Enable tablet mode on the Galaxy Note with custom ROM

The Samsung Galaxy Note is a 5.3-inch device that doesn’t quite know if it’s a tablet or a phone. The size certainly points as much to one as the other, but the device does in any case run the phone version of software. That means Android 2.3 from the factory, and a phone version of Ice Cream Sandwich when that update happens. If you’re into custom ROMs however, you can make it the tablet that it desperately wants to be. If I’ve understood everything correctly, two things are needed to have tablet mode: a software DPI of less than 213, and a ROM that supports it. There are several such ROMs over at XDA Developers, like imilka’s AOSP (Android Open Source Project) ICS ROM. The Galaxy Note is a great device, and enabling tablet mode on it makes a lot of sense. The screen size is one thing, but the digitizer pen also makes tablet mode more useful by being able to use the tablet version of various apps without being stuck with an interface too small to operate.

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Andreas Ødegård

Andreas Ødegård is more interested in aftermarket (and user created) software and hardware than chasing the latest gadgets. His day job as a teacher keeps him interested in education tech and takes up most of his time.

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