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Android Tablets For Dummies Paperback – 26 Apr 2013
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From the Back Cover
- Navigate the touchscreen, surf the web, and manage e–mail
- Read e–books, play games and music, and watch videos
- Update your social media sites and use the built–in camera
IN FULL COLOR!
Welcome, Android! Here′s Dan Gookin′s guide to making the most of your terrific tablet
Remember all those science fiction movies about how one day, you′d have a robot to assist you? Well, it′s not a robot it′s an Android. And with Dan Gookin′s helpful advice, you can train it to do your bidding. Learn how to talk to it, use the navigation system, text, send e–mail, take photos, video chat, create and print documents, and much more.
- A tasty tablet find out whether yours is the Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean operating system and how to set it up
- It′s touching use the touchscreen to tap apps, type text, browse the web, check your e–mail, and update your social media
- Can we talk? explore Google Talk, set up a Skype account, and video chat with friends anywhere
- All the things it is locate businesses, take photos and video, manage your pictures, play music, enjoy a game, and update your calendar
- Hit the road learn how to prepare your tablet for travel, protect it, and secure your data on the go
Open the book and find:
- How and why to set up a Google account
- Why your tablet needs a home
- Tips for using the address book
- Web browsing advice
- How your tablet can tell you where you are
- Wi–Fi and cellular pros and cons
- Ways to keep your Android tablet happy
- How to use your tablet for phone calls and video chats
- Solutions to common problems
- Ten fantastic free apps
About the Author
Dan Gookin wrote the original For Dummies book in 1991, launching the series. He enjoys worldwide success with more than 11 million copies of his books in print, translated into 32 languages. Among Dan′s bestsellers are Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 For Dummies and Nexus 7 For Dummies. Visit him at wambooli.com.
Top customer reviews
I am very much a 'silver surfer' although my background with computing technology covers more than the four decades of the history of the first PCs. Familiarity with Android is personally at a much lower level and will be a minor challenge. Android tablets are currently exceedingly popular and arguably outselling every other alternative including the once overwhelmingly common iPad range.
This book will help although it is generic and not specific to a certain model or version of Android. It will always be slightly out-of-date as new products appear two or three times each year and Android is in a constant state of flux with minor version updates appearing every few months (4.3 to 4.4 is the most current change at the date of the review, although many devices continue to use older versions) and major updates (e.g. from 4.x to 5.x) appearing less often. Although features in each upgrade will change, some older apps being modified or dropped in favour of others with different capabilities and new ones added, some manufacturers will have their own views on what to include or exclude for their own devices. The book cannot therefore comprehensively cover all these possible combinations.
The contents starts at the beginning in describing the range of features you may expect, adding and using additional storage, connecting to a PC or TV, installing and using Apps and, possibly most importantly, connecting to the Internet and online services. The in-built camera and other similar options are also covered. It is a primer and there are several chapters within its slightly fewer than 300 pages. Just about everything that a new user could want is there and there is a tendency not to overload with data that may not be currently needed. For reasons of clarity and of specific help to the new user, there are many illustrations that augment the text.
As a series, I have never yet been seriously disappointed with a single title from this series. As indicated above, the topics covered are many and there are several authors responsible for the many titles. Some of the titles are regularly reissued as different subject software products are updated and others are updated and revised as technology moves ever onwards. This is the first release of this title, but not the first on Android as older titles related mostly to smart phones; you can expect it to be revised at some later date.
A good first book on the subject.
Yours faithfully H, M, Edmondson