Getting Started with the AirPad
How do I set up and use my AirPad?
First it is recommended that you read the small booklet included with your AirPad to familiarize yourself with the basic procedure such as turning the unit on, etc. The House Symbol takes you to your Home screen at any time. It shows up in a few places but is always visible in the top left hand corner of the screen. The Back Symbol at the top right hand corner of the screen takes you back one screen each time you touch it. (You can also press the hard key on the top of your AirPad (labeled on the back of the AirPad as ESC).
You’ll likely want to set the date and time on your AirPad before you go much further. In order to connect to the Internet, so you can visit the Google Android Market and install applications, you’ll need to turn on Wi-Fi.
Getting Started with Apps
Your AirPad is an excellent e-book reader. You can download and install FREE readers from the Google Android Market, including the popular Kindle and Nook, as well as others such as Reader and Kobo. The Nook Color retails for $249, so you’ve already got a great color ebook reader for $50 less than that!
After you have a book reader installed, you can set the screen to rotate automatically when you rotate your AirPad.
There are many free games available on Google Android Market and Amazon Market. Just a few examples are Angry Birds, Sudoku, Fruit Ninja, Dragon Fly. Just go to the Google Android or Amazon Market, search for the name and download it. You can also use a Google search - just add ANDROID DOWNLOAD to the name of the app you are looking for.
You can get useful Apps like Facebook, Twitter, Skype, DropBox (file sharing), OpenTable (restaurant reservations), Google Maps, Wikipedia, Photoshop Mobile – all run very nicely on your AirPad and make life on the go easy and fun.
You can get Pandora Radio, free from Google Android Market. It lets you select different genres of music and stream them to your AirPad. Just go to Google Android Market, search for and download Pandora Internet Radio, then create and sign in to your account.
- Shazam – just tap on the screen and Shazam listens to and identifies any song it hears. It even tells you who sang, it, what album it’s on, and gives you the opportunity to buy it from iTunes.
- Play videos and movies – Download YouTube from Google Android Market, watch Flash content with your Browser (something an iPad can’t do). Download the Netflix App and watch streaming videos on your AirPad (requires a Netflix account). Note this cannot be downloaded from Google Android Market and requires special installation instructions, which will be provided soon.
- Install the RedBox app and rent movies (for $1.00) that you pick up from any RedBox kiosk.
- Transfer movies from your laptop or PC to your AirPad via a mini USB cable (included with your AirPad).
- You can hook your AirPad to a TV, so you can watch video on the big screen.
- Or purchase a micro SD card that you can plug into your PC, transfer movies to, then plug into your AirPad.
- And, of course, e-mail. If you don’t already have an account, you can go to www.google.com and sign up for a free Gmail account, or get other e-mail such as Yahoo or AOL via your browser.
Managing your AirPad
After you’ve installed a lot of Apps you might get a message saying that there’s not enough memory left to install another App. You can free up some memory by moving some Apps from the main memory to the SD card.