What are all those pieces of hardware on your Android tablet?

What are all those pieces of hardware on your Android tablet?

You will need to be able to recognize the hardware on your tablet. Check out the hardware features of this generic Android tablet. Use this as a guide to locate some key features on your tablet.
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Important items you’ll find on the front of the tablet include:
Touch screen: The bulk of the tablet is the touch screen display, which occupies almost all of the space on the front of the device. The touch screen is a touch device: you look at it but you also touch it with your fingers to control the tablet.
Front camera: The front camera of the Android tablet is located on top of the touch screen. On larger tablets, the camera is on the front when the tablet is oriented horizontally. On small-format tablets, the camera is on the front when the tablet is oriented vertically.
Light sensor: It’s hard to see, but there is a small light sensor near the front camera. The sensor is used to help adjust the brightness of the touch screen and may serve other functions as well, none of which are related to mind reading.
Buttons or switches: Some Android tablets have physical buttons or touch-activated buttons just below the touch screen. These buttons are labeled with different icons. You can use the buttons for navigation purposes, to control the different apps running on the tablet. (Other tablets display the same or similar buttons as part of the touch screen.)
Important items on the edges of the tablet include:
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Power switch/lock: The power switch/lock is labeled with the universal power symbol, as shown in the margin, although the symbol is hard to see. Press this key to turn the tablet on, lock it (put it to sleep), wake it up, and turn it off.
Volume key: The volume control of the tablet consists of two buttons in one. Press one side of the switch to set the volume higher or the other side to set the volume lower. This key is often located next to the on/off switch. It is the larger of the two.
USB/Power connector: This slot is where you plug in a USB cable, which is used to charge the battery and connect your Android tablet to a computer. The slot is also where the tablet connects to the dock, if one is available.
External storage slot: The external storage of the tablet is added by inserting a memory card into the external storage slot.
SIM card cover: This spot is used to access the SIM card of the cellular tablet, which is inserted into a slot under the cover.
Headphone jack: This opening is where you can plug in standard headphones.
HDMI connector: Use this slot to connect an HDMI cable. The other end of the cable fits into an HDMI TV or monitor, which you can use to display tablet content on a larger screen. Not every Android tablet has an HDMI connector.
Speakers (Speakers): Stereo speakers are located on the left and right on the tablet, sometimes on the front, often on the sides, sometimes on the back.
Microphone: A small circular hole that acts as a microphone for the device. Some tablets may have two microphone holes. Don’t worry if you don’t find them. They are there.
A typical Android also has a back side: on it you may find the main camera of the tablet and an LED flash. That’s it.
Samsung tablets have a Home button or Home key just below the touch screen. This physical button serves the same purpose as the Home icon on other Android tablets.

  • Samsung tablets also feature recent, menu, and back buttons. The menu button is only on old tablets; The “Recent” button is found on current Samsung tablets.
  • Some tablets lack a rear camera. For tablet owners, you might consider getting a drawing software for your tablet and use it to draw pictures that you might otherwise depict.
  • Not all rear cameras have flash.
  • Some tablets use NFC, or Near Field Communications, so you can send and receive information by touching your tablet to another NFC device. NFC is internal, which means you don’t really see it on your tablet, even though it’s usually found on the back of the device.
  • Be careful not to confuse the SIM card slot with the external storage slot. They are not the same thing. You’ll rarely, if ever, access the SIM card.
  • SIM stands for Subscriber Identity Module. The SIM card is used by your cellular service provider to identify your tablet and keep track of the amount of data transferred over the mobile data network. The SIM also gives your cellular tablet a phone number, although that number is just an account and not something you can call or use to send a text message.
  • Do not insert anything into the microphone hole. Yes, that’s tempting, but don’t do it. Insert only things into your tablet that are meant to stick, such as a USB cable, headphones, memory card, or SIM card.