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The Pocket PC [Paperback]

Steve Seroshek
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Book Description

April 14 2001
If you're a mobile professional or PC enthusiast who's curious about the exciting new Pocket PC platform, ""The Pocket PC"" is the book for you. This pocket-sized guide to the Pocket PC demonstrates how to get more done and have fun on the run with a Microsoft ""RM"" Windows ""RM"" CE-based handheld PC. Detailed instructions show how to use your Pocket PC to connect to the Internet or other network with a wireless modern or cable, use e-mail, surf the Web, listen to music, play games, download and read books with Microsoft Reader, and more. This pocketbook also provides a fast, fascinating look at popular Pocket PC software such as industry-leading personal information management programs, Microsoft Pocket Outlook ""RM"", and Microsoft Pocket Office. It's the ultimate guide to entertainment and productivity on the handheld PC. Best of all, its price is just right for your pocketbook!

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What we have here is a teeny-tiny user's manual for a teeny-tiny computer. The Pocket PC shows how to use devices based on Windows CE, regardless of their manufacturer. This book is equally applicable to devices from Compaq (the iPAQ series), Casio (Casiopeia), Hewlett-Packard (Jornada) and Symbol Technologies (the PPT series). Author Steve Seroshek has documented the operating system and its key applications accurately and thoroughly, but he doesn't dig very deeply into aftermarket software, customisation or obscure hints and tricks. As a result, the book is slender, uncluttered and easy for newcomers to the Pocket PC environment to follow. It will seem overly simple to users with even moderate familiarity with other platforms, but novices will welcome this approach.

The coverage in these pages, particularly synchronisation of the Pocket PC's contents with a "mother ship" computer for purposes of data backup and e-mail communication, is accurate and easy to follow. Special situations come up too--users of AOL learn that they have to install a patch to get mail from their Pocket PCs. With its fine index, this book is a very good supplement to Windows CE's online help. --David Wall

Topics covered: Use of the Pocket PC family of PDAs, with emphasis on ActiveSync (via the cradle, a modem, or wireless link). Other sections deal with how to do work and have fun with Pocket PC applications, including Pocket Word, Pocket Excel and Windows Media Player.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Complete Guide for new Pocket PC users. Nov. 26 2001
Format:Paperback
Steve Seroshek's "The Pocket PC" is an excellent guide for new Pocket PC users or for anyone who is planning to buy a Pocket PC.
Starting with the basics What is a Pocket PC? and Out of the Box,Now What? Seroshek, Product Manager in Microsoft's Mobility
Group and a writer for Pocket PC Magazine, introduces the reader, with easiness, into the fascinating world of these small computers that we call Pocket PCs. In 17 chapters (and less than 170 pages), the readers will get to know the basics about Pocket Pc hardware, software and how to set up the Pocket Pc for the first time. The book also explains how to use Microsoft Pocket Excel, Microsoft Pocket Word, Microsoft Media Player and all the PDA functions included in the Pocket Pc such as Tasks, Contacts, Notes and Calendar.
Whole chapters deal with Microsoft ActiveSync,the communication brigde between your desktop and Pocket PCs, and the many ways to expand your pocket pc with compact flash tecgnology (modems for the internet) and other expansion devices, and, also explained without complications, the reader will find useful topics to explore the web and sending and receiving e-mail. Written for the novice the book is useful whether you have a Compaq Ipaq, a Hewlett Packard Jornada 500 series or the Casio Cassiopeias E series pcoket pc that work with Microsoft Windows CE as the base operating system. An excellent book!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely worthless April 2 2003
By Johnny5
Format:Paperback
I cannot believe anyone gave this book greater than 1 star. Are they confusing it with a different title? This book is nothing more than a re-hash of exactly the same information you get with the user's manual. It doesn't even give you any of the tips that one reviewer praises it for. Save your money and buy "How To Do Everything With Your iPAQ Pocket PC" instead. That book has LOTS of tips and tricks and is much better for your money.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good general purpose book Jan. 10 2003
Format:Paperback
This book is a good general pocket pc book. Very easy reading and good information and content. If you are a person who never used a pocket pc or if you had one for awhile this book is for you. I wanted a book that would help me be more efficient using my pocket pc and I wanted to know the in's and out's this book really helped me
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for beginners!! April 14 2001
By Matta25
Format:Paperback
For being a new Pocket PC user this book has made the adjustment very easy. The book explains the functions from taking it out of the box, to the memory, to synchronizing it, to the application very well. The pictures of the screens are also a big help.
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3.0 out of 5 stars PPC 2002 Nov. 15 2003
By R.J.
Format:Paperback
Well, this book describes the Pocket PC 2002 OS, whereas I am using a Toshiba PPC e355 with a PPC 2003 OS.
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