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