering a 2-in-1 device. Reviews are mixed. I can't tell if I should just get a normal laptop and wait a couple of generations for 2-in-1s to work some bugs out. Does anyone have experience/recommendations? [more inside]
posted by platypus of the universe on Aug 22, 2014 - 9 answers

Toolbelt for the Tech Savvy Teacher

Help! I need a toolbelt-like sling or sash that I can wear in my classroom, to hold a tablet, pens and pencils, and a remote or two. Preferably something that doesn't look ridiculous. [more inside]
posted by thelastpolarbear on Aug 21, 2014 - 10 answers

Getting Podcast on my tablet, and Melissa Harris Perry Show

So I used to listen to podcasts all the time on my ipod. How can I do this on my google nexus. and, I can get Rachel maddox on podcast on sticher, but what about Melissa Harris Perry? how the heck can i get her show on podcast? thanks
posted by TRUELOTUS on Aug 18, 2014 - 4 answers

What do you get when you get a more expensive Android tablet?

I need to buy an Android tablet for academic use. I went to BestBuy to check them out and they range in price from $100 to close to $600 with no obvious rhyme or reason to the variation. What do you get when you pay more for a tablet and is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... on Aug 13, 2014 - 18 answers

Samsung Tablet Won't Use Sim

My new Samsung Tablet, SM-T230NU running Android 4.4.2, comes with 8 gigs of memory. I have installed an additional 16 gigs of memory. I tell it to install and download comics to the 16 gig sim. It won't do so and keeps filling the primary memory. [more inside]
posted by One Hand Slowclapping on Aug 10, 2014 - 4 answers

Cintiq through airport screening?

Can I take a Cintiq digitiser tablet through airport screening without getting it confiscated? The Cintiq requires mains power to work. (It doesn't have a battery, & was never designed to work with one). I think it's understandable that I wouldn't want to check this in as hold baggage. It's easy to mistake the thing for a tablet that "suspiciously does nothing" when not plugged in to the wall. UK-US trip. [more inside]
posted by aesop on Aug 4, 2014 - 21 answers

Tablet for Comics

I want to get a 10" tablet just for reading comics. There are a LOT of cheap options out there. I don't want it for gaming or drum machines or word processing or really wifi connectivity. Just reading comics in HD with smooth touch controls. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Jul 28, 2014 - 12 answers

What IPad do I need to get?

Wife got gift certificate from work. Decided we could get Ipad since the certificate must be used at Amazon. We will share the Ipad. I have desktop at home and wife has laptop, so this is an addition and not the sole device for us. [more inside]
posted by Postroad on Jul 22, 2014 - 17 answers

Let me share my bad handwriting with the world real-time.

I have a 12" Galaxy Note Pro and it's beautiful and the pen part is great, but I have a few friends who I'm looking at possibly playing D&D online with, and one of the things I'd really like to be able to do is scribble things on the tablet and have them appear at full resolution in something close to real time on the screens of my friends on their computers. But I have no idea if this is possible or what it'd be called if it is. [more inside]
posted by Sequence on Jul 13, 2014 - 10 answers

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