Sunday, February 3, 2019

Resurrecting an Old Tablet

As time goes by, older tablets  can start to lose functionality.   Some of this functionality can be restored, sometimes with impressive results.

At best an older tablet can mirror from a smartphone in such a way as to perform like a new one.  My minimal iPhone SE mirrors to a tablet much as if the tablet were an iPad, just remotely operated.   I am able to use the tablet for Virtual Active exercise bike videos.

Typically the older tablet suffers from problems which first need to be addressed: memory problems, too advanced an upgrade or apps, and/or slow browsing.

The last of these can often be resolved simply by using the browser supplied with the tablet or Opera Mini.   I have found Chrome not to be satisfactory on an old device when synced. Wi-Fi also tends to run slowly on older devices. For YouTube I needed the Dolphin browser.

The original Nexus 7, not the 2013 upgrade, requires reverting to the Android 4.4 release and wiping of the cache at a low level to do away with congestion from many upgrades.   Browse YouTube for both solutions, especially to restore the Kit Kat version of Android.

At the point where mirroring is employed, the proper mirroring program needs to be found.     AirPlay is the first one to try, but I have found another one necessary for some tablets. I needed an Air Receiver by felix.long to work with an Asus EEEpad TF101.

I also revived an old Samsung tablet to work reasonably well, as well as a Nook tablet.

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