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Nexus One™ For Dummies®

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This book answers the question, "What's the point of buying the world's latest, greatest Smartphone and never really understanding how the dang thing works?" It's been said that the Google Nexus One phone has all the power of a typical PC laptop of four years ago. That's a lot of power. And the phone is packed with features, abilities that make it more than just a cell phone. As such, people are going to want to get the most from the Nexus One. They are craving information. This book documents all the features of the Nexus One, approaching them from the point of view of a smart person who is intimidated by the technology and baffled by the scant documentation and online support. All topics for the Nexus One will be covered, from setup and configuration, to use the phone features, texting, email, accessing the Internet, synching with a PC, using the camera, and expanding the phone's potential with new software. Nexus One For Dummies is a practical user's guide to the new Google superphone!

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. About the Author
  3. Publisher's Acknowledgments
  4. Introduction
    1. About This Book
    2. How to Use This Book
    3. Foolish Assumptions
    4. How This Book Is Organized
      1. Part I: Say Hello to Your New Phone
      2. Part II: Your Basic Phone
      3. Part III: Other Forms of Communication
      4. Part IV: O What Your Phone Can Do!
      5. Part V: Off the Hook
      6. Part VI: The Part of Tens
    5. Icons Used in This Book
    6. Where to Go from Here
  5. I. Say Hello to Your New Phone
    1. 1. A Nexus One Just for You
      1. 1.1. Initial Phone Setup
        1. 1.1.1. Looking in the box
        2. 1.1.2. Installing the phone's battery
        3. 1.1.3. Charging the battery
      2. 1.2. Nexus One Orientation
        1. 1.2.1. Knowing what's what on your phone
        2. 1.2.2. Discovering the earphones
        3. 1.2.3. Exploring your phone's guts
        4. 1.2.4. Using other phone accessories
          1. 1.2.4.1. Desktop dock
          2. 1.2.4.2. Car dock
      3. 1.3. A Home for Your Phone
        1. 1.3.1. Carrying the Nexus One
        2. 1.3.2. Storing the Nexus One
    2. 2. Setup and Configuration
      1. 2.1. Hello, Phone
        1. 2.1.1. Turning on the Nexus One for the first time
        2. 2.1.2. Turning on the phone
        3. 2.1.3. Waking up the phone
      2. 2.2. Account and Synchronization Setup
        1. 2.2.1. Getting a Google account
        2. 2.2.2. Setting up a Google account on your phone
        3. 2.2.3. Changing your Google password
        4. 2.2.4. Configuring the Nexus One for corporate use
      3. 2.3. Goodbye, Phone
        1. 2.3.1. Snoozing the phone
        2. 2.3.2. Controlling snooze options
        3. 2.3.3. Turning off the phone
    3. 3. The Nexus One Basic Tour
      1. 3.1. Basic Nexus One Operations
        1. 3.1.1. Using the soft buttons
        2. 3.1.2. Manipulating the touch screen
        3. 3.1.3. Setting the volume
        4. 3.1.4. Using the trackball
        5. 3.1.5. "Silence your phone!"
        6. 3.1.6. Going horizontal
      2. 3.2. There's No Screen Like Home
      3. 3.3. I've Been Working on the Home Screen
        1. 3.3.1. Reviewing notifications
        2. 3.3.2. Starting an application
        3. 3.3.3. Accessing a widget
        4. 3.3.4. Using Car Home
      4. 3.4. The Launcher
        1. 3.4.1. Discovering all apps on your phone
        2. 3.4.2. Finding lost apps
        3. 3.4.3. Reviewing your most recently used apps
    4. 4. Human–Phone Interaction
      1. 4.1. The Onscreen Keyboard
        1. 4.1.1. Displaying the keyboard
        2. 4.1.2. Typing on your phone
        3. 4.1.3. Displaying special characters
        4. 4.1.4. Choosing a word as you type
      2. 4.2. Text Editing
        1. 4.2.1. Moving the cursor
        2. 4.2.2. Selecting text
        3. 4.2.3. Selecting text on a Web page
        4. 4.2.4. Cutting, copying, and pasting text
      3. 4.3. Voice Input
  6. II. Your Basic Phone
    1. 5. The Telephone Thing
      1. 5.1. Reach Out and Touch Someone
        1. 5.1.1. Making a phone call
        2. 5.1.2. Dialing a contact
          1. 5.1.2.1. Choosing a contact from the Contacts list
          2. 5.1.2.2. Dialing a quick contact
          3. 5.1.2.3. Using a contact's direct-dial shortcut on the Home screen
        3. 5.1.3. Phoning someone you call often
        4. 5.1.4. Using the Voice Dialer
      2. 5.2. It's the Phone!
