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Laptops and Mobile Devices Made Easy (Which?) [Paperback]

Which? , Lynn Wright
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16 Mar 2011 Which Essential Guides
With a wealth of new technology out there, it can seem a daunting task to choose the right gadget for you. Laptops and Mobile Devices Made Easy guides you through the different types of laptop and mobile device, giving explanations so you can decide on the right one for your needs, whether you want to learn how to use an ebook reader or a tablet or iPad.

Jargon busters and step-by-step tutorials will help you get to grips with your new laptop or mobile device, showing you how to get the most out of your technology, from connecting to the internet while out and about, downloading apps and ebooks, to increasing your laptop's memory. Covering PC laptops, netbooks and Macbooks, as well as smartphones, ebook readers and tablets, Laptops and Mobile Devices Made Easy will help you enjoy your new equipment to its full potential.


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Which? Books (16 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844901173
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844901173
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16.6 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear accessible guide for beginners 24 Aug 2011
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This Which guide to laptops and mobile devices is a great guide for total beginners. It has sections on laptops, tablets, smartphones, e-book readers and a general section on getting online. There is also a section called 'Protection' which covers everything from passwords to laptop bags. The book is very clear and well-designed. There are plenty of photos and screenshots. The text is clearly aimed at beginners. Each section is short and to the point and mercifully free of jargon. There is a 'Jargon Buster' glossary at the back to help total beginners. I run Silver Surfer courses and would definitely recommend this book to the people I teach. I would not recommend this book to anyone who is already reasonably comfortable with the internet though as they could easily find all this information online.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wise purchase 25 Sep 2011
By Dean Allison VINE VOICE
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This is a good book and a good buy for any computer novice or technology averse person worried about being sold a shelf blocker by a keen PC/Laptop salesperson.

All of the information is relevant but the new/latest i3, i5, and i7 processors are not covered but don't be too concerned, anyone needing the information in this book probably won't be wanting to pay the money for a laptop with one of these processors.

The book also covers all the Apple products including the ipad, ipod, iphone and the laptop range, giving good and bad comparisons with product alternative where required.

There is even sections covering Wi-Fi and security protection and how to get the best out of your chosen device.

Overall a recommended buy and cheap considering the potential minefield of problems and mistakes buying a new computer can present not to mention the used car salesman attitude of many sales people in conjunction with unscrupulous companies trying to shift all that obsolete stock wrapped in a pretty package.

If your thinking of buying a new mobile device this is a good place to start and just might ensure you buy what you want and not what they want to sell you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A God send for Mum and Dad 6 Sep 2011
By Mr. Richard The book boy TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I bought this book for my Mum and Dad who now in their 70's have entered the digital age. Last Christmas we put them on the internet and bought them a laptop. All I can say is since doing this I have visited and spoken to my parents more than at any other time in my life! My mother thought an email was typed and the Post Office printed it out and posted it! The times she phoned me up to tell me that she had sent me an email which I had already got, I've lost count. I have lost more hair over trying to get my parents to understand the internet than all the other worries put together in my life. So, along came this book and being from `Which' I hoped it would be the guide to getting my life back I needed. Well so far so good, not so many phone calls now and the emails make some sort of sense and my father even has some sort of an idea of what a hard drive is! Basically the book is for anyone who has little if any clue about how laptops and technology works. The diagrams and explanations are good and the book leads on into a discussion about the capabilities of Tablet PC's and Smartphones. I wish this book had been around last Christmas, I did not see it on the shelves. My Dad has now managed to set up a simple website with the help of some friends about the local area and its history. This book has been great and I can recommend it to anyone who has no clue about laptops, smartphones and Tablet PC's
As an upadte my Father has now managed to link his laptop wirelessly to the BT hub, before it wason a desk and cabled. He wanted to use the laptop in the garden and worked out how to log the machine wirelessly all on his own!
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3.0 out of 5 stars ctrl - alt - delete 15 Nov 2011
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Have found the which books very informative - the problem with this book is that it will need updating quite quickly. If you are reading this review with a laptop running windows 7 then it's a worthwhile purchase. If you are reading this review in 2012 then avoid like the plague - it will be out of date. So in short - buy the book before feb/march 2012 and it's a great buy, buy after the release of windows 8 then you are wasting your money.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, Which? is not amazing! 19 Sep 2011
By Tin Tactoo VINE VOICE
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When this arrived, I thought it would be yet another re-cobbled book from past bits in others but no - I was slightly taken aback to see 'new' stuff and importantly, helpful new stuff and within minutes of reading it I was on the laptop trying some of the hints and tips offered. I found quite a lot of useful and helpful bits that are worth applying and its all explained in easy to understand terms without assuming you are some 'compootah geek' and by going step by step, I was quite taken and realised a pile of 'other' guides etc. that are collecting dust on the bookshelf were nothing but paperweights in theory as they were so full of themselves in taking for granted you KNEW just about everything and their offering was the 'polish' if you like. I would recommend this book to anybody.
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4.0 out of 5 stars for the less technical 12 Sep 2013
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Well produced book at a reasonable price, however the subject matter moves on by the hour, so will quickly be outdated.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant book and very helpful, So much info. Thank you.
Published 29 days ago by Derek Ronald Wallis
5.0 out of 5 stars Laptops and Mobile Devices Made Easy (Which?)
I bought this book from Amazon.co.uk - seems I'm buying nearly everything from here since they cost less than anywhere else! This book is just fine. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Hugo L. Shepherd
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple and useful
This book gives all the basic information that a person with little knowledge of such things will find very useful.
Published 21 months ago by Silverbirch
4.0 out of 5 stars honest answers
A great little book, that helps us not so technically minded people, easy to follow, not too big or daunting, and as its done by Which.quite trustworthy information.
Published 21 months ago by jane leggitt
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for the parents but already out date
This is a really great guide for technophobes and Luddites.

It's a lot like a high quality magazine, only double or tripe the number of pages.
Published on 16 May 2012 by N. Atherton
4.0 out of 5 stars designed for beginners
This book really does cover the basics of laptops and mobile devices and very relevant for people who have not come accross these products before. Read more
Published on 16 Feb 2012 by zenadox
5.0 out of 5 stars Which? Laptop and mobile Devices Made Easy
This book is aimed at someone with little or no knowledge about computers. It starts off explaing the different types of computer, the difference between Laptops, notebooks e... Read more
Published on 20 Oct 2011 by romreader
4.0 out of 5 stars A good guide for beginners
This book includes information about laptops, tablet, smartphones and e-book readers. It also includes information about accessing the Internet and how to protect yourself online,... Read more
Published on 18 Oct 2011 by Al
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative book in easy to understand language.
I'm of the generation which had no computers at school and I have had to muddle my way along in this technological age, so I found this book very helpful. Read more
Published on 18 Sep 2011 by Suze
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