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Samsung Galaxy S 4 For Dummies [Paperback]

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June 10 2013 For Dummies

Explore a world of possibilities with your Samsung Galaxy S 4 smartphone

Everything’s more exciting when you’ve got the Galaxy in your hand. Let For Dummies be your guide to getting the most out of your Galaxy S 4. You’ll cruise through the smartphone basics and set up process before moving on to the fun stuff like staying in touch with e-mail and texting, surfing the web, navigating with maps, shooting and sharing photos and video, watching movies, listening to music, and so much more. Whether you’re entering the smartphone world for the first time or just moving up to the Galaxy S 4, you’ll stay on course with this one-of-a-kind reference.

  • Provides easy-to-understand advice to help you find your way around your Galaxy S 4 smartphone, get to know all the built-in features, and start making calls
  • Explains the Galaxy S 4 features using full-color screenshots and images and step-by-step instructions on accessing the Internet, sending and receiving e-mail, texting, taking photos, recording videos, downloading apps, managing your calendar, and organizing your contacts
  • Shows you easy ways to customize your Galaxy S 4 for your needs with cool apps and accessories

 You’ll experience the world in a whole new way with this spectacular smartphone and Samsung Galaxy S 4 For Dummies by your side!

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"Samsung Galaxy S4 For Dummies is definitely a book recommended for any aspiring to ditch their old phones and looking to get a smart phone such as the Galaxy S4." (Gadgetsboy, November, 2013)

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Embrace your Galaxy S 4 and start experiencing the world in a whole new way

Your Galaxy S 4 is one of the smartest smartphones in existence. Learn how to tap into all its power! First, master the screen, keyboard, and buttons. Then move on to talking, texting, using e-mail, accessing websites, and shopping for apps. From photos to games, music to movies, Office apps to useful maps, and more, you'll be exploring the Galaxy in no time!

  • Check your carrier — see why your wireless carrier is so important to a happy Galaxy S 4 experience
  • Communicate — make calls, send texts, send and receive e-mail, manage your contacts, and sync contact databases
  • The web in your hands — set up your browser, use bookmarks, search with Google, and shop for Android apps
  • Have more fun — take and manage photos, enjoy Play Store games, navigate with Maps, play music, and watch videos
  • Be productive — keep your schedule with the Calendar, create and edit documents, and use S-Voice to update Facebook

Open the book and find:

  • Cool features unique to the Galaxy S 4
  • How your cellular carrier figures your bill
  • Important information about making emergency calls
  • Steps for setting up a business e-mail account
  • Great Android apps you should take for a test run
  • Hints for taking better photos with your phone
  • GPS essentials
  • How to access Internet radio

Learn to:

  • Use your Galaxy S 4 and all its features
  • Stay in touch with social media, e-mail, texting, and video chats
  • Have fun with photos, videos, apps, games, and more


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good Book. Aug. 19 2013
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This Book is excellent in its Content.However it would be easier to use or understand if a basic Knowledge of Android is available .We just received the Book and are still working on it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Most Dummy books are helpfull. March 4 2014
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The book is helpful in most of the things we did not know about our new phone. Some things are a bit vague for new tech users.
I would recommend this book to anyone that has a Galaxy S4.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quite Useful with my new Samsung phone Jan. 4 2014
By Lucy P.
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I liked that it shows me most of the features of my new phone. Some information that I was looking for is not in the book because all carriers are different.

I did order another book to help with the Samsung Tab 3 and have not received it yet. I think it was to ship Dec.28
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For beginners only. July 2 2013
By Erik G - Published on
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This book has sections explaining "how to make a phone call", "setting up your email", and "connecting to facebook".

If you have owned a smartphone before, or you have had your Galaxy S4 for more than 24 hours, 95% of the information within can be ignored.

When I purchased this, I imagined reading along on my tablet while making tweaks and optimizing my S4 with the tips and info inside. This didn't happen.

