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The iPhone Book, Third Edition (Covers iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, and iPod Touch) (3rd Edition) 3rd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0321647238
ISBN-10: 0321647238
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About the Author

Scott Kelby is the world’s #1 best-selling author of computer and technology books, as well as Editor-in-Chief of Photoshop User magazine and President of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals. Scott is author of The iPod Book, The Mac OS X Leopard Book, The Digital Photography Book (vols. 1, 2 & 3), and The Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers.

Terry White is a well-known gadget guru, and the man behind the popular Terry White’s Tech Blog. He is host of the top-ranked Adobe Creative Suite Video Podcast, winner of the Best of 2006 People’s Choice Award on Apple’s iTunes, and President of MacGroup-Detroit, Michigan’s largest Macintosh users’ group. He is also the author of Secrets of Adobe Bridge and co-author of InDesign CS/CS2 Killer Tips.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 3 edition (September 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321647238
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321647238
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,048,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By kre8iv1 VINE VOICE on September 22, 2009
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I reviewed the 2nd edition of this book, and now here is my review for the 3rd edition.

This edition INCLUDES info for the 3G, the 3Gs, and the iPod touch.

I own many other Peachpit books (mostly for computer software), and three others by these authors: one by Scott Kelby (alone) and two by Scott and Terry White together (including the 2nd edition of this particular book). This is just as fantastic as my other Kelby books, if not more so.

I originally got this book (2nd edition - prior to the 3.0 firmware upgrade) because even though I was familiar with PDA phones (due to owning a Palm Treo for over two years), I was NOT familiar with the Apple iPhone. I had a feeling my new iPhone 3G had a bunch of hidden goodies I didn't know about, and this book proved me right. I bought my iPhone first, then this book. I fell in love with my iPhone the first week of using it, and this book made my love even deeper the second week! (As of re-writing this review, I have had my iPhone 3G for over seven (7) months.)

This book is illustrated with COLOR screen shots on EACH AND EVERY PAGE. It includes beginner, intermediate, and advanced instructions/hints/tips, so no matter what you want to use this phone for this book tells you how to do it - in EASY TO UNDERSTAND wording. It's like learning with your friend who talks like a regular person instead of a techie!

On some pages (at the bottom of the page) the authors include an additional tip (they nickname 'iTips') on whatever tool you are learning about. These tips can include external links to other websites to explore, or just shortcuts on how to make your iPhone experience more enjoyable.

In a tight economy, this book is a time saver (you know ... "time is money" ...
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I just recently purchased the iPhone 3GS. I had been considering the purchase for awhile. I wasn't sure how I would like the touch screen, or if it would be a cool toy for awhile and then I would eventually get bored with it. So I decided to take the plunge and buy it. And I absolutely love it thus far. When I was in the store I did not really get a tutorial on how it worked, so I basically went in cold turkey playing with it and learning things.

What I noticed is there is not really a manual included you just learn on your own, or ask someone who has knowledge of it. A co-worker then let me borrow this book, she thought I would find it helpful. And oh was it. It gives you the basic things you need to know to work the iPhone, and it is written in plain english so any user can understand.

My favorite part about the book are all the neat tips/tricks that are usually in a gray box at the bottom of the pages. The index helps you navigate anything you wish to know that is included. And by far my favorite tips were on how to save some of your battery life, because if you are a user you know how fast it can drain when you are playing with apps, calling, texting, emailing, and using the iPod feature.

I highly reccomend this book for all new and current iPhone users.
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I purchased my iPhone just under a month ago, and was disappointed that it basically came with nothing as far as a user guide, manual, etc. (I guess I should have expected it though, from Apple).

I am a little more 'techie' than some people, and I think I figured out a good number of things on my own, or from talking to friends who had an iPhone too, but I decided to go to the store to find a good book on how to use my newest toy. I knew there had to be a lot more to it, that I hadn't uncovered and I didn't want to let features go unused. I know Apple designs their products to be able to be used by just about anyone right out of the box, but I knew there are things not everyone just discovers. Having an iPhone without this book is like having a Ferrari without the key.

The selection of iPhone user guide books that's available was a little overwhelming, but when all was said & done, I bought this book. I spent a little more than an hour looking through the different books on using an iPhone, and this one was hands down the best one out there.

The layout is fantastic (I love the fact that you don't have to read from the beginning to the end, you can go to certain sections), very well written (easy to understand), love all the color pages and sample photos, and like others have said in their reviews, the iTips at the bottom of some of the pages are great! I feel like I have learned a ton from this book, even though there was a lot from it I had already self-taught. Even though there were things I already knew I wasn't disappointed they were in the book either. I found it reassuring that I found a good number of the basics.
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I waited to purchase my iPhone 3GS until this book came out ... it was worth the wait. How many times have we bought high tech gear or software with manuals and directions that take days or weeks to master with comfort of use? This "how to" book makes your iPhone as pleasurable as buying a new car - putting the key in the ignition - and taking off ... the learning curve is almost instantaneous. You are communicating "full steam ahead" halfway into Chapter 2 ... with the concise logical progression of feature descriptions.

We've all used them ... those manuals that are all TEXT and a chore to read ... NOT THIS guide ... what makes the iPhone book so quick to comprehend is the visual layout focusing on one specific item at a time with a corresponding photograph displaying exactly what the authors are explaining. This eliminates the guesswork and assumptions of less visual text styles. At the bottom of many pages you'll find an "iTip" which offers a special shortcut or anecdote to speed your floating fingers across iPhone's stand alone interface. One of my favorite "killer apps and tricks" features is on Page 209 --- [...]

This is the ONLY iPhone manual you will ever need! Get set to launch your journey to the iTunes App Store to start sampling some of the most incredible software from Google Earth (it's free) to Taxi Magic (get a cab anywhere! - also free) ... and to type in foreign languages - see Page 210 ... the tempting smorgasbord of the digital universe is just at YOUR fingertips.

Thank you - Terry White and Scott Kelby for this magic carpet ride ... Aladdin would be jealous!!!
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