Welcome to Tablet Land

Welcome to Tablet Land
Welcome to Tablet Land
In This Chapter
▶ Unboxing your Galaxy Tab
▶ Charging the battery
▶ Locating important things
▶ Getting optional accessories
▶ Storing the Tab
thoroughly enjoy getting a new gizmo and opening its box. Expectations
build. Joy is released. Then frustration descends like a grand piano
pushed out a third-story window. That’s because any new electronic device,
especially something as sophisticated as the Galaxy Tab, requires a bit of
hand-holding. There’s a lot of ground to cover, but it all starts with
opening the box and with reading this gentle introduction to
the Samsung Galaxy Tab.
Set Up Your Galaxy Tab
Odds are good that the folks who sold you the
Galaxy Tab have already done some preconfiguration. In the United States, the Tab is available primarily from cellular phone providers, and getting
digital cellular service is a usual part of purchasing
the Tab.
If you have a cellular (non–Wi-Fi) Tab, it’s most likely
been unboxed and completely manhandled by the Phone
Store people — maybe even in front of your own eyes! That’s
a necessary step for a 4G Tab, and even though it might have
broken your heart (as it did mine), you need that initial setup done before
you can unbox and set up the Galaxy Tab for yourself.
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✓ If you ordered your Galaxy Tab online, the setup may have been done
before the Tab shipped. If not, see Chapter 2.
✓ The initial setup identifies the Tab with the cellular network, giving it a
network ID and associating the ID with your cellular bill.
✓ The Wi-Fi Tab doesn’t require setup with a cellular provider, but it does
require a Wi-Fi signal to use many features. See Chapter 17 for information on configuring your Tab for use with a Wi-Fi network.
✓ Additional software setup is required for the Tab, primarily to link
it with your Gmail and other Google accounts on the Internet. See
Chapter 2 for the details.
Opening the box
The Galaxy Tab fits snugly inside its box. You’ll find it lying right on top.
Remove the device by locating and lifting a cardboard tab at the side of
the box.
After liberating your Galaxy Tab, remove the plastic sheet that’s clinging to
the device’s front and back. Toss that sheet out, unless you’re enrolled in
a college art class, in which case you can turn in the sheet for credit as an
interpretive sculpture project.
In the box’s bottom compartment, you may find
✓ A USB cable: You can use it to connect the Tab to a computer or a wall
✓ A wall charger: It comes in two pieces. The larger piece has the USB
connector, and the smaller piece is customized for your locality’s wall
✓ Earbud-style earphones: The Wi-Fi Tab comes with a set of earphones
for listening to the Tab’s music and other media in the privacy of your
own head.
✓ Pamphlets with warnings and warranty information: You also receive
the brief Master Your Device booklet, which you’re free to ignore
because, honestly, this book puts that thing to shame.
✓ A Gift Certificate for the Media Hub: If you’re lucky, you might find a
$25 gift certificate for the Samsung Media Hub app. Do not throw it away!
See Chapter 15.
✓ The 4G SIM card holder: For the cellular Tab, you’ll need a 4G SIM card.
The Phone Store people may have tossed its credit card-sized holder
into the box as well. You can throw it out.
✓ Jimmy Hoffa: The former labor leader disappeared in 1975, and no one
has ever been able to find him. Just in case, look in the bottom of the
Galaxy Tab’s box to see whether Hoffa’s body is there. You never know.
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Go ahead and free the USB cable and power charger from their clear plastic cocoons. Assemble the power charger’s two pieces, which fit so snugly
together that you’ll probably never be able to pry them apart.
Keep the box for as long as you own your Galaxy Tab. If you ever need to
return the thing or ship it somewhere, the original box is the ideal container.
You can shove the pamphlets and papers back into the box as well.
Charging the battery
The first thing that I recommend you do with your Galaxy Tab is give it a full
charge. Obey these steps:
1. Assemble the wall adapter that came with the Tab.
2. Attach the USB cable to the Galaxy Tab.
The side of the cable end that’s labeled Samsung faces you as you’re
looking at the front of the Tab.
3. Attach the other end of the USB cable to the wall adapter.
4. Plug the wall adapter into the wall.
Upon success, you may see a large Battery icon appear on the Galaxy Tab
touchscreen. The icon gives you an idea of the current battery-power level
and lets you know that the Galaxy Tab is functioning properly, though you
shouldn’t be alarmed if the Battery icon fails to appear.
✓ Your Galaxy Tab most likely came partially charged from the factory,
though I still recommend giving it an initial charge just in case, as well as
to familiarize yourself with the process.
