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Paul McFedries
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28 July 2009 Portable Genius (Book 17)
Get up to speed with the most essential tips, tricks, and shortcuts for the iPhone 3G S The popularity of the first generation of iPhone was unarguably impressive. Then came the iPhone 3G (third generation) with its support for faster broadband wireless networks, built–in GPS capabilities, and better battery life—and it didn′t disappoint. Next up is the iPhone 3G S ("s" for "speed") and expectations are staggering. This handy, compact guide gets you up to speed on all the essential tips, tricks, and techniques for making the most of the jaw–dropping iPhone 3G S. Popular bestselling author Paul McFedries shares more than 225 color screen shots and reveals little–know facts about the 3G S. He shows you how to make the most of its built–in 3 megapixel autofocus camera, video capture, and editing capabilities; voice dialing and voice recognition; and more. Bestselling author Paul McFedries uncovers essential tips on the new iPhone 3G S, Apple′s newest generation of iPhones Skips the fluff and gets down to business on how to maximize the speed and lifespan of the iPhone 3G S Unearths tips for using the built–in 3 megapixel autofocus camera, video capture, and editing abilities Features more than 200 color screen shots that demonstrate various options of the 3G S, including voice dialing and voice recognition Eager to experience the most from your iPhone 3G S? Then this is the guide for you!

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 2 edition (28 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470524227
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470524220
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 509,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Paul McFedries runs Logophilia Limited, a technical writing company, and has been writing computer books for more than 17 years. He is the author or coauthor of more than 60 books that have sold more than 3 million copies worldwide. Paul is also the proprietor of Wordspy.com, a website that tracks new words and phrases as they enter the language.

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The Genius is in. You don′t have to be a genius to use the iPhone 3G or the new iPhone 3G S. But if you want to get the very most out of them, put this savvy Portable Genius guide to work. Want to download the hottest new apps from the App Store? Record videos and voice memos? Send photos, videos, maps, and more via MMS? Control calls and tunes by voice? You′ll find cool and useful Genius tips, full–color screenshots, and pages of shortcuts and tools that will save you loads of time and let you enjoy your iPhone to the max. Portable GENIUS Fun, hip, and straightforward, the new Portable Genius series gives forward–thinking Apple users useful information in handy, compact books that are easy to navigate and don′t skimp on the essentials. Collect the whole series and make the most of your Apple digital lifestyle.

About the Author

Paul McFedries is a Mac expert and full–time technical writer. Paul has been authoring computer books since 1991 and he has more than 60 books to his credit. These books include Macs Portable Genius , Switching to a Mac Portable Genius , and Teach Yourself VISUALLY Macs . Paul encourages all readers to drop by his Web site at www.mcfedries.com.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hip guide to iPhone 6 Oct 2008
Hey! This is cute. This is cool. This is not your usual dry old user guide. This is a guide written by guys wearing jeans, sneakers and black sweatshirts.
The acknowledgements are effusive. When you read, "I want to thank my entire family. I truly have the greatest family...." you know that these are American authors. But simply because the language is enthusiastic, doesn't make a bad book and this is anything but bad.
One in a series devoted to Apple's portable products all with the subtitle `Portable Genius', this is a guide to the latest version of the celebrated iPhone. It is written in a fun style epitomised by almost the first sentence: "Just tap the icon...and the application loads lickety-split".
The chapters are straightforward each dealing with a key aspect of the device: configuring, phoning, surfing, emailing, synchronising (using the neologism `syncing'), managing applications - such as the in-built iPod, video-player or camera - and helping organise one's life!
Does it do the job? While the youthful tone may sometimes irritate, it covers all the essentials plus many intriguing features that you don't get with the small leaflet that comes with the iPhone in its box. There are so many useful things hidden away on the iPhone that the average user needs a guide such as this to help him or her get the maximum benefit. As well as clear step-by-step instructions, there are colour illustrations galore. There is a useful glossary and a good index.
If you want to do more than simply make and receive phone calls on your iPhone, this book will be of great help to you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like a paper manual, look no further. 17 Feb 2010
By Z. Herbert VINE VOICE
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A lot of people like the comfort of a paper manual to go with equipment and software. Unfortunately, to keep costs low, they are a bygone product. Wiley's have come to the rescue with a very good manual for the iPhone 3GS that also covers the iPhone 3G. The book is very nicely illustrated through out, clearly written and easy to follow. Items relating specifically to iPhone OS 3, Notes, Tips (Genius), when to proceed with caution and whether it is for the iPhone 3GS only are all clearly marked (one exception I noted was that you cannot show the battery life as a percentage on the iPhone 3G).