I would only suggest this title for people who have zero android/smartphone experience.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Baby steps July 22 2013
By Bangles - Published on
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I'm so happy I got this book,! I would have been lost without it ! I almost returned my phone because I couldnt make heads or tails from the little booklet that comes with the, I decided to purchase the manual and needless to say I finally figured it all out, and kept my phone.very happy! If your having problems figuring out everything your phone does, buy the book you won't regret it!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Primer for Galaxy S 4 July 31 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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I learned a lot from the book and still am learning. It is a good reference to go back and look items that remain puzzling. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars was that I could not find a screen on my phone that is shown in the book. It may be due to different providers(verizon vs. at&t), but very frustrating. In every other way I have enjoyed the book and many of the tips therein.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of material, some humor, could be better-organized Aug. 11 2013
By John R. Thompson - Published on
This review will make comments on both the format and the content.

On the format, I read the Kindle version of this book on my Kindle Paperwhite (2012 version). The graphics were readable and the pagination was reasonable, so overall it was one of the better-formatted books I have seen on Kindle. One of the advantages of this format is that you can have the book available to you when you run into something on the phone and need to consult the reference "right now" rather than waiting until you return home to look up the answer in the paperback edition.

On the content, there are a lot of tips, divided into five sections: Getting Started, Communications, Internet, Entertainment, and Productivity. I tried to understand some of the less-positive reviews, and I think that they come down to organization. No one complained that the tips were inaccurate, but everyone approaches the phone from a different perspective and so has different expectations. I will admit that I found some of the tips, such has where to find the button to turn on the phone, to be extremely basic -- but others, such as adding your (non-mobile) contact number to the lock screen so that someone who finds your lost phone can actually contact you, were "ah ha!" moments for me.

In retrospect, considering my experience and some of the other reviewers' comments, I would suggest a different organizational model for future books, divided into two major sections. The first section would be the "getting set up" material. Some of the basic material should be eliminated or gathered into an "if your carrier didn't tell you this when you bought the phone, march right back and make a salesperson show you" section. Then, some of the other tips could be gathered into sections such as "if this is your first mobile phone" (some people actually are just getting them!), "if you are moving from a feature phone / flip phone to the G4," "moving from the G3 to the G4," "moving from the iPhone to the G4," ... Personally, I am experienced with an iPhone and would have appreciated a section geared to bridging iPhone to G4 terminology and features -- something that probably is not interesting to someone coming from an S3 to an S4.

I think that such a section would have eliminated most of the less-positive ratings since everyone could have found the material they needed in a compact section and skipped all the material needed by others.

Then, the second section could be suggestions on which applications make the phone productive and enjoyable. For example, the section on Productivity could be divided into "For those of you who use Microsoft Office on your Windows PC" and "For those of you who use Apple's productivity suite on a Mac." This would let people jump right into the proper section and also let the author write with more detail on each of these cases rather than covering "Productivity Applications" in general. It would also cut down on the perceived duplication / repetition of tips (but, remember that educational theory demonstrates that repetition is good -- didn't you copy and recopy all those spelling lists????). Again, on the subject of making your phone more productive, some tips about having email and sports alerts turned on so that you don't have to continually refresh your email server or move between sports apps would have been right at place in this section -- they are also "productivity" enhancers.

Overall, I gave it four stars since it was a well-formatted Kindle book, had many good tips, and was extensively illustrated with screenshots. However, I hope the author and editor give serious consideration to my suggestions on re-organizing the material in future editions.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it - you'll learn something new! Oct. 16 2013
By Alison Brooks - Published on
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I'm long time smartphone user and a pretty tech-savvy person. Who would have guessed that I used only about 25% of the features of the Samsung Galaxy S4 phone. This books suits me and my busy schedule. When I have a chance, I jump to a new section and review it. I sometimes even review sections on topics I use all the time to get new tips and see if I missed anything. The book is well organized and easy to pick out new topics. My husband, the super-techy, even enjoyed reading many of the sections and getting new tips
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