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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; Verizon ed edition (March 29 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470937807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470937808
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,546,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

The Genius is in.

You don't have to be a genius to use the iPhone 4 on Verizon. But if you want to get the very most out of yours, put this savvy Portable Genius guide to work and start ramping up the pace. Want to use FaceTime video calling? Manage your contacts, appointments, and eBooks collection? Get the most out of the audio, video, and photo features? Take control of syncing your iPhone? You'll find cool and useful Genius tips, full-color screenshots, and pages of easy-to-access shortcuts and tools that will not only save you loads of time, but also help you enjoy your iPhone 4 to the max.

Portable GENIUS

Fun, hip, and straightforward, the Portable Genius series gives forward-thinking Apple users useful information in handy, compact books that are easy to navigate and don't skimp on the essentials. Collect the whole series and make the most of your Apple digital lifestyle.

About the Author

Paul McFedries is a full-time technical writer who has published more than 70 books that have sold more than four millions copies worldwide. These books include: iPad Portable Genius, Macs Portable Genius, and Teach Yourself VISUALLY Macs. Paul encourages all readers to visit his Web site, www.mcfedries.com.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Serious Work on Jan. 1 2012
Format: Paperback
For a phone that's supposed to be user-friendly the fact this book has 330 pages tells you how complicated it really is. In addition the book is printed in smaller than normal and very light type making hard to read. The type also goes so far into the gutter which adds to reading difficulty unless, perhaps, you break the spine and force the book to lie flat when reading it. Illustrations are clear and plentiful.

The book was too much to read from cover to cover so I approached it by topic using the index and found that helped with isolated problems but didn't really give a good overview of the phone's capabilities.

Best advice is don't buy iPhone 4s if you really just want to make phone and text calls and then you won't need the book. The instructions that come with the phone are extremely minimal...almost useless...probably to trick you into thinking it is so user friendly you won't need help using it.

Btw...you know all the little joke videos people email to you...the majority of them won't play at all on the iPhone as it won't accept Flash media...same with YouTube videos.
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Amazon.com: 19 reviews
28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Great guide to my new iPhone 4 Sept. 25 2010
By Mimi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The book iPhone 4 Portable Genius by Paul McFedries has been like a non judgmental friend over the past couple of weeks as I'm learning the functions and features of my new iPhone. It's like getting inside tips from a computer savvy teenage kid without the eye rolling and sighs. The book is written in a casual and non technical style. There are plenty of helpful graphics and screenshots. Each chapter heading is a questions that I've asked myself such as "How do I configure my iPhone," "How do I max out my iPhone's photo and video features," "How do I use my iPhone to navigate my world," and "How do I keep my life in sinc with Mobile Me?" to name a few. I've run across some simple tips that I'm sure I would not have discovered on my own, like tappping on a phone number embedded in a text message or web page to initiate a call, and some keyboarding shortcuts, and I finally understand the ins and outs of all the internet access networks. The book is handy and compact. It is one of a series of "Portable Genius" books for Apple users. This book may be too basic for experts, but for me it was definitely worth the read.
24 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Book Series. Nov. 24 2010
By Mac Maven - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The Portable Genius series of books is consistently excellent, well illustrated and well indexed. The iPhone4 book is no exception. Many years ago Apple offered excellent documentation with its products but today it is a pamphlet, an inscrutable website and 3rd party publishers. Portable Genius and David Pogue and others have done an excellent job of filling the gap. Unfortunately ever secretive Apple does not share its' new product information with the outside publishers during development so user-orientied books lag product introduction by several months if not longer.

The current example of Apple's disregard for its early adopters is iLife 11 released October 20, 2010. The portable Genius book will not be available until February 8, 2011 and David Pogue not until March 15, 2011. As a committed Apple customer I wish that Apple would become collaborate with the writing community during development and not subject its customers to a six month wait from time of release until something coherent was available. Until then Portable Genius, David Pogue, Jeff Carlson and