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ISBN-13: 978-0470903193 ISBN-10: 0470903198 Edition: 1st
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Dazzled by your Droid X Discover all its secrets and learn to use its features — Dan shows you how!

Admit it — you've always wanted your very own droid to do your bidding, haven't you? Now you have one! With this book to show you how, you will quickly become master of your Droid X, able to set it up just as you choose, cruise the Web and handle e-mail, take photos, tweet on Twitter, get directions, add cool new apps — oh, and make phone calls.

  • Meet your Droid X — install and charge the battery, configure the Droid X, explore apps, and use the keyboard

  • Communicate — make and receive phone calls, connect to a wireless network, send multimedia messages, and update your Facebook page

  • The kitchen sync — check out doubleTwist and keep everything up to date by syncing your Droid X to your PC

  • Out and about — get where you're going with maps and directions, discover news and weather apps, and take your Droid X to foreign lands

  • Keep the Droid X happy — maintain the phone and battery and troubleshoot problems

Open the book and find:

  • All the cool features you paid for and how to use them

  • Pointers for extending the life of your Droid X

  • How to manipulate the Droid X's touchscreen

  • Tips for texting, using e-mail and voicemail, and browsing the Web

  • Cool shortcuts that make the Droid X more fun

  • Advice on taking and sharing photos and videos

  • How to set privacy and security options

  • Apps you can't live without

Learn to:

  • Set up and configure your Droid X and synchronize it with your PC

  • Call, set up contacts, text, e-mail, or do some social networking

  • Listen to your favorite tunes or take amazing photos and videos


About the Author

Dan Gookin is the bestselling author who wrote the original For Dummies book in 1991. With more than 11 million copies in print, his books have been translated into 32 languages and explain hardware, software, smartphones, and other types of technology in plain English. Visit Dan's Web site at

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (September 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470903198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470903193
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #886,961 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,

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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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By cynthia kenyon on September 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
I recently bought 3 Droid X phones, one for myself and one for each of my sons. Since I am 60 this new technology is harder to learn then perhaps for others. But thanks to Dan Gookin and his book I am using my new Droid like I've had it for months. His book has a wealth of information and covers everything there is to know about the phone except perhaps how to build your own. What I like most is the color pictures since I am a visual learner. Would I buy another one? Absolutely and in fact I did. The next day I went back to the book store and purchased one for my sons. Thanks from a senior citizen!
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By mort on October 2, 2010
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I'm fairly tech savey, but even the new Motorola Droid X has enough in it that I needed some help. This book has helped tremendously. Although I did notice a few minor errors in it, overall, it is well written, easy to understand, and has gobs (a technical term) of great information. For example, when typing, I constantly switched between letters and numbers. Droid X for Dummies told me that if I held a letter down, I would get whatever number or symbol was above that letter. This has saved me a lot of time from switching back and forth. The Google map chapeter has loads of valuable information in it. If you need any help with your Droid X, I highly recommend this book. Even if you are tech savey, I'm sure that you'll find some good information/ideas in it.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Flashoflight on September 19, 2010
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Droid X for Dummies is an informative book. I always figure a new phone out as I go without a book. The book saves a lot of time, and "oh, I wish I would have known that" moments.

One area the book is silent - Tethering. This refers to your phones ability to connect a computer to the internet. That means you can have internet access for your computer anywhere your phone has signal. There is a great app for tethering well worth the price of admission. Look it up in the app store.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 25, 2010
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The KINDLE EDITION of this book is DEFECTIVE!!!

The color print edition is excellent!!! The pictures and topics are very, very good and very helpful. This is a wonderful book.

The Kindle edition for Android on my Verizon Droid X is WORTHLESS because NONE of the illustrations come with the download I just did today (Sat, Sep 25, 2010)

Amazon refunded my money (great service as usual) and I will now get the print version.

DO NOT BUY this to use on the Verizon Droid X Kindle edition until the problem(s)are fixed. There needs to be upgrades to the Kindle program on my Verizon Droid, or to the actual Kindle Edition Amazon sends to the Verizon Droid.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Philip R. Heath TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 15, 2010
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I am an experienced Droid X user (see my review), and I'm very experienced with electronics in general. Therefore, I am writing my review of Droid X for Dummies by Dan Gookin in terms of accuracy and completeness as well as accessibility. In short, Droid X for Dummies hits the mark in all categories.

I've been using my Droid X for over two months, and I'm very familiar with the overall operation of the device. I went through all of the instructions that Gookin gives in his book, and I can report that he does not steer you wrong in any of his steps that he outlines.

Gookin also did a great job of covering the seemingly endless feature set of the Droid X. I can't think of anything that you can do with a Droid X out of the box that he didn't cover. This is also not a mere list of things that you can do, but it is rather a detailed step by step guide in how to use each of the features.

In terms of who should read this book, I would say that it is for the first time cellphone to first time smartphone user. I would also say that anyone who is intimidated by technology in general is likely to find this to be a security blanket. Droid X for Dummies is a fairly self contained text, and it is thoroughly cross referenced when information in one chapter supplements another.

Overall, I think this is a very well done beginner book on the Droid X. If are unsure if you are getting everything out of your Droid X, check the table of contents. If everything sounds familiar, you probably don't need this book. If you are having trouble with any of the features in the table of contents, this might be just what the doctor ordered. The only caution I have with a book like this is that the material will become dated over time. Gookin successfully straddles the Android 2.1/2.2 fence, but your mileage may vary for Android revisions beyond 2.2.

Overall: B+
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Antoine D. Reid VINE VOICE on November 14, 2010
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If you've purchased a Droid X or even a Droid Incredible, get this book. I recently purchased a Droid X, my first smartphone, and felt a bit at loss as to how to work it and it did not help that the Droid X doesn't come with a manual of any sort beyond a little poster telling you how to turn it on and get it going.

This book is written really well and is truly written on a "dummy" level. I read this book from cover to cover in the matter of two days, just a couple hours, and came out of it feeling much more comfortable knowing how to work the Droid X and how to maneuver the apps and tools it can use. This book was helpful in explaining what a powerful, full-functional tool the Droid X is and how you can use it to connect and sync all of your social networking accounts, how to access your E-mail (including Google, Yahoo! and other E-mail services) to your phone, how to set up the contacts list, how to share pictures and other media, the many functions of your Droid's camera and much more.

The part of the book I was impressed with the most was how it covered the Map App. It may sound strange or non essential to some but this book covers the Map App that comes with the Droid X and explains how it functions as a full-featured GPS system, how to use it to generate driving and walking directions, how to find restaurants, stores and entertainment spots in any city and much more. Had I not read the book I probably would have glossed over the Map App and would be missing out on the phone's most powerful App and features. One area that I felt was a bit lacking were the sections on Apps and the camera. For the apps I was hoping for some better recommendations of both free and paid apps but felt the list provided just wasn't all that expansive.
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