        1. 5.2.1. Receiving a call
        2. 5.2.2. Setting incoming call signals
      3. 5.3. Who's Calling Who When?
        1. 5.3.1. Dealing with a missed call
        2. 5.3.2. Reviewing the call log
    2. 6. More Phone Stuff
      1. 6.1. Multiple Call Mania
        1. 6.1.1. Putting someone on hold
        2. 6.1.2. Receiving a new call when you're on the phone
        3. 6.1.3. Juggling two calls
        4. 6.1.4. Making a conference call
      2. 6.2. Send a Call Elsewhere
        1. 6.2.1. Forwarding phone calls
        2. 6.2.2. Sending a contact directly to voice mail
      3. 6.3. Fun with Ringtones
        1. 6.3.1. Choosing the phone's ringtone
        2. 6.3.2. Setting a contact's ringtone
        3. 6.3.3. Using music as a ringtone
        4. 6.3.4. Creating your own ringtones
      4. 6.4. Other Phone Features
        1. 6.4.1. Setting Caller ID
        2. 6.4.2. Activating call waiting
    3. 7. Message for You!
      1. 7.1. Carrier Voice Mail
        1. 7.1.1. Setting up carrier voice mail
        2. 7.1.2. Getting your messages
      2. 7.2. Voice Mail with Google Voice
        1. 7.2.1. Understanding Google Voice
        2. 7.2.2. Setting up Google Voice
        3. 7.2.3. Getting a Google Voice message
        4. 7.2.4. Using Google Voice on the Internet
    4. 8. Friends, Enemies, Contacts
      1. 8.1. The People You Know
        1. 8.1.1. Presenting the Contacts list
        2. 8.1.2. Searching contacts
      2. 8.2. A New Contact Is Born
        1. 8.2.1. Making a new contact
          1. 8.2.1.1. Add a contact from the call log
          2. 8.2.1.2. Create a new contact from scratch
        2. 8.2.2. Make a contact in Gmail on the Internet
          1. 8.2.2.1. Find a new contact by using a Maps location
        3. 8.2.3. Importing a boatload of contacts
          1. 8.2.3.1. Import addresses from a SIM card
          2. 8.2.3.2. Grab contacts from the MicroSD card
        4. 8.2.4. Editing a contact
          1. 8.2.4.1. Make basic changes
          2. 8.2.4.2. Add a picture to a contact
          3. 8.2.4.3. Set the default phone number and e-mail address
          4. 8.2.4.4. Make a favorite
        5. 8.2.5. Sharing a contact
        6. 8.2.6. Removing a contact
  7. III. Other Forms of Communication
    1. 9. When Your Thumbs Do the Talking
      1. 9.1. Message for You!
        1. 9.1.1. Composing a new text message to a contact
        2. 9.1.2. Sending a text message when you know only the phone number
        3. 9.1.3. Receiving a text message
      2. 9.2. Multimedia Messages
        1. 9.2.1. Composing a multimedia message
        2. 9.2.2. Attaching multimedia to a message
        3. 9.2.3. Receiving a multimedia message
      3. 9.3. Message Management
        1. 9.3.1. Deleting a conversation
        2. 9.3.2. Controlling message settings
    2. 10. The Electronic Missive
      1. 10.1. Mail Call!
