iPhone For Dummies Paperback – 1 Oct 2010
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‘ Completely updated and revised throughout, this full–color guide covers Apple′s new iPhone and iOS 4...’ (ibloggerate.com. Thurs 5th August 2010).
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Find your way with GPS maps, download your favorite apps, and never miss a photo opportunity! The iPhone continues to get better, and this handy guide keeps you in touch with the newest features. The basics are here too: how to master the multitouch interface, sync your data, send text and MMS messages, browse the Internet, set up iTunes, watch movies and TV shows, share photos, check the weather, find your location — and even make phone calls. Keep it together — synchronize contacts, calendars, e–mail accounts, and bookmarks between your computer and your iPhone Do you multitask? — while on a call, access your e–mail, calendar, or other apps and switch effortlessly between applications Video call — wave to your kids, confer with a client, or join a party from across the globe with the FaceTime video–chat feature Shake your groove thing — create playlists, scroll through your music library, and customize your listening experience All those apps — find the best apps to indulge your interests, get applications onto your iPhone, and keep your apps up to date Open the book and find: Steps for getting started with your iPhone How to make a hands–free phone call with Voice Control Details about connecting to a Wi–Fi network Easy ways to record reminders or meetings with Voice Memos Instructions for turning your iPhone into an e–book reader with iBooks Tips for using the new unified inbox and app folders How MobileMe can help find your iPhone if it has been lost Advice on troubleshooting your iPhone Learn to: Set up your iPhone, send and receive e–mail, and surf the Web Record and edit HD video and capture great photos Make video calls with FaceTime®, organize apps in folders, and multitask IN FULL COLOR!See all Product description
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There are six parts in the book. Part One is: Meet your iPhone. This includes a quick tour of all the phones features, basic training, how to use the iCloud, syncing and how to use the phone itself. Part Two is the PDA iPhone and includes taking control of your iPhone – using messages, the calendar, the clock, memos, lights, locks, in car use and more. In Part Three the Multimedia iPhone is considered; music, the camera and videos. Part Four looks at the Internet iPhone – so using the internet, email, maps, weather and more. In Part Five the Undiscovered iPhone is discovered – settings, sound, updates, apps, books, newspapers and magazines. Lastly, Part Six suggests useful apps, hints, tips ad shortcuts.
There is an iPhone for Seniors for Dummies book on the market and, if you are a real beginner, I would probably start with that book. You do not need to be a ‘Senior’ but I have found that the Senior books are absolutely perfect for total beginners. However, this will certainly talk you through all the basics, step by step and will help you successfully use any features of your phone that you may, previously, have been less confident about using before.
If there is a problem with this guides is know where to start for the wealth of information does seem daunting, although the authors work on the assumption that you are opening your new iPhone box for the first time so the first sections obviously cover your initial setting up, but it's when you get into the phones fuller capabilities that most readers are going to be fairly selective about what is relevant. Then to add to that there are all the things many of us had no idea an iPhone could do.
The books American origins, if they have not already become apparent certainly will when you get to the authors' choices of the best apps, which include an app for baseball statistics. The choice of apps here is inevitably subjective and clearly highlights the authors' interests so may not be useful to many, this is one section that could more useful have been approached differently, but that is a minor criticism compared to what the book does offer.
It is a book aimed at everyone from absolute beginners - it states clearly at the start they assume no knowledge about iPhones at all - so if you are a newbie, you will still be OK with this book. However if you really are totally unfamiliar with smart phones, and the internet - and feel quite nervous about jumping in, give IPhone for Seniors for Dummies a try - it is very, very basic and will suit you perfectly, as it builds confidence slowly and gently - dealing with phone and internet both and makeing them feel familiar and easy to navigate.
However this book is also very good. It is very clear and detailed and very human and friendly in its language and tone as well. You feel that the authors totally understand the learning process and the things that unnerve people, and you feel totally supported as you get to know your phone. I love that the majority of the photos of screenshots are in colour - they make it so much easier to recognise exactly what is being discussed.
The first section of the book covers the phone itself physically and functionally, then it moves onto how it functions as a personal digital assistant (PDA) - covering texting and messages as well as utilities. From there they cover multi-media and then the internet - then onto the stuff that many of us never get to grips with - settings, software, apps and more. This is my favourite section for that reason. Finally they have their usual 'part of tens' which is about free and paid-for apps as well as some really useful hints and tips. As someone who does not use nearly enough of the capability of my iPhone, I have found this book to be very helpful in widening my horizons and gett better control of the phone and the apps.
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