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Ask Slashdot: How to Pimp My Android Tablet? 154

New submitter capsfan100 writes "At Christmas I got an $89 Android tablet by MID. The 7" tablet has sufficient RAM, etc. The battery, however, was rather pathetic out of the box. It's already fading, so we know where this is headed — decent tablet, but it constantly needs the plug. How would you take this 'old' tablet and turn it into a rockin' stereo component? Is there a ROM build out there titled Pimp My Tablet Into An MP3 Player? The current music app can look up lyrics on-line. I'd like to keep that feature. Any ideas on a good app for syncing music videos with my *ahem* random music collection? Any fun, off-beat party apps this middle-aged suburban dad hasn't heard of? Since the Android security nightmare is so well documented, I'd rather not use services that require passwords. I also need top-notch security and monitoring software so I can see what my kids and their friends are doing with it next year when I'm not home while keeping them anonymous and safe on-line. As for my living room stereo system, how best to mount a sleek MP3 tablet? I was thinking velcro, but it would ruin the feel. Maybe a wall-mount arm like my HDTV has? We want to be able to unplug it and move around the room, so I'll need to upgrade the speakers to wireless. Any thoughts there? I'm not afraid of the command line — indeed, I insist on one — but no Gentoo-type projects, thank you. Just a good sleek and secure ROM for optimal tunage with all the top apps the kids are using today."
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Ask Slashdot: How to Pimp My Android Tablet?

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  • Don't forget .. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by OzPeter ( 195038 ) on Saturday February 23, 2013 @03:46PM (#42990889)

    Don't forget to ask for a Pony as well!

  • Please don't... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by The Living Fractal ( 162153 ) <banantarr@hotmail . c om> on Saturday February 23, 2013 @03:50PM (#42990925) Homepage
    Using your cheap DAC in that tablet to play music is practically a crime, or should be. It's going to sound terrible. There are some decent DACs out there for $99 that can run via Android with some customization. I realize this is more than the cost of your tablet... but seriously man, the sound is world's better.
  • Well, of course. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by TrekkieGod ( 627867 ) on Saturday February 23, 2013 @03:51PM (#42990931) Homepage Journal

    I'm confused why you're asking here. It basically sounds like you're saying: "I've got this whole project but research is a pain in the ass." You listed a bunch of things you want but showed no real effort into figuring it out yourself (saying that trying apps is scary is not research).

    Also, why would you trust this group to tell you "safe" things more than any other bunch of random internet yahoos?

    Why the hell ELSE would you post a question on slashdot?

    I don't get people like you. The entire point about of asking a group of people who may be more informed about a subject than you are is to cut down on the amount of research needed by narrowing down the topic to a handful of options. What do you think ask slashdot should be used for?

  • by mveloso ( 325617 ) on Saturday February 23, 2013 @04:04PM (#42991007)

    Try and pass your device on as a broken iPad mini and sell it on craigslist or ebay. That's pretty much the only way to turn that thing into something useful.

    You could maybe use it as a picture frame too.

  • by Zinho ( 17895 ) on Saturday February 23, 2013 @05:11PM (#42991383) Journal

    If the biggest problem you have with it is the battery life, then fix the problem - just replace the battery [aliexpress.com]!

    Since you're posting to Slashdot I'm going to assume you are willing to do some soldering if you have to.

    Invest $15-25 and you can get 2x or 4x the battery life; that tablet only came with 2500 mAh if the other posters here guessed your model correctly.

    Make sure the new cell will fit, then have at it!

  • by aardvarkjoe ( 156801 ) on Saturday February 23, 2013 @07:35PM (#42992239)

    The Android-derived tablet he got is horrible! The battery is the least of its problems.

    I think it's pretty obvious that timothy got trolled. The "top-notch security and monitoring" line should have been a giveaway.

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