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Get to know your Android phone

Got your first Android phone? Here's a quick guide to its buttons and key features...

1. Notifications
The notifications bar can be pulled down to show all of your recent emails, texts and other status changes. It also holds useful information subtly at the top all of the time.

2. Home screens
Apps, folders and individual settings can be added to each home screen easily. This lets you customise the main Android interface in almost any way you like and is one of the main benefits of the system.

3. Buttons
Most Android phones have the same hardware buttons below the screen, but some use slightly changed configurations. The differences are minimal though and should be easy for any Android user to adjust to.

4. Unique look
Each manufacturer uses their own look for the Android operating system, but some prefer to use the default Android visual. Some are better than others and can have a big impact on ease of use.

5. Widgets
Widgets offer quick access to specific services and are another highlight of the Android system. There are many third party widgets available covering every possible use.