Follow Up On Acer Iconia B1-730 Tablet

I mentioned a week ago that I had purchased an Acer Iconia B1-730 tablet, and mentioned the pros and cons. One interesting thing in all the pro reviews was the mention that the Android 4.3.3 was stripped down. Having played with it, they weren’t kidding. It was missing several capabilities, including the ability for automatic screen brightness and battery control for shutting down certain aspects.

To deal with this, I added a few apps. First, since I already use Go Launcher EX, I added the Go Switch+ widget, which gives me (sort of) the ability to quickly change the brightness profile, including automatic. It’s so so, but that is more a reflection on the Android software/hardware, as other programs are so so. But, GS+ has lots of other functionality for turning on/off different aspects.

Second, I added JuiceSaver, which shuts off certain programs, and WiFi, when the tablet is placed in standby. Previously, if I went off to work it would be stone dead when I got home, because the WiFi never really shut off, which meant programs were also accessing the ‘net. Having used it for a few days, battery lasts a long time. I went to work at 8am, got home at 715, and the battery went from 84% to 70%. I’m really not concerned with it accessing Twitter, Gmail (I do not receive my regular email accounts on tablet), or anything else unless I have it turned on and using it. When I turn it on, WiFi comes back on quickly.

Overall, I am very happy with the tablet. I’ve tried a few games using the accelerometer, and work like a charm.

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One Response to “Follow Up On Acer Iconia B1-730 Tablet”

  1. john says:

    I am almost ready to upgrade. I currently have an Apple iBook G4 and am thinking of moving up a few years to a 2009 Macbook

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