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My Samsung Galaxy Tab 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0789747979
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About the Author

Eric Butow began writing books in 2000 when he wrote Master Visually Windows 2000 Server. Since then, Eric has authored or coauthored 15 other books.Those books include several chapters in Que Publishing’s Microsoft Windows 7 In Depth, Addison-Wesley’s User Interface Design for Mere Mortals, Amacom’s How to Succeed in Business Using LinkedIn, and, most recently,Que Publishing’s Blogging to Drive Business.

 

Eric lives in Jackson, California. He has a master’s degree in communication from California State University, Fresno, and is the owner of Butow Communications Group (BCG), a web design, online marketing, and technical writing firm.

 

Website: http://butow.net

 

LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/ebutow

 

Lonzell Watson is the award-winning author of Teach Yourself Visually iPad, for which he won the honor of Distinguished Technical Communication and Best of Show 2010 from the Society for Technical Communication. He was also presented the Award of Excellence for Teach Yourself Visually iPhoto ‘09 in 2009. He is the author of other popular titles, including Canon VIXIA HD Digital Field Guide, Final Cut Pro 6 for Digital Video Editors Only, and Teach Yourself Visually Digital Video.

 

Lonzell is an adjunct professor in the College of Business at Bellevue University, and he is a freelance technical writer and instructional designer whose courseware has been used to train the CIA, FBI, NASA, and all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. He is a frequent contributor to StudioMonthly.com and is a syndicated writer with hundreds of published tutorials and tips that help demystify consumer electronics and Apple software. He holds a master’s degree in instructional design and development and is the owner of Creative Intelligence, LLC, an instructional design and technical writing company.

 

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LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/lonzell-watson/6/b64/499

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Product Details

  • Series: My...
  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Que Publishing; 1 edition (December 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789747979
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789747976
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,064,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jeremy Haggard TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 22, 2012
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I had a Galaxy Tab and I can confirm this book is a great addition if you have or are looking to get the Galaxy Tab. It is essentially the instruction manual that should have came pre-loaded on the device as an e-Book if not as a paper book in the box. It does a great job explaining the features of the Tab and walking you through basic operations along with a lot of high quality color pictures. For anyone new to the Galaxy Tab world this would be beneficial, if you've had other tablets of the android variety you could probably skip on this.
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This book provides essential documentation for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 (old model) and 10.1. Butow and Watson each have a long history of writing how-to computer books. In this book, they introduce two Galaxy Tab models to new users, providing documentation that should have been shipped in the box but wasn't. Topics covered include the physical layout of the devices, Android (operating system) basics, customizing the screen, browsing the web, e-mail and messaging, calendar and contacts, music and video, book reading, capturing and managing photos, maps and navigation, adding new apps, adding new hardware and accessories, and troubleshooting. Since the older model Galaxy Tab 7 used a different version of the Android operating system than the 10.1, separate instructions are given for each of the two models. The numbered instructions are illustrated with color screen captures, notated with circled numbers to help you match up instructions with icons on the screen. Where necessary, additional information is provided in large call-out boxes. The book includes an index to help you find topics easily, and a password for access to an online copy of the book for 45 days starting from activation of the password.

Being completely new to the Android world, I learned a lot from reading this book. We don't have any cell phone coverage where I live, so the world of smart phones is completely foreign to me, and the iPad is out of my price range. As a result, when I got my Samsung Galaxy Tab, I was at a complete loss about how to use it. The Tab ships with practically no documentation, simply a wallet-sized fold-out brochure with a few getting started tips.
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I am so not a tech person. When I was in the market for a tablet I spent weeks researching, trying to figure which one would be best for me. I have mostly been an Apple girl but after messing with the Ipads some family members had, I decided I wanted something different and maybe a bit superior. So I went with the Galaxy 2.

I thought it would be a fairly easy operation to figure out. I mean, I had no problems switching from a Microsoft OS laptop to a Mac. I got the Galaxy out of the box and I might as well have BEEN in a different Galaxy. I understood nothing.

So, thankfully, I was able to get the My Galaxy Tab 2 book from Amazon. Upon opening it immediately made me feel more secure and less anxious about learning the features of my new tablet.

The chapters are broken down via categories and then sub-categories. Knowing I could start at the very beginning of the book and tackle each chapter in my own time was reassuring but it was also great to know that if I had a specific issue I needed to figure out immediately all I had to do was skim the contents and find the exact page that information was offered.

I think this book offers help to new Galaxy Tab users as well as established ones. There were a few things I learned from the book that my friend didn't even know and he had his Tab for over a year.

I think it is a great tool to have if you own a Galaxy Tab. It certainly has saved me the time of having to search for the answer to a feature question from the internet.
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I was very excited to see this as a review item because I had just bought a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7-Inch, Wi-Fi). But this book is for the previous model. I had hoped it would be similar enough to be helpful, but it really wasn't.

I wasn't going to review this because I couldn't do it justice, but Amazon updated their Vine reviewers requirements, so I'm cleaning out my back log.
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My first impression was "who needs this?", it is so elementary. After getting into it, I realized that this book is not intended fore me, a person who makes his living testifying about technology as an expert witness.

Rather, it is for the millions who are new to tablet computers and, in particular, the Android Operating System.

For them, this book is literally an education since it covers very every aspect of using the Samsung Galaxy tab 10.1 and 7.

A big problem, however, is that Samsung has introduced new models that use android Version 4.x, while this book is oriented toward Android v2.2 on the 7 inch and v3.1 on the 10.1 tablet. There are operational differences between Version 4 and its predecessors. Not so many, however, that this book wouldn't still have substantial value for a total newcomer.

In 14 chapters, the authors discuss every basic feature of the Galaxy Tab in considerable detail. The language is clear and there are plenty of clear illustrations.

For example, there are two pages (for the 7 inch unit) on enabling GPS. There's lots of whit7e space, but five pictures guide the inexperienced user through what can be an obscure process. Then a dozen or so pages on using Google Maps with Galaxy Tab 7, followed by a section on maps for the Galaxy Tab 10.1. The sections are grindingly thorough including warnings not to depend too heavily on the accuracy of Google Maps, which is good advice. By the way, a lot of the advice is divided into two consecutive sections which some readers may find irritating.

Overall, this could be a very helpful guide for a totally inexperienced user of these somewhat obsolete units. The timing of this book was unfortunate. An experienced user, on the other hand, will find little of value here. My rating is based on the book's value to the inexperienced user.

Jerry
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