Using Android Tablets – Beginners Guide

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What is Android? -Android is a Linux based open source operating system by Google, which is popular on mobile phones, and 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.

What are Android Tablets

An Android tablet is a small flat computer running the Android Operating system.

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.

Tablets for sale on Amazon tend to be running Android 4.2, 4.3, (Jelly bean), 4.4 (KitKat). 5.0 (lollipop) , version 6 -Marshmallow 7Nougat as well as the latest version 8 Oreo.

Android version 8  Oreo. is expected to be released in August September 2017.

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.

Android Tablets vs Android SmartPhones

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.

How to Use Your Android Tablet or Phone-Getting Started

Finding your way around Android  may be intuitive to those who have grown up with mobile phones and games , but for the less technical, seniors and complete beginners, it is less so.

Learning to Navigate your way around a tablet/smart phone is very different to using a PC.

The first thing you may notice is that Android has more than one home screen!- See Understanding and Using Home Screens.

Because you don’t have a mouse and keyboard then you will need to learn techniques like long and short pressing, pinching etc See Android Navigation Basics

Setting Up Android

Although you can use Android tablets without an Internet connection you are extremely limited to what you can do.

You will need to connect Android to the Internet to send and receive email, download Apps etc.

All android tablets and phones have built in Wi-Fi which is used as the primary connection mechanism.

Tablets and phone equipped with 3G/4G can also use the mobile network.

Android Apps

On a PC we call them programs, on tablets and smart phones they are called Apps.

Most devices will come with a collection of pre-installed Apps. You can install new Apps from the Google Play store.

Tablet  Storage

The storage space available on a smart phone or tablet is tiny when compared to a PC/Laptop. Understanding your storage space and managing it is important to make the best use of your device.

Questions?

The aim of this site is to help you understand and use your Android tablet.

I have created a Q and A page that you might find useful. If you don’t find an answer there then you can ask.

If you are confused by all of the terms then this page might help – Android Terms and Acronyms

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