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iPhone: The Missing Manual (Missing Manuals) Fifth Edition Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1449301774
ISBN-10: 1449301770
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About the Author

David Pogue, Yale '85, is the weekly personal-technology columnist for the New York Times and an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News. His funny tech videos appear weekly on CNBC. And with 3 million books in print, he is also one of the world's bestselling how- to authors. In 1999, he launched his own series of amusing, practical, and user-friendly computer books called Missing Manuals, which now includes 100 titles.

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Product Details

  • Series: Missing Manuals
  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; Fifth Edition edition (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449301770
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449301774
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (300 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #721,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Pogue is the founder of YahooTech.com, having been groomed for the position by 13 years as the technology columnist for the New York Times. He's also a monthly columnist for Scientific American, host of science shows on PBS's "NOVA," frequent public speaker, and a science/tech correspondent for "CBS Sunday Morning."

With over 3 million books in print, David is one of the world's bestselling how-to authors. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the "for Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music); in 1999, he launched his own series of complete, funny computer books called the Missing Manual series, which now includes 120 titles. Having discovered that so many people don't know some of the most fundamental tech techniques on their tech gadgets, he set out in 2014 to write "Pogue's Basics," a single book that attempts to be the driver's ed course for technology.

David graduated summa cum laude from Yale in 1985, with distinction in Music, and he spent ten years conducting and arranging Broadway musicals in New York. He's won two Emmy awards, two Webby awards, a Loeb award for journalism, and an honorary doctorate in music. He's been profiled on "48 Hours" and "60 Minutes." He lives in Connecticut with his wife and three children.

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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful By John A. Suda VINE VOICE on October 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
For those who already know of David Pogue's Missing Manual series there is hardly any need to read a review of any of the latest publications, like "iPhone, the Missing Manual, Second Edition." For those in need of a written guide to the iPhone, you just buy the book and enjoy it, without wasting any time with comparisons, reviews, or undue deliberation. You can trust the author and publisher. For years, Pogue Press', the Missing Manual series, has been a benchmark of quality for the genre. In an era where manufacturers provide skimpy support materials, the Missing Manual series acts as a great substitute.

For those unfamiliar with the series, I'll elaborate on the iPhone book. It is a great book. It is designed to tell you in an objective casual, easy to follow fashion, all you need to know about using your iPhone. It is lavishly produced in heavyweight glossy paper with high resolution full-color graphics. The text is larger sized and organized in a very easy-to-read layout. There are many dozens of sidebar "Tips" which break up the text and make learning about the iPhone very easy.

The best part of the book is the content where you get a very thorough, comprehensive, and well-organized presentation of the iPhone hardware, software, and services. In six parts and fifteen chapters, Mr. Pogue covers nearly everything an average user needs to know about the product. There are plenty of sections covering advanced topics, as well, including use of the iPhone in a business setting. Part One is a guided tour to the hardware and how to get started making calls and texting. In this chapter and throughout the book, Mr. Pogue gives more than mere description and explanation of features, he provides step-by-step instructions and practical guidance on use.
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67 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Diana De Avila TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 1, 2010
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I have been an iPhone owner from the first generation of them. Admittingly, I was not completely pleased with the first gen of iPhone's because it felt lacking with so few applications available (unless it was jailbroken). It was a cool device at the time, but I found the Blackberry Curve a little more beholden to my likes and needs ... that was until the 3G, 3Gs and now the iPhone 4 with iOS4 came along. A completely different brand of machinery and intelligence.

I love David Pogue's Missing Manuals. My tech bookshelf is lined with his familiar green covers that range from Apple applications and OS's to Windows Operating Systems. He just writes a good book that is accessible to both the beginner and the expert. There is always more to learn.

I have been waiting patiently for the release of this book and was thrilled to get it. The iPhone iOS4 can get as complex as you want it to. Even if you are an advanced techie or iPhone user, this book will STILL have something in it so that you will feel you've gotten your dollar's worth. There are several iPhone books out there now but I am going with the tried and true Pogue book because I know and appreciate his writing and presentation style. The content is not so dry and boring that it loses you -- he writes in a very engaging manner and he can reach the novice and expert alike.

The book is printed on nice coated paper with beautiful, clear screen shots. I bought the book so that I could delve into iMovie for iPhone. At first I was a bit disappointed that it was not addressed more in depth until I read into the section more and discovered that he is offering a download that explains the use of iMovie. This book is filled with resources like that.
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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Jack D. Herrington on August 27, 2007
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As easy to use as the iPhone is it still has some secrets up it's sleeve and this is where "iPhone: The Missing Manual" comes in really handy. The book goes step by step through the basics of the phone, mail, browsing and the iPod functionality, as well as all of the other handy applications. And with each of those I found something I had missed along the way.

In addition to handling the basics he also has a lot of handy tips about special numbers to dial, the differences in the various email services, and handy keyboard shortcuts that have allowed me to get much more out of the phone.

This book is definitely worth the money, and I think it's a must have for anyone who has just bought an iPhone. If it's worth several hundred dollars to get the phone. It's worth another $14 to find out how to use it right.
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David Pogue and his team have done it again with the iPhone Missing Manual, 5th Edition, for all iPhones using iOS 5.0.1. This is a terrific full-color book with hundreds of screen captures and illustrations. The topics are logically introduced and explained for the new iPhone user and there are details and secrets of iOS 5 for those who have been using the iPhone for several years. The Missing Manual covers the differences in the iPhone 3GS, 4, and 4S models as well as the idiosyncrasies between iPhones using AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon when there is a difference. (If you haven't upgraded your iPhone 3GS or 4 to the free iOS 5, instructions are included for doing the upgrade.) The instructions are not all dry and dull as there is a lot of humor in the book (such as "You don't have to say "call" or "dial" in English. The iPhone recognizes the equivalent words in 32 languages. Collect them all!" (page 94)). One of the best features of "The Missing Manual" is that it does not go out-of-date, even as Apple releases updates to iOS 5. Page 5 of the book describes the website where you can find errata, corrections, and updates for the book. And be sure to see the inside back cover for "The Missing CD".Read more ›
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