Tablets are truly amazing devices. They give us almost the same amount of functionality as a laptop but in a much smaller device. They are easy to carry with us wherever we go and they are perfect for both lounging on the couch watching a movie or sitting at a desk getting a little work done. But, that doesn’t mean they aren’t without their issues.
In fact, there are many common tablet issues that owners deal with every day. Today, let’s look at some of the most common problems you may encounter with your tablet and what you will need to do to fix them. These range from minor annoyances to issues that will interrupt your usage. But, there is always a solution to the problem. Shall we get started? Great!
Issue One: Navigation and Typing
One of the most common problems I hear from tablet owners is navigation. Sure, the touchscreens on these devices are second to none. It’s quite easy to tap and swipe around your tablet. However, if you want to get any serious work done on them, you will need more. The onscreen keyboards are tough to type on for long periods of time and I don’t know anyone that can do it as fast as a regular keyboard. On top of that, touching the screen constantly can get annoying and hurt your hand.
To fix these issues, you just need to dip into your wallet. There are many great keyboards out there that will give you the ability to type every bit as fast as you do on a laptop. Often they are built into cases so they perform more than one duty. To fix the constant screen touches, you can invest in a stylist to do the work for you. If that doesn’t do it for you, then you could connect a mouse to your device, assuming you have a Windows or Android tablet. If you don’t, then you will have to be happy with the Apple Pencil, if you have an iPad Pro.
Issue Two: Dirty Displays
Touchscreens are great, except when they get dirty, which is all the time. No matter how much you clean your hands, the natural oils in your skin will leave their mark on the tablet screen. There isn’t much you can do to prevent it. Over time, your screen will become one big smudge unless you do something about it. If you don’t, you will find that watching movies or even using your tablet for your email will give you a headache.
Now I’m not saying you have to clean it after every touch, but I would make regular cleaning a part of your regular tablet maintenance. Every week, wipe the screen down with a lint-free, soft cloth until the fingerprints and other marks are removed. Avoid using any cleaners as they can damage the coating on the screen and never use a paper towel as this paper is rough and can scratch the screen. With just a little regular clean up, you can keep your display clean and free from unsightly fingerprints that make the display hard to read.
Issue Three: Storage Space
One of the most common issues I hear from tablet owners is that they are out of space. Tablets don’t have the storage of most laptops, and that means you can’t keep your entire digital life on them without dealing with storage issues. So what can you do about it? It depends on the type of tablet you have.
If you have an Android tablet, for example, you can probably add a microSD card to it to increase the amount of storage you have. If you have an iPad, however, you don’t have that option. The only choices you have is to upgrade to an iPad with more storage or clean out your device.
To clean up your device, you first need to go through all your apps and remove any that you never use. These apps take up valuable space and if you don’t use them, why keep them? Next, you should try cleaning out your music and videos on your tablet. Try making use of cloud storage such as Google Drive or Dropbox to store your files instead. These files can easily be accessed using the apps found on the various App Stores, but they won’t take up valuable storage on your drive.
Issue Four: The Right Apps
This is a big issue for many tablet users. They have a specific set of needs in order to transform their tablets into true workhorses. Unfortunately, not every desktop app is available on mobile platforms. In some cases, you may find a mobile version, but in some cases they simply don’t exist. What do you do?
First, make sure there isn’t a mobile app. If there is, give it a try. Sometimes, these apps won’t be as feature-rich as their desktop counterparts, but that doesn’t mean they won’t get the job done when you need it. If there isn’t a mobile option, it’s time to head to Google and look for mobile app alternatives. In some cases, there won’t be an option. However, in my experience, there are solutions for your situation. If you can’t find a mobile version, you may want to switch to a Windows tablet that gives you a full version of Windows 10. These machines will install full desktop apps. While they may not be touch optimized, they will do exactly what you want them to do.
Issue Five: Battery Life
Ah battery life. It’s a problem we all face every day. Despite the fact that this is a first world problem only, it is one that can interrupt your day and your workflow if you use your tablet for work. If you find your battery life is running short, here is what you need to do.
1. Go through and remove any apps that you don’t need. These apps can run in the background sucking away valuable battery juice without you ever knowing.
2. Disable any apps that you don’t use often and prevent them from running in the background. 3. Turn off automatic updates so your device isn’t constantly check for updates. Just make sure you check for updates from time to time.
4. Turn off notifications on all the apps you don’t really need notifying you. If you really have problems with your battery, you can disable them entirely. But I would recommend keeping some of them active as they can be quite useful.
5. Turn down the screen brightness. Your display is the biggest battery hog of them all. The brighter it is, the more battery it will use. Turn it down and you will be able to save quite a bit of your battery.
These tips should help you conserve your battery so you can get more out of a charge when you really need it. After all, you don’t want your battery dying when you are in the middle of working now do you?
Tablets are great devices. In fact, they are one of my favorite gadgets, and I’m a gadget guy. But, like any device, they have their quirks. In most cases, it’s fairly easy to get around these common tablet issues with just a few changes in how you use them and a small investment of your time and money.
What problems have you encountered with your tablet? Did you find solutions to it or do I need to update this list with more issues and how to fix them? Tell me about your experience in the comments below.