63 of 65 people found the following review helpful
John A. Suda
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For those who already know of David Pogue's Missing Manual series there is hardly any need to read a review of any of the latest publications, like "iPhone, the Missing Manual, Second Edition." For those in need of a written guide to the iPhone, you just buy the book and enjoy it, without wasting any time with comparisons, reviews, or undue deliberation. You can trust the author and publisher. For years, Pogue Press', the Missing Manual series, has been a benchmark of quality for the genre. In an era where manufacturers provide skimpy support materials, the Missing Manual series acts as a great substitute.
For those unfamiliar with the series, I'll elaborate on the iPhone book. It is a great book. It is designed to tell you in an objective casual, easy to follow fashion, all you need to know about using your iPhone. It is lavishly produced in heavyweight glossy paper with high resolution full-color graphics. The text is larger sized and organized in a very easy-to-read layout. There are many dozens of sidebar "Tips" which break up the text and make learning about the iPhone very easy.
The best part of the book is the content where you get a very thorough, comprehensive, and well-organized presentation of the iPhone hardware, software, and services. In six parts and fifteen chapters, Mr. Pogue covers nearly everything an average user needs to know about the product. There are plenty of sections covering advanced topics, as well, including use of the iPhone in a business setting. Part One is a guided tour to the hardware and how to get started making calls and texting. In this chapter and throughout the book, Mr. Pogue gives more than mere description and explanation of features, he provides step-by-step instructions and practical guidance on use. In the first chapter, for instance, he provides an experienced user's perspective on how to be more efficient using the virtual keyboard.
Part Two discusses the music and video features and the camera and photo capabilities. Part Three explains how to get online using the multiple means - 3G, 2G (Edge-ATT's older, slower system), and WiFi using the web browser and e-mail programs. The author provides handy references to useful websites and third-party applications which can run on the iPhone and extend its capabilities, like the Zoho suite of productivity applications and RSS readers. The next part covers the third-party software now available for downloading from the Apple site. The App Store is explained and a lot of the applications are briefly reviewed and evaluated. Pogue also describes how to install custom ring tones as well as making one's own using Apple's own Garage Band.
In the "Beyond the iPhone" section, Pogue covers the all-important syncing features and options, the Mobile Me support services provided by Apple, the iTunes symbiosis with the iPhone, and the customer settings options. Three appendices cover setup and signing up, suggested accessories, and troubleshooting and maintenance.
52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
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Wow I love this book, it covers all the aspects of the iPhone 4S (and prior models), not just the software. For example a sidebox talks about what the Gorilla glass screen is made of, and there are explanations about where the various sensors are located (do you know where the proximity sensor is?), the antenna band, etc. This book is up-to-date and comprehensive - there are 21 pages devoted to Siri, an 11 page chapter just for iCloud, and info regarding iOS5 throughout (better coverage than the other books I've seen so far). The appendix contains some interesting sections on accessories and troubleshooting. If you have an iPhone 4S or an older model iPhone running iOS5, then this is a must-have book, especially for the price you can't go wrong!
61 of 64 people found the following review helpful
Jack D. Herrington
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As easy to use as the iPhone is it still has some secrets up it's sleeve and this is where "iPhone: The Missing Manual" comes in really handy. The book goes step by step through the basics of the phone, mail, browsing and the iPod functionality, as well as all of the other handy applications. And with each of those I found something I had missed along the way.
In addition to handling the basics he also has a lot of handy tips about special numbers to dial, the differences in the various email services, and handy keyboard shortcuts that have allowed me to get much more out of the phone.
This book is definitely worth the money, and I think it's a must have for anyone who has just bought an iPhone. If it's worth several hundred dollars to get the phone. It's worth another $14 to find out how to use it right.
36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
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David Pogue and his team have done it again with the iPhone Missing Manual, 5th Edition, for all iPhones using iOS 5.0.1. This is a terrific full-color book with hundreds of screen captures and illustrations. The topics are logically introduced and explained for the new iPhone user and there are details and secrets of iOS 5 for those who have been using the iPhone for several years. The Missing Manual covers the differences in the iPhone 3GS, 4, and 4S models as well as the idiosyncrasies between iPhones using AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon when there is a difference. (If you haven't upgraded your iPhone 3GS or 4 to the free iOS 5, instructions are included for doing the upgrade.) The instructions are not all dry and dull as there is a lot of humor in the book (such as "You don't have to say "call" or "dial" in English. The iPhone recognizes the equivalent words in 32 languages. Collect them all!" (page 94)). One of the best features of "The Missing Manual" is that it does not go out-of-date, even as Apple releases updates to iOS 5. Page 5 of the book describes the website where you can find errata, corrections, and updates for the book. And be sure to see the inside back cover for "The Missing CD".
