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4.0 out of 5 stars Calm your qualms..., 5 Jun. 2013
This review is from: iPad for the Older and Wiser Get Up and Running with Your iPad or iPad mini (Paperback)
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Historically Apple always took a heuristic approach to the use of their devices - meaning they think people learn how to operate Apple devices best by just using and exploring them, that's why they rarely include an instruction manual in the box and this approach works well providing you're not afraid to pick up the device and try things out. You'll quickly learn the basics and, because Apple's operating systems are usually quite logical, the techniques you learn in one area can usually be applied in another. Of course this is easy for me to say because I've been doing things the Apple way for over 20 years and it's mostly become instinctive for me - but I've certainly noticed other people struggle with it, especially my older relatives who are often afraid that one wrong click or swipe will delete everything and instantly render the whole device useless. This book tries to calm those qualms by taking a much more traditional approach, walking you step by step through the various capabilities of your new iPad, explaining what it can do and how to do it.

The book starts even before you get your iPad, helping choose the right model for your needs by explaining the differences between them. It then takes you through Apple's set-up procedure, which happens automatically the first time you switch on your iPad - if you buy your iPad in one of Apple's Stores they will take you through this process before you leave the store but if you buy your iPad online or received it as a gift it's useful to have this book beside you as a reference. It also explains where you can go to check or change any setting later, if you make a mistake or didn't have the relevant information to hand.

At the end of each chapter is a short summary of the topics covered followed by a 'Brain Training' test of multiple choice questions - if you like the more traditional approach this will certainly be of help, but more casual readers might find it a bit too much like school - but you can skip the tests of course!. The other off-putting aspect might be the sheer amount of information here - the book is certainly a comprehensive look at all the main features and functions of iOS and iPad - but of course you don't need to know it all to make great use of your new iPad. It's certainly the opposite approach to Apple's one-page manuals and is dense with information and explanation, well peppered with lots of useful tips. You'll probably never read it cover-to-cover but that's not really the point, the book works best as a reference guide for when you get stuck with something. It's all nicely presented with lots of colour and some (but not many) helpful pictures and best of all even experienced Apple users who think they already know it all (like me!) will find useful tips and information.
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