Phablet Tips and Tricks

If you’re holding your shiny new phablet and are wondering how to get the most from it, then you’ve come to the right place. Discover new Android features you never knew existed with our tips and tricks.

Extend your Galaxy S8 battery life with these simple tips and tricks

No matter what kind of phablet you have, squeezing out every last drop of battery life is a constant struggle. The Samsung Galaxy S8+ is equipped with a 3,500 mAh battery, which is smaller than the 3,600 mAh battery in the Galaxy S7 Edge. The Galaxy S8 features a 3,000 mAh battery, which is the same capacity as the regular Galaxy S7. Odds are that either Galaxy S8 device will get you through a busy day with some juice to spare, but you might be wondering what can be done if you’d like to get even more time between charges. Below, we’ve compiled a number of tricks and tips that will improve the battery life on Samsung’s latest flagship. Some of these battery saving tips will be obvious to just about any Android user, while others require a little bit of digging. Of course, nobody is suggesting you use all of them, but you should test them all out and … Continue reading Extend your Galaxy S8 battery life with these simple tips and tricks

ASUS Zenfone 3 Ultra: 10 incredibly useful tips and tricks

Featuring a 6.8-inch Full HD display, the Zenfone 3 Ultra is without question one of the biggest smartphones you can buy right now. Pushing the limits of what can be considered a phablet, the Zenfone 3 is a great choice for those who use their smartphone as their primary computing device. In this article, we will show you some awesome Zenfone 3 features that will help you get the most out of your extra large smartphone. Best part is that not any of these tips require any additional apps or other downloads, everything is available right out of the box. So let’s get started. ASUS Zenfone 3 Tips and Tricks Add your favorite apps to the lock screen Add a sticky note to the home screen Customize the Quick Settings Panel for faster device tweaks Record your phone calls to an audio file Charge the battery of another mobile device with your Zenfone Tips for maximizing battery life Always capture … Continue reading ASUS Zenfone 3 Ultra: 10 incredibly useful tips and tricks

10 things to consider before buying a new phablet smartphone

Finding the perfect phablet to meet all of your needs is never an easy feat, especially in a market where it seems like something bigger and better is always right around the corner. In this guide, we will dissect ten of the most important features you should consider before buying your next big-screen smartphone. 1. Display Size It’s a no brainer that when it comes to picking a new phablet, display size and resolution are priority #1. Big screen smartphones are best suited for people who regularly read books, watch movies, and browse the web on the go. What’s the ideal phablet screen size? Ask ten different people and you might get ten different answers but generally you want to strive for the most screen size possible without suffering resolution or portability. Unlike with conventional smartphones, one handed operation generally isn’t a factor when considering screen size because even the smallest phablets are difficult to operate one handed without accessibility … Continue reading 10 things to consider before buying a new phablet smartphone

LG V20: Tips and tricks for productivity, security, and comfort

The LG V20 is loaded with features that will appeal to a wide range of users including audiophiles, photographers, and average Android users alike. Featuring a 5.7-inch screen with a secondary display, two cameras, and HD audio recording, the V20 is one of the best big-screen Android phones you can buy right now. In this article, we take a look at some tips and tricks that will get you started with some of the best features found on the V20. Best part is that all of these features are available right out of the box. There is no need to download any additional apps. LG V20 Tips and Tricks Capture a screenshot and share it with anyone See important info without unlocking your phone Work with two apps side-by-side with Multi-Window Use wide-angle camera too capture more in a single shot Easily take selfies without touching the screen Instantly share your photos after taking them Record killer HD audio Record … Continue reading LG V20: Tips and tricks for productivity, security, and comfort

Honor 8: 17 tips and tricks You might not know about

While it’s true that Honor is a Huawei sub-brand, the latest 8 Series flagships from the young Chinese manufacturer has already been extremely successful. With hardware specs comparable to the big names at a much lower price, we thought it would be a good idea to explore some tips and tricks that you might not be aware of and illustrate how much potential these devices have to unlock. Guide Contents Take scrolling screenshots Use screen recorder to teach friends and family how to use the Honor 8 Use search to find your settings way faster Quickly return a call from your lock screen Use your knuckle to take a full or partial screenshot Scan business cards to quickly add contacts Make calls with the screen off Prevent missed calls with pocket mode Use the Honor 8 as a spy camera Take awesome time-lapse video with ease Take pictures and record video at the same time Answer or reject calls using … Continue reading Honor 8: 17 tips and tricks You might not know about

