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    Hi all,

    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.
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    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.

    Cheers!

    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.
    Last edited by Fumetsu; 05-25-2011 at 11:57 PM. Reason: removed JuiceDefender reference after testing
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    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

    Notes:
    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.

    Enjoy!
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    Thanks for the tips. Will try the desktop view. I hate most moble views on a tablet
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    Desktop view is great but for some reason some sites ignore the setting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Primetimeplaya View Post
    Desktop view is great but for some reason some sites ignore the setting.
    Make sure you type the full address string and not a shortcut: i.e. "http://www.whatever.com", not just "whatever.com". That normally fixes the issue with it still loading the mobile site.
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    Great tips! I was looking at my battery usage and saw the cellular drain. Glad to know it can be disabled. However, it's a bit strange that something that's non-existent can drain my battery.
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    I would like to know how to close (not minimize) an application? Thanks a lot for your help.
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    And also, I would like to know how to eliminate a Shortcut.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wmurch3 View Post
    Great tips! I was looking at my battery usage and saw the cellular drain. Glad to know it can be disabled. However, it's a bit strange that something that's non-existent can drain my battery.
    For some reason, the telephony.apks were included in the Wi-FI only build. I'm not certain why, but I've been told they're necessary if we ever want to get a USB 3g modem running on it so they shouldn't be removed. I'm not too familiar with the technical aspects of it.

    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.
    My Phone: Verizon Galaxy Nexus
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    Quote Originally Posted by guaro81 View Post
    I would like to know how to close (not minimize) an application? Thanks a lot for your help.
    An exit app feature is normally built into the app itself rather than a function of the system, although it is possible. You would click on the Menu button on the action bar and see if there's an "Exit" or "Exit App" button. Outside of that you would have to go to Menu > Settings > Applications > Manage Applications > Choose the application and then select Force Stop. I have to do that when I want to restart Opera Mobile with new settings because for reasons unknown the devs did not include an exit/restart app function.
    My Phone: Verizon Galaxy Nexus
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    Quote Originally Posted by guaro81 View Post
    And also, I would like to know how to eliminate a Shortcut.
    From your home screen? You should be able to click and hold on it and drag it to the trash in the top right hand corner. Is that what you mean?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fumetsu View Post
    As a workaround, using JuiceDefender to disable mobile data OR using WIFI in Airplane Mode will solve this problem and increase battery life.

    I've found wifi plus airplane mode was most reliable and easy. Feel free to post or pm me if you have any questions.

    Cheers!
    Hi, can you tell me how to disable mobile data using juicedefender? I'm using the free version fyi

    Thanks :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by damo View Post
    Hi, can you tell me how to disable mobile data using juicedefender? I'm using the free version fyi

    Thanks :-)
    The balanced profile should disable mobile data while the screen is off but it will reactivate when the screen is on. I noticed that the System Update feature won't run if mobile data is disabled. Let me see if there's a way to turn it off with the screen on and leave wifi enabled. Normally I just enable Airplane Mode and turn on WiFi if I want to conserve battery. I'll let you know when I get back to my tab.

    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!
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    My Phone: Verizon Galaxy Nexus
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    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.
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    Yes, still love JuiceDefender. Doesnt solve the "cell standby" issue but still a big battery saver when the screen's off.
    My Phone: Verizon Galaxy Nexus
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fumetsu View Post
    Yes, still love JuiceDefender. Doesnt solve the "cell standby" issue but still a big battery saver when the screen's off.
    Just poking about in here, BUT I have a rooted NookColor which also shows cell standby as consuming a decent chunk of battery in Juicedefender or otherwise. After extensive testing by multiple people it was determined that disabling/renaming/uninstalling/freezing cell standby has no affect on battery life whatsoever.

    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 )
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    Fumetsu, those were great tips dude.
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    My A-500 tablet not install apps from andorid market.
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    Quote Originally Posted by natkhatthit View Post
    My A-500 tablet not install apps from andorid market.
    Go in to Settings > Applications > Manage Applications > Market > Clear Data. This may help with the market stall issues.

    You can also go to Market.Google.com and install from there. It will push the app install to the device.

    Hope this helps!
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    Quote Originally Posted by taylor.fowler View Post
    Just poking about in here, BUT I have a rooted NookColor which also shows cell standby as consuming a decent chunk of battery in Juicedefender or otherwise. After extensive testing by multiple people it was determined that disabling/renaming/uninstalling/freezing cell standby has no affect on battery life whatsoever.

    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 )
    I've been testing this to see if it is the same issue (or non-issue) as it was on the Nook Color. We definitely do get battery drain from this issue.

    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.

    https://market.android.com/details?i...=search_result

    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!
    My Phone: Verizon Galaxy Nexus
    My Tablet: Acer Iconia Tab A500
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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.

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    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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    Is there any way I can get the Verizon fios remote to work on my a500, as of now it only works on my phone.
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    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.

    Peace!
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