Acer Iconia Tips and Tricks
I thought I'd start a Tips & Tricks thread for the Iconia for new users of the device. This is a really solid device at a great cost.
1) Someone on XDA mentioned doing a device wipe immediately after purchase/unboxing - seemed to help with screen swiping lag issues and Market app stalls.
2) How To Root An Acer Iconia A500 - xda-developers How to Root the Iconia A500
3) NTFS Support - xda-developers NTFS External HDD support for ROOT users
Post anything else you've found helpful here.
Heads up everyone, got another tip. I'm sure you've noticed Cell standby draining the battery on the wifi model even though it isnt being used ( obviously). Using root explorer to rename the telephony apk Will fix that, however, would break bring able to use a 3g/4G usb modem which I expect may be supported with 3.1. As a workaround, using WIFI in Airplane Mode will solve this problem and increase battery life.
Note, i've read that renaming the apks will brick the device if you do a factory reset without reverting them back, so you may not want to go this route.
I've found wifi plus airplane mode was most reliable and easy. Feel free to post or pm me if you have any questions.
EDIT: just found JuiceDefender does not allow the option to disable Cell Standby. Sorry for the confusion. Airplane mode seems to work though. Need to test more, but either way the battery savings are negligible.
Setting stock browser to use desktop user agent instead of mobile view :
1-type "about:debug" in address bar, no quotations.
2-click on > menu button for browser in the Top right corner >settings >debug in the browser (not action bar)
3-change UAString to Desktop
4-exit settings and voila, full webpage view
You may have to type the full url in order to load the desired page as non-mobile view
You'll need to repeat the process each time you load the stock browser.
Hopefully Google will fix this in a future release.
Hope this helps, this was/is a big thing for me.
- 05-23-2011, 04:05 PM #4
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I do know that renaming them will stop the battery drain, but trying an update or a factory reset with them renamed will brick the device. I just use JuiceDefender - seems to do the same thing for me without the worry of bricking.
- 05-25-2011, 08:17 PM #13
UPDATE: just went into JuiceDefender settings and the mobile data setting is greyed out so this does not seem to fix the issue. Sorry for the confusion. Airplane mode with wifi enabled seems to work though. I'll keep an eye on this issue and update with findings. Sorry gang!
- 05-26-2011, 09:50 PM #15
solid bluetooth keyboard
happily, the pairing of the bluetooth keyboard by motorola (for xoom and atrix) with the acer goes flawlessly, and the keyboard works great for extended word processing. it's comfy, the build quality is solid, and it's small enough so you can tote it around with your tab.
also, juice defender: a must-have, as someone noted above.
- 05-27-2011, 11:08 AM #17
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Try doing some real-time testing. run the battery down to zero with it enabled, then disabled and see if there's a difference...for us it was confirmed to have none over several users. (This was actually an ongoing debate for a couple months, just trying to save you guys the headache )
- 05-27-2011, 11:28 AM #18
- 05-29-2011, 01:10 PM #19
Acer used the same firmware in the Wifi version of the Iconia as they did in the 3g version. This means that the Wifi version is constantly searching for a 3g signal that it cannot find.
Renaming the telephony and phone apks will fix this, but will prevent ota updates from Acer from installing and can brick the tablet if you factory reset with them renamed or disabled, so it is not a task to take lightly.
However, there is a program available on the market that will allow us to easily disable and reenable the services and after using it I have noticed a significant increase in battery life.
Once installed and used to disable the services, you will get a force close message for the Phone service and the tab will reboot. This is not the program force closing, it is the phone service closing because it is disabled.
VERY IMPORTANT : if you need to Factory Reset or apply an update, you will need to first reenable the services and reboot. Using a FACTORY RESET will BRICK the device if this is not done first.
It's available for 99 cents and requires that you be rooted.
Hope this helps some of you. It was definitely worth the price!
- 06-01-2011, 03:16 AM #22
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This isn't a tip or trick, but a honeycomb easter egg.
Go to settings>about tablet> where it says what version you are using (3.0.1) tap on it a few times and you'll get the tron honeycomb bee with "REZZZZZZZ" text box under it. Made me chuckle a little.
Sent from my A500 using Tapatalk
- 06-18-2011, 09:50 AM #23
Also if you have an hdmi cable...you can do full screen mirroring on a TV, just doesn't show the bottom bar.....in addition full screen video chat with google talk on a TV works great....just set the tab at the base of the TV and your good to go!
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Re: Acer Iconia Tips and Tricks
This is a great thread and I thought I'd bump it back to the front page with a thank for the advice and tips and ask if anyone has any more in the last three months since the last post.
Along this line, does anyone know of any effort to get the A500 with 3.2 rooted? I bought two of these from BB during Black Weekend and they came with 3.2 installed.