How to take screenshots on your Galaxy Tab 10.1

The inability to take screenshots has plagued Android since day way and iOS users have tormented us ever since. Samsung remedied this on the original Galaxy Tab with TouchWiz. Currently we are still waiting for a TouchWiz update that may bring screenshots to our Galaxy Tab 10.1s. Until then CNET wrote an article on how to take screenshots using your computer.

  1. Download and install the the Samsung mobile USB drivers.
  2. Download and install the Java Development Kit (JDK) from Oracle.
  3. Download and install the latest Android Software Development Kit.
  4. At the end of the Android SDK installation, choose to start the SDK Manager. After it’s done searching for packages, click the Close button.
  5. Click the Install button to install the packages. This will take several minutes or more to complete so you may want to go grab a refreshment and come back.
  6. On your Galaxy Tab, go to Settings, Applications, Development.
  7. Check the box next to USB debugging.
  8. On your computer, click Start, then in the search box, type C:\Program Files (x86)\Android\android-sdk\tools\ddms.bat and hit Enter. You can also navigate to it using Windows Explorer and double-click on ddms.bat.
  9. Plug your Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 into a USB port on your computer.
  10. When your Galaxy Tab appears in the top, left-hand box, click on it to highlight it.
  11. Hit Ctrl-S to take a screen capture.
  12. The Device Screen Capture window will pop up with your screen capture, allowing you to refresh, rotate, save, or copy it.


How to switch keyboards on the fly on Honeycomb

Coming from Froyo on the original Galaxy Tab, I had trouble figuring out how to switch keyboards. I was used to long pressing on a text field and then being able to switch between them. This is not the case with Honeycomb though. It is actually much easier!

When the keyboard is on the screen a little icon will appear in the notification corner (see photo above). Just give that a tap and all of your keyboards will pop up. By default there is the white Samsung keyboard and the darker Honeycomb one. The keyboard I am using is called Thumb Keyboard. My friend at Xoom Out showed it to me and I would highly recommend it to anybody. Another keyboard you might want to try out is Swype 3.0.

Now do you really need to swap keyboards that often? No you probably do not, but when you do need to switch to a new keyboard you will know how.

What keyboard do you use?

How to Speed up your Tab with the Task Manager

Of course the Android Market is riddled with all sorts of task managers and task killers, but none of them beat the one that Samsung includes with the Galaxy Tab. Even though I am not the biggest fan of the TouchWiz interface, this feature has kept me from switching to another launcher.

Android devices support multitasking and while that is an amazing feature, it can bog down your system unnecessarily. I know that I hardly ever need five applications open at the same time. The 1 GHz processor and 512 MB of RAM can not handle too many invasive applications at once. So what do you do? Use the Task Manager of course!

It is always readily available. The quickest way to access it is by longpressing on the home button to bring up your recent apps. Under them you will see a button that says Task Manger. Tap it and you are in.

Once in, it will show you your running applications and how much RAM and CPU they are taking up. You can quit out specific apps by clicking the Exit button to the right of the respective application, or you can exit them all at once by pressing Exit All in the top right.

That is not always enough for me though, so I like to switch over to the RAM tab at the top of the app. If its over 300 MB I know that I can usually clear up some of the RAM, so I press the Clear Memory button and closes some more background processes.

The absolute best feature of the built in Task Manager is the widget. It will always show you the active number of applications open at one time, so you know if something is open in the background that you do not need. Tapping on the widget brings you back to the Running Applications page and you can manage them as described above.

Do you use the Task Manager?