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Pocket PC Handbook [Paperback]

Dan Hanttula
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Feb. 15 2001 How to Do Everything
This book is the best single-source reference to the power of the Pocket PC.

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Pocket PC Handbook may be four times as big as your Hewlett-Packard Jornada or other Pocket PC, but it's worth reading if you're a new user of the little computers. It's an everyday user's guide to the HP Jornada, Compaq iPAQ, and Casio Cassiopeia lines of handheld computers (among others) and the software that runs on them. The HP devices seem to get more explicit attention in these pages than the others, but the competitors' common operating system makes the book equally useful for owners of all. Author Dan Hanttula knows how to reveal the features and shortcomings of software without being dry, and he emphasises practical tricks and shortcuts wherever possible.

The book breaks its subject down into logical units (pieces of software such as Pocket Office and Pocket Streets) and then subdivides those units by task (Using Paste Special in Pocket Excel, editing and removing Pushpins in Pocket Streets). It includes sequential instructions in many cases, but rarely as numbered steps--it is written in paragraph form, addressing variations and potential errors as they become relevant. A chapter called "Advanced Personalisation for Your Faithful Companion" reveals all sorts of excellent details, and a section on "Ten Things every user should change in the Control Panel" will have most readers' Pocket PCs powered up immediately. --David Wall

Topics covered: The Pocket PC line of handheld computers, including models in the HP Jornada, Compaq iPAQ, and Casio Cassiopeia lines. This is documentation for ordinary users of the personal organisers who haven't explored all of the capabilities of Pocket Office, Pocket Streets, the time-management tools, the multimedia utilities, and the Pocket PC games.


"An excellent how-to book --- useful, practical, comprehensive, and easy to read... I recommend it without reservations." -- AOL Pocket Press Review March 17th, 2001

"Dan Hanttula's Pocket PC Handbook is awesome! You need to run, not walk to Amazon... and GRAB it." -- Pocket PC Pages - March 19th, 2001

"I found it useful and thought it was an easier read than the other two PPC books I have..." -- Pocket PC message board user, March 6th, 2001

"The book is throough and quite useful for beginning and advanced users alike." -- Pocket PC Magazine, July 2001

"The guide is a great resource... specifically for the Pocket PC." -- PocketPCpassion.com, March 5, 2001

"There are those who say that had Microsoft paid more attention to Hanttula's suggestions, Windows CE would be... #1" -- Pen Computing Magazine, Feburary 2001

"This book is the best single-source reference to the power of the Pocket PC." -- Booksite.com, March 10th, 2001

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1.0 out of 5 stars Not for previous Palm or Pocket PC users Feb. 1 2003
I purchased this book after being disappointed by the documentation that came with the HP iPAQ. I have finished the book in about 45 minutes and did not learn anything other than I could write over my notes in Transcriber without having to wait. It did not make me a PowerUser and able to do everything with my iPAQ. It seemed more like a manual for a Jornada that was formed into a book than anything.
Might be good for basic novices.
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If you want an excellent book to get you up and running with your Pocket PC, this is it. It covers everything from getting started, to using Pocket Outlook, to recommended software, to security and many other areas as well. Because the Pocket PC operating system is common to many PDAs, the fact that the HP brand is used as the model plays almost no bearing on the usefulness of the content. I have an iPaq and practically all the information was as applicable to it, as to the HP. Great starter book for Pocker PC users.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Handbook Feb. 18 2002
If the Pocket PC is the best companion for your desktop PC, then this book is the best companion for the Pocket PC. Written in a clear and concise manner this book is a helpful guide about the complete use of the many features the Pocket PC has. And do not think that because it is mainly wrote for the Jornada 54x users the content is overdue for the owners of the 56x, because this handbook brings an excellent beginning for the comprehension of both operative systems, and the full utilisation of their advantages.
Para aquellos no acostumbrados a las lecturas en inglés, de seguro tendrán muy pocos problemas con este libro debido a su formato bastante básico, concebido para principiantes en el mundo de los computadores de bolsillo.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Become a Pocket PC expert in a week. Sept. 5 2001
Well organized and thoroughly written, the reader can start at any chapter depending on his/her previous knowledge. Though Jornada oriented, what can make iPaq or Casio users feel a little umconfortable, this book covers every topic of Pocket PCs. Whether you plan to buy one or already have a Pocket PC, this handbook will help you very much in getting acquainted on that device, and will do a lot in the path towards expertise.
It is worth every cent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well Written and Clear June 8 2001
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This is a useful book for any first time pocket pc user, like me. The level is just right, neither too technical nor too simple, and after going through it I feel like an expert user. What more could you ask? If you are thinking of buying this book, you should know that the illustrations and examples mainly reference the HP Jornada, there is definately an HP focus. However, even though I'm an iPAQ user, the HP focus took very little away from my experience with this book. The author is very careful to point out differences between HP and other platforms.
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