Thursday, 23 June 2011

How to change the font on your Samsung Galaxy S2

 Along with everything else you can do to personalise your Samsung Galaxy S2 (SGS2) smartphone you can also change the font. Although the selection is relatively limited to begin with there is an ability to buy more form the Market (though these do feel over-priced and aren't worth their money on the whole).

To change the font just follow this guide which starts on the right with the "Setting" screen. From here you need to click on "Display" which is by default the 4th option down.  The display settings menu, for illustrative purposes can be seen on the screen capture to the left of this paragraph. From this list of settings you need to slick on the top one, the "Screen display option"

The "Screen display option should look something like the screen on the right here, The top option, as you can see, says "Font style" if you click on this you open up a new menu which 
contains the fonts available to you. In my case I've got the option of the Default font, Choco cooky and Helvetica S (as you can see to the left).

When you change the font setting you'll notice that everything looks very different. The below example shows a text conversation with the Choco cooky font being used on the phone. As you can see the font looks a lot more fun and less serious than some of the others and can be a good way to personalise your phone.

Ways to personalise your Samsung Galaxy S2

So far in this blog we've looked at both setting up a ringtone for the Samsung Galaxy S2 (or SGS2) and for changing the wallpaper (or homescreen) on the phone. Though there is more than just that to personalising your phone, in fact there is much, much more to changing the way your phone looks and operates.

Firstly you can set up your own "home screens", by clicking on the menu button and then pressing on the "Add" button which allows you to add things like applications shortcuts, widgets and a number of other things.

If we look to the left we can see the menu that allows us to add things like shortcuts. These are incredibly useful and can be placed along any of the 7 homescreens. These effectively help you move from the home screen to the apps swiftly and effectively. In my case the home screens each have their own uses
with the 1st homescreen being the general
activity screen whilst screen 4 (to the right) is what I've set as a gaming screen.

 As well as changing the way the phone looks you can also change the way the phone actually functions. You can download a number of alternative keyboards though with out even needing to do that you can change the way you type to changing the input method to "Swype". So far we have found 2 separate ways to turn one swype, which is a completely different way of writing texts.
Method 1 can be found here
Method 2 can be found here

As well as changing how you write texts you can also change the way all the text on the phone looks by changing the font on the phone which is incredibly easy and can again make a phone feel that bit like it's really yours.

Even doing things like browsing the net is easily personalised. You can choose from a number of browsers to use, not just the in built default one. Personally I'd advise using both the Skyfire and Opera Mini browsers and deciding which of those two you prefer.

Of course if you want to root your phone you can open up a host of other personalisation settings though personally I'm not looking down that alley so won't be looking at those options.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

How to use the front camera to take a photo on Samsung Galaxy s2

One of the questions I've been asked was how to use the front facing 2MP camera on the Samsung Galaxy S2 android operated smartphone to take photographs. This is one of the great things about the phone in that it does have a pretty solid (not spectacular admittedly) front facing camera for "self shooting".

The easiest way to access it is by pressing the little icon you can see in the top left corner of the image to the side. The icon that looks like a camera in a recycle icon. This automatically sets the camera into the self shoot mode and to take a photograph in this mode you just press the usual shoot button (the large button to the right side).

An alternative way to access "Self shoot" mode again starts with you accessing the camera then opening the settings menu (hit the little cog icon) and turning "Self shot" on. This is a little bit more effort but does the exact same thing.

Now the problems with self shot are numerous. Firstly you can't use a number of the features the Samsung Galaxy S2 normal camera does have and you will only get a maximum of 2MP (the main camera is 8MP) you also won't be able to turn on the flash or film video with the self shot mode. Though if you do just want a quick and easy photograph of yourself with out fiddling about (and giving yourself finger cramps) this is the way to go.

Copying your contacts to your SIM card with a Samsung Galaxy S2

If you've got a Samsung Galaxy S2 mobile phone and want to copy your contacts from your phone onto the Sim card you may find yourself getting a little bit lost. Here we are going to guide you threw the process of "exporting your contacts".

To start this press on the "Phone" icon on the bottom of your phone to open up the "Keypad". At the top of the screen you sill see tabs. "Keypad" (the one you've landed on), "Logs" (the history of all your calls and texts), "Contacts" and "Favourites". At this point you need to click on the "Contacts" tab. Here you will find a list of all your contacts, which in some cases can be a huge amount if your contacts have been synced from Facebook. At this point you need to click on the menu button and you will see a menu pop up at the bottom of the screen. The menu will have an option saying "Import/Export contacts" which is the option you need to select.

To put the contacts onto your SIM card you need to select the "Expert to SIM card" option (whilst to get contacts from your SIM card you need to select "Import from SIM card). The next screen you will see if your contact list with tick boxes for you to select a number of contacts to export. When you've selected all your contacts click on "Export" and then "OK" and you're done the contacts will now be on your SIM card.

If the contacts from things like facebook you won't really need to export too many as you will likely be replacing the phone in the future with something else you can sync to your facebook account (or even google accounts) which means the future will see you being able to move numbers with out needing them on your SIM (in fact you can even use various apps for the job now).