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Samsung Galaxy Tabs For Dummies

The Samsung Galaxy Note and Samsung Galaxy Tab present the latest solution to the problem of carrying around multiple electronics. These tablets offer so many features that gentle hand-holding and careful explanation are required. Therefore, I present this Cheat Sheet as your quick-and-dirty guide to Galactic tablet tips and tricks you just can't find anywhere else: Explore the Home Screen and your Tab icons; learn how to touch a touchscreen; and discover fancy tricks for using your tablet. And if you run into a problem, know where to get help and support.

Galaxy Note and Galaxy Tab Home Screens

The main screen on the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Tab is called the Home screen. However, you can have as many as seven Home screen panels. Each can be adorned with icons, widgets, and sneeze globs. (Only the sneeze globs are easily removed with a microfiber cloth.)

Here's a look at the Home screen on a typical, small-format tablet:


Larger format tablets may show a different style Home screen, as shown here:


As a tablet user, ensure that you're familiar with the items on the Home screen, especially the terms used to describe them.

Galaxy Note and Galaxy Tab Icons

The Galaxy Note and Galaxy Tab feature common icons that help you perform a specific task or action . In addition, many icons are consistent between the various apps. The icons work like touchscreen buttons — just touch an icon to initiate the action. Have a look at the most common icons:


Galaxy Note and Galaxy Tab Touchscreen Operations

It takes a certain finesse to work a touchscreen gizmo like a Galaxy Note or Galaxy Tab. Here are some of the common operations you can perform using your fingers on the tablet's touchscreen:

  • Touch: Touch an object, an icon, a control, a menu item, a doodad, and so on. This action may also be referred to as a tap or a press.

  • Double-tap: Touch the screen twice in the same location.

  • Long-press: Touch part of the screen and keep your finger held down.

  • Swipe: Touch your finger on one spot and then drag it to another spot. A swipe can be fast or slow. A swipe is also called a flick or a slide.

  • Pinch: A pinch involves two fingers, which start out separated on the screen and then are brought together.

  • Spread: The opposite of pinch. Start out with your fingers together on the screen and then spread them.

  • Rotate: Touch the screen with two fingers and twist them around a center point, like turning a combination lock on a safe.

Galaxy Note and Galaxy Tab Tricks to Remember

You can get more done quickly on your Galaxy Note and Galaxy Tab when you know a few tricks. Here is an assortment of handy time-saving tricks for you to keep in mind while you use, abuse, or excuse your device:

  • Dictation! You can speak into the tablet as an effective and quick alternative to using the onscreen keyboard.

  • Quickly switch between two or more programs by long-pressing the Home key to display the Recent Apps list.

  • For fast access to your favorite icons, stick them on the Home screen.

  • Check to see whether an app comes with a widget, which you can affix to the Home screen.

  • Your tablet can make phone calls, but you must install the proper app. For traditional phone calls, Skype is a good idea. You can use the Hangouts app for video chat.

  • Whenever possible, try to use the tablets Wi-Fi Internet connection to avoid incurring data usage charges.

  • Look at the top of the notifications shade for the Quick Action buttons. They let you easily switch key tablet features on and off.

  • Keep the tablet's power cord with you and plug in when you can. You can most definitely use the tablet while it's charging.

Galaxy Note and Galaxy Tab Help and Support

For whatever reason, something might go wrong with your Galaxy Note or Galaxy Tab. When things get really tough, you'll need to contact either Samsung itself or your cellular service provider. Here are their contact numbers and websites:

AT&T 800-331-0500
Sprint Nextel 800-211-4727
T-Mobile 800-866-2453
Verizon 800-922-0204
Google Unavailable
Samsung 800-726-7864
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