- Series: Taking Your
- Paperback: 312 pages
- Publisher: Apress; 2nd ed. edition (September 29, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1430232552
- ISBN-13: 978-1430232551
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,436,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Taking Your iPhone 4 to the Max 2nd ed. Edition
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About the Author
Erica Sadun holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She has written, co-written, and contributed to almost two dozen books about technology, particularly in the areas of programming, digital video, and digital photography. An unrepentant geek, Sadun has never met a gadget she didn't need. Her checkered past includes run-ins with NeXT, Newton, and a vast myriad of both successful and unsuccessful technologies. When not writing, she and her geek husband parent three adorable geeks-in-training, who regard their parents with restrained bemusement. Eight Ways to Get the Most out of Your Zune, the O'Reilly shortcut, and Modding Mac OS X, also from O'Reilly, are her latest books. She also wrote Taking Your iPhone to the Max.
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Top Customer Reviews
As far as being a reference guide... I'd say it accomplishes the goal. It's basically a large version of what should come with your iPhone to begin with. Though the title of the book is what I would call misleading. It really just shows you how to use your phone... there is nothing special contained in this material that will take your usage "to the Max".
If you're new to smartphones/iPhones or just not that technically inclined... this is probably a good reference guide. But for anyone who's been using a Blackberry or Android... I would say save your money.
At first though, it was of little benefit. That's b/c I was on T-Mobile not AT&T and knew veyr little about the iPhone. After looking around the net, I saw this book had really high ratings and was available for the Kindle. So while I was eating dinner, I bought it. A few seconds later it appeared on my kindle and I dove in. I started making notes of what all I needed to do to get it working on T-Mobile and a few other things. I had struggled for a few days trying to get it working to no avail. I was having a lot of trouble getting it to sync with my ultra mobile pc running vista. With this book on my Kindle, I returned home and dove in. About 2 hours later I was up and running. Not only did I have the phone working but I had the ipod synced, and internet connectivity. It took me all of 10 seconds to fall in love with Safari. So chapter by chapter I kept reading. In all, I ended up doing a late nighter b/c I was learning how to do things on the iPhone that I either didn't know about or couldn't get working. Navigation went from being a pain in the a55 to a breeze. In no time I had it synced with my Outlook contacts too... and it even pulled in each contact's picture if it was available in my Outlook profile.
So in just a few hours, I went from not being able to make calls or use the iPod to basically having a smaller and faster version of my ultra mobile PC. In fact, now that I've gotten so familiar with it, I rarely use my ultra mobile b/c it's just another gadget to worry about and have to keep charged.
The book is very easy to read and while I'm not a technical novice, I was completely unfamiliar with Apple products. It got me right over the learning curve in just a few hours. Every single thing I had wanted to do with the iPHone was explained - perfectly I may add, in this book. Additionally, the book amazingly gets right to the point of everything and gives it coverage commensurate with the importance of the feature. It really holds your hand through some of the more difficult things (like getting it working with other networks) but doesn't belabor issues that aren't all that big of a deal.Every other book I can think of on how to use any given mobile device, be it a camera, zune, xbox etc is the opposite - it covers the basics in painful detail and tends to cover the important stuff lightly. Maybe it's just that what I consider important is the same stuff the author did, but I think pretty much anyone new to the iPhone will be left feeling the same way I was. (the best example I can give is with respect to the warnings and explanation of the warranty. If you're a none AT&T user, you don't want to do anything to void the warranty and end up being left out to dry. So I was really hesitant to just indiscriminately try things I found on the net. By specifically addressing this issue, explaining the downside and upside, the author makes it clear they understood what you're facing and then she proceeds to explain it in enough detail that you won't be (or at least I wasn't) afraid to give it a try).
If you have an iPhone already and are well versed in all of its features, then you probably don't need this book although there will be a few things you'll find helpful (particularly in terms of navigation). If you have a AT&T Contract and only use bread and butter features then you'll be in the same boat. But if you're new to iPhone and particularly if you're on another network, and you are of the "I can't live without my phone" mindset, this book is absolutely for you. It's written to that type of user specfically and she does a superb job in that respect
Considering the price for the Kindle edition in particular, it was one of the smartest buys I made in a while. Without it, I would very likely have just given up on the iPhone, and now I've definitely become a major fan of it and would really hate to not have an iPhone. All because of this book.
For people new to the iPhone, especially the iPhone 4 I would consider this book the lost manual. This book shows you the different built in features, functions, and apps and shows you how to use them. This is very important part of the book, because new users can shy away from trying new things because of fear they may break something. As I stated early the numerous tools referenced in the book will be useful for new users when they truly want to take their iPhone 4 to the Max.
Overall I would say this is book is necessary for iPhone 4 owners. The tips and tricks alone make this book worth it. For new users the entire book is full of useful information on using and configuring you iPhone 4 again making it a must have.
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