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From the Back Cover
Explore the camera and GPS, discover SureType, and boost your memory
If you thought the BlackBerry was sweet before, just wait until you see the new models! And here's just what you need to know about SureType vs. QWERTY keyboards, getting multimedia on your BlackBerry, navigating with the trackball, letting your BlackBerry double as a laptop modem, surfing the Web, getting e-mail, and even phoning friends.
- Use the new trackball
Keep your calendar and to-do list
Install a microSD card
Protect your personal information
Watch movies and listen to music
Sync data with your desktop PC
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Part 1 - Meet and Greet Your BlackBerry: Your BlackBerry is NOT an Edible Fruit?; Turning On Your BlackBerry (And Keeping It Happy)
Part 2 - Getting Organized with Your BlackBerry: Remembering Your Acquaintances; Never Miss Another Appointment - Ever!; Bring Your Own Taskmaster; Making Notes and Calculations
Part 3 - Getting Online with Your BlackBerry: You've Got (Lots of) E-Mail; Too Cool for E-Mail; Surfing the Internet Wave; Calling Your Favorite Person
Part 4 - Working with Desktop Manager: Synching the Intellisync Way; Installing Applications; Running Redirector; Protecting Your Information
Part 5 - The Part of Tens: Ten (Or So) New Features on the New Generation BlackBerry; Ten Great BlackBerry Accessories; Ten Productive BlackBerry Applications; Ten Fun Games on Your BlackBerry; Ten Must-Have BlackBerry Programs; Ten (More or Less) Web Site Categories for BlackBerry Browsing
I can see how this book would appeal to both the prospective BlackBerry owner and someone who just opened the box and is wondering "what next?". The first part of the book does a nice job explaining the different types of BlackBerry devices and how they are all branded based on the network provider who is selling them. From then on, it's a matter of exploring all the different software options that come part and parcel with the device.Read more ›
Because I have used the "Dummies" books for several years with great success, I ordered this book. Unfortunately, this is the first really bad Dummies book I have ever used. Here are my reasons for this assessment.
1. The omissions (tethering, robust use of the internet, etc) are significant.
2. The book spends too much time on concepts that are fundamental and actually covered in the Getting Started Guide and too little time on the next level of sophistication that the average user will find helpful.
3. The instructions are often confusing, contain too few illustrations, and use descriptions with multiple meanings. (I have long believed that persons who write technical manuals come from a pool of US citizens who could greatly benefit from ESL training; this book proves the point!)
The more I learn about my new BB, the more convinced I am of its capabilities and how useful they will be in my daily life. But, my recommendation is to let the staff know at the store at which you purchase your BB that you will need help and get their commitment to spending more than a few minutes with you when it is delivered and for a couple of weeks thereafter.
Confessing incompetence and asking for help is a much better choice than buying this book.
more about these intelligent PDA's ... not only a specific model (Curve or
other) but also about other ones.
The info is well laid out, and is comprehensive in all aspects ....
yet not such details to be boring. It's a middle-of-the-road guide,
so don't expect any "hacks" to be listed time after time in this work.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this for my boss when the corporation decided they had to start carrying blackberries. She found it usefulPublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
Product as described, shipped promptly, a great buy and just what I wanted! Thank you Amazon!Published 23 months ago by Wanda Temple
Did not cover my new Z10, therefore was not much help. The Z10 has so many new features it will require a new book and then there are so many apps that a book can't keep up.Published on November 30, 2013 by Carl Sells
Most of the book deals with basic cellphone issues. I really need more detail, I have a Blackberry Bold, discovered that there is a specific "Dummies" book for the Bold... Read morePublished on February 12, 2013 by rainbows
A great book to help you along while learning how to use your blackberry. Has been a great help in trying to understand how to use my blackberry would difinitly recommend for the... Read morePublished on April 16, 2012 by Bruce Bryant
I struggle with using my new Blackberry, which is required for my new job, and even online training from the manufacturer didn't help much. Read morePublished on January 19, 2012 by Steven Millard