Synopses & Reviews
Unlock the potential of Samsung's Galaxy S II with this jargon-free guide from technology guru Preston Gralla. Youll quickly learn how to shoot high-res photos and HD video, keep your schedule, stay in touch, and enjoy your favorite media. Every page is packed with illustrations and valuable advice to help you get the most from the smartest phone in town. (Note: This book does not cover the Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, and later models.)
The important stuff you need to know:
- Get dialed in. Learn your way around the Galaxy S IIs calling and texting features.
- Go online. Browse the Web, manage email, and download apps with Galaxy S IIs 3G/4G network (or create your own hotspot).
- Master your media. Shoot and share pictures and video, organize and play your music library—and send it wirelessly to your TV or stereo.
- Be entertained now. Start watching movies and TV shows while theyre still loading.
- Explore the world. Get news and weather, find a location, and navigate by GPS.
- Check your schedule. Use the convenient calendar app, and sync it with your Google and Outlook calendars.
Preston Gralla is the author of more than 40 books, including Missing Manuals on Droid X2, Xoom, and Galaxy Tab. Hes the editor of WindowsDevCenter.com and OnDotNet, and a contributing editor to Computerworld.
Galaxy S II: The Missing Manual is the definitive guide to Samsungs hottest and smartest new phone. Veteran author and Android expert Preston Gralla gives you a guided tour of every feature, with lots of expert tips and tricks along the way. With loads of illustrations and clear instructions, this book shows you how to call and text like a pro, take and share photos, enjoy streaming music and video, get turn-by-turn directions, and more.
- Work anywhere. Sync your contacts and files with Google Docs and Microsoft Exchange. - Get online. Make your phone act as a portable hotspot or a modem to get your laptop online. - Play music. Hear your music anywhere with Google Music Cloud Player. - Shoot photos and video. Take and share photos by email or social media. Use them as wallpaper. Record video and share it with your friends. - Connect to Google Maps. Use geotagging and get turn-by-turn directions. - Explore advanced and amazing tricks. Identify objects with Google Goggles. Snap a photo of a sign and translate it.
About the Author
Preston Gralla is the author of more than 40 books that have been translated into 20 languages, including Galaxy S 5 The Missing Manual, Windows 8 Hacks, NOOK HD: The Missing Manual, Galaxy Tab: The Missing Manual, The Big Book of Windows Hacks, How the Internet Works, and How Wireless Works. He is a contributing editor to Computerworld, a blogger for ITWorld, and was a founding editor and then editorial director of PC/Computing, executive editor for CNet/ZDNet, and the founding managing editor of PC Week.He has written about technology for many national newspapers and magazines, including USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Dallas Morning News (for whom he wrote a technology column), PC World, and numerous others. As a widely recognized technology expert, he has made many television and radio appearances, including on the CBS Early Show, MSNBC, ABC World News Now, and National Public Radio. Under his editorship, PC/Computing was a finalist for General Excellence in the National Magazine Awards. He has also won the “Best Feature in a Computing Publication” award from the Computer Press Association.Gralla is also the recipient of a Fiction Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his wife (his two children have flown the coop). He welcomes feedback about his books by email at email@example.com.
Table of Contents
The Missing Credits; About the Author; Introduction; About the Samsung Galaxy S II; About This Book; About the Outline; About→These→Arrows; About the Online Resources; Safari® Books Online; Part I: The Basics; Chapter 1: The Guided Tour; 1.1 Power/Lock Key; 1.2 Headset Jack; 1.3 About the Screen; 1.4 Status Bar Icons; 1.5 The Four Keys; 1.6 Micro USB Port and Charger; 1.7 Ringer Volume; 1.8 Microphone; 1.9 Battery; 1.10 SIM Card; 1.11 MicroSD Card; 1.12 Camera; 1.13 Home Screen; 1.14 Customizing the Home Screen and Panes; 1.15 Deleting and Adding Panes; 1.16 Controlling the Galaxy S II with Your Fingers; Chapter 2: Typing and Texting; 2.1 The Keyboards; 2.2 Using the Android Keyboard; 2.3 Using the Swype Keyboard; 2.4 Using the Samsung Keypad; 2.5 Copying and Pasting Text; 2.6 Searching Your Samsung Galaxy S II; 2.7 Voice Search; 2.8 Text Messaging; 2.9 Google Talk; Chapter 3: Phone Calls; 3.1 Placing a Phone Call; 3.2 Dialing a