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Good for novices and also the more experienced,
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This review is from: iPad Portable Genius (Paperback)The iPad is pretty easy to use at a basic level, especially if you are familiar with Apple computers or the iPhone. I have an iPhone which was up and running quickly, but I got this author's book iPhone 3GS Portable Genius: Also Covers iPhone 3G and learned a few extra tricks and techniques that added to the versatility of my phone. So when I got an iPad I chose this author's book confident that it would be similarly well designed and helpful. And it is. It has a sensible sequence of chapters to help even a novice Apple user to be quickly enjoying the iPads many functions. Within each chapter there are clear headings and useful tips and warnings, which are high-lighted with coloured backgrounds. As with the iPhone book I find it counter-intuitive that warnings are high-lighted in green and helpful hints in red!
The graphics and use of colour are excellent, which makes the book look attractive. I particularly like the heavy use of screen-shots to show exactly how the iPad screen will appear.
For more experienced Apple users, which, though far from expert, I count myself among, there are more detailed chapters with a more technical bent. I found those explaining the various account types for Mail and the different formats for reading eBooks most helpful. I recommend this book.
PS: Just in case you make the same mistake as me: make sure, if you have a Mac computer that you have the Leopard or Snow Leopard operating system installed. I was still running Tiger and when I first got my iPad it didn't work and I got the message that it needs to be connected to an Apple computer running System 10.5 or higher: silly me, I should read the small print.