Designed to give you a customized mobile experience, the Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 8.9 is packed with features you'll need whether you're on a business trip or on vacation. From setting your password to initiating video chat, these tips will help you get the most out of your Tab.
Opening Messages through the Notifications Menu: When a new message is received, the system will sound an alert and display a brief pop-up of the message on the lower-right corner of the screen. To read the new message without navigating to the messaging app, touch the Message icon on the System Bar and select the message to read.
Deleting Home Screen Widgets: To delete a widget from the home screen, touch and hold the widget and drag it to the top right corner. Drop it over the trash can icon.
Customizing the Home Screen: You can organize widgets and shortcuts on any of the five areas on the scrolling home screen. To move a widget or shortcut from one screen to another, touch and hold the widget until it releases from the home screen grid, and then drag it toward the edge of the screen into the frame of the next home screen. The same long press (touch and hold) gesture can be used to move widgets and shortcuts around on the same home screen. Individual widgets can be resized by the drag bars around each widget window. Pull a drag bar horizontally or vertically to change the widget’s size. Not all widgets support multi-direction resizing.
Android’s Native Enterprise Support: Increased security support—including on-device encryption, configuration of HTTP proxy for each connected Wi-Fi® access point, and “encrypted storage card” device policies—makes Android Honeycomb devices more acceptable for enterprise uses.
Viewing Recently Used Apps: To quickly view recently used apps, touch the third icon in the lower-left corner of the screen. This function displays thumbnails of apps that have been recently opened. To navigate to one of these apps, touch its thumbnail.
Using the Action Bar: The Action Bar—which can be accessed by touching the Plus Sign icon at the top right of the screen—is the key to contextual, changing menus that are controlled by each application. When you touch the Action Bar, you may access options, settings and actions that are relevant to the current app. For example, from the Home screen, the Action Bar opens widgets, shortcuts and wallpaper menus. But from the web browser, touching the same Action Bar opens a menu for tabs, find on page, downloads and settings.
Tools for Photography: Photography enthusiasts will enjoy the Galaxy Tab 8.9’s tools for photography. Take advantage of the tablet’s two different cameras, a photo editing application, easy sharing and uploading, and the optional SD card adapter, which lets you connect your digital camera/SD card directly to the Tab to download, edit and share pictures captured with that device.
The Strength of Gorilla® Glass: The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 features a display protected by Corning® Gorilla® Glass, a tough but thin type of glass that resists damage and adds strength without adding bulk. This type of glass is durable enough to handle the daily use of a touch screen, while resisting wear and damage, and providing excellent clarity and pristine surface quality.
Incognito Mode: Enjoy a private web browsing mode called Incognito. When Incognito Mode is enabled in a browser window, any site viewed in that window won’t be stored in the browser or search history, or leave cookies behind on the device after the window is closed. To turn on Incognito, while in the browser, touch the Action Bar > New Incognito Tab.
Managing Pulse Feeds: The preloaded Pulse application offers a visually stimulating way to catch up on news feeds and blogs. Several popular feeds are preinstalled, but you can change and add feeds, and it can also be synced with the your Google Reader™ account. To manage Pulse feeds, touch Apps > Pulse and touch the Settings icon in the top-left corner of the display. To add a source, touch the Plus button, or to delete a source, touch the red X next to its name.
Motion Settings: The Tab can support two user motions—tilt and panning—to control certain functions of the phone. Tilting reduces or enlarges the screen image in the Gallery or Browser, and panning moves widget and shortcut icons from page to page in the Home and Applications screens. To activate these features and learn more about them, touch Applications > Settings > Motion.
Copy and Paste: The copy and paste functionality on the Tab allows you to copy text, images or URLs and paste them into a new document.
To copy a word, touch and hold that word until the word becomes highlighted and the following options appear at the top of the screen: Cancel, Select all, Copy, Share, Find and Web Search. To expand the highlighted portion, touch, hold and slide the blue tabs on either end of the word.
To paste, touch and hold the desired area until the Paste box appears. Touch the box or move the blue tab to choose a different location for the word to be pasted.
Predictive Text: The predictive text feature can make typing easier and faster by suggesting words based on letters that have already been typed. Touch Apps > Settings > Language and input > Configure input methods to turn predictive text off or on for the Swype™ and Samsung keyboards. Touch Settings listed under the Samsung Keypad and touch the box next to XT9. Touch Settings listed under Swype and touch Word suggestion.
Swype: Swype enables you to enter text more quickly on a touch screen. Instead of tapping each key, trace a path through the letters of word without lifting a finger. To set Swype as the default keyboard, touch Apps > Settings > Language and input > Configure input methods and touch the box next to Swype.
Setting Brightness: To adjust the screen's brightness, touch Apps > Settings > Screen > Brightness. To turn on Automatic Brightness, which allows the Tab to adjust the brightness levels automatically due to light levels, check the box next to Automatic Brightness.
Screen Timeout: The Screen Timeout setting is a power-saving function that turns the screen off after a predetermined period of inactivity. The amount of time can be adjusted from 15 seconds to 30 minutes. To adjust the settings, touch Apps > Settings > Screen > Timeout.
Password Protection: Optional password protection allows you to lock the Tab's screen each time the device is powered off. To get started, touch Apps > Settings > Location and security > Configure lock screen. From there, touch PIN to enter a number, Password to enter a word, or Pattern to create a personal screen unlock pattern by connecting a series of dots.
Finding Your Mobile Device Number: To find your Tab's mobile device number (MDN), you can touch Apps > Settings > About device > Status.
Rebooting: If the Tab freezes, hangs or has fatal errors, a reboot may be necessary. To reboot the Tab, press and hold the power button for 10 seconds until the screen turns off. It will then automatically restart.
Optimizing Battery: You can set the Tab to revert to Power saving mode automatically when the battery level is below 50%. To turn on this feature, touch Apps > Settings > Power saving mode. Touch the box next to Use Power Saving Mode.
Under Power Saving mode, you also have the option of turning off such features as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth®, GPS and Sync when not in use, in order to save power.
Video Chatting on Wi-Fi: Video chat via Google Talk™ and Qik Lite is available only when the device is connected to a Wi-Fi network and is not supported on the cell network.
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