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10 Tips for Tricking Out and Optimizing your Android Smartphone

Oct 25, 2010, 21:32 (0 Talkback[s])
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"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 adapters.

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