Good book but please axe the iPhone promos,
This review is from: Mobile Design and Development: Practical concepts and techniques for creating mobile sites and web apps (Animal Guide) (Paperback)
First off the book is excellent. It won't please people who want to see code or tons of detail in different areas but as an introduction to mobile design it is fantastic. It covers a lot of ground and, above all, provides some context for people about to dive deeper into the mobile world for the first time.
Some reviewers objected to the author's opinion that mobile web apps are the way to go but I found it refreshing that he took a stand and backed it up with reasons.
However, I personally had to plug my nose on all the iPhone bias in the book. If you didn't know better you would think Safari was the greatest browser since sliced bread and that it was the only decent WebKit browser out there. Google Chrome is not mentioned at all (although it is a desktop browser) and the Android browser has maybe one or two references. Now, some of this might just be because the book's material is dated but the magnitude of the bias is so great that it has to be intentional or due to the author's lack of knowledge of things other than the iPhone.
I was slightly annoyed with all the iPhone stuff but when I got to Chapter 12 "iPhone Web Apps" I really could hardly take it. The authors blindness to anything other than the iPhone started to detract from the integrity of the content. Finally when I read the claim in Chapter 13 that IE and Firefox make up 90% of the desktop browser market I had to put down the book and write this review...even Wikipedia shows Google Chrome topping 20% of the market.
I have no grudge against the iPhone and the revolution it brought about but it is not the only game in town anymore. People who write mobile books need to deal with the real world. I hope the next edition addresses this problem.