      2. 10.2. You've Got Mail
        1. 10.2.1. Getting a new message
        2. 10.2.2. Checking the inbox
        3. 10.2.3. Reading an e-mail message
        4. 10.2.4. Searching e-mail
      3. 10.3. Make Your Own Mail
        1. 10.3.1. Composing a new electronic message
        2. 10.3.2. Starting a new message from a contact
      4. 10.4. Message Attachments
      5. 10.5. E-Mail Configuration
        1. 10.5.1. Setting up an e-mail account
        2. 10.5.2. Creating a signature
        3. 10.5.3. Setting e-mail options
    3. 11. Out on the Web
      1. 11.1. Behold the Web Page
        1. 11.1.1. Looking at the Web
        2. 11.1.2. Visiting a Web page
        3. 11.1.3. Browsing back and forth
        4. 11.1.4. Using bookmarks
        5. 11.1.5. Managing multiple Web page windows
        6. 11.1.6. Search the Web
        7. 11.1.7. Sharing a page
      2. 11.2. The Perils and Joys of Downloading
        1. 11.2.1. Grabbing an image from a Web page
        2. 11.2.2. Downloading a file
        3. 11.2.3. Reviewing your downloads
      3. 11.3. Web Controls and Settings
        1. 11.3.1. Setting a home page
        2. 11.3.2. Changing the way the Web looks
        3. 11.3.3. Setting privacy and security options
    4. 12. A Social Networking Butterfly
      1. 12.1. Your Life on Facebook
        1. 12.1.1. Creating a Facebook account
        2. 12.1.2. Visiting Facebook
        3. 12.1.3. Setting your Facebook status
        4. 12.1.4. Taking a picture and sending it to Facebook
        5. 12.1.5. Sharing a picture you already have
        6. 12.1.6. Changing various Facebook settings
      2. 12.2. Become Famous with Twitter
        1. 12.2.1. Setting up Twitter on the Nexus One
        2. 12.2.2. Tweeting to other twits
      3. 12.3. Other Social Networking Opportunities
    5. 13. The Nexus One Connection
      1. 13.1. Phone-to-Computer Sharing
        1. 13.1.1. Connecting the phone to the computer
        2. 13.1.2. Disconnecting the phone from the computer
        3. 13.1.3. Accessing information on the MicroSD card
        4. 13.1.4. Synchronizing with doubleTwist
        5. 13.1.5. Unmounting, removing, and replacing the MicroSD card
      2. 13.2. Wireless Network Access
        1. 13.2.1. Using the digital network
        2. 13.2.2. Turning on Wi-Fi
        3. 13.2.3. Accessing a Wi-Fi network
      3. 13.3. Bluetooth Gizmos
        1. 13.3.1. Activating Bluetooth
        2. 13.3.2. Using a Bluetooth device
  8. IV. O What Your Phone Can Do!
    1. 14. Fun with Maps and Navigation
      1. 14.1. Basic Map
        1. 14.1.1. Using the Maps app
        2. 14.1.2. Spiffing up the map with Labs
      2. 14.2. The Phone Is Your Copilot
        1. 14.2.1. Locating your address
        2. 14.2.2. Finding locations on the map
          1. 14.2.2.1. Look for a specific addresses
          2. 14.2.2.2. Look for a type of business, restaurant, or point of interest
          3. 14.2.2.3. Look for a contact's location
        3. 14.2.3. Getting directions
        4. 14.2.4. Navigating to your destination
        5. 14.2.5. Adding a navigation shortcut to the Home screen
    2. 15. Say "Cheese"
      1. 15.1. The Phone Has a Camera
        1. 15.1.1. Taking a picture
        2. 15.1.2. Reviewing the picture
        3. 15.1.3. Adjusting the camera
      2. 15.2. You Ought to Be on Video
        1. 15.2.1. Recording video
        2. 15.2.2. Reviewing your movie
        3. 15.2.3. Setting various video options
    3. 16. A Digital Louvre
      1. 16.1. A Gallery of Images
        1. 16.1.1. Perusing the Gallery
        2. 16.1.2. Working with pictures
        3. 16.1.3. Managing images and videos in groups
      2. 16.2. Share Your Pics and Vids with the World
        1. 16.2.1. Sharing your pictures and videos
          1. 16.2.1.1. Bluetooth
          2. 16.2.1.2. Email and Gmail
          3. 16.2.1.3. Facebook
          4. 16.2.1.4. Messaging
          5. 16.2.1.5. Picasa
          6. 16.2.1.6. Twitter
        2. 16.2.2. Uploading a video to YouTube
    4. 17. Your Pocket Is Alive with the Sound of Music
      1. 17.1. Now Hear This!
