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Galaxy S4: The Missing Manual (Missing Manuals) [Paperback]

Preston Gralla
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Book Description

9 Sep 2013 Missing Manuals

Galaxy S4 is amazing right out of the box, but if you want to get the most of out your S4 or S4 Mini, start here. With clear instructions and savvy advice from technology expert Preston Gralla, you’ll learn how to go online, play games, listen to music, watch movies & TV, monitor your health, and answer calls with a wave of your hand.

The important stuff you need to know:

  • Be connected. Browse the Web, manage email, and download apps through WiFi or S4’s 3G/4G network.
  • Navigate without touch. Use Air Gestures with your hand, or scroll with your eyes using Smart Screen.
  • Find new ways to link up. Chat, videochat, and add photos, video, or entire slideshows to text messages.
  • Get together with Group Play. Play games or share pictures, documents, and music with others nearby.
  • Create amazing images. Shoot and edit photos and videos—and combine images from the front and back cameras.
  • Keep music in the cloud. Use Google Play Music to store and access tunes.
  • Check your schedule. Sync the S4 with your Google and Outlook calendars.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 484 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (9 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449316301
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449316303
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 15.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 385,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Book That Should Have Been in the Box

About the Author

Preston Gralla is the author of more than 40 books, including Windows 8 Hacks and Missing Manuals on Droid X2, Galaxy Tab, and Galaxy S II. He's a contributing editor to Computerworld, and a regular contributor to PC World. 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Galaxy S4 20 Mar 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Brilliant, just what I had been looking for. It is better than I expected and all of it relates to the Samsung S 4 mini. I would definitely recommend this book.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I didn't know I could do that! 30 Aug 2013
By S. Shanbhag - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is a beautiful, sophisticated piece of art. Nothing short of amazing. However, to be able to use it like a pro, the manual that ships with the phone is pretty insignificant. You could either discover by talking with fellow S4 owners or look up videos online. This book seeks to put all that information in a simple-to-understand format so you can easily go through it step-by-step.

Wow, I didn't know my Galaxy S4 could do that! Many a time, this was my reaction when I read about something that I wasn't aware of. The book has a lot of graphics and screenshots that make it a real pleasure to read and understand. When I got my new S4, I had often wondered what certain options meant and how some apps were used and this book actually covered those topics very well. I actually started using some of the apps, like S Health, after reading this book.

Of the many things I learned, I could sync my calendar with Google Calendar and Outlook, start watching movies and TV shows while they are loading, send pictures and videos wirelessly to your TV, etc. Pretty neat book and expansive coverage overall. This book is actually 485 pages but you should be able to skim through it pretty fast.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Handy Manual for Those Who Prefer to Learn from a Book, Instead of a Computer Monitor 8 Dec 2013
By Buddy S - Published on
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
The Galaxy S4 comes with virtually no printed instructions. However, a comprehensive User Manual is available for free online and it can be downloaded to any computer and easily searched by key word for nearly any issue that interests a user. So, the question is, why pay more than $13.00 (the price as of the date of this review) for this book which gives the same information that is available elsewhere for free?

If you do not mind wading through the online information or have a knowledgeable person available for instruction and to answer questions, this particular book is obviously unnecessary. I personally found that the online User Manual was difficult to navigate and I did not bother looking at it after I had my S4 for two weeks and thought I had mastered the basics. I am now reading this book some three months later and am learning to my amazement about things my phone can do which I was completely unaware of.

The book is logically organized into the following chapters:
1. The Guided Tour
2. Typing, Texting, and Searching
3. Phone Calls
4. Music
5. Camera, Photos, and Video
6. Maps and Navigation
7. Calendar
8. Getting Online: WiFi, 3G/4G, and Mobile Hotspots
9. The Web
10. Email and Gmail
11. Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Chat, and Videochat
12. Downloading and Using Apps
13. Transferring Music, Videos, Pictures, and Other Files, and Using Group Play
14. Taking the Galaxy S4 to Work
15. Google Now and Voice Search and Control
16. Settings

There are also three Appendices dealing with Setup and Signup, Accessories and Troubleshooting and Maintenance.

This manual is easy to read and the explanations are clear and simply stated. It is loaded with illustrations and screen shots to demonstrate the many points it makes. There is a comprehensive index in the back and using that and the Table of Contents make it easy to locate material on a particular issue.

I recommend this manual to someone who feels he or she may not have quite mastered the Galaxy S4 and, like me, prefers to get information of this nature from a physical book rather than computer screen.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Galaxy S4 Manual 4 Oct 2013
By June Shaline - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Okay, but if you have only stepped up from an S3 or another smart phone, this is probably not for you. There is a lot of very basic, beginner information.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to the Galaxy S4. 19 Jan 2014
By cind7678 - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I got the Samsung Galaxy S4 for Christmas after owning an Iphone. I like this much better because it is larger and as you get older that is an important feature! This book is great to have because I can look up anything I can't figure out. I haven't read a lot of it yet, but what I read was very helpful. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that it isn't second nature on how to work cellphones!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Manual for mastering the Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone 3 Jan 2014
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Excellent written manual. Over 450 pages covering from the basic use of the Samsung S4. Manual starts with a Guided Tour of the physical camera, and continues chapters covering everything from message entry using the keyboard to using voice commands and search, voice and video conferencing, photography, driving maps and turn-by turn navigation, saving usage minutes using WIFI when available, Web browsing, social networking via Facebook, Twitter, Google+. The text is also useful in learning the "smartphone jargon" - what it is, what it does, and how it works such as "Air Gestures" and Air View".

The text continues with several chapters on downloading and using apps from the Google Store or web, file transfer between the PC and Mac, creating VPNs and hotspots, cloning and file transfer phone-to-phone, and ends up with Appendices on Setup, Useful Accessories, and Trouble Shooting and Maintenance.

The book is clearly printed with readable font size, and high quality black and white images of the screens that are easily to read. Definitely a great tutorial for getting up to speed on a smartphone that is loaded with features and learning how to efficiently use all, or perhaps just some, of the basic and advanced features of the phone and the productivity software included.

I like the hardcopy format since I can highlight or sticky note features that I may not use today, but that I may want to reinvestigate at a later date such as the Air Gestures. This book let me get up to speed with the basic features quickly, do a second pass at learning the more advanced features, and introducing / educating me to the "poweruser" features so I can start using them when I am comfortable with the phone.

Good job, great book, affordable price!
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