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Android Phones For Dummies 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1118169520
ISBN-10: 1118169522
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A handy guide for those who need to know the basics of working their android phones'. (The Bookseller, 16 December, 2011)

From the Back Cover

The smartest way to learn about your Android smartphone is Dan Gookin's way!

Your Android phone is amazing, and maybe a bit intimidating. That's why you need Dan Gookin's friendly (and often funny) advice. Dan demystifies the device, showing you how it works and how to make calls, browse the web, video-chat, check e-mail, update Facebook, shoot video, and more. Look it up, figure it out, and get on with your life!

  • Meet your Android — learn how to operate your phone, set up a Google account, use the touchscreen, and type text

  • That phone stuff — make and receive calls, set ringtones, explore Google Voice, and manage your address book

  • Talk with your thumbs — send text and multimedia messages, correspond by e-mail, and update your social networks

  • We see — explore video chat, use the Camera app, upload video to YouTube, and set up a digital photo gallery

  • Hit the road — use the Maps app, find addresses and businesses, access Wi-Fi networks, create mobile hotspots, and make international calls

Open the book and find:

  • Ways to command your phone using your voice

  • How to make a conference call

  • Apps you just can't live without

  • Tips for managing texts

  • Video chat instructions for Google Talk and Skype®

  • How to keep your phone's battery happy

  • A short tour of the Android Market

  • Helpful answers to common questions

Learn to:

  • Set up your phone and explore amazing Android features

  • E-mail, text, share photos, and enjoy movies, games, and music

  • Load your Android phone with the latest apps from the Android Market

IN FULL COLOR!

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118169522
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118169520
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dan Gookin has been writing about technology for over 20 years. He combines his love of writing with his gizmo fascination to create books that are informative, entertaining, and not boring. Having written more over 120 titles with 12 million copies in print translated into over 30 languages, Dan can attest that his method of crafting computer tomes seems to work.

Perhaps his most famous title is the original DOS For Dummies, published in 1991. It became the world's fastest-selling computer book, at one time moving more copies per week than the New York Times #1 bestseller (though as a reference, it could not be listed on the NYT Bestseller list). From that book spawned the entire line of For Dummies books, which remains a publishing phenomena to this day.

Dan's most popular titles include PCs For Dummies Word For Dummies, Laptops For Dummies, and Droid X For Dummies. He also maintains the vast and helpful Web site, www.wambooli.com.

Dan holds a degree in Communications/Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego. Presently, he lives in the Pacific Northwest, where he enjoys spending time with his sons playing video games inside while they watch the gentle woods of Idaho.

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By milo on April 30, 2012
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With the skimpy documentation provided with the Android phone, and the Internet a cumbersome way to get basic operational information, this Dummies book was a welcome sight. It's written as well and clearly as the best Dummies books, and is recommended for any novice Android user. The author, Dan Gookin, wrote the very first Dummies book, "DOS for Dummies."
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Michael Hautzinger on November 7, 2012
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I went from a flip phone to my first smart phone so I'd purchased this book to help me make the transition. Mr. Gookin's book has been so helpful in showing me all that my new phone can do. The book starts with the assumption that you are completely new to the android phone and know zero about it. That was me! Instead of learing what my phone could do in a disorganized "piecemeal" way, this book walks you through it step by step. Now I'm not only calling but, emailing, texting, using the GPS, playing a game of chess, saving money on gas, taking photos, & finding all kinds of information while "on the go". . . and I'm not done yet. It is like a new world and this book has been like my guide. You will spend a good amount of time reading, leaning something very useful, and enjoying yourself with this book & your phone in-hand while reading it. I've found that the Amazing Andriod Apps for Dummies (by Daniel Begun) book is a great companion to the andriod phones book.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Vahe Keshishian on July 3, 2012
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If you own an Android smartphone, this book is a must. Section on things that consume lots of battery juice alone, is extremely usefull to phone owners. Very well written. Title should be changed to "Android phone users"
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Greg K on May 13, 2012
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As with other "Dummies" books, this one covered a lot of information on Android phones. I looked at other manuals, including the owner's manual for my phone, and none could compare to this one. I highly recommend it.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Erich Trapp on January 17, 2013
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It's said that a smart phone is only as smart as the person who programs it. I have found this to be (sadly) true. I was new to smart phones and proved my stupidity (or the ineptitude of the people writing the handbook that comes with it), so got this. I am glad I did. The author assumes you're modestly intelligent and can follow directions, but leads you through all the things you'll need to know to make this more than an expensive toy. He introduces you to various apps and tells you where to find them, what they'll do, and how to get rid of them if they aren't what you need. He also recommends some very functional apps that would work for just about anybody. A wise buy for people not familiar with Android phones. If you don't had a kid or grand kid to consult on setting your phone up and making it behave, this is the book for you. it's not magic -- it only seems like magic.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Hadlock on November 12, 2012
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Second page in and I see I just spent $14 for a WAY outdated book describing an OS that is more than 2 generations old! Come on Amazon this should be marked way down and described more honestly!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Vintage PowerReader VINE VOICE on August 13, 2012
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I moved up to a 4g smart phone and this book saved me. I used it everyday for two weeks, now I just grab it to fiqure out a new section. Really enhances how to use a smart phone.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on July 30, 2012
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I hate to admit that when it comes to cell phones I am not very informed. I was so frustrated trying to program my Android phone that I almost took it back to the store. So I gave the book a try and it was remarkable. My phone is now up and running.
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