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Just bought an Asus Nexus 7
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Never owned one before, not really used Android a great deal either.

Any good guides online or in store that will help me understand how to use it?

I note many different screens, apps and widgets - it's a little bewildering on first glance.

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RE: Just bought an Asus Nexus 7

Well, first up, what do you want to do with it?

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LHC, consuming media for the

LHC, consuming media for the most part - Youtube, iPlayer, Netflix, Spotify etc. No social media.

It's more a general guide to settings/usage/layout that I'm after - understanding the various screens etc.

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RE: Just bought an Asus Nexus 7

I found the document that's pre-loaded on the Nexus was quite useful, and haven't found I've needed another book or suchlike.

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RE: LHC, consuming media for the

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LHC, consuming media for the most part - Youtube, iPlayer, Netflix, Spotify etc.

YouTube should be pre-installed, it's owned by Google now, for the rest of it, go to the Google Play app (which should be on a desktop somewhere) and put them in the search field, you'll find the apps easily enough, install them and off you go, there isn't much more to it than that.

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It's more a general guide to settings/usage/layout that I'm after - understanding the various screens etc.

The screens are all the same, they're just real estate for you to drop your app shortcuts and widgets onto.

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Thanks both - I hadn't

Thanks both - I hadn't charged and switched on at the time of first posting - just noticed there was no manual in the box, despite the store telling me otherwise.

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RE: Thanks both - I hadn't

Well, technically they were right, given the manual is pre-loaded on the tablet, which was of course in the box.

Yeah - pedantic  Smile

 

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Not found the manual yet.

Not found the manual yet. Struggling as I don't have a Google account. Was told in store it wouldn't be necessary...

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RE: Not found the manual yet.

Just create one, it's no big deal and whilst you could use it without one, it will be somewhat crippled without it.

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RE: Not found the manual yet.

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Not found the manual yet. Struggling as I don't have a Google account. Was told in store it wouldn't be necessary...

Play Store > Books > My Library

Or https://support.google.com/nexus/?hl=en#topic=3415518

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RE: Not found the manual yet.

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Not found the manual yet. Struggling as I don't have a Google account. Was told in store it wouldn't be necessary...

Ypu can't use the storewithout one.

So, while it's correct you "can" use it without, you will struggle to do much.

 

As said, it's pretty easy. Just create a Gmail account.

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I returned it - couldn't get

I returned it - couldn't get on with all this Gmail, Google+ stuff rammed down my throat. All the synching of info across various apps and Google products seems forced, possibly sinister.

I didn't feel in control of anything.

All I wanted was a simple log in to purchase apps.

I ended up with social networking and my info/photo appearing all over the place. Very disconcerting.

On the positive side, it was very quick to load and flick between apps. The layout and design is far more versatile than my old iTouch.

I thought I had figured out what the difference was between apps and widgets until I visited the Play store, where they all seemed to be lumped together.

The widgets I did try were pretty useful - not seen that on Apple products but my iTouch was very old.

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RE: I returned it - couldn't get

byakuya83 wrote:
I returned it - couldn't get on with all this Gmail, Google+ stuff rammed down my throat. All the synching of info across various apps and Google products seems forced, possibly sinister. I didn't feel in control of anything. All I wanted was a simple log in to purchase apps. I ended up with social networking and my info/photo appearing all over the place. Very disconcerting.

Can't help thinking that's a massive over-reaction, if you don't want to use gmail and Google+ then don't use it! I can't believe it's any more sinister than the iDevice equivalent. If you're already an iPhone user though why didn't you just get an iPad mini?

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I actually agree with the OP

I actually agree with the OP a bit re the googleverse that Android foist on you. I've had Gmail for years and suddenly it sprouted lots of google+ add-ons without warning. And then people kept bombarding me with circles and fwend requests. It's like a crap facebook that you didn't know you didn't want or need.

I've switched it all off, but it was a bit confusing and I actually nearly accidentally deleted my gmail account that I've had since 2004 (so lots of important stuff in there).

As an aside, I see you can no-longer rate apps on Android without google+ and your real name appearing. Annoyingly, lots of Apps often have pop-ups seeking a rating. I don't mind rating apps, and jotting a few words, but I certainly don't want my real name to appear next to them. What's available on me online is solely related to my professional persona - I don't want any of the "real me" to show up on any lazy google search by a co-worker/competitor/recruitment consultant etc.

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RE: I actually agree with the OP

Big Aura wrote:
I actually agree with the OP a bit re the googleverse that Android foist on you. I've had Gmail for years and suddenly it sprouted lots of google+ add-ons without warning. And then people kept bombarding me with circles and fwend requests. It's like a crap facebook that you didn't know you didn't want or need. I've switched it all off, but it was a bit confusing and I actually nearly accidentally deleted my gmail account that I've had since 2004 (so lots of important stuff in there).

If you have/had G+ then its because you created a profile.

Are they trying to 'encourage' people to create one, by various means? Absolutely. But it isn't foist on you, at least for the moment...

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As an aside, I see you can no-longer rate apps on Android without google+ and your real name appearing. Annoyingly, lots of Apps often have pop-ups seeking a rating. I don't mind rating apps, and jotting a few words, but I certainly don't want my real name to appear next to them. What's available on me online is solely related to my professional persona - I don't want any of the "real me" to show up on any lazy google search by a co-worker/competitor/recruitment consultant etc.

That's as much about dealing with the trolling problems (as well as more data points) and YouTube is going the same way.

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Big Aura, glad to know I'm

Big Aura, glad to know I'm not alone.

I couldn't proceed without Gmail, despite already having an email address. Once logged in the screen is filled with Google's own apps, launching them requires a profile and you cannot delete those apps.

You could, quite easily, be unknowingly publishing your photos and other data online for all to see.

In the end I went back and purchased an iPad Mini. Starting the device was far easier, and upon first accessing the home screen I wasn't overwhelmed with apps requesting further information.

This topic is a bit redundant now, apologies for that.

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