        1. 17.1.1. Browsing your music library
        2. 17.1.2. Playing a tune
        3. 17.1.3. Turning your phone into a deejay
      2. 17.2. Organize Your Music
        1. 17.2.1. Reviewing playlists
        2. 17.2.2. Creating a playlist
        3. 17.2.3. Deleting music
      3. 17.3. More Music
        1. 17.3.1. Synchronizing music with your computer
        2. 17.3.2. Buying music at the Amazon MP3 store
    5. 18. Various and Sundry Apps
      1. 18.1. More than a Wall Calendar
        1. 18.1.1. Understanding the Calendar
        2. 18.1.2. Browsing dates
        3. 18.1.3. Reviewing your schedule
        4. 18.1.4. Making a new event
      2. 18.2. Your Phone the Calculator
      3. 18.3. Ticktock Goes the Clock
      4. 18.4. Here's Your News and Weather
      5. 18.5. There's No Tube like YouTube
    6. 19. More Apps from the Android Market
      1. 19.1. Welcome to the Market
        1. 19.1.1. Visiting the Market
        2. 19.1.2. Getting a free app
        3. 19.1.3. Buying an app
      2. 19.2. Manage Your Applications
        1. 19.2.1. Reviewing your downloads
        2. 19.2.2. Updating an app
        3. 19.2.3. Removing installed software
        4. 19.2.4. Controlling your apps
  9. V. Off the Hook
    1. 20. Out and About
      1. 20.1. Where the Nexus One Roams
      2. 20.2. Airplane Mode
      3. 20.3. International Calling
        1. 20.3.1. Dialing an international number
        2. 20.3.2. Taking your Nexus One abroad
    2. 21. Customize Your Phone
      1. 21.1. It's Your Home Screen
        1. 21.1.1. Changing wallpaper
        2. 21.1.2. Adding apps to the Home screen
        3. 21.1.3. Slapping down widgets
        4. 21.1.4. Creating shortcuts
        5. 21.1.5. Rearranging and removing icons and widgets
        6. 21.1.6. Organizing apps into folders
      2. 21.2. Phone Security
        1. 21.2.1. Setting a lock
        2. 21.2.2. Creating an unlock pattern
        3. 21.2.3. Using a PIN
        4. 21.2.4. Adding a password
      3. 21.3. Various Phone Adjustments
        1. 21.3.1. Changing various settings
        2. 21.3.2. Using accessibility settings
    3. 22. Maintenance and Troubleshooting
      1. 22.1. Battery Care and Feeding
        1. 22.1.1. Monitoring the battery
        2. 22.1.2. Determining what is sucking up power
        3. 22.1.3. Saving battery life
      2. 22.2. Regular Phone Maintenance
        1. 22.2.1. Keeping it clean
        2. 22.2.2. Backing up your phone
        3. 22.2.3. Updating the system
      3. 22.3. Help and Troubleshooting
        1. 22.3.1. Fixing random and annoying problems
        2. 22.3.2. Getting support
      4. 22.4. Nexus One Q&A
        1. 22.4.1. "The touch screen doesn't work!"
        2. 22.4.2. "The keyboard is too small!"
        3. 22.4.3. "The battery won't charge!"
        4. 22.4.4. "The phone gets so hot that it turns itself off!"
        5. 22.4.5. "The phone doesn't do Landscape mode!"
  10. VI. The Part of Tens
    1. 23. Ten Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts
      1. 23.1. Summon a Recently Opened App
      2. 23.2. Redundant E-Mail Checking
      3. 23.3. Stop Unneeded Services
      4. 23.4. Set Keyboard Feedback
      5. 23.5. Add a Word to the Dictionary
      6. 23.6. Set Vibrate with the Volume Control
      7. 23.7. Create a Direct-Dial Screen Shortcut
      8. 23.8. Create a Direct Text-Message Screen Shortcut
      9. 23.9. Find Your Lost Cellphone
      10. 23.10. Enter Location Information for Your Events
    2. 24. Ten Things to Remember
      1. 24.1. Lock the Phone on a Call
      2. 24.2. Landscape Orientation
      3. 24.3. Use the Trackball
      4. 24.4. Use the Keyboard Suggestions
      5. 24.5. Things That Consume Lots of Battery Juice
      6. 24.6. Check for Roaming
      7. 24.7. Use the Plus Sign When Dialing Internationally
      8. 24.8. Properly Access the MicroSD Card
      9. 24.9. Snap a Pic of That Contact
      10. 24.10. The Search Command
    3. 25. Ten Worthy Apps
      1. 25.1. Advanced Task Killer
      2. 25.2. AK Notepad
      3. 25.3. FlightMode Control Widget
      4. 25.4. Google Finance
      5. 25.5. Linda Manager
      6. 25.6. Movies
      7. 25.7. Ringdroid
      8. 25.8. ScreenMode Widget
      9. 25.9. Voice Recorder
      10. 25.10. Zedge