Tablet computers are a technique that appeared on the shelves of technology stores relatively long ago, and if the majority of users mastered it practically instantly and began to use it successfully, some still remain in the dark and do not see a significant difference between the tablet and the laptop or PC.
This article is intended for the second type of people and is designed to dot the “i” in the question of what a tablet is and how to use it. So, how to learn how to use the tablet - a guide for beginners.
Why buy a tablet?
In order to simplify the wording of the definition of the term “tablet computer” as much as possible, we can say that it is actually the same as a laptop or PC. The main difference between a tablet computer and a personal one is its mobility (the gadget is able to work without any wires, apart from the charger). You can take this gadget with you on a long trip to listen to music or stay in touch with friends and colleagues. In addition to mobility, the tablet is different from a laptop or PC:
- Smaller dimensions and weight
- The so-called touchscreen (touch screen)
- The lack of a keyboard (on most models it is possible to connect it, but many successfully manage with the on-screen “keyboard”)
- The possibility of expanding the internal memory by installing an SD card (on most devices)
- On some models, the presence of a camera and a SIM card slot, which turns the tablet into a multifunctional phone
Reference! Most modern tablets work on the Android operating system from manufacturers from Google, so when you first start the device, you can find on its desktop a large number of shortcuts and software from this manufacturer.
Beginners are not advised to immediately start them and try to figure out what's what, because you can easily get confused in such a variety of software.
How to start to master the tablet?
After the device is first launched, you should set the date and time on it, change the language if the default user is not satisfied and decide on other minor settings. In order to do all this, you can use the “Settings” menu (if Russian is set as the main language, the menu will be called “Settings”).
- The settings menu shortcut is usually in the form of a small gear, so finding it will be easy.
- In the “Security” section, you can set a password for the device so that nobody except the owner or his relatives can use the device. Many people set a pattern key as a password - a kind of “drawing”, connecting lines in a certain sequence between nine points.
- In the menu "Sound" and "Screen" you can set the most convenient for the user brightness, volume and backlight settings.
Reference! If the constant “rotation” of the screen from horizontal to vertical display while moving the device annoys the user, in the same menu it can disable the screen auto-rotate function.
How to learn to use the tablet?
When the basic settings are adjusted to the most convenient for the user, you can proceed to the realization of the technical potential of the device and connect it to the network. All tablets have the function of accessing the Internet via a Wi-Fi network, and some models can even use 3G and 4G networks. In order to connect the device to the Wi-Fi network, you need to select the corresponding item in the same settings menu, and then select the one to which you have access from the list of suggested networks.
For whatever purpose you would buy a tablet computer, over time you will need to install the appropriate software on it. For work, it can be a text editor, a file manager, a program for viewing mail, and so on. For entertainment, it can be browsers, various games, e-books and applications. Most of the useful software can be downloaded from the PlayMarket service from the same Google. The service is easy to use, and the installation of certain applications takes just a few clicks.
Reference! Inexperienced users are strongly discouraged from downloading any applications from third-party sources, since in this case, it is likely to “catch” a virus on the device, which will slow down or completely cancel the operation of the operating system.
Tips and tricks
As for the main buttons of the tablet, they are responsible for navigating on the device. The central button is called “home” and its purpose is to redirect the user to the main screen. This button does not close applications, but simply collapses them.
The list of active applications can be seen using the processes button, usually located to the right or left of the previous button. In order to go to the desired application, after clicking this button, you simply need to select it from the list provided.
The "Back" button (sometimes marked with a curved arrow) returns to the previous screen, closes the application, or requests permission to close it. With this button it is convenient to navigate through web pages and applications.
In order that the battery of the device is discharged not too quickly, it will not be superfluous to close unused applications, as well as the Wi-fi or Bluetooth functions, if they are not used for a long time. All applications and enabled sensors gradually consume the charge even in the "background" mode, so turning them off will significantly increase the time until the next necessary charge of the device.