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Nexus One™ For Dummies® by Dan Gookin

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Chapter 4. Human–Phone Interaction

In This Chapter

  • Using the onscreen keyboard

  • Getting at special characters

  • Using word suggestion shortcuts

  • Editing text on the screen

  • Selecting, cutting, copying, and pasting text

  • Dictating text with voice input

The first communications device was a stick. I'm certain of it. Though you might imagine that a stick was used to draw primitive scribbling in the wet sand of a seashore, I believe the stick was used by one caveman to hit another over the head. That sends an appropriate, meaning-filled message. Little did Og know that when he thumped Gronk on the head, his act would usher in the era of human communications.

The phone is the ultimate communications device, and the Nexus One, of course, takes that communications to a new level. Communications take place not only between you and others on the phone but also between you and the phone itself. This chapter covers that human–phone interaction – specifically, how you can input information to the phone by using the onscreen keyboard and voice input.

Human–Phone Interaction

The Onscreen Keyboard

To input text information on your phone, you use the onscreen keyboard. It looks similar to the keyboard on your computer – or, if you're starting to show wrinkles, it looks like a typewriter keyboard. You operate the thing by touching the keys with your finger. That's simple enough, yet I wrote this section to go over the finer points of using ...

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