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Android tablet with best battery life?

My cheapo Android tablet finally gave up the ghost. I'm in the market for a new, nicer one and thought about getting the Nexus 7*. But searching around, it seems to have a lot of problems with battery life, even when on stand-by. I don't play games or watch videos or even listen to music much on a tablet. My main use case is reading and annotating pdf articles and books, especially when traveling (long flights) when battery life is kinda important. Are these battery life concerns for the Nexus 7 founded? Is there another Android** tablet that does better? [more inside]
posted by bluefly on Jun 14, 2014 - 15 answers

Tablet, or not to tablet?

My Nexus 7 (2012) seems to have bitten the dust. Should I replace it with a bit of cash I have set aside, or would this be a bad idea now it's been around a while? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Apr 2, 2014 - 8 answers

What happened to my app? Hola unblocker problem.

I have been using the Hola Unblocker app on my Nexus 7 -- worked great until yesterday. Before, when I launched the app I got this screen. Then I would click on the "unblocker" (top) link and go to webpage with the various links. It looked a lot like this. But now when I click, I end up on a page with no icons -- it is just blank. I rebooted and nothing. Anyone know what happened? Should I reinstall the app?
posted by Lescha on Jan 28, 2014 - 2 answers

Help me learn how to use my google Nexus 7 Tablet and listen to podcast

Well I finally made it over to the tablet, after being a long time hold out. I see “kids” reading powerpoint lectures and taking notes on theirs, so I finally decided it was an investment in my education (I’m a grad student). I read the Nexus 7 book that came in my “library” but I still have a lot of questions. Please help so that I can get the most out of this tablet. [more inside]
posted by TRUELOTUS on Jan 7, 2014 - 3 answers

Use 'terms' on hardware?

Are terms and conditions, disclosed after sale, legitimate? What if the associated item is a gift? [more inside]
posted by Goofyy on Dec 30, 2013 - 24 answers

Best alternative to Skype for Android and PC?

I'm getting tired of Skype constantly resetting my phone while video chatting [more inside]
posted by Ryogen on Dec 25, 2013 - 6 answers

Android tablet apps for my grandfather?

My 80-year-old grandfather has a Nexus tablet, and he wants me to find apps for him. I have no idea what to get him, and I don't think he does, either: he just wants neat things to do with it, though he's not at all tech-savvy. What might I download for him? This may be a tall order: I'm looking for apps that are preferably free, intuitive to use, and that aren't too complex or intricate. Most games are probably right out (though he likes card games, and may like similarly simple ones). Even the act of entering a search in YouTube is tricky for him. Any ideas of what I could find for him to download?
posted by Rory Marinich on Jun 19, 2013 - 18 answers

Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HD?

Which is better for my non-technically inclined mother? [more inside]
posted by fozzie_bear on Jun 14, 2013 - 14 answers

Need a better bag (Nexus 7 and stuff)

I have this bag and it's a really good shoulder bag (for a guy), pocket for the phone on front, slim pocket on the back for my wallet (think inside jacket pocket style), pocket on the inside for my small camera and the nexus 7 fits perfectly in the big pocket and it also has a zip pocket for change so I always have quarters with me now but I would like something more durable and stylish. Wouldn't mind leather.
posted by Ferrari328 on Jun 5, 2013 - 5 answers

Should my tablet match my phone or my laptop ecosystem?

I am getting a Tablet for work, either a Nexus 10 or an iPad. I'm pretty well versed on the features and drawbacks for both, and I feel like if my other devices were either all Apple or all Google/Windows I'd make the choice based on matching my current device operating system ecosystem. BUT right now, each device I use has a different OS, so is there a better device to match my tablet operating system with? [more inside]
posted by midmarch snowman on Apr 10, 2013 - 5 answers

Swap two Nexuses for a Note II? Pros and Cons?

I love my Nexus 4 and Nexus 7. I hate carrying two devices around and have been considering switching to a Note II. What are the pros and cons? What would I be gaining or losing? My major uses inside. [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Feb 9, 2013 - 11 answers

What Android remotes work with Itunes 11?

I've checked a couple different apps, and I can't find an Android remote that works with Itunes 11. Is there one? [more inside]
posted by garlic on Jan 27, 2013 - 2 answers

Best On The Road Tablet For Grandma?

