Enhancing Your Tab Experience
Change Your Wi-Fi Sleep Policy
In the Settings screen, tap Wireless and Networks in the menu if you aren’t there already. In the Wireless and Networks menu, tap Wi-Fi Settings, and then tap Wi-Fi Sleep Policy. The Wi-Fi Sleep Policy screen has three options for turning off your Wi-Fi connectivity. The default is Never, which means Wi-Fi is always on even when the Tab is asleep, but this uses more battery power. If you want Wi-Fi functionality to stay on all the time only when the Tab is plugged in, tap Never when Plugged In. You can also turn off Wi-Fi when the screen is turned off, so you can save your battery power by tapping When Screen Turns Off.
Lock the Screen When You View or Record Videos
When you’re viewing a video or recording video using the camcorder, it’s important that you don’t inadvertently rotate the screen, which will interrupt the content as well as throw you off. To turn off rotation and lock the screen, just press the Power/Lock button. When you’re finished viewing or recording, press the Power/Lock button again to release the screen lock.
Filter the Apps List by Memory Size to Delete Large Apps
If you find that your Tab’s performance is sluggish, consider deleting one or more memory-intensive apps. Honeycomb makes it easy to find the most memory-intensive apps installed on your Tab. In the Settings screen, tap Applications and then tap Memory Usage in the Application menu. Then you’ll see a list of apps that take up the most memory from largest to smallest. You can find out if you can delete the app by tapping on the app in the list to view the app information.
Get More Tips Online
I hope these tips were useful. If you type Android Honeycomb tips and tricks in your favorite search engine, you’ll get links to a number of sites that will provide more tips and tricks to get the most out of Honeycomb on your Galaxy Tab.
Eric Butow is the owner of Butow Communications Group (BCG) in Jackson, California. BCG offers Web development, online marketing, technical documentation, and computer-based training to small and medium sized businesses. He has written 17 books, with one translated into Chinese and another being revised for a second edition. Eric has also developed and taught networking and usability courses for Ed2Go and California State University, Sacramento.
When he’s not working in (and on) his business or writing books, you can find Eric enjoying time with friends, walking around the historic Gold Rush town of Jackson, and helping his parents manage their infant and toddler daycare business.