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Wrong choice for me
on July 12, 2012
I have never owned a home computing device till now. The first Apple computer I ever used was an Apple II Plus (48k) in 1981, at work, followed by an Apple//e (128k) a few years later. Since I retired, I've used PCs at a public library for 14 years. I've never had or used an iPod or iPhone (or any other type of cell phone).
This book was the wrong choice for me to learn how to use my new iPad2. The very first thing I wanted to learn, after my experiences at the library, was how to protect the security and privacy of my online activity, especialy financial information, before I even opened the box. I searched the book's index in vain for those two terms. When I finally found some brief references, they were not at all helpful to me.
The book assumes that the reader likely has a mac or PC to sync the iPad2 with. It treats apps as if they are familiar commodities to the reader. The comparisons with, and references to, the iPhone, iPad, and iTunes are rampant. For a beginner's book, it assumes too much knowledge of all these. If the authors had confined themselves to only the iPad2, as the title states, and begun from a clean slate, I might have found it useful. Their enthusiasm for the subject, and all things Apple, is obvious. But it assumes too much to be helpful to me and others like me. Still, I will read it through again, in hopes of it making more sense to me the second time around. And yes, my iPad2 is STILL in the box.