✓ The USB cable is used for charging the Galaxy Tab and for connecting it
to a computer to share information or exchange files or use the Galaxy
Tab as a computer modem. (You find out about this tethering process in
Chapter 17.)
✓ You can also charge the Tab by connecting it to a computer’s USB port.
As long as the computer is on, the Tab charges.
✓ The battery charges more efficiently if you plug it into a wall rather than
charge it from a computer’s USB port.
✓ The Galaxy Tab does not feature a removable battery.
Know Your Way around the Galaxy
“Second star to the right and straight on till morning” may get Peter Pan to
Neverland, but for navigating your way around the Galaxy Tab, you need
more-specific directions.
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Finding things on the Tab
Take heed of Figure 1-1, which is my attempt at illustrating the basic Galaxy
Tab hardware features. Follow along on your own Tab as you find key features, described in this section.
Light sensor
Wi-Fi Tab
Front camera
Volume Up
Power Lock
Cellular Tab
Volume Down
Headphone jack
SIM card cover Right speaker
Left speaker
Power Lock
Volume Up
Volume Down
Power / USB jack
Microphone hole
Figure 1-1: Things on the Galaxy Tab.
Dock/USB power connector: The key to discovering things on your Tab is to
first find the Power/USB jack, as shown in Figure 1-1. It’s a thin slot located on
the long side of the Tab, a side I call the bottom. Because the Tab has no buttons or other easily identifiable marks on its front, locating the Power/USB
jack first helps you orient the Tab as well as locate other goodies, which are
illustrated in the figure. The slot is also where the Tab connects to the dock,
if you have one. See the later section, “Getting optional accessories.”
Touchscreen display: The biggest part of the Tab is its touchscreen display,
which occupies almost all the territory on the front of the device. The touchscreen display is a see-touch thing: You look at it and also touch it with your
fingers to control the Tab.
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Front camera: The Galaxy Tab’s front-facing camera is centered above the
touchscreen. The camera is used for taking self-portraits as well as for video
Light sensor: Though it’s difficult to see, just to the left of the front camera
is a teensy light sensor. It’s used to help adjust the brightness level of the
Around the Galaxy Tab, you find a variety of buttons, holes, connectors, and
other doodads, all carefully explained here:
Headphone jack: Atop the Tab case, you see a hole where you can connect
standard headphones.
SIM card cover: This spot is used to access the cellular Tab’s SIM card,
which is inserted into a slot beneath the cover.
Speaker(s): Stereo speakers are located on the left and right sides of the Tab.
(Feel free to remove the plastic sticker beneath the right speaker if you find
one there.)
Microphone: A tiny hole on the bottom of the Tab (see Figure 1-1) is where
you find the device’s microphone.
Volume Up/Volume Down: The Tab’s volume control is located on the right
side of the cellular unit, just below the Power Lock button. On the Wi-Fi
Tab, the volume control is on top of the unit, as illustrated in Figure 1-1.
The button toward the top of the unit is Volume Up, and the other button is
Volume Down.
Power Lock: The Power Lock button is labeled with the universal power icon,
shown in the margin. Press this button to turn on the Tab, to lock it (put it to
sleep), to wake it up, and to turn it off. Directions for performing these activities are found in Chapter 2.
Figure 1-2 illustrates the back of the Galaxy Tab. It’s mostly boring except for
the device’s main camera, illustrated in the figure. In fact, the entire Tab is
physically boring front and back; all the real goodies are found on its edges.
Headphone jack
SIM card cover
3MP Camera
LED flash
Figure 1-2: Galaxy Tab, upper back.
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The back of the Galaxy Tab can be black or white, which is a choice you
make when you buy the device. There is no internal difference between the
black or white Tab.
✓ The Power Lock and Volume buttons are in different locations for the
cellular and Wi-Fi Tab models.
✓ You’ll rarely, if ever, access the SIM card.
✓ SIM stands for Subscriber Identity Module. The SIM card is used by your
cellular provider to identify your Tab and keep track of the amount of
data you access. Yep, that’s so you can be billed properly. The SIM also
gives your cellular Tab a phone number, though that number is merely
an account and not something you can dial into or send a text message.
✓ Be careful not to confuse the SIM card with the removable storage media
(MicroSD card) used on other tablets and cell phones; they’re not the
same thing. The Galaxy Tab doesn’t use a removable media card.