Where paper manuals fall down is when software radically changes. This has happened with iTunes 9 and the syncing menus. Whilst most are similar enough to those illustrated in the book, the management of Applications on the iPhone has changed radically from that illustrated. What is said is not redundant instruction but now iTunes makes it easier to arrange the apps onto pages that match those shown on the iPhone.

If you like to have a 'proper' manual or are buying an iPhone for a parent, I recommend this book without hesitation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant for new iphone users 31 Jan 2010
By A. J. Parkes TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is a hard book to review. If you have had an iphone for a few months, then virtually all the things covered in this book you will already know. The reason for this is once you start playing with the iphone, the OS is just so easy to use and takes little time to get to know the settings needed. I only found 2 things out about my iphone that I did not already know. If you have had your iphone for a a while, then you will not find this book that helpful and give it 2 stars for reference material only.

However, if you have just had your first iphone or are thinking about getting one, then this book is absolutely ideal. The chapters are clearly laid out and the subjects well written. You can easily set up your iphone to connect to networks, change settings etc by following the very simple step by step guides. Each page has full colour photos of the screen menus so you can see exactly what should be on your screen as you follow the guide.

The text is clearly printed and photos expertly done, guides are very simple to follow for the complete novice. Give this book and an iphone to someone never seeing an iphone before and they will be able to use it fully in no time at all.

To recap, if you have had your iphone for a few months, you may not find it that useful, only for a resource material.
If you are a new iphone user or a thinking of getting one, then this is the book for you without any doubt.

For the excellent way it has been put together, 4 stars.

UPDATE: 22nd June 2010
With the release of iOS4, some of the things in this book will be totally different and you will have more options with the newer update. Perhaps there will be a revised edition to take into effect the new OS.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Probably for novice iPhone user only 19 Aug 2011
By Robert O. Davidson VINE VOICE
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This is an excellent guide to getting the most from the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G. It is well set out and written in easy to understand language and does well in avoiding irritating 'technospeak' and jargon. It is concise and well illustrated. My main reservation is that it may not be of much use to the experienced iPhone user, who, through experience and trial and error will probably know most of what the book sets out to explain. On the other hand if you are an iPhone virgin then you will probably learn a great deal and become an iPhone whizz-kid in no time at all. Another reservation is that as technology moves on so swiftly these days hardcopy manuals tend to go out-of-date and lose much of their relevance very quickly making reprinting at regular intervals essential.I am late with this review so that has probably already happened.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the iPhone 3G beginner
I bought this for my Dad as I gave him my old iPhone 3GS when I upgraded to a 4S. He has only ever had a basic phone and was a bit baffled by all the functionality of a smart... Read more
Published on 19 Jan 2012 by Michael Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Bargain
This book was ideal for me but may not be for everyone.
I have just bought a 3GS (October 2011) as they are now affordable. Read more
Published on 5 Nov 2011 by Mr. R. Mcintosh
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay But Now Out Of Date
Not a bad guide book but is seems to miss some of the most basic hidden features e.g. take a screen capture.

I only discovered the screen capture by accident. Read more
Published on 18 Aug 2011 by IM35461
2.0 out of 5 stars Hip, but now with osteoarthritis
As with all tech references, it doesn't take long to get out of date and this book is already behind on itunes and syncing. Read more
Published on 21 Oct 2010 by B. Roche
4.0 out of 5 stars Great little book
Useful book to have in your hand if your stuck, full of good info and tips to get you up and running
Published on 27 Sep 2010 by A. Tyrer
5.0 out of 5 stars The missing manual
I got this book about a week afer getting my first iPhone after being a windows mobile user for nearly 8 years. Read more
Published on 2 Jun 2010 by John Nunn
4.0 out of 5 stars Your iPhone's Best Friend
A gem of a book, invaluable to mildly technophobic people like me. "Portable Genuis", through its well thought out chapter layout, immediately makes the workings of the iPhone... Read more
Published on 16 Mar 2010 by Jim Brooks
4.0 out of 5 stars Good coverage and well written - does it meet the value for money...
I was offered this book from the Amazon Vine programme just as I bought my new iPhone as it was finally offered by my provider. Read more
Published on 15 Mar 2010 by purpleheart
4.0 out of 5 stars The iPhone bible.
With no prior knowledge of iPhones, other than really wanting one, I decided to read this book to familiarise myself with all its features and how to use them prior to purchasing... Read more
Published on 10 Mar 2010 by Flickering Ember
4.0 out of 5 stars You don't have to be an Apple fanboy to enjoy this book but it...
This book is nearly essential for the iPhone owner. (I'm typing this review on one) Apple, in their wisdom, deemed their device so perfect and user-friendly that it didn't need a... Read more
Published on 7 Mar 2010 by D. Thurgood
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