Turn your Android phone into a portable Wi-Fi hard drive with this guide

Not everyone likes storing their personal files on a cloud service, and carrying around extra hardware all the time can be cumbersome. Android enthusiasts remain passionate about our options to expand internal storage which is why it’s time to ditch that old portable USB hard drive and start using your phablet for file storage instead. In this guide, you will learn how to turn your Android powered smartphone into a portable hard drive you can use wirelessly! Android Hard Drive: How to Guide Contents Hardware Requirements Required Software and Configuration Transferring Files to the Android Wireless Hard Drive Using Your Wireless Hard Drive Without a trusted Wi-Fi network Hardware Requirements for Android Wireless Storage The first thing you will need for this project is a phablet with plenty of internal storage space. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 for example comes pre-loaded with 64GB internal storage that can be expanded beyond 300GB via 256GB microSD. How much space you need is … Continue reading Turn your Android phone into a portable Wi-Fi hard drive with this guide

Gear VR works with Galaxy Note 4, but there are problems

Here’s one more reason to love the Samsung Galaxy Note 4: the 2014 powerhouse has been confirmed to work with the 2016 Samsung Gear VR headset. After trying it however, it quickly becomes clear why there’s no official mention of the backwards compatibility by Samsung or Oculus. It’s been almost two years since the original Gear VR: Innovator Edition was released, which gave Note 4 owners access to virtual reality before the technology made its way to the general public. Although the pioneer phablet packs a beautiful 4K display, the Note 4 was shut out when the Gear VR made it to the retail market, favoring the more powerful hardware of the Note 5 and Galaxy S6 series. A rarity to be sure, the VR Innovator wasn’t mass-produced to be given away as promotional items like the Consumer edition. The headset has become somewhat of a collector’s item, making it a hard sell for the average buyer. Thankfully, the virtual … Continue reading Gear VR works with Galaxy Note 4, but there are problems

How to turn your Galaxy smartphone into a bedside alarm clock, charging station

Alarm clocks have been a common feature in most bedrooms and hotels for generations, and now with the release of Samsung Fast Charge Wireless Charging Stand, you can throw out that old energy wasting time keeper and turn it into a energy supplier with a ton of useful features for the digital age. Guide Contents Necessary hardware for this project How to easily setup a bedside clock using Android Daydream Using Android Always On Display Instead of Daydream Take your clock to the next level with third party apps Setting Alarms Night Clock Mode 1. Necessary Hardware It’s past time to ditch fiddling around in the dark trying to find your phone or plugging up cables. Wireless charging is king and the new charging dock from Samsung is a must have accessory for your Galaxy Phablet. Along with the Galaxy Note 5, Samsung introduced Fast Wireless Charging which is 1.4x faster than older methods. Now that the technology has advanced … Continue reading How to turn your Galaxy smartphone into a bedside alarm clock, charging station

Easily SIM unlock your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ with these tips

Some mobile carriers put software locks on their devices to prevent them from being used on the networks of other service providers. This is usually the result of the phone being sold at a discounted rate (subsidized) and it’s meant to ensure the phone can only be used on the provided network until the service term is paid up. If you purchased the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ from a mobile carrier through one of these programs, chances are that your phablet will only work on that particular network – preventing you from using that same device if you decide to switch networks or sell it to someone else. In this guide, we will look at a couple fairly simple methods that will successfully unlock your Galaxy S6 Edge+ SIM, giving you some well-deserved freedom and flexibility. Method 1. Contact your service provider to SIM unlock the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ Sometimes getting a SIM unlock code only requires a phone … Continue reading Easily SIM unlock your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ with these tips

Essential S Pen Tips for the Galaxy Note 4

The S Pen is more than just a scribbler for your screen; it is literally an extension of the Note 4 itself. After learning these cool tricks you will wonder how you ever managed to get along without it. 1. Multiple object selection One really nice feature of the S Pen is its ability to function like a PC mouse. For example, if you want to delete multiple photos from your gallery you can use the S Pen to draw a translucent selection box (hold down the S-pen button) and then tap the trash can icon. 2. Preview text message links before opening them It seems like everyone has that one friend who just loves to send out links that we shouldn’t necessarily open while were sitting down to a nice dinner with the family. Luckily you can use the S Pen in the Samsung messages app to hover over any links before you open them. Information is presented in … Continue reading Essential S Pen Tips for the Galaxy Note 4

SMS Productivity Tips for the Galaxy Note 4

Text messaging has come a long way since the early days of mobile communication. Here are five tips to help you become a text messaging ninja on the Galaxy Note 4. Guide Contents Preview MMS Links Before You Open Them Define words on the fly Change your font size using the volume keys Use split-screen to become a SMS ninja Use keyboard shortcuts for the things you say most 1. Preview MMS Links Before You Open Them Hyperlinks are like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get. Luckily you can use the S-pen to hover over any links to view a slick preview card that will show you the page title, description and thumbnail before clicking them. 2. Define words on the fly Let’s face it: some of us don’t have the best vocabulary skills. If you ever find yourself in a conversation where you have no idea what the other person is talking about, simply … Continue reading SMS Productivity Tips for the Galaxy Note 4

