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    Are You New To Android and Galaxy Devices? Check This Out for Tips and Tricks

    Welcome to the wonderful world
    Android and Galaxy Devices

    NOTE: This is a copy & paste: Thanks to Abe21599 the original thread at and the tips from smalltowngirl13 at

    I’m just putting this together to help out all that are new to the Android OS. Its hard coming from a non-android phone and trying to just jump right in. So here are a few (well, a lot) of links to get reading on to help you become familiar with the operating system.

    Will add more so check back!! You can skim through and find which article(s) suit you.

    NOTE: just because I post it, it does not mean i agree with it. One example is the use of task killers: some people use them, others (including me) do not. its up to you what you ultimately choose to run on your phone. I’m just posting these to help ease into the new OS and get some helpful tips to create a setup that works for you. Your mileage may vary and, as always, every (An)Droid is different!

    Props to FBM for additional help with this thread
    (this is a repost of my DX write-up, with more generalized links used)

    A few good starter threads for those just beginning with android phones
    Apps in Background - PLEASE READ: Do NOT worry about Apps running in the Background
    Task Killers - Task Killers... The Answer from Google & Developers.
    About Your Battery - Your battery gauge is lying to you (and it's not such a bad thing) - xda-developers
    Getting Started - Set Up and Get to Know Your New Android Phone

    The best way to make the most out of your new operating system is learning how to use it
    How to be an Android Power User - How To Be an Android Power User

    With a smart phone, you need to watch your battery
    Extend the Life of Your Battery - Complete Guide to Maximizing Your Android Phone’s Battery Life - How-To Geek

    Helping set up your home screens to make you more efficient
    Android Home Screen Organization - A Guide to Organizing Your Android Home Screen

    Coming from an iPhone? Check out this
    Switching from iOS to Android - Jumping Ship from iPhone to Android: A Switcher's Guide

    Choosing a Launcher to replace your stock home screen
    Different Options -
    Home Replacement Apps Thread - Home Replacement Apps = Completely new phone experience.
    Starting To Use A H/R - Home Replacement Apps: ADW Launcher

    Don’t like the stock keyboard?
    Keyboard Replacements - Five Alternative Android Keyboards to Speed Up Mobile Touch Typing

    Make the most out of Google Maps
    Here - Top 10 Things You Didn't Know Google Maps Could Do
    Car Apps - The Best Android Apps for Your Car

    For some new apps to get you started, check out this..
    Apps 1 - If you could only have/recommend 5 APPS ?
    Apps 2 - Top 5 Apps --Categories - Requires You To Think!!
    Apps 3 - Lifehacker Pack for Android: Our List of the Best Android Apps
    Apps 4 - 50 Free Apps We're Most Thankful For
    Productivity Apps - The Best Android Apps for Getting Things Done

    And a few apps to save u a few bucks
    More Apps - The Best "Evil" Apps for Android

    Improve your cameras abilities
    Camera Tips - How to Take Better Pictures with Your Smartphone's Camera
    Best Camera Apps - The Best Photography Apps for Your Android

    Connect your PC to your Android Phone
    PC to Phone Tips - How to Break Down the Barrier Between Your Android and Computer

    Battery Charging and You
    Why the Numbers Lie - Your battery gauge is lying to you (and it's not such a bad thing) - xda-developers

    Speed Up Your Android Device
    Tips Here - How to Speed Up Your Old or Sluggish Android Device

    Have an Outlook account you want to Sync?
    Syncdroid - Sync Android/Droid with Outlook/Exchange

    Maybe peruse other peoples setup they already have and find something you like?
    Screenshots of Droid Homescreens - Screenshots of peoples Droid desktops?

    Now that we have multitasking (assuming your other phone didn’t (Android FTW)), you need to know a little about it
    Android OS memory management and Task Killers - Androidology (& Android OS Memory Management [task killers])

    Wanna learn more about root? check out theses links
    NOTE:Only YOU are responsible for what happens to your device

    What Root Means - THIS IS WHAT ROOT MEANS (stop asking)
    A Dummies Guide to Android Terminology - A Dummies Guide To Android Terminoligy & Lingo
    Using RSDLite - Using RSD Lite to flash an SBF file -- correctly
    How To Tether - How to Tether Your Android Phone

    Any others you see fit to be on this list please let us know.


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