1. If you hold the back button, you’ll be shown the last 5 apps you opened. Great way to multitask. Just pull through them left-to-right to see each one.
2. You can move live tiles by holding your finger down on one until it “lifts” off the Start screen. You can also add new live tiles by pressing the arrow in the upper right-hand corner to see the list of all apps on your phone and then holding your finger on what you want to add.
3. On the Bing search screen, you can press the Eye to have the phone look at a myriad of different things. It can translate other languages (if it’s in print), read a UPC, or even understand a book, music, or movie cover to tell you more about it.
1. If you hold the search button (magnifying glass) down a few moments, the phone will listen for you to speak, which it will then transcribe to bring up a Google search. In fact, the phone can do transcription anywhere. If you open up a note-taking app, you can use the microphone option on the keyboard to speak instead of type.
2. You can create shortcuts to anything on your Android home screen. Hold your finger on any spot until the phone asks you what you would like to add. You can do applications, widgets, and even individual contacts. (If you have set a picture to that contact, that will be the icon the phone uses!)
3. Want to improve battery life? Find Advanced Task Killer on the Google Play store (it’s free!). Be sure to open the app do two things:
-First: uncheck Advanced Task Killer from the list of apps it will stop. You don’t want it turning itself off.
-Second: tap the menu key and go into settings for Advanced Task Killer. Scroll down to Auto Kill Level and set it to Aggressive.
Most Android phones will last more than a day now on a single charge, but this is how you can squeeze every last amp from it.
1. Tap the home button twice and you will see all the apps you have opened recently. This is how you can multitask. Despite some advice around the web, you do not need to close apps from here to preserve battery life. The iPhone “suspends” apps when they’re not on the front screen.
2. Did you know you can change the behavior of Notifications and how they appear? Go to the Settings app and select Notifications. From there, you can manage whether apps place their notifications in the Notification Center or if they come up on your screen as a pop-up. While you’re here, tell the Mail app to list its notifications in the Center to make life easier.
3. iCloud is one of the best new features of Apple’s operating system for the iPhone, so make sure you set it up in the Settings app. And perhaps most importantly, turn on the Find My iPhone service. You can track its location anytime from icloud.com, and even make it do a number of useful things, like play an alert so you can find it, display contact info if someone else finds it, and even remote erase it if you think it has been stolen.
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