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How to Prepare to Travel with Your Android Tablet

Unless you’re being unexpectedly abducted, you should prepare several things before leaving on a trip with your Android tablet in order to get the most out of it while you’re gone.

First and most important, of course, is to charge the thing. Plug your Android tablet in overnight before you leave the next day. The tablet’s battery is nice and robust, so it should last you your entire journey.

Second, consider loading up on some reading material, music, as well as a few new apps before you go. For example, consider getting some e-books for the road. Picking up some music or games might be a good idea as well.

Another nifty thing to do is save some web pages for later reading. Not every web browser app is capable of saving web pages. Generally speaking, it works like this:

  1. Navigate to the page you want to save for later reading.

  2. Touch the Menu icon.

  3. Choose the Save for Offline Reading command.

    The command might also read simply Save Page or Save. Either way, choosing that command downloads the page, saving it to the tablet’s storage.

Repeat these steps for each web page you want to read when offline.

To view the page, open the web browser app and touch the Bookmarks icon. Choose the Saved Pages tab. You see the web page listed. If the web page name is too cryptic, just look at the thumbnail preview to get an idea of what you’ve saved.

Downloaded web pages might be missing some information, such as interactive features and perhaps even some images. Although this arrangement may not look pretty, at least you’ll have some reading material on the plane — specifically, stuff you’re used to reading that day anyway.

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