10 Tips for Tricking Out and Optimizing your Android Smartphone

“Make no mistake, Android devices are amazingly powerful and
useful right out of the box. Still, if you are a newcomer to
Google’s mobile operating system, you may find yourself quickly
overwhelmed by the configuration and accessory options available to
you. If you look at a lot of the advertising, the convenience and
productivity gains that a smartphone brings to your daily
activities will be about the unique mobile apps that you download
and install. I’ve found that being a satisfied Android user is not
just about the apps — settings, configuration and accessories can
make an enormous difference. 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

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