A Great $11 Nextbook Cover

One of the first things I always buy for a new phone or device is a cover.  I’ve tried a few for the Nextbook and none compare to the simplicity and quality of a cover I found for

.  It holds the tablet securely, while allowing access with a simple flip of the cover, which hinges horizontally and can be folded behind.

The cover also has indentations in it so that the Nextbook can be stood upright in landscape mode for hands-free viewing.  The stand is quite useful for watching movies and I especially like it for standing on the counter to view a recipe while cooking.

At a current price of les than $11 with free shipping, it’s a bargain, too.  See the link here -

Battery Status Widget

Battery Solo WidgetDown in the lower right corner of the Nextbook screen is a tiny little battery icon that shows you how much battery life is left.  It’s hard to see and not very informational.  Luckily, there are a number of widgets that allow you to put a battery indicator right on any home screen.

My favorite is the Battery Solo widget from Pedro Maicas that does a great job of showing the percentage left as a number and also as a circular LED style level indicator.  It’s free at Google Play.

Accessing Android Settings

Jelly Bean Settings ButtonThe Settings button in Android is one that you really need to get to know.  This button is the primary place to click to get to many of the settings that make your tablet tick.  True, the Nextbook works great right out of the box, but there are a few things that you need to know how to configure.

First and foremost is the Wi-Fi setting.  It appears at the top of the list, and for good reason.  Wi-Fi is critical to keeping your Nextbook connected to the outside world, but it is something that you may need to change periodically.  Whenever you connect to a network that you haven’t been on before, here is the place to enter that information.  You can also turn wireless off to save battery life when you don’t need to be connected (there’s also a widget for that).

Further down are other settings for Sound, Display, Storage, Battery and Apps.  The Apps button is another important one, as it allows you to see all of the Apps you have loaded and change their individual configuration.  You can also move Apps to the SD card to save space on the internal memory.

Settings for Location Services, Security, Language & Input and Backup & Reset are found under the Personal heading, but these are not often used.  The Accounts heading contains information about logins used on the device, but is rarely accessed from here.  The System heading has a few final options, but Date & Time is probably the only one you will need to use.

With the exception of WiFi, most of the settings on this page will be set once and forgotten about by the average user, but it’s a good idea to know how to get back to them.