Improving Your Android Phone: 10 Tips

Your Android phone can be faster and more efficient with these hardware and software tips.
Posted October 27, 2010

Kenny Schiff

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Here are 10 practical tips that will enhance your complete Android experience.

1. Stock up on portable power

Regardless of how tidy you are about managing the power on your Google-based smartphone, chances are you are going to need to replenish your battery more than you thought. I carry a Belkin Mini Surge Protector with USB Charger in my computer bag. In addition to three AC outlets, the Belkin device has two powered USB ports on it and will also power several other devices when on the go. I recently purchased one of these for $15 with shipping on eBay, where I also purchased a car charger and additional standard AC adapters.

2. Get some extra Micro USB cables

Whether you power your Android handset with the AC adapter that shipped with your device, or the included data cable, you will want to travel with an extra data cable in your computer bag, jacket pocket, and other convenient hiding spots. I have an extra one at the office, one in my every day shoulder bag, and have a spare in my home office. I recently paid $1.49 (including shipping) for spare cables on eBay.

In spite of the various wireless capabilities, data cables come in handy. They are useful for moving data/music/photos on and off your device, for charging, but also for tethering (using your device as a broadband modem). The latest version of of Android 2.2 (Froyo) has easy-to-use tethering, and while it is possible to use a device such as the Nexus One as a hotspot, the option will really drain your battery quickly.

3. If you have a Nexus One, ue it as a hotspot

Even though places such as Borders, Starbucks and McDonald's have free wireless, you may not be near one, or the service maybe congested. An unrooted Nexus One with Froyo allows for an easy hotspot. Depending on your carrier (or Android device), your mileage may vary on this, and as with cabled tethering, you may need to purchase the additional service from your carrier.

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