The book is extensive in that it covers pretty much all aspects of using the iPhone: phone calls, FaceTime (video calls), texting/messaging, email, Siri (the virtual assistant using voice recognition), settings, how to use the built-in apps (programs), how to find more good apps, navigating with GPS, maps, the camera (taking photos and shooting HD videos), editing photos, the iPhone as an iPod--playing multimedia (including playing music, TV shows, movies, and more), reading ebooks, surfing the internet, iCloud, WiFi connections, tethering (connecting the iPhone to your laptop to access the internet), finding your iphone and locking it remotely if you misplace it (set up this feature before you think about losing your iphone), syncing with your computer and/or corporate network, printing (AirPrint), troubleshooting, accessories, and a lot more.
The section on Siri (the virtual assistant on the iPhone 4S) may expand the ways that you use your iPhone. There are more than 250 sample questions and commands for Siri. Some examples are: "call Mom at work," "play more songs like this," "Tell Cindy I'm running late," "Show yesterday's email from Jan," "Reply, Dear Jan,...," "Where's the closest gas station," "How do I get to the airport," "I'm hungry for some pizza," "Remind me to ... when I get home," "Google Benjamin Franklin," "Convert $23 to euros," "Graph x equals 3y plus 12," or "What is the meaning of life?" There are also advanced commands for posting to Facebook or Twitter. [Note: the iPhone 3GS and 4 also have some voice control features.]
I just recently got my first iPhone. I thought all Apple products were supposed to be very user intuitive, so I didn't know there was a secret undo command which is to shake the iPhone (page 57). I really appreciated the keyboard tip on how to select numbers and special characters with only one key press (page 49). My phone locked up once and would not turn on, so it was time to read "Reset: 6 Degrees of Desperation" on page 504. And I had managed to avoid using iTunes up until now, so I'm still trying to learn all the details about syncing the PC with the iPhone when you have 50 gigabytes of media and a 16 gigabyte phone (Chapter 13). The Missing Manual states that iTunes copies contacts and calendars in both directions during a sync. But the Manual didn't explain why after I deleted about 8 contacts on my iPhone, iTunes wanted to delete 77 contacts on my subsequent sync. Nor did the Manual explain why iTunes was taking more than an hour to sync my Solitaire app.
This is the fifth Missing Manual book that I've purchased, and it may be the best.
32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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When I first saw the release of iPhone: The Missing Manual by David Pogue, I wanted to review it. Never mind that I didn't yet *have* an iPhone... I just like the style of the Missing Manual series. But when my wife surprised me with my very own 8GB iPhone, getting a copy of this book became a priority. And while it's possible to get quite a bit from just the user interface, there *are* things you'll want to know that aren't covered in the "Finger Tips" documentation. Pogue's book absolutely shines when it comes to taking your experience level up a notch...
Part 1 - The iPhone as Phone: The Guided Tour; Phone Calls; Fancy Phone Tricks
Part 2 - The iPhone as iPod: Music and Video; Photos and Camera
Part 3 - The iPhone Online: Getting Online; The Web; Email; Maps and Apps
Part 4 - Beyond iPhone: iTunes for iPhoners; Syncing the iPhone; Add-Ons - Accessories and Web Apps; Settings
Part 5 - Appendixes: Setup and Signup; Troubleshooting and Maintenance
It's a real testimony to the designers of the iPhone that you can pack this much functionality into a device and get away without including a sizable manual. I probably had 60% to 70% of the functions figured out in the first couple of hours with no help. But iPhone: The Missing Manual is perfect for understanding those areas not used as often, as well as gaining some deeper understanding of *why* some things work as they do. For instance, I was a little confused as to why Flash files wouldn't play. But David explains the reasoning behind that (whether you agree with Apple or not is a different story). I also didn't know how much YouTube had done to accommodate iPhone users. And the explanation of how the keyboard works, as well as shortcuts you might not stumble onto yourself, is worth the price of the book alone.
I also appreciated his coverage throughout the book on battery life. That was the first thing I noticed about the iPhone when I started using it. Where I could go a week or so before recharging a normal cell phone, I was now looking at recharging the iPhone every couple of days. Pogue does a very good job in pointing out what features are power hogs, which ones are "battery-friendly", and what you can do to conserve your battery time if you're not going to be able to recharge right away. I now know why my fascination with using the web browser was causing nightly recharges... :)
Yes, you could download the PDF iPhone manual from Apple and learn most of what's covered here. In fact, it's probably a good idea to do so regardless of whether you buy this book or not. But if you want a non-Apple-biased view of how things work (or don't), iPhone: The Missing Manual will give it to you straight.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go spend some more quality time with my new toy and book...