✓ Don’t stick anything into the microphone hole. The only things you need
to stick into the Tab are the USB cable (or the connector on the dock) or
Getting optional accessories
You can buy an assortment of handy Galaxy Tab accessories, and I’m sure
that the pleasant people at the Phone Store showed you the variety when you
bought your Tab. Here are just a few of the items that are available or that
you can consider getting in order to complete your Tab experience:
Earphones: You can use any standard cell phone or portable media player
earphones with the cellular Galaxy Tab. Simply plug the earphones into the
headphone jack at the top of the Tab, and you’re ready to go.
Cases: Various cases and case-stands are available for the Galaxy Tab. Some
are mere enclosures, like a portfolio. Other cases can also be used as stands
to prop up the Tab for easy viewing.
Keyboards: Several different types of keyboards are available for the Galaxy
Tab, from the case-keyboard to keyboard docking stands or standard
Bluetooth keyboards. They can both prop up the Tab for easy viewing as well
as allow for faster typing than can be done on a touchscreen.
Multimedia Dock: The dock is merely a stand you can use to prop up the Tab for
easy viewing. It has a speaker jack you can use to connect external speakers.
Galaxy Tab USB Adapter: This USB adapter isn’t the same thing as the USB
cable that came with your Tab. It’s a dongle that plugs into the Tab’s Power/
USB jack that allows the Tab to host a USB device, such as a keyboard,
mouse, modem, or external storage device (hard drive or optical drive).
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HDMI adapter: The adapter plugs into the Power/USB jack. Into the adapter,
you can plug an HDMI cable (which is extra) so that you can view the Tab’s
output on an HDMI-compatible monitor or television.
Screen protectors: These plastic, clingy things are affixed to the front of the
Tab, right over the touchscreen. They help protect the touchscreen glass
from finger smudges and sneeze globs while still allowing you to use the
Vehicle charger: You can charge the Galaxy Tab in your car when you buy
the vehicle charger. This adapter plugs into your car’s 12-volt power supply,
in the receptacle once known as a cigarette lighter. The vehicle charger is a
must-have if you plan to use the Galaxy Tab navigation features in your auto
or you need a charge on the road.
Additional accessories may be available. Check the location where your
Galaxy Tab was sold to inquire about new items.
✓ None of this extra stuff is essential to using the Tab.
✓ If the earphones feature a microphone, you can use it for dictation and
audio recording on the Tab.
✓ If the earphones feature a button, you can use the button to pause and
play music. Press the button once to pause and again to play.
✓ The Galaxy Tab doesn’t recognize more than one earphone button. For
example, if you use earphones that feature a Volume or Mute button,
pressing the extra button does nothing on the Tab.
✓ The set of screen protectors I purchased also came with a microfiber
cloth to help clean the Tab’s screen, plus a special cleaning-solution
wipe. See Chapter 21 for more information about cleaning the Galaxy
Tab screen.
✓ See Chapter 17 for more information on pairing your Galaxy Tab with
Bluetooth devices, such as a Bluetooth keyboard.
Where to Keep Your Tab
Like your car keys, glasses, wallet, and light saber, you’ll want to keep your
Galaxy Tab in a place where it’s safe, easy to find, and always handy whether
you’re at home, at work, on the road, or in a galaxy far, far away.
Making a home for the Tab
I recommend keeping the Galaxy Tab in the same spot when you’re done
using it. My first suggestion is to make a spot next to your computer. Keep
the charging cord handy or just plug the cord into the computer’s USB port
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so that you can synchronize information with your computer regularly and
keep the Tab charged.
If you have a docking stand, plug your Tab into it when you’re not toting it
Above all, avoid keeping the Tab in a place where someone might sit on it,
step on it, or damage it. For example, don’t leave the Tab under a stack of
newspapers on a table or counter, where it might get accidentally tossed out
or put in the recycle bin.
As long as you remember to return the Tab to the same spot when you’re
done with it, you’ll always know where it is.
Taking the Galaxy Tab with you
If you’re like me, you probably carry the Galaxy Tab with you around the
house, around the office, at the airport, in the air, or while you’re in the car.
I hope you’re not using the Tab while you’re driving! Regardless, have a portable place to store your Tab while you’re on the road.
The ideal storage spot for the Tab is a specially designed Galaxy Tab carrying case or pouch, such as the type of pouches mama kangaroos have, but
without the expense of owning a zoo. A case keeps the Tab from being dinged,
scratched, or even unexpectedly turned on while it’s in your backpack, purse,
carry-on luggage, or wherever you put the Tab when you aren’t using it.
Also see Chapter 19 for information on using the Galaxy Tab on the road.
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