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Droid Bionic For Dummies 1st Edition

3.8 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1118085936
ISBN-10: 1118085930
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From the Back Cover

The Droid Bionic beckons — answer its call with help from For Dummies and Dan!

Droid Bionic. Sound a little intimidating? Never fear; Dan Gookin is here to reassure you that your Droid Bionic is not only harmless —it's helpful. See how easily you can type on it, phone friends, shoot and upload photos, create mobile hotspots, download music, locate restaurants, watch videos, shop for apps, keep your appointments, and more!

  • Basic Bionic business — find your way around the Home screen, configure your Google account, and type or Swype

  • Your calling card — make and receive calls, manage contacts in your address book, and set up voicemail

  • More ways to communicate — text, e-mail, update your Facebook status, and browse the web from your phone

  • The flashy stuff — take photos and videos, find your way with the Maps app, build music playlists, and use the Bionic calendar

  • No wires attached — access a Wi-Fi network, make an HDMI connection, manage battery performance, and keep your Droid happy

Open the book and find:

  • Awesome accessories to add some bling to your Bionic

  • How to dictate text to your phone

  • Steps for setting up conference calls with your colleagues and friends

  • How to assign speed-dial numbers and ringtones

  • Help making cheap international calls with Skype

  • Tips on securing your Droid Bionic

  • How to use your phone as a radio

  • Dan's favorite Bionic apps

  • How to surf the web at über-fast 4G LTE speed

Learn to:

  • Set up your Droid Bionic and tour all its cool features

  • Download your favorite games, videos, music, e-books, apps, and more

  • Text, e-mail, update your Facebook status, and take fantastic photos

IN FULL COLOR!

About the Author

Dan Gookin, the bestselling author of the first For Dummies book, has enjoyed worldwide success with books that have been translated into 32 languages and have more than 12 million copies in print. His bestsellers include PCs For Dummies, Laptops For Dummies, and Droid X For Dummies.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (December 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118085930
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118085936
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,755,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am writing this review for those who are not already smartphone users (which includes me). Perhaps the most important thing to point out is that this book is intended to serve as a reference, not necessarily to be read cover-to-cover, which at over 300 pages might seem like a lot to have to plow through. Thankfully, each chapter is self-contained, so you can jump around to find those that are best suited to addressing your interests.

Basically, I found this book easy to read, nicely illustrated (with color photographs), and definitely informative. (The author has written many books on technology topics, including the very first "For Dummies" book--on DOS--way back in 1991.) The book is organized in six parts:

Part I: Droid 2: The Sequel. This is your basic introduction and familiarization.
Part II: Phone 101. How to use your Droid 2 as a phone.
Part III: Beyond Telephone Communications. Text messaging, sending and receiving emails, web browsing, social media, networks.
Part IV: More than a Mere Mortal Cell Phone. Addresses other things you can do, such as find locations on a map, get verbal driving directions, shoot videos, and play music and games.
Part V: Hither and Thither. Using your phone overseas, making international calls, customizing for maintenance and troubleshooting.
Part VI: The Part of Tens. A traditional end for "For Dummies" books. Tips, tricks, things to remember, and some of the author's favorite apps.

In short, although even an experienced smartphone user might find some useful information and tips in this book, I am not sure these users would find the book worth the time, effort or price. However, if you are new to smartphones (and if you just got a Droid 2), then this book is well written, easy to use and sufficiently complete to merit your careful consideration. I am glad to have it.
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By kanter on January 9, 2011
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This book is written clearly, concisely and with a sense of humor. I refer to it constantly. The "manual" that comes with the phone is absolutely worthless. This book allows one to make the most of all the great features of a Droid phone. Thank you, thank you, thank you to the author for a perfect book!
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Got my first smart phone so I wasn't familar with them, but I'm not stupid. The Droid instruction manual was miniscule, much smaller than the one for my first normal cell phone. I thought I could google whatever I needed. Not very successful. Youtube had too many extremely bad attempts at reviews and instructions that it became a waste of time. Droid Bionic For Dummies is an excellent overview of the Droid Bionic. Seems pretty complete. Covered the things I wanted to know. I cringe at getting a "for dummies" book, but I didn't find this book overly simplistic, or insultingly condescending. So I'm very pleased with it, and as a kindle book it's available on my Droid as reference at all times.
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"Droid 2 For Dummies" by Dan Gookin (who also wrote the comparable "Droid X For Dummies") is the best comprehensive manual for the vast majority of Droid 2 users who want simply to know how to make their phone do what they want it to. This book is especially critical for people new to smartphones, as it starts off with basics and proceeds to discuss most every conceivable feature of the phone and how to get the most out of them. In particular, the first four parts are crucial for people new to Android phones, as they contain 20 relatively brief chapters on how to do things like make phone calls, email, Internet access, synchronizing your Droid 2 with other devices, and last but not least negotiating the intimidatingly large "Android Market."

The book addresses issues with the Droid 2, which can, frankly, be a clumsy, contrary, and counterintuitive device, especially when you first get it. The book has the typical "Dummies" formatting with things like tips in the margins and blue headings to define new sections, but this book also contains more much color than most books in the series. I am glad the publishers realized the importance of color illustrations here, even if it made the book cost more. In short, I found this book to be more user-friendly than the Droid 2 itself.

I generally like the "Dummies" series of books, and this is no exception. While this book is not short, not everyone will be interested in all the subjects, so feel free to skip around in it or use it solely as a reference. Most of us learn by doing, so get this book out and play with your new Droid; you will definitely get the hang of it quicker than if you hunt and peck blindly on your new device.
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This is a great book as an introduction to the Bionic but if you know your Droid's this may be a little too rudimentary. But of course there's probably a nugget or two that you didn't know before. So if you want to know EVERYTHING you can about the basic workings of the Bionic or you're new to Motorola Droids and the Android operating system, this book will give you what you want. I gave it 5 stars because even though it wasn't exactly what I was looking for, it is a great book for the right people.
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I bought this when I first got my Droid Bionic. I finally gave the phone to someone else and the book along with it. They are now an expert with that phone, so much so that they could probably teach them something at the phone store.
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