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Basics of the Nexus 7 Tablet Functions

“Second star to the right and straight on till morning” may get Peter Pan to Neverland, but for navigating around the Nexus 7 tablet, you need more-specific directions.

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Power Lock: The Power Lock key appears on the upper-right side of the Nexus 7. It’s more toward the back of the tablet than on its side. You use the Power Lock key to turn the Nexus 7 on or off or to lock the touchscreen.

Volume key: To control the volume on your tablet, use the Volume key found on the right side of the Nexus 7. It’s one button but two switches. Press the top part to increase the volume; press the bottom part to lower the volume.

Touchscreen: The biggest part of the Nexus 7 is its touchscreen display, which occupies a goodly chunk of real estate on the front of the device. The touchscreen display is a see-touch thing: You look at it and also touch it with your fingers to control the tablet.

Speakers: The Nexus 7 has two speakers, both on the back of the device, top and bottom.

Headphone connector: At the top-right edge of the tablet, you see a hole where you can connect standard headphones.

USB / Power connector: At the bottom center of your Nexus 7, almost like a drain hole, is the USB / Power connector. That’s where you attach the USB cable to charge the tablet but also to connect to a computer for exchanging files.

Microphone: The Nexus 7’s microphone appears as a tiny hole on the right side of the case, just below the Volume key.

NFC area: Found on the center back of the tablet, right under the X in the word nexus, is the Near Field Communications (NFC) area. It allows the Nexus 7 to communicate wirelessly with other NFC devices.

Front camera: The Nexus 7’s front-facing camera is found top right of the touchscreen. The camera is used for taking self-portraits, as well as for video conferencing.

Rear camera: The tablet’s rear camera is found in the upper-left corner as you’re looking at the back of the tablet.

SIM card slot: For LTE (Cellular) tablets, the SIM card is inserted into the slot at the bottom of the right side.

Notification lamp: This light flashes slowly when the tablet receives new e-mail, a social networking update, or other similar updates.

  • Don’t stick anything into the microphone hole! Yeah, it’s about the size of an unbent paper clip, so avoid the temptation. The only things you need to stick into the Nexus 7 are the USB cable, headphones, and the SIM card (if required).

  • The Power Lock key cannot be accidentally pressed while the Nexus 7 is lying flat on a table. You have to lift the tablet before you can press the key.

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