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Samsung Galaxy S For Dummies

From Samsung Galaxy S For Dummies by Bill Hughes

The Samsung Galaxy S is a powerful series of smartphones. No matter which model you have — AT&T Captivate, T-Mobile Vibrant, Sprint Epic 4G, or Verizon Fascinate — you can do a lot with your smartphone. While all models have some carrier-specific functionality, they all have the same basic features you expect from a smartphone. Get up and running with your Samsung Galaxy S.

Navigating Your Samsung S Galaxy Phone

Even if you’ve used a smartphone in the past, you probably still need a bit of guidance with your Galaxy S. Here’s your guide to your phone’s buttons, its touchscreen, and the keyboard:

  • The Power button: The Power button is on the top-right side of the phone. Press it for a second, and the screen lights up. Press it for a second while the phone is on and the phone goes into sleep mode. To shut down the phone completely, simply press and hold the Power button for a few seconds. Then choose the Power Off option from the menu.

  • The Volume button(s): There are two Volume buttons location on the top-left side of the phone: one to increase the volume, and the other to lower it.

  • Camera button: The Sprint Epic 4G includes a Camera button on the lower-right side of the phone. Press it to launch the Camera app and to snap a picture. (If you have a different model, you launch the Camera app from the Application list.)

  • The touchscreen: The Galaxy S phone offers one of the highest-resolution touchscreens, the Super AMOLED, on the market (480 x 800 pixels). It’s sensitive enough to allow you to move the screen carefully, but not so sensitive that it’s hard to manage.

  • The extended Home screen: This is the first screen that you see. You actually have seven screens. The extended Home screen is where you can organize icons and other functions to make the phone convenient for you. You’ll find your extended Home screen has some apps already preloaded for you by Samsung and your cellular carrier. Here’s what you’ll find on your Home screen:

    • The notification area: The notification area is located at the top of the phone and presents you with small icons that let you know if something important is up, like battery life.

    • The primary shortcuts: These four icons at the bottom of the screen remain stationary as you move across the seven Home screens. Samsung and your cellular carrier have determined that these are the four most important applications on your phone.

    • The Device Function keys: These keys (Menu, Home, Back, and Search) reside on the bottom of the phone and control essential phone functions, regardless of what else you have going on at the moment.

  • The keyboard: All Galaxy S phones come with a software keyboard. It pops up onscreen when you need to enter text. The Sprint Epic 4G comes with a software keyboard and a hardware keyboard.

Adding Shortcuts to Your Galaxy S Home Screen

You can add shortcuts to the items you use most right on the Home screen; this saves you from hunting through menus and apps for what you want. Consider adding the following items as shortcuts:

  • Contacts that you frequently call or text

  • Telephone numbers from contacts that you can tap and call

  • Text addresses that allow you to tap and text

  • Directions to a favorite place

  • Folders where you’ve stored Microsoft Office files

To add shortcuts, follow these steps:

  1. From the Home screen, tap the Menu button.

  2. Tap the Add button.

  3. Tap Shortcuts.

  4. Tap the Shortcuts selection you want.

You can add shortcuts until the seven pages of your extended Home screen are full.

Setting Up the Daily Briefing App

One of the handiest tools on your Galaxy S smartphone is the Daily Briefing app that comes preinstalled on your phone. It takes up one of the seven Home screens, and consists of four sections: Local Weather, Stock Prices, World News, and Calendar. To see information that is relevant for you, you need to customize its pages.

Start by tapping the Menu button on any of the Daily Briefing screens, then tapping Settings in the pop-up menu. From the Settings menu, you can customize each section:

  • Local Weather

    1. Tap the AccuWeather.com link.

    2. Tap the Select City link to bring up the Edit City List screen.

    3. 3.Tap the Add button to bring up the City Search screen.

    4. When you find the city that you want, tap it.

    5. When you’re done adding or deleting cities, tap Return.

  • Stock Prices

    1. Tap the Y! Finance link.

    2. Tap Select Stock to add financial instruments, such as stocks, mutual funds, and stock indices.

    3. Tap the Add button to add stocks and then enter the name of the stock you’re interested is.

    4. Tap the check box for what you want to see and then tap Save.

  • World News: Tap the AP Mobile News link. Your only choices are how often this page is updated — as frequently as every 30 minutes or as infrequently as every three hours — and whether the information scrolls. Go ahead, let it scroll.

  • Calendar: Got your calendar app set up? Then, you’ll see all your appointments for today in list form. There’s no set up required in Daily Briefing.

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