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6 ways to get the most out of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S

Adam Turner
Technology Journalist

Adam Turner is a Sydney Morning Herald senior technology columnist who has been writing about the challenges facing Australian business for more than a decade

Adam Turner
Technology Journalist

Adam Turner is a Sydney Morning Herald senior technology columnist who has been writing about the challenges facing Australian business for more than a decade

Samsung’s latest flagship tablet, the Galaxy Tab S, is one of the best tablets on the market with its stunning Quad HD (2560 x 1600) AMOLED display (offering a richer colour palette) and paper thin profile.

On the software front, Samsung’s custom flavour of Android, TouchWiz, comes loaded with features but which one is really worth your time and how do you take advantage of them? Here are six of our favourites.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S

1. Become a multi-tasking god with multi window

One of the best features of the Tab S is the ability to run two apps at the same time side-by-side in a split screen style mode, making multi-tasking a breeze.

Samsung calls this feature ‘Multi window’ and you can use it at any time by simply swiping in from the right edge of the screen and dragging and dropping an app into the main window from the multi window panel that appears. Then drag another app and drop it on either the right or left half of the screen which will automatically split the screen and enable you to view the two apps at the same time.

You can adjust the size of the windows by moving the split bar handle. You can also drag and drop text and images into the other window. For example, dragging and dropping images from the ‘Gallery’ into an email app like Gmail will automatically turn the images into an attachment.

To save a multi window combination, simply scroll to the bottom of the multi window panel, tap the triangle icon and tap “Create”.

Another useful feature is the ability to open files or attachments automatically in multi window. Simply go to Settings > Device > Multi Window > enable ‘Open in multi window view’.

2. Quick access to apps with toolbox

Toolbox is a floating shortcut menu that makes your favourite apps accessible no matter what screen you’re in.

Go to Settings > Device > enable Toolbox. Alternatively you can simply activate it by using the quick toggle in the notification shade.

Once enabled, you will notice a floating bubble icon appear which you can drag around anywhere on screen. Tapping the icon will expand the bubble and reveal five app shortcuts. You can customise the app shortcuts by tapping the pencil icon in the Toolbox settings screen.

3. Share your Galaxy Tab S securely with multiple user accounts

Multiple user accounts allows each member of the household to have their own login, effectively protecting your data and privacy in the process. You can have up to eight user accounts on the Tab S. Each user has their own space, which they can customise with their own apps, wallpaper and so on.

To create a new user account, simply go to Settings > Device > Users > hit the ‘+’ icon and follow the prompts. After creating a new user, that person will need to go through a brief setup process.

4. Fingerprint scanner

The fingerprint scanner from the Galaxy S5 is back but this time the accuracy has been much improved allowing you to securely make PayPal transactions, purchase apps from the GALAXY App store and login to your Tab S all with just a swipe of your finger. Using the fingerprint scanner to launch different user accounts works really well and is a much more convenient option than using passwords.

Simply go to Settings > Device > Finger Scanner and follow the prompts during the setup process.

5. Access your smartphone and take calls from your Tab S with SideSync

You can remotely access your Galaxy S4, S5 or Galaxy Note 3 smartphone by virtually mirroring the device on the Tab S over Wi-Fi Direct. With the SideSync app running, you can access almost all of the features of a paired GS5 device (minus things like the camera) such as launching apps and playing media in addition to drag and drop support for transferring files between your smartphone and tablet. Pairing a Galaxy S5 will also allow you to even take calls from your tablet.

A few things to keep in mind with SideSync − mirroring uses Wi-Fi so there is a slight delay when interacting with the virtual window of your smartphone from the Tab S. Also ensure you have your smartphone within six meters of the tablet.

To start using SideSync, download the app for your Galaxy S4, S5 or Note 3 from the Play Store or Samsung GALAXY Apps. Once installed, open SideSync 3.0 on both your Tab S and compatible Galaxy smartphone and hit ‘Start’. After a few moments, you should see your smartphone mirrored on the display of the Tab S.

6. Get free access to premium content with Galaxy Gifts

Samsung has packed the Tab S with over $600 of premium content and subscriptions from various partners including Bloomberg (12 months), Wall Street Journal (six months), The Economist (six months), New York Times (three months), The Australian (two months), Marvel Unlimited (three months), EzyFlix, Google Play Movies, LIVESPORT (six months), LinkedIn Premium (three months), Cisco WebEx (six months), RemotePC (24 months), Evernote Premium and more.

The amount of included content is quite extensive and there’s bound to be something in there to suit everyone’s tastes.

Ready to take advantage of Samsung's free premium content offer? Simply click here using the native web browser on your Tab S.

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