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Galaxy Tab: The Missing Manual
By Preston Gralla
(O’Reilly, paperback, list price $19.99; Kindle edition, list price $19.99)

Getting or giving yourself a Galaxy Tab for Christmas?

Consider getting this book to go with it, whether you’re getting a 3G/4G or Wi-Fi version of the Samsung tablet computer.

Reason one: You won’t find much how-to information packed in the box with the Galaxy Tab.

Reason two: Veteran technology writer Preston Gralla has prepared a nicely organized, well-written and heavily illustrated Galaxy Tab guide that covers the Samsung TouchWiz interface, as well as the device itself.

Gralla’s step-by-step instructions and tips can save you considerable time and effort as you learn the features and put your new device to work browsing the Web, checking email, playing music, shooting video and doing many other tasks for fun or work.

Parts & Chapters

This 427-page “Missing Manual”is organized into six parts, including 16 chapters and two appendixes.

Part One covers “The Basics and Getting Online.” The chapters are:

Part Two focuses on “Getting Social and Finding Your Way.” The chapters are:

Part 3 covers “Books, Media, and Games.” The chapters are:

Part Four deals with “Getting Productive.” The chapters are:

Part 5 is titled “Advanced Topics.” The chapters are:

Part Six is titled “Appendixes.” The two appendixes are:

Bottom Line

O’Reilly bills its “Missing Manual” series as “the book that should have been in the box.” You won’t find Preston Gralla’s handy book in the Galaxy Tab box.

But the paperback or Kindle version can help you discover the most enjoyable and productive ways to use your shiny new tablet.

Si Dunn


  • Si Dunn is a novelist, screenwriter, photojournalist, and book reviewer. His published books include: DARK SIGNALS, a Vietnam War memoir; ERWIN'S LAW, a private-detective novel; and JUMP, a novella about a combat veteran suffering from PTSD and alienation while trying to work for newspapers as a journalist. Several of his feature screenplays recently were under option to movie producers. He spent nearly 15 years working as a technical writer and software tester in the telecommunications industry. His current programming interests include Go, JavaScript, Python, R, Angular, and other languages and frameworks. He is a U.S. Navy veteran and a graduate of the University of North Texas.

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