New to Android? Start Here

Last Updated Oct 22, 2010 11:39 AM EDT

Android-powered smartphones are selling like hotcakes, and the ridiculously good deal on the Virgin Mobile Samsung Intercept (no contract, $25/month) will only bring more newbies into the Android fold.

If you're one of them, you probably have lots of questions. For example, what apps can help boost your productivity? How can you recover your phone if it goes missing? And would it have killed the manufacturer to throw an instruction manual in the box?

Have no fear -- we've got all kinds of posts aimed at helping beginners answer their Android questions:

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