Contents

■ Contents at a Glance iv

■ About the Author xiii

■ About the Technical Reviewer xiv

■ Acknowledgments xv

■ Chapter 1: Buying and Activating an Android Phone 1

The History of Android 1

Selecting the Right Phone 3

Android Phone Variations 3

HTC and Sense 3

Motorola and MOTOBLUR 4

Sony Ericsson and UX 5

The Google Phone 5

Touchscreen vs. Keyboard 6

Phone Optics 7

Android Devices That Aren't Phones 7

Android Readers 8

Multimedia Players 8

Netbooks 8

Microwaves, Washing Machines, and Printers (Oh My!) 8

Understanding Phone Plans 9

Activating Your Phone 10

Transferring Your Contacts 10

Using Google Accounts 11

Setting Up Exchange 12

Summary 13

■ Chapter 2: Using Your Phone for the First Time 15

SIM Cards 15

Physical Buttons 16

Home 16

Back 17

Search 17

Menu 17

Scroll/Select 17

Volume 17

Camera 18

Navigating the Touchscreen 18

Home Screen, Sweet Home Screen 19

The App Tray 20

The Long Click 20

Switching Between Portrait and Landscape 21

Using the Virtual Keyboard 22

Zooming In and Out 23

Speaker Phone 23

Security Settings 23

International Settings 24

Calling Outside the United States 25

International SIM Cards 25

Summary 26

■ Chapter 3: Going Online with Android 27

Understanding Connection 27

Wi-Fi 27

Bluetooth 28

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