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Great introduction to Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and 10.1
on 22 February 2013
This is an ideal book for me as I'm a newby for Android and, I like lots of illustrations and screen shots. This book was written for Android "Ice Cream Sandwich" 4.0.4 but the tablets on sale in January 2013 have "Jelly Bean" 4.1.1, but don't let that put you off. Samsung's Jelly Bean manual (January 2013) can be downloaded from the Samsung site and read alongside this book.
There are 15 chapters that are subdivided into the specifics, so for example Chapter 8 "Playing Music and Videos" has 10 subsections covering purchases on Google Play to viewing YouTube videos. There is a lot of content. The first three chapters are an introduction to the Tablet and setting it up, the remaining chapters are:
4 - Customising Android;
5 - Browsing the Web;
6 - Emails and Instant Messaging;
7 - Calendar and Contacts;
8 - Playing music and video;
9 - Reading and managing books;
10 - Capturing and managing photos;
11 - Maps and Navigation;
12 - Apps;
13 - Adding new hardware;
14 - Accessories;
15 - Troubleshooting.
This is a reference book so use the first few chapters to get up and running and then pick out the chapters that are needed.
Things that aren't covered:
* The book refers to the Samsung Kies software to synchronise the Tablet with a computer. It doesn't mention that Windows 7 will probably need new USB drivers - select Device Manager `Update drivers' / search the internet - otherwise the Tablet and Kies will not connect.
* If a micro SC card is installed, .pdf files will be downloaded to the card and do not open automatically. You have to go to My Files and then open the .pdf.
* My Files shows the internal memory as "sdcard0" and a micro SD card - if installed - as "extSdCard".
* Although Adobe Reader works in Polaris, Adobe Flash Player doesn't work in the web browser (unless you're prepared to faff around with earlier versions and then upgrade).
Well written in plain language with plenty of clear screen shots; easy to put into practice.
Update August 2013
The Tablet automatically downloaded Android 4.2.2. Be aware that this update is 618 MB so it would be advisable to plug the Tablet into the charger when the update starts. The graphics are clearer than in 4.1.1, there is a greater emphasis on privacy as it lists the permissions given for each installed app and, Application Manager shows whether an app can be transferred to the SD card. So 4.2.2 is worth installing when the opportunity comes along.