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My New iPad 2: A User's Guide 1st Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1593273866
ISBN-10: 159327386X
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About the Author

Wallace Wang is the author of numerous best-selling computer books including Steal This Computer Book, Steal This File Sharing Book, My New Mac, and The Book of Nero (all No Starch Press). He is also a successful standup comic who has appeared on A&E's "Evening at the Improv" and appears regularly at the Riviera Comedy Club in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Product Details

  • Series: My New
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (June 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159327386X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593273866
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,980,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dave Greenbaum VINE VOICE on August 20, 2010
Format: Paperback
The "My New" series is designed for non-technical beginning users who need some hand-holding in confronting their new device. "My New iPad" is a perfect book for someone who has never used in iPad or iPhone and needs to be taught the very basics. Although the book claims intermediate users can learn tips and tricks, the book was too simplistic to be of any value to experienced users.

For the beginning, readers will find just the information they need to get up and running. Although the book is a thick 350 or so pages, it's a very quick read and includes a large number of pictures for reference purposes and learning about your iPad without actually having an iPad in front of you.

Instead of focusing on every feature, the book covers those features the average new user would be interested in. The books starts at the beginning: how to turn the iPad off and on. Instead of a list of every feature of every setting in alphabetical order, the presentation is based on how a user first approaches their iPad. First they turn it on, then customize it, then they get on the Internet and go from there. The last chapters focus on more advanced topics such as moving Microsoft Office docs to and from your iPad and suggested apps (although the app suggestions are extremely outdated). In the middle is a focus on practical aspects of iPad use - less about what an app does, and more how to integrate that app into your daily usage.

Overall, this book is great for a beginner to the iOS platform as well as the iPad user who bought one and quite can't figure out the best way to use it.

Pros: Well-illustrated with clear examples on usage, focuses on the features of the iPad the average user would be interested in a logical order
Cons: Simplistic for iPad users already comfortable with the device
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My New iPad 2: A User's Guide from No Starch Press, is the latest book in the "My New" series by best-selling author and standup comic Wallace Wang.

My New iPad 2 is written in an approachable, friendly, and organized manner. The book takes the user on a 263 page step-by-step journey from the basics of simply turning on the iPad to battery conservation, customizing, controlling, managing, organizing, and general troubleshooting. Every chapter is filled with colorful screenshots and illustrations. The book never gets too technical or tiring to read.

Every App that is included with the iPad 2 is covered in just enough detail. You come away with a feeling that you have gained a confident familiarity with the applications that Apple provides with the iPad 2.

As the lessons wind down, Mr. Wang guides you through the wonderful Accessibility features that Apple provides and then goes on to offer the reader some solid choices on apps to install on their new iPad.

Throughout the book, tips are featured within most topics. For example, I learned that the scrubbing rate can be set by holding your finger over the Playhead slider until the Hi-Speed Scrubbing bar appears. Now, slide your finger down the the screen and the scrubbing speed choices change to Half Speed then Quarter Speed and then finally to Fine scrubbing.

The book closes with a useful chapter on troubleshooting. I would like to have seen Mr. Wang include instructions on rebooting the device. He explains how to restart the iPad but stops just short of providing the bonus tip of rebooting. To reboot your ipad, hold down the On/Off button and Home button at the same time. When you see the red slider, ignore it. Continue to hold down the On/Off and Home buttons until you see the Apple logo.
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I am an 82 year old who loves all the new electronic things but I do not have the background that the young people have. I learn better with manuals and this one is a perfect step by step one and it helps me to enjoy my I PAD 2.
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My New iPad 2 is such a pleasure to read!
Easy to follow, which makes it quick to learn.
And no excessive wordage or redundancy make this book great.

Most importantly My New iPad 2 de-mystifies the process of copying settings, contacts, music,
photos, apps, and more from iTunes on your computer to your iPad.
Very helpful book!
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This was a fun and informative book to read - it handles all the basics for the new user but there is always something new you can pick up - just off the top of my head: how to get foreign letters on the keyboard, changing your sleep settings, handling photos, contacts, iBooks, videos, calendars, maps, etc.Have you ever searched you iPad with spotlight? Did you even know you could? So, this is an attractive and well laid out book which doesn't go into the dark depths of what you can do with the iPad but has something for nearly every iPad user.
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i was so thrilled when I realized i could buy this book in digital form.
I stored it right on my iPad in the kindle app. also could store on ibooks app.
I've always had my user's guides sitting on the shelf by my computer.
How much handier having it right on my iPad.
It's easy to read and easy to find the answers you need using the table of contents.
Excellent buy!
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