Android Tablet Web Surfing Guide - Getting Started

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Quick Reference: Getting Started With Your New Android Tablet

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This quick reference guide is for Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich and 4.1 Jelly Bean users on any of the following hardware: the Asus Transformer and Transformer Prime series (TF101, 201, 300, 700); the Sony Tablet S series, Samsung Galaxy Tab 8/9/10 series, and Acer Iconia Tab.

Congratulations on your new Android tablet! The Google Android platform is an excellent system for web users and fans of mobile internet. Android does take a bit longer to learn than Apple's iOS platform, but Android also offers you more granular control over your daily computing experience.

Android 4.1, codenamed 'Jelly Bean', is the most recent version of the Google operating system. It is a very good OS, and should serve you well as a mobile user of the Internet.

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Overview: What an Android Tablet Is Made For

Your tablet is essentially a small 10-inch laptop with 6 to 12 hours of battery life. Simultaneously, a tablet has no dedicated keyboard or mouse hardware. The intent of a tablet is to make computing very personal, very movement-friendly, and very sharing-friendly. You can take your web and music and photos to the living room couch, to the bus, to the office meeting, to your friends' homes, and even to the bathroom, all with the same portability as a copy of Time Magazine.

While this might sound rather complicated on paper, in practice a tablet is very easy to use.

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Navigation Basics: How to Move Around Your Android Tablet

Android 4.x uses more commands than its competitor, Apple iOS, and there are more widgets and menus in Android. You will need to learn more steps to make full use of your Android device, but you will also get more granular control that you would with an Apple iPad.

You choose which fingers work best for you. Some people prefer to use both thumbs while they hold the tablet in both hands. Other people prefer to use index finger and thumb while they hold the tablet in the other hand. All methods work well, so choose what is most comfortable for you.

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Voice Recognition: How to Talk to Your Android Tablet

Android also supports voice recognition. The system is far from perfect, but many people like it.

If you wish to try voice recognition, then experiment with the Google search in the top left of your tablet home page.

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Opening and Closing Windows on an Android Tablet

You do not 'close' windows in Android the same way you would in Microsoft. Instead: you let Android partially close (hibernate) and fully close your windows for you.

So, in short: you don't personally close windows in Android. You let Android close windows behind you as you navigate.

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Killing Windows on an Android Tablet

In those rare cases where your Android does not manage window closing successfully, you can optionally use Task Manager or a 3rd party 'Task Killer' app to flush your system memory of active and programs. Alternatively, you can shut down and restart your Android tablet to flush your system memory.

In general, you shouldn't have to do this. If you find yourself having to kill windows manually to keep your tablet from getting sluggish, then you likely have an individual software app that does not work well on Android. You will then need to decide if you want to keep that troublesome app or not.