Ten Things to Remember about Using the Galaxy Tab - dummies

Ten Things to Remember about Using the Galaxy Tab

By Dan Gookin

For your Samsung Galaxy Tab, there are some things that are definitely worth remembering. Out of the long, long list, here are ten of the best ones.

Use Dictation

It’s such a handy feature, yet most people forget to use it. You can access dictation from any onscreen keyboard by touching the Microphone button. Speak the text; the text appears.

Portrait Orientation

Apps such as the Browser, Kindle, and even Email can look much better in a vertical orientation. It’s easier to read a conversation in the chatting apps, such as Talk and Skype, when things are narrow. Simply turn the Tab over on its side and start reading.

Some apps, specifically some games, appear only in landscape orientation.

Orientation Lock

The Galaxy Tab has an orientation lock feature. When engaged, the orientation lock prevents the screen from adjusting between Landscape and Portrait modes: The screen stays fixed in whichever orientation it was in when you set the orientation lock.

To set the orientation lock, ensure that the Auto-Rotate Screen item is set to Off in the Quick Settings screen.

Use the Keyboard Suggestions

Don’t forget to take advantage of the suggestions that appear above the onscreen keyboard when you’re typing text. In fact, you don’t even need to touch a suggestion; to replace your text with the highlighted suggestion, simply touch the onscreen keyboard’s Space key.

To ensure that suggestions are enabled, follow these steps:

  1. Start the Settings app.

  2. Choose Language & Input.

  3. Choose Configure Input Methods.

  4. Choose the Settings item in the Samsung Keypad section.

  5. Ensure that a check mark appears by XT9, the predictive text option.

Things That Consume Lots of Battery Juice

Three items on the Galaxy Tab suck down battery power faster than anything else:

  • Wi-Fi networking

  • Bluetooth

  • Navigation

Navigation is certainly handy, but because the Galaxy Tab touchscreen is on the entire time and dictating text to you, the battery drains rapidly. If possible, try to plug the Tab into the car’s power socket when you’re navigating.

Use a Docking Stand

If you tend to keep the Galaxy Tab in one spot when you aren’t on the road, the multimedia stand is a helpful way to hold the Tab, to keep it propped up and easy to use. Given the choice of multimedia stand or keyboard dock, go with the multimedia stand. The keyboard stand is nice, but it takes up some room.

The Galaxy Tab Can Make Phone Calls

The Galaxy Tab lacks a native ability to use the cellular system for making phone calls. Even so, with apps such as Talk and Skype, you can make phone calls and even video chat with others.

Keep Up with Your Schedule

A great way to augment the calendar is to employ the Calendar widget on the Home screen. The Calendar widget lists the current date and then a long list of upcoming appointments. It’s a great way to check your schedule, especially when you use your Tab all the time. Do yourself a favor and stick the Calendar widget right on the main Home screen.

Snap a Pic of That Contact

Whenever you’re near one of your contacts, take the person’s picture. The idea is to build up your Contacts list so that all contacts have photos.

The Search Command

Don’t forget that the Galaxy Tab, which uses the Google Android operating system, has a powerful Search command. The Search command is not only powerful, but also available all over. You can touch the Search icon button in any app where you can find it. Use it to search for information, locations, people — you name it. It’s handy. Use it.