One reason why people use tablets is because they’re portable, light weight and make great e-readers as compared to laptops.
If you are constantly on the go, you will know the importance of a tablet. Just like any other electronic device, tablets show some signs of failure too. You wouldn’t like to hurt your productivity if it stops working.
So we tell you about some of the most common problems that often arise in a tablet and how to fix those problems…
Battery Drains Faster
Once charged, your tablet can work for a good 5 – 6 hours at a stretch. But if you have the habit of leaving all the apps open, the battery can drain quickly.
To save battery, the simplest thing you can do is to ensure that the backlight is dim, as it consumes maximum power. You could also keep your tablets battery saver mode on, so that the settings automatically change every time the battery drops.
To reduce battery drain, set a shorter time before your screen turns off by going to:
2. Tap Display, Advanced and Sleep
3. Pick a time slot. We’d only recommend 30 seconds.
Apart from this, it’s also important that you take care of the battery to keep it running longer. Here are some tips to keep in mind.
1. Use the power adapter that came with your device, as other power adapters can charge slowly or damage your device or battery.
2. Avoid situations where your device can overheat. The battery drains much faster when it’s hot, even if you’re not using it. This kind of drain can easily damage the tablets battery. Sometimes electronics heat up when plugged in for longer hours, so avoid charging it all night or for too long at a stretch.
3. Never wait till the battery completely drains and drops to zero charge. As soon as you see the battery drop to 20%, ensure you charge it fully or it can affect the charge cycle.
Not all tablets have a great battery life, so do some research, compare the device’s features and then accordingly buy one that best suits your needs.
Another common problem we often hear with tablets is the navigation issue.
Of course, it’s quite easy to tap and swipe when using the tablet. But if you have to get any serious work done, it’s not very easy doing that on a tablet.
The onscreen keyboards are tough to type on for longer hours and there’s no denying the fact that laptop keyboards are the most convenient way to type faster.
What’s even worse is, when you constantly end up touching the tablet screen while doing something important.
The best fix for this is to buy a keyboard that can help you type 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 buy a stylist to do the job for you. If that doesn’t help, you could connect a mouse to your Android tablet.
Tablets have a shorter lifespan as compared to laptops.
They can perform well for up to two years, after which if the software is not updated, it may require constant repair.
This is a problem with most Android tablets after a year or two of buying it. It either begins to hang more often, works really slow or the display shows signs of malfunctions. Software malfunction is a common complaint for tablets received by brand service centers.
A wise thing to do is to spend a little more on an extended warranty plan at the time of buying the tablet.
Extended warranty covers all the defects and malfunctions covered in a standard manufacturer’s warranty. This includes any software failures too.
As soon the warranty ends, the extended warranty period begins. This way, your tablet is covered for an extra year – One year of the manufacturer’s warranty, plus another year of the Onsitego Extended Warranty period.
The good thing about the plan is, it prolongs the life of your device by an additional year at a very nominal cost.
Tablets don’t have a storage capacity like laptops and that means you can’t save your entire digital life on them without dealing with storage issues.
What can you do about it?
This completely depends on the type of tablet you have. In case of Android tablets, you can add a microSD card to the device 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 up your device.
To clean up your device, you first need to uninstall unwanted apps, be it on Android or iOS. These apps take up a lot of space and if you don’t use them, why keep them?
Try cleaning out your music and videos on your tablet as well. Instead use Dropbox to store all your files. This way they won’t occupy space on your drive.
For regular tablet users, it’s very important that you keep the screen safe at all times.
If the touchscreen is not responsive, there is nothing you will be able to do on the tablet. Any damage – be it scratches or cracks to the display can leave the device damaged.
Moreover, getting it fixed can be really expensive. However, there are a couple of things you could try yourself before heading to the service center for repairs.
Touchscreens are sensitive to any dust or dirt, so clean the screen before troubleshooting the problem. Check if there are any updates available for your tablet. To update the tablet, go to:
Settings -> Choose About Tablet or About Device (On Samsung tablets, look on the General tab in Settings) -> Choose System Updates or Software Update.
This should solve the touchscreen issue on the tablet. If it still continues to be unresponsive, you could show it at the brands authorised service center.
Tablet Heats Up
Overheating of the tablet is harmful for you as well as your device.
Sometimes when you use the tablet for hours at a stretch or if you charge it overnight, it turns too hot. You may have read and heard enough about Samsung devices exploding and catching fire but that could happen to any device that’s overheated and not just Samsung.
It’s not uncommon for tablets to turn too hot when you are using them a lot or running apps that use a lot of battery. Applications are the main source of battery consumption so stop using the tablet when it begins to turn hot.
Lastly, avoid sitting in direct sunlight with the tablet for too long, as that can overheat the device too. As soon as you notice that the tablet has started to get warm, take a break from using it for a while. Turn off your Android tablet and let the battery cool.
If it still continues to overheat, there could be an issue with the battery. Visit the service center to get the battery checked and replaced if required.
Extended Warranty Or Spills & Drops Protection Plan?
Tablets have large screens that are delicate and have higher chances of suffering a screen damage. Just protecting your device with a cover or case is not enough. Imagine the expenses you will have to bear on getting the display fixed if it accidentally falls from your hand.
Which is why it’s important to get it covered with a Spills & Drops Protection Plan. The plan will protect the tablet from both, physical and liquid damages – be it any kind of spills, cracked or shattered screens.
If you are confused about which plan to buy for your tablet, let us tell you that brands do not cover any kind of physical damage in the manufacturer’s warranty. Which means, if your tablets display is damaged, you will have to spend from your pocket on getting it fixed and that can turn out to be a costly affair.
Tablet displays can cost you anywhere between Rs 3,000 – Rs 11,000 depending on the brand and the display size.
If you are using a large screen tablet and want to protect the screen from damages, we’d recommend the Spills & Drops Protection Plan.
On the other hand, if you want to give your tablet an extended life, you could buy the extended warranty plan. Click here for more information on the plans.