Call; 3.3 Managing Contacts; 3.4 Designating Favorites; 3.5 Answering Calls; 3.6 Conference Calling; 3.7 Voicemail; 3.8 Call Waiting; 3.9 Call Forwarding; 3.10 Caller ID; 3.11 Bluetooth Earpieces; Part II: Music, Pictures, and Video; Chapter 4: Music; 4.1 Where to Get Music; 4.2 Using the Music App; 4.3 Playing Your Music; 4.4 Creating Playlists; 4.5 Using Your Galaxy S II While Playing Music; 4.6 Playing Music and Media on Other Devices; 4.7 Google Music Cloud Player; Chapter 5: Camera, Photos, and Video; 5.1 Opening the Gallery; 5.2 More Photo Options; 5.3 Working with Multiple Photos; 5.4 Videos in the Gallery; 5.5 Taking Still Photos; 5.6 Using the Onscreen Controls; 5.7 Customizing Your Photo Shooting; 5.8 Taking Video; 5.9 Using HDMI to View Photos and Videos on a TV or Monitor; 5.10 YouTube; Part III: Maps, Apps, and Calendar; Chapter 6: Maps, Navigation, and Other Galaxy S II Apps; 6.1 Maps; 6.2 Weather; 6.3 Reading the News; 6.4 Calculator; Chapter 7: Calendar; 7.1 Using the Calendar; 7.2 Calendar and Geolocation; 7.3 Google Calendar on the Web; 7.4 Synchronizing Your Calendar with Outlook; 7.5 Corporate Calendar and Microsoft Exchange; Part IV: Online; Chapter 8: Getting Online: Wi-Fi, 3G, and Mobile Hot Spots; 8.1 How the Galaxy S II Gets Online; 8.2 Connecting via Wi-Fi; 8.3 Turning Your Galaxy S II into a Wi-Fi Hot Spot or Tethering It; 8.4 Configuring Wi-Fi Direct; 8.5 Flight Mode; Chapter 9: The Web; 9.1 The Galaxy S II's Browser; 9.2 Basic Navigation and Managing Windows; 9.3 Navigating a Web Page; 9.4 Multiple Windows; 9.5 Web Pages Designed for Mobile Phones; 9.6 The Address Bar; 9.7 Bookmarks; 9.8 Most Visited and History Lists; 9.9 Tapping Links; 9.10 Saving Online Images; 9.11 Finding Text, Sharing Pages, Getting Page Information, and More; 9.12 Selecting and Copying Text; 9.13 Getting the Facts with RSS; 9.14 Online Privacy and Security; 9.15 Using Other Browsers; Chapter 10: Email, Gmail, Twitter, and Facebook; 10.1 Understanding Email on the Galaxy S II; 10.2 Setting Up Gmail; 10.3 Reading Mail in Gmail; 10.4 Replying and Forwarding in Gmail; 10.5 Understanding Gmail's Organization; 10.6 Managing Incoming Mail in Gmail; 10.7 Writing Messages in Gmail; 10.8 Working with Labels and Search; 10.9 Searching Gmail; 10.10 Setting Up Email Accounts; 10.11 Reading Mail; 10.12 Handling Attachments and Pictures in Email; 10.13 Managing Mail; 10.14 Creating and Sending Mail; 10.15 Using Web-Based Mail Programs; 10.16 The Samsung Social Hub; 10.17 Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn on the Galaxy S II; Chapter 11: Downloading and Using Apps; 11.1 The Galaxy S II's Free and Easy Approach to Apps; 11.2 Apps and Multitasking; 11.3 Where to Get Apps; 11.4 Using Market; 11.5 Downloading from the Web; 11.6 Downloading and Using a Bar Code Scanner; 11.7 Updating Apps; 11.8 Managing, Sharing, and Uninstalling Apps; 11.9 Putting an App on the Home Screen or Panes; 11.10 Troubleshooting Apps; 11.11 Six Great Apps; Part V: Advanced; Chapter 12: Transferring Music, Videos, Pictures, and Other Files; 12.1 Connecting Your Galaxy S II to Your Computer; 12.2 Transferring Files Using Your PC; 12.3 Transferring Files Using Your Mac; 12.4 Transferring Music, Videos, and Pictures from a PC Using Windows Media Player; 12.5 Transferring Music, Videos, and Pictures to Your PC; 12.6 Using the Galaxy S II Files Application; 12.7 Checking Space on Your Galaxy S II; Chapter 13: Taking the Galaxy S II to Work; 13.1 Setting Up Your Galaxy S II with Your Company Account; 13.2 Virtual Private Networking (VPN); 13.3 Using Google Docs; 13.4 Using Microsoft Office; Chapter 14: Controlling the Galaxy S II with Your Voice; 14.1 Two Ways to Control the Galaxy S II by Voice; 14.2 Using the Magic of Voice Search; 14.3 What You Can Do with Voice Search; 14.4 Using Voice Talk; 14.5 What Can You Control with Your Voice?; 14.6 Setting Voice Talk and Voice Search Options; Chapter 15: Settings; 15.1 Wireless and Network; 15.2 Call; 15.3 Sound; 15.4 Display; 15.5 Power Saving Mode; 15.6 Location and Security; 15.7 Applications; 15.8 Accounts and Sync; 15.9 Motion; 15.10 Privacy; 15.11 Storage; 15.12 Language and Keyboard; 15.13 Voice Input and Output; 15.14 Accessibility; 15.15 Dock Settings; 15.16 Date and Time; 15.17 About Phone; 15.18 Software Update; Part VI: Appendixes; Setup and Signup; Choosing a Plan; Making Account Changes on the Web; Upgrading to the Newest Software; Accessories; Useful Accessories; Places to Shop; Troubleshooting and Maintenance; Make Sure Your Software is Up-to-Date; Fixing a Frozen Phone; Correcting Email Settings; Troubleshooting the SD Card; Resetting the Galaxy S II; Warranty and Repair; Where to Go for Help;