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Galaxy S II: The Missing Manual by Preston Gralla

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Introduction

WHAT GIVES YOU HIGH-SPEED Internet access, runs thousands of apps, lets you take high-resolution photos and HD videos (and play them on a TV as well), gives you immediate access to information about all your friends, family, and contacts, handles any email you can throw at it, is a wizard at Facebook and other social networking services…and lets you make and receive phone calls as well?

It’s the Samsung Galaxy S II—the smartphone with a big 4.3-inch screen and enough tech specs to make any smartphone lover’s heart skip a beat.

The Samsung Galaxy S II brings together superb hardware from Samsung with Google’s powerful, flexible Android operating system. Many people consider the Galaxy S II to be the best smartphone on the planet. If you’re holding this book in your hand, you’re probably among them—or soon will be.

This book will help you get the most out of your Galaxy S II, and there’s a lot you can get out of it, as you’ll see. Whether you’re looking just to get started, or want to dig deep into the phone’s capabilities, this book’s got you covered.

About the Samsung Galaxy S II

THE SAMSUNG GALAXY S II is one of the hottest smartphones on the market, with good reason. First, there’s the hardware. Samsung gave it a 4.3-inch, high-resolution screen; an 8-megapixel camera for high-res photos and video; and a back-facing 3-megapixel camera for video calling and video chat. Its brain is a superfast 1.2 Ghz dual-core processor. For keeping you connected, the Galaxy S II has antennas for Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS.

Note

This book was written based on the AT&T version of the Samsung Galaxy S II. Versions from other carriers will be just about identical to it, with possible minor variations.

It has access to speedy 3G and 4G networks, which let you talk, text, and surf the Web almost anywhere in the U.S. (Anywhere important, anyway.)

Google contributed its Android operating system, with seamless access to Gmail, YouTube, and other Google services. The worldwide developer community created thousands of apps—programs for your Galaxy S II—in the Android Market (with more coming every day).

Put it all together, and you can do just about anything. You can get turn-by-turn directions, check weather and traffic, and identify landmarks. You can work with word processing and spreadsheet files and manage your email and calendar. You can take pictures and share them on Facebook, or shoot videos and upload them to YouTube. You can even turn the Galaxy S II into a Wi-Fi hotspot for getting up to five computers online.

Oh, and it’s also a darn good phone with great sound quality and all the calling features you could ask for.

You could figure out how to make the most of all these features on your own, but by that time there’d be a whole other generation of smartphones to learn. This book will put you on the fast track to all of the Galaxy S II’s magic.

About This Book

THERE’S AN ENTIRE WORLD to explore in the Samsung Galaxy S II, and the little leaflet that comes in the box doesn’t begin to give you all the help, advice, and guidance you need. So this book is the manual that should have accompanied the Galaxy S II.

The brain running the Galaxy S II is a piece of software from Google called Android. Samsung then tweaked Android so it gets the most out of the Galaxy S II using Samsung’s TouchWiz interface that works on top of Android. Both Google and Samsung regularly issue updates that improve the way the Galaxy S II works. So there’s a chance that since this book was written, there have been some changes to the Galaxy S II. To help keep yourself up to date about them, head to this book’s Errata/Changes page, at http://tinyurl.com/gsii-mm.

About the Outline

GALAXY S II: THE Missing Manual is divided into six parts, each of which has several chapters:

  • Part I, covers everything you need to know about using the Galaxy S II as a phone, as well as how to type on it, send text messages, and use a nifty feature called Visual Voice Mail. So you’ll get a guided tour of the phone, learn how to dial, to manage your contacts, to use caller ID and similar features, to make conference calls, and more, including fancy phone tricks.

  • Part II, gives you the rundown on using the Galaxy S II for taking pictures, recording videos, viewing pictures, playing videos, and playing and managing your music.

  • Part III, shows you the many ways in which the Galaxy S II connects you to the outside world—and it includes plenty of things that appear to be magic as well. You’ll learn how to navigate using a GPS, to find any location in the world with maps, to find your own location on a map, to get weather and news, to use a great calendar app, and to synchronize that calendar with your Google calendar, or even an Outlook calendar.

  • Part IV, tells you everything you need to know about the Galaxy S II’s remarkable online talents. You’ll find out how to get online, either over AT&T’s network or a Wi-Fi hotspot, see how you can turn your Galaxy S II into a portable 3G hotspot, master email, browse the Web, and download and use countless apps from the Android Market.

  • Part V, covers a wide variety of subjects, including how to sync and transfer files between the Galaxy S II and your PC or Mac, how to use the Galaxy S II at your workplace, and how to control the Galaxy S II by talking to it. You’ll also find a comprehensive listing of the Galaxy S II’s settings.

  • Part VI, has three reference chapters. Appendix A shows you how to activate your Galaxy S II. Appendix B shows what kind of accessories you can get for your Samsung Galaxy S II, such as cases, chargers, and screen protectors. Appendix C offers plenty of help troubleshooting issues with the phone’s operation.

About→These→Arrows

IN THIS BOOK AND the entire Missing Manual series, you’ll find instructions like this one: Tap Settings→Call Settings→“Voicemail settings.” That’s a shorthand way of giving longer instructions like this: “Tap the Settings button. From the screen that opens, tap Call Settings. And from the screen that opens after that, tap ‘Voicemail settings’.”

It’s also used to make it easier to understand instructions you’ll need to follow on your PC or Mac, such as File→Print.

About the Online Resources

As the owner of a Missing Manual, you’ve got more than just a book to read. Online, you’ll find example files so you can get some hands-on experience, as well as tips, articles, and maybe even a video or two. You can also communicate with the Missing Manual team and tell us what you love (or hate) about the book. Head over to www.missingmanuals.com, or go directly to one of the following sections.

Missing CD

So you don’t wear down your fingers typing long web addresses, the Missing CD page offers a list of clickable links to the websites mentioned in this book. Go to www.missingmanuals.com/cds/gsiitmm/ to see them all neatly listed in one place.

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Feedback

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Errata

In an effort to keep this book as up to date and accurate as possible, each time we print more copies, we’ll make any confirmed corrections you’ve suggested. We also note such changes on the book’s website, so you can mark important corrections into your own copy of the book, if you like. Go to http://tinyurl.com/gsii-mm to report an error and to view existing corrections.

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