The Hudl 2, with its 8.3-inch screen, is a great choice of Android tablet at a great price. And as well as familiar Google apps and the Google Play Store – which you use to find and download apps, music and books – there are a few hidden extras that make the Hudl 2 stand out from the tablet crowd.

Check out the video above to find out more.

Tip 1: Customise the screens

Tip 1: Customise the screens

You can store apps on any of the Hudl 2’s scrolling homescreens. Move apps between screens by holding the app using your finger and dragging it left or right to a different screen.

To remove an app from the screen, tap and hold it then flick it upwards off the top of the screen.

You can save screen space by dragging one app on top of another to create a folder for related apps – all your social media apps or games, for instance.

 

Tip 2: Master Hudl 2's widgets

Tip 2: Master Hudl 2's widgets

Widgets are mini-programs that let you quickly access features of the tablet that you might use frequently, such as Google Play Music.

To see what widgets are available, hold your finger anywhere on the screen and tap Widgets. Scroll until you find one you want to use and drag it on to a screen.

To remove a widget, hold it and swipe it upwards off the screen.

 

Tip 3:  Set custom wallpapers

Tip 3:  Set custom wallpapers

To change the tablet’s wallpaper tap and hold your finger on the screen and select Wallpapers. Choose a picture from the thumbnails that appear underneath and then tap Set Wallpaper to use.  To use one of your own photos instead tap Pick image.

 

Tip 4: Listen to free music

Tip 4: Listen to free music

The blinkbox Music app lets you create free custom radio stations based on your favourite artists from a choice of 12 million tracks.

You need a blinkbox account and then launch the app and tap the menu button at the top left and choose Find a Station.

Type a favourite artist or band name and stations based on that artist will appear, which you can tap to play. Tap the three dots on the right and select Download this Station to listen to it offline.

 

Tip 5: Play games, TV shows and movies on your HDTV

Tip 5: Play games, TV shows and movies on your HDTV

You can connect your Hudl 2 to a HDTV via the port on its base. You’ll need a mini HDMI-to-HDMI connector, which cost around £10, to do this.

You can then watch films and TV programmes and play games you’ve downloaded on your Hudl 2 in full high-definition on your TV’s much larger screen.

 

Tip 6: Share items without wi-fi

Tip 6: Share items without wi-fi

You can share a photo wirelessly using Wi-Fi Direct – a technology found on many Android and Windows tablets and smartphones.

Open the Gallery app, tap the photo, select the Share icon at the top right and select Wi-Fi Direct.

Your Hudl 2 will look for nearby devices that support Wi-Fi Direct. Tap the device name to share your photo.

 

Tip 7: Make the battery last longer

Tip 7: Make the battery last longer

Your Hudl 2 should last for around nine hours before it needs to be recharged, but you can extend the battery life with a couple of quick settings changes.

To prolong its batter go to Settings and turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.                                    

Remaining within the Settings menu, select Display and drag the slider to reduce the Brightness and change the Sleep option to 1 minute or 2 minutes.

 

Tip 8: Get better book deals

Tip 8: Get better book deals

Buy books by heading to the Google Play Store and tapping Books or launching the Blinkbox Books app.

If you buy through Blinkbox Books you can earn and use Tesco Clubcard points.

It’s worth checking a book’s price in both apps before buying, as they are often quite different.

 

Tip 9: Order your groceries

Tip 9: Order your groceries

Open the Tesco Groceries app and create or sign in to your Tesco account. If you are a Tesco shopper you can now place your grocery order via the app and save orders to make the process quicker next time.

To set a delivery time, tap top left to view the menu then tap Book a Slot and choose a convenient time.

 

Tip 10: Play Hudl 2 content on your HDTV wirelessly

Tip 10: Play Hudl 2 content on your HDTV wirelessly

If you don’t want to physically connect your Hudl 2 to your HDTV, you can use a Google Chromecast wi-fi adapter instead. Connected items appear in the Display menu.