Android Tablets and Phones

What's in Your Hand?

Technology is complicated!

And it's not your fault

You don't need to figure it all out.

The device you are holding far exceeds the total computing power used on the initial moon missions! You don't need to figure it all out, but simply know how to harness that power to do what you want. In this lesson, we'll:

  1. Familiarize ourselves with the physical buttons and power options of your device.

  2. Identify the main Android screens and learn how to navigate them.

  3. Use our knowledge to identify our device name and Android version.

So much more than a phone!

The device in your hand is highly complex. It's a computer and even so much more. Just think of the things it has replaced or impacted:

  • Source of information: News, weather, magazines, phonebook, encyclopedia, dictionary, thesaurus.

  • Handy tools: A map, calculator, alarm clock, appointment book, flashlight, pocket watch, stopwatch, magnifying glass, mirror, timer.

  • Entertainment: Camera, video recorder, music player, movie player, digital books, TV.

Remember, these capabilities are helpful, but it also means that this device is potent and often complicated!

Make it familiar

Take a moment to physically examine your device. See if you can locate the following:

  • Power button and volume up and voume down buttons.

  • Speakers and headphone jack.

  • Front and rear cameras.

Your device also has several antennas. It's made for connections and it's another reminder of the complexity in your hand.

Press those buttons

Even though it's not necessary to know all about what's inside your device, there are a few important buttons and components that you should be aware of:

The power button is really a sleep button. The phone is usually running in a sleep mode so that it can answer calls and still do other important things. It is possible to power off the phone by holding the button down for a few seconds, but this should only be done on the rare occasion if the phone is seriously misbehaving or if you need to preserve the battery charge for an extended period of time.

Your phone has a SIM Card that is used to store your phone number and information about the mobile provider network you are using. This card is hidden and inserted when you first purchased the phone.

If you want your battery to last as long as possible, keep it away from extreme heat and cold and avoid discharging it completely. Most people simply plug their phone in at night so that it's all ready to go the next day.

Finding your way around

It's essential to know the main screens on your Android device and how to navigate between them. When you press the power button, you'll most likely see your Lock Screen. After unlocking, you land on your Home Screen. The home screen is the main screen on your Android device, and you can return to it at any time by pressing the Home Button.

Try swiping down on the home screen to access your Quick Settings and Notification List and then pressing the small gear to get to your Settings screen.

Swiping up on the home screen lets you access your App List. You can get to all your Apps from this list.

Take some time to familiarize yourself with these screens and move between them.

Check your model and version

Let's use our new skills to find your device's model number and Android version. Here's how:

  1. Swipe down from the Home screen and press the gear icon to access Settings.

  2. Scroll down on the settings display, locate and press on the About Phone entry.

  3. Write down the value for the Model and the Android version. Note: On Samsung phones, you need to press Software Information to find the Android version.

Use this knowledge to try out the helpful device simulators at videotron.tmtx.ca

Just like looking under the hood of your car, you will see hundreds of possible settings for your device. It's best to leave them alone unless you know what they do.