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Preston Gralla
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11 Feb 2011 Missing Manuals

Get the most from your Droid X right away with this entertaining Missing Manual. Veteran tech author Preston Gralla offers a guided tour of every feature, with lots of expert tips and tricks along the way. You'll learn how to use calling and texting features, take and share photos, enjoy streaming music and video, and much more.

Packed with full-color illustrations, this engaging book covers everything from getting started to advanced features and troubleshooting. Unleash the power of Motorola's hot new device with Droid X: The Missing Manual.

  • Get organized. Import your contacts and sync with Google Calendar and Microsoft Exchange.
  • Go online. Get your phone to act as a portable hotspot or as a modem to get your laptop online.
  • Play music. Purchase music from Amazon and sync your Droid X with Windows Media Player and iTunes.
  • Shoot photos and video. Edit and share your photos, and use them as desktop or icon images. Record video and share it with your friends.
  • Connect to Google Maps. Use geotagging and get turn-by-turn directions.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (11 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449393861
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449393861
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Preston Gralla is the editor of WindowsDevCenter.com and OnDotNet. He is the author of more than 30 books, including Internet Annoyances, PC Pest Control, and Windows XP Hacks, Second Edition, and co-author of Windows XP Cookbook. As an award-winning author and technology expert, Preston has written articles for major national newspapers and magazines and has also appeared on several TV and radio programs.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Droid X: The Missing Manual 27 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This does fill in a lot of gaps, though it could have been shortened by compacting paragraphs to on page - a case of preading it out with 'white space' to make it look longer than it is??
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4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for those new to Droid 30 Mar 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The Droid X is one of the latest smart phones to use Google's Android Operating System (OS). While I love Google's products, they're not the most user friendly, especially when it comes to super technical devices. This is where Droid X The Missing Manual comes in. It covers in detail all the major features of the phone including calling, texting, web, apps, maps, calendars and much more. Preston tells you what to press and when to press it, including what issues you may have along the way. Unless you are extremely tech savvy and happy to make mistakes, this book is a wise purchase and a time saver.

However, this book comes to market relatively late for a phone that has been out for 8 months. By now many people (including myself) have muddled their way through Droid's various features. If you've had the phone for more than 3-4 months then much of the information will be redundant to you. I found the most helpful sections to be the tip boxes, often finding quicker ways to perform day to day tasks, while the bulk of the text reaffirmed my experiences. I can highly recommend this book for new users, less so for the Droid initiated.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for those new to Droid. 5 Feb 2011
By David Bowers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The Droid X is one of the latest smart phones to use Google's Android Operating System (OS). While I love Google's products, they're not the most user friendly, especially when it comes to super technical devices. This is where Droid X The Missing Manual comes in. It covers in detail all the major features of the phone including calling, texting, web, apps, maps, calendars and much more. Preston tells you what to press and when to press it, including what issues you may have along the way. Unless you are extremely tech savvy and happy to make mistakes, this book is a wise purchase and a time saver.

However, this book comes to market relatively late for a phone that has been out for 8 months. By now many people (including myself) have muddled their way through Droid's various features. If you've had the phone for more than 3-4 months then much of the information will be redundant to you. I found the most helpful sections to be the tip boxes, often finding quicker ways to perform day to day tasks, while the bulk of the text reaffirmed my experiences. I can highly recommend this book for new users, less so for the Droid initiated.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Necessity 16 Mar 2011
By Conrad J. Obregon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The Droid X smart phone is really a mini-computer, with lots of useful applications built in and other applications that can be downloaded. Unfortunately, even though the built-in applications might seem intuitive, they are not. The instructions that come with the Droid X and that can be downloaded from the manufacturer's web site just scratch the surface of the device's capabilities. If ever a gizmo required full scale instructions, this is it. "Droid X: The Missing Manual" comes to the rescue.

The book covers in great detail the most useful of the applications. (It still didn't explain "Cardock" or several other aps, but after reading the book, I was able to intuit how to use them.) It covers functions from using the telephone to integrating the Droid X into a Virtual Private Network. It offers explanations that you would never have guessed existed on the phone. As an example, I was concerned about the handling of photographs that were attached to e-mails that I received on my phone. I've never been able to figure out how to save them. Gralla told me how. Press the image (not tap) and a menu came up asking me if I wanted to save the picture. There were some permutations of that function that Gralla didn't specifically discuss. For example, I often receive images embedded in e-mails that are larger than the Droid's screen. After reading Gralla, I was able to infer that pressing the image would call up a menu that would allow me to select a viewer that would fit the image to the Droid screen size. Similar instructions were available for most of the major applications. I was astonished at what I could do on the Droid with Google maps.

The problem with the book is that it is just a little too big to carry around. In that case I suppose one could purchase the kindle edition and then read it through the kindle ap on the Droid, but I found it easiest to sit at my desk with the book, without any pressure. and go through the chapters I was interested in. There is so much information here that I don't believe most folks will want to read this book straight through, from cover to cover.

In summary, this is indeed the missing manual.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant and complete 11 Mar 2011
By weeja - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is very clearly written, and is a delight to read. It also has all the details you'd need to customize and use your Droid X. Highly recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Senior facing the Learning Curve 11 July 2011
By Jan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I am a qualified senior citizen. I recently listen to some of my contempories complaining about new technological developements and their individual commitments to just not "go there." I listened to folks younger than I boasting of not having a computer and not using a telephone for anything other than making and receiving calls. "Well," I said to myself. "I DO want to 'go there.' Alzeimer's or senility does not seem like a good way to pass the rest of my time here...I think I'll learn something new." So I proceeded to my local Verizon affiliate and bought my Droid X. What fun! I took the 2-hour familiarization course offered by the store, and set forth to learn to be as smart as my phone. I even thought I was doing pretty well, until I met up with a fellow senior who had this book and told me I could learn things here I would NEVER get from what passes as the "operating manual." BOY WAS HE RIGHT!!! Not only has this manual been a real life saver, it has made the approach to the learning curve really fun and a challenge I know I can meet.
(I have even been able to teach my mule-headed husband a few things about using his Droid X. He flew jet fighter aircraft for a career, but the smart phone concepts are a bit more than he wants to tackle these days, and texting is simply out of the question.)
I have approached the manual a bit slowly, but it is still the first thing I reach for each morning. I and my Droid sit down with my coffee and learn something new and fun. I feel really good about things as simple as continuing to learn and being willing to accept new challenges. And it is true...there is so much to this little machine I could never have learning without this manual. It is easy and fun to read I love it!!!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprizingly useful and a worthwhile read. 23 Feb 2011
By Mark D. Schnittman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I own a Droid X for 4 months. I've spent a lot of time playing with the phone and tweaking it to work exactly as I want it to. However, despite being technically savvy, I have to admit that there are a lot of little tricks and nuances to both the hardware and to Android that I didn't know -- until now. I bought this book figuring that it would contain mostly basic operational stuff, like a lot of the 'dummies' books out there. I was wrong. I have just finished reading the first 5 pages, and have already learned 3 key tips that I didn't know after using the phone for the past 4 months! I can only hope that the rest of the book is a informative, but so far, so good.

UPDATE
I have been reading this book for the past few days, and it has already proven it's price and then some. Despite my technical know-how, there are features to Android that I would have never discovered on my own -- including basic functionality as well as tips to getting certain things done easier/faster. Highly recommended.
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