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69 of 73 people found the following review helpful
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After debating with myself for several months if I really needed an iPad, I finally succumbed and along with the one hundred million other iPad owners purchased an Apple's third generation iPad.

And even though I did own an iPod, I still felt insecure about the operation of my newest electronic toy. Without hesitation I looked to my old friend a For Dummies book and in particular iPad For Dummies 5th Edition to tutor me in the ins and outs of this awesome gadget with its striking Retina display. I wasn't disappointed with this excellent user's guide.

Once again The Fifth Edition follows the usual For Dummies format in that it contains dozens of useful goodies and explanations enabling the reader to get the most out of the iPad and in addition technical jargon is kept to a minimum. As noted in the introduction, the manual makes generous use of numbered steps, bullet lists, and pictures. Web addresses are shown in a special monofont typeface. Also included are a few sidebars enabling the reader to further research particular topics. Noteworthy is that you can jump around from one topic to another and concentrate on only those issues that may have particular interest to you.

The book divides itself into six principal sections: Getting to know your iPad, The Internet iPad, The Multimedia Ipad, The iPad at Work, The Undiscovered iPad and The Part of Tens. Each of these sections subdivides into several topics that include familiarizing yourself with the iPad's buttons, operations, surfing the web with the Safari web browser, how to use your iPad for music, video, movies, and photos, purchasing and using apps from the iTunes store, setting up your preferences with the iPad's internal settings, troubleshooting and favorite apps.

Icons appearing in left margins are used throughout the book. These round pictures provide tips, shortcuts, recommendations, stuff to retain, technical information, warnings, and what is new and improved with the 3rd generation iPad.

Before skipping around, I highly recommend you begin with the first section that explores the big picture while touring the outside of the iPad and checking out its applications. From here you may want to leap to Part V where you will find several pages devoted to arranging your settings and in particular explaining airplane mode, network preparation, Bluetooth, uncovering usage statistics, setting notifications, figuring out your location, sounds and screen brightness and finding a lost iPad.

If you are into purchasing accessories, you may want to refer to Chapter Seventeen where you will find information concerning Apple cases, keyboards, chargers. Apple connection options (camera, TV, and projector), earphones, headphones, and headsets, speakers, third party cases, other protection produces and miscellaneous other accessories.

Some of the sections containing "goodies" include Chapter Eighteen where listed and explained are ten appetizing and free apps and chapter thirteen where you have a complete rundown of indispensable iPad utilities such as notes, reminders, sizing up social media and using a hotspot. Another captivating chapter is Fourteen where there is an excellent explanation as to how iPad Siri operates. This is the intelligent voice-activated virtual personal assistant and as described, lives like a genie inside the latest iPad that not only hears what you have to say, but also attempts to figure out the intent of your words.

Once again a For Dummies user's guide has done a masterful job in covering a multitude of topics providing an excellent and invaluable resource with its intelligent approach to the workings of the iPad. The authors, Edward C. Baig and Bob LeVitus have done a superb job in organizing the material and have produced a book that readers will not only find useful but also entertaining.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2012
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This is a great book for brand new users to the iPad and the "Tech illiterate". I bought it for my father in law who barely knows how to use a computer and once he started reading the book and going step by step on his new iPad that he got for christmas and he picked it up in no time. would recommend to anyone whose new to the iPad
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32 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2012
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I find many in the huge "Dummies" series to be enjoyable and quite helpful. A few are the best, most authoritative books on the subject I own. (An example: "Sailing for D.", [1997, 6th printing] by JJ & Peter Isler - Olympic and America's Cup champs, respectably.)

But this book for the iPad (2012) left me cold and turned me off at the beginning. So hard and without reserve does Ed Baig bang the drum for this (limited) gadget and it's ingenious developer that you're left wondering on whose payroll he resides!

My second beef is that Baig seems to assume the iPad is an entertainment device (period!) - and that's his emphasis, and almost only interest. He gives the game away at the beginning of Chap. 12(!), p. 229. This begins, "We hate to break the news to you (why "hate"?), but your iPad isn't all fun and games; it has a serious side." No kidding! For some, it's a nice, little, mobile sorta-computer that lets me check my sites, do my mail, write Amazon reviews ... in short, perform many functions my PC does. But the author mostly writes about games, pic and video, "interesting" apps and so forth. (Aside from the obvious - calendar, contacts, a few others - how could Baig possibly know which of the ten- or hundred-thousand apps would interest me or meet my needs?!)

We are accustomed to and sometime enjoy, or at least tolerate, the light-hearted joking in the "Dummies", series. But "iPad for Dummies" is quite over-the-top. I guess it shouldn't be surprising if Mr. Baig believes we must be "entertained" on every page. Memo to "for Dummies" and Wiley, the publisher: We are not morons! Some of us not only have a "serious side," we actually are serious - about learning a rather complicated device that's not always intuitive (unless you've owned something like an iPhone or iPod Touch). We need some help, even the i-word (instruction). In truth, much needed info can be found in this book if you dig for it. But sometimes it takes great patience to wade through the "smokin' an' jokin'." And it presumes you know there's something there to look for (example: finger "gestures"), a big assumption for those not born and raised in Appleville.

The outfit named "for Dummies" should (and regularly does) do better than this.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2012
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Very helpful for learning how to use the IPAD. Explanations are easy to understand. Well worth the money. Would recommend to anyone.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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This book is sitting on my couch where I watch tv, knit and use my ipad. When I have a question, I just look it up and there's the answer. Worth everything to know what to do and how to do it./
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2013
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Much help in discovering functions that are not readily visible. Easy to read and find individual topics for which you would like help.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2013
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This book was so helpful. My new iPad seemed so confusing but when I opened this book I saw how easy it was to learn to use it. The book teaches step by step and in a clear manner.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2013
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We purchased this over the holidays for our aunt who is in her 50's who just got her first iPad. It's very informational and I would recommend it to anyone who is new to the iPad game and wants to know more of the basic in's and out's of their new device!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 5, 2013
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This is a nice and helpful book written in a non- technical language so most people will be able to understand it. I'm not too computer savvy so need things explained to me in everyday language. This book has given me a lot of hints and instructions as to how to operate my I-Pad and get full use of it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2012
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This book helps to do more with iPad2. I would recommend this book to anyone who want to use your iPad to its upmost.
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