Android Tablets For Beginners

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What is Android? -Android is a Linux based open source operating system by Google which is popular on mobile phones, touch screen tablet PCs,

It is also used on watches (android wear) and is intended to be used in smart TVs and Cars. Various efforts are also under way to install android on PCs.

Android Tablets

Android Tablets come  in various  sizes,  but the commonly sold machines have  7, 8 and 10 inch screens.

They are lightweight, generally weighing under 1000 grams, and have WI-FI capability, and a variety of sensors.

They also use a touch screen as the main interface, rather than a mouse and keyboard.

If you don’t currently own a tablet or are considering a new one, then the android tablet basic specification guide  and Cheap vs Expensive Tablets – What’s the Difference articles should help you understand the important tablet features.

I use the  Google nexus 7 and most of the articles/tutorials on this site were created using it.

Tablets vs Phones

Although all of the tutorials on this site were created using a tablet they will also work on android phones.

The main difference between android on a mobile phone, and android on a tablet, besides the screen size, is that tablets don’t support telephone calls and SMS.

However many newer tablets do have GSM support (3G/4G) which is usually a premium feature.

Getting Started

Finding your way around Android  may be intuitive to those who have grown up with mobile phones and games , but for the none technical, seniors and complete beginners, it is less so.

The aim of this site is to help you understand how to use your Android tablet and common Apps

Here are some starting guides you may find useful.

Because android devices come with a limited amount of storage when compared to a laptop/PC you need to keep any eye on your free disk space and maybe free up some space.

See Understanding Your Storage Space

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