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BlackBerry For Dummies (For Dummies (Computers)) 2nd Edition

3.7 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0470180792
ISBN-10: 047018079X
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The BlackBerry will never be as easy to use as a desktop computer, but a number of tricks can ease the difficulties its size imposes on users. The following were tested on a BlackBerry Curve, but many will work on other models, too. For help with some of these, we used "BlackBerry for Dummies" and frequently pinged Robert Kao, its co-author, for ideas. (Lee Gomes, On the Road, Wall Street Journal, March 31, 2008)

From the Back Cover

Maximize your BlackBerry 8800, Curve, or Pearl!

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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Product Details

  • Series: For Dummies (Computers)
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (October 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047018079X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470180792
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,124,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Thomas Duff HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 25, 2006
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Seems like all the tech talk lately has been about the potential shutdown of RIM and the BlackBerry network. But it dawns on me that I really don't know *why* these devices have been dubbed "CrackBerry" by those addicted to them. After reading BlackBerry for Dummies by Robert Kao and Dante Sarigumba, I can see the appeal...

Contents:

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

Index

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.
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When I purchased my BlackBerry ("BB") 8830 and turned it on, I knew I was in trouble. The "Getting Started Guide" that comes with the 8830 is GROSSLY inadequate for first-time BB users. With the help of the staff at the Sprint Store (they were very helpful and friendly), I was able to get the basic functions going and use them. But, I knew that to maximize the use of my 8830 that I would have to find a way to better self-educate myself on how to setup and use my new BB.

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.
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If this is for dummies, then I need the one for idiots! Seriously! This is not a book for beginners. (I'm still looking for that one, I'll keep you posted) It reminds me of the software books written by people who are so knowledgeable about the subject that they've lost their ability to "break it down" for the common folk. Hard to find some of the most basic information. Very, very frustrating and disappointing. If you're new to the berry - don't start here.
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Yikes...when I say I am a dummy, I mean I am a DUMMY! This book presumes that you have a lot of knowledge about Blackberry. On page 25, they are already telling you what the shortcuts are. How about telling me first how to text, look at my voicemail etc.?!? My old phone was so easy. please pretend I am a NEOPHYTE.
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Just want to make sure people know to check the other Blackberries for Dummies titles to make sure they pick the correct book for their Blackberry.
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Very easy to maneuver around the book finding what I need to know and ignoring the usual Dummies blather.
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This book is worth the read, for those interested in knowing a bit
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.
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I am a newbee to Blackberrys. I found this book most helpful to learn many aspects of the operating system and to help installing programs. These were straight forward expanations.
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