Gadgets Group

Gadgets Group

This activity provides you with a chance to learn more about your smartphone and tablet – Apple or Android.

It does not matter if you have not been before – each meeting is unique, just bring your phone and/or tablet.  A great chance to ask questions or share a problem solved.

DATE:     Tuesday 28th May
TIME:      9:45am until 11:00am
DATE:     Tuesday 25th June
TIME:      9:45am until 11:00am


PHONE UPDATE: The mobile 3G network is currently being turned off. This means that some older mobile phones will no longer work. Popular devices impacted by this switch off include iPhone models older than the iPhone 5s, older iPad models, and the Samsung Galaxy S5. Most users affected will have (hopefully) been contacted by their network provider. Vodaphone has already turned off 3G, Telstra will turn off all its 3G services on 30th June 2024, while Optus will be the last to shut its 3G doors in September 2024.

The Gadgets Group meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month at the Ringwood Club, Corner of Oban Road and Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood, at 9.45 a.m. Come and join us for coffee and chat at 9.45 am

Col Pask – Convenor ( Contact details available in the Club Newsletter or Club Contact List)


Click the following link for the images from the February 2022 presentation  –  2022 Internet Birthday

Safe Passwords

If your password/s are stolen, possible problems can be:

Your email may be accessed

Posts in social media may be made in your name

Goods may be purchased on line in your name

Your bank or other financial accounts may be accessed

There are computer programs which try to guess passwords, using readily available data. eg name, date of birth, street name, pet’s name, common sequences eg 1234 or any dictionary word.

Safety involves using: 

One password per website

A mixture of numbers, letters and symbols

Longer rather than shorter passwords

The first letter of a phrase, using substitutions for letters such as a! for an a, a 3 for an e,  a7 for an r etc

A safe to store passwords or stored unidentified at a friend or relative’s place – not in a drawer at home


Tablet / Phones Experience in the Users Group
  • Apple iPads
  • Apple iPhones
  • Android Tablets
  • Android Phones

So How Good is a Tablet Camera

You can achieve some very good results from a tablet camera depending upon the model you have and how you use it.

  • Provided you have the tablet camera settings correctly set.
  • If the lighting is good.
  • Using ‘tap to focus’ will help with focus and light.
  • You hold the tablet still you can achieve some very ggod results. 

The photos below are some of the ‘better’ photos from members.  (I have also included a few from an iPhone5 as I don’t have a tablet camera.)

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