Galaxy Note 4 Tips, Tricks, and Hidden Features

Samsung has packed upgraded hardware and even more features into its fourth installment of its Galaxy Note lineup. Check out these often overlooked tips to help get you up to speed with this powerhouse phablet. Guide Contents Use Keyboard Shortcuts for Phrases You Type Often Share your Wi-Fi network without revealing its password Unplug with Blocking Mode (Do Not Disturb) Ignore People with hand gestures Keep Work and Play Separate with Private Mode Disguise yourself in video calls Make Your Phablet Easier to use One Handed Use Assistant Menu for quick access to frequently used phone functions Work in two, or more, apps at once Save battery life with power saving mode Disable the Flipboard home screen Customize your notification panel Adjust touchscreen sensitivity for use with gloves Use the heart-rate sensor to take selfies 1. Use Keyboard Shortcuts for Phrases You Type Often This feature comes from the Galaxy S5 and allows you to turn things you type frequently … Continue reading Galaxy Note 4 Tips, Tricks, and Hidden Features

How to completely field strip the Google Nexus 6

The Nexus 6 by Motorola is undoubtedly one of the most iconic phablets of the year and if you are one of those lucky enough get your hands on one, you might be pleased to learn it’s also one of the easiest to repair. Thanks to the specialists from iFixit we now have a complete teardown procedure that can guide you through a wide range of repairs like replacing the display or battery, potentially saving you hundreds in unnecessary repair costs. How to open the Nexus 6 Looking at the rear of the Nexus 6 there are no visible screws which means the cover must be held on with either clips or glue. Being the ladder in this case, you will need a small plastic pick (like one used for a guitar) to stick into seams allowing you to pry the cover up. Once inside you will immediately notice another rear cover that is held on by Torx screws. You … Continue reading How to completely field strip the Google Nexus 6

Samsung Galaxy S5: How to root in 10 simple steps

Get the most out of your S5 with custom ROMs, free WiFi hotspots, and special apps in 10 easy steps. Just about every mobile carrier has their own firmware that places restrictions on your smartphone, preventing you from doing things like uninstalling bloatware or unlocking certain features without first paying a fee, but through a little method known as “rooting” you can gain full system access to your Galaxy S5 in no time. Famous iPhone hacker Geohot has released a one click solution called Towelroot that will enable root access on the AT&T and Verizon Galaxy S5. The software does not require a PC and it can root the phone from within the application. Geohot has said that Towelroot should not trip Knox but there are no guarantees. While this process was specifically designed for the S5, Geohot says it should work with any Android phone with firmware releases prior to June 3, 2014. Warning: Proceed with rooting the Galaxy … Continue reading Samsung Galaxy S5: How to root in 10 simple steps

2 Ways to Take a Screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy S5

Sometimes the simplest things can be so hard to figure out. Learn how to take a screen shot on the Galaxy S5 with these quick tips. Taking a screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy S5 is extremely simple and no different than any other Galaxy device, but for those who are switching over from an iPhone or other Windows Phone things may not be so cut and dry. So here are two ways you can do it: Method 1 – Saving a Galaxy S5 Screenshot Using Physical Buttons The easiest way to take a screenshot on the Galaxy S5 is by using the physical button combination. This method is very similar to the way you save a screen using the iPhone except the buttons are in different locations: Get your screen exactly how you want it to be saved. Simultaneously press and hold both the power and home buttons. This may be a little tricky for new users because pressing one … Continue reading 2 Ways to Take a Screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy S5

How to Stop Facebook from Collecting your Browsing History

Facebook announced on Thursday that it plans to start using information gathered from your browser history to better serve its advertisers. Here is how to stop them. Facebook has promoted the use of “like” buttons and comment boxes across the web in order to collect valuable data about its users. Now, Facebook plans on passing this information along to its advertisers in order serve more targeted ads to its users in the United States. Over the next several weeks, Facebook will roll out a new tool that will let you add or subtract specific interests, like “Television” or “Electronics,” that have been attributed to you. Once the feature is rolled out, you will be able to edit your interests interests by opening the sub menu in the upper right hand corner of the add and selecting “Why am I seeing this?” If the thought of Facebook collecting your web history for advertising purposes bothers you, here is how you can … Continue reading How to Stop Facebook from Collecting your Browsing History