I need to find a tablet and a good mobile data plan for my road-trippin' grandmother. [more inside]
posted by HostBryan on Jan 5, 2013 - 8 answers

How do I safely uninstall MobileIron encryption on my Nexus 7?

How do I safely uninstall MobileIron encryption on my Nexus 7? [more inside]
posted by arcticseal on Jan 5, 2013 - 3 answers

Looking for an app to track and time chores!

Which Android-friendly chore tracking/timekeeping app do I need? Some tasks should be done for 30 minutes each day. Others? Only 30 minutes a week. Is there an app with a built-in timer that I can use to keep track of my chores, and then look back over previous weeks' performance to keep track of my goals? [more inside]
posted by redsparkler on Jan 2, 2013 - 6 answers

What is a good source of Android games and app reviews?

Getting a Nexus 7 tomorrow. I need good review sources for Android app reviews: both games and utilities. [more inside]
posted by One Hand Slowclapping on Dec 24, 2012 - 3 answers

Hope a hopeless new Android user

[I am old/paranoid/a special snowflake filter] I am a Mac person. I have mostly avoided google products in my life, and am not eager for google to know everything about me. I just got a Nexus S (because it was the free option). How can I use my phone most effectively for email and calendars/reminders? [Lots of tedious old person details inside] [more inside]
posted by latkes on Dec 19, 2012 - 19 answers

Nexus unlocked or S III+contract?

Nexus unlocked or S III+contract? [more inside]
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy on Dec 4, 2012 - 10 answers

Readying an Android phone for sale--how do I delete my content?

I just got a Nexus 4. I want to sell my Galaxy Nexus. How do I delete my stuff and make it safe to sell? I did a factory reset but of the 16gb it tells me only 5.6 are free (this is with no apps on it) and says it still has photos and videos and audio (though I can't see that stuff in the gallery and other apps). Thanks! [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Dec 1, 2012 - 5 answers

Where to buy tablet for China?

Using a tablet in China. Buy here or buy there? [more inside]
posted by It's Never Lurgi on Dec 1, 2012 - 6 answers

Is it a good idea to break a contract with TMobile to get a phone?

I might go on and then break a TMobile contract to get Nexus 4 phone. Is that a good idea? [more inside]
posted by cowmix on Nov 25, 2012 - 10 answers

Where Can I Find Free and Legal Downloadable Videos for Android?

Mrs. COD gifted me yesterday with a shiny new Nexus 7 for my birthday. Where can I find free or cheap video programming to entertain myself on 1 my one hour each way daily commute? [more inside]
posted by COD on Nov 19, 2012 - 8 answers

What's the best tech-y resources & resource locations for an Android Nexus 7?

I recently decided to pick up a Nexus 7. However, I'm entirely new to the whole Android ecosystem. What are the best resources for finding the best which Android has to offer? (If you can point me directly to the 'Android best-of', that works too) [more inside]
posted by CrystalDave on Oct 29, 2012 - 6 answers

Is there any flaws in my plan to get a phone from Craiglist and Switch to Straight Talk and Google Voice?

What is the recommended way to buy a phone on Craigslist, switch to Straight Talk, and port numbers to Google Voice? [more inside]
posted by cycleback on Oct 21, 2012 - 2 answers

How can I route hotspot traffic through my phones VPN?

How can I route hotspot traffic through my Android phone's VPN? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Oct 1, 2012 - 4 answers

Is A Nexus Card Useful For Canadians Travelling By Air In The United States?

This November, my wife and I will be flying from Winnipeg, MB to Phoenix AZ, with a brief stopover in Minneapolis MN. A week later, we'll be returning the same way, Phoenix -> Minneapolis -> Winnipeg. We both qualify for Nexus cards and I'm wondering if they would be of any use for the Minneapolis/Phoenix leg of the trip. [more inside]
posted by Alvy Ampersand on Sep 5, 2012 - 8 answers

Insufficient storage to update apps on Nexus S?

My Nexus S has been displaying "insufficient storage available" errors when trying to update apps for the last few weeks. The USB storage (the main partition) has plenty of space (~9gb), but I can't figure out how to move apps over there so they have some breathing room. Halp? [more inside]
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear on Sep 4, 2012 - 5 answers

Phone!

What should I do to my Google Nexus S? Replace, root, or restrain myself? [more inside]
posted by rybreadmed on Sep 1, 2012 - 10 answers

To Buy or Not to Buy; That is the question

What is a good mini tablet to gift an 8-yr old? External Storage is critical as this will be used primarily as a wi-fi device and on long drives. [more inside]
posted by theobserver on Aug 14, 2012 - 16 answers

Help me Flash Recovery and / or root my Nexus...

Help rooting and/or flashing Recovery on a Galaxy Nexus (Jelly Bean) on a Mac? I'm stuck. So I followed these instructions / video and all seemed to be going well until I got to Step 7. [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Aug 10, 2012 - 9 answers

Which e-reader or tablet is best for, you know, e-reading?

In terms of readability and eye comfort, which of the following devices is best-suited for reading basic e-books with black text: a dedicated e-reader like a Kindle Keyboard, or a backlit tablet like an iPad 3, Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid on Aug 8, 2012 - 27 answers

Have Superphone, Will Travel

I bought a Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ and an unlimited pay-as-you-go plan. Ummm. Now what? [more inside]
posted by Slap*Happy on Jul 31, 2012 - 7 answers

Samsung or Nexus?

Samsung Galaxy tab 2.7.0 v.s Google Nexus Tab either. Which one to chose? [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Jul 30, 2012 - 19 answers

Can I really have the house of the future?

If I were to purchase a Nexus 7 to use as a kind of hub for my apartment, communicating between roommates and keeping track of bills and things electronically, what all would I actually be able to do with it? [more inside]
posted by trogdole on Jul 29, 2012 - 3 answers

T-Mobile prepaid in Brooklyn

Now that the Galaxy Nexus is $399 unlocked, I'm thinking about buying one and getting T-Mobile's $30/mo. prepaid plan. I don't make all that many calls so the limited number of minutes is fine by me. I live and work in Brooklyn, and on account of that spend most of my time in the borough. There are some dated questions here that claim that service is spotty in Brooklyn— is that still the case? [more inside]
posted by akgerber on Apr 24, 2012 - 2 answers

What can I do with the barometer in my phone?

Aside from a barometer app, what are some cool things I can do with my Samsung/Google Galaxy Nexus and it's built in barometer? Any app recommendations, something more than just logging the changes in pressure? Has anyone figured out any interesting new uses for this sensor?
posted by Keith Talent on Apr 6, 2012 - 6 answers

Smartphone choices: iPhone vs. Nexus

I have conflicting needs driving me towards either the new Nexus phone or an iPhone 4S. Which will be better? [more inside]
posted by invitapriore on Oct 25, 2011 - 13 answers

'OK Computer' wallpaper? Check. 'Blade Runner' ringtone? Check.

Help me take advantage of my Samsung Nexus S Android cleverpants-phone. [more inside]
posted by tumid dahlia on Apr 6, 2011 - 21 answers

UK SIM part 2

UK Mobile Phone Filter: I'm going to be in London for a week and I have a Nexus One (unlocked) with no SIM. I'd like about 30 minutes talk time, 15 texts, and 100mb of data/web. I'd like to spend between £5 and £10 on a SIM/Plan and I want to do this as easily as possible. Basically, I want to be able to walk into a shop and say "Give me the XYZ sim." place £5/£10 on the counter, then walk out in less than the time it took you to read this question. [more inside]
posted by xotis on May 7, 2010 - 6 answers

Not so smartphone

I am getting my first smartphone in about a week on Verizon. It has to be Verizon. I don't know if I should get a Blackberry or a Droid, so I go into the store to take a look. Then I see the Eris. And now I find out the Nexus One is coming to Verizon. Uh...? Help me out here. [more inside]
posted by oflinkey on Mar 15, 2010 - 26 answers

Tell me about the Nexus One.

Please tell me about the Nexus One - confused about my buying options in the UK. [more inside]
posted by bent back tulips on Jan 25, 2010 - 9 answers

NEXUS or NOT?

Should I get a NEXUS pass? (For US-Canada border crossing.) [more inside]
posted by patr1ck on Feb 6, 2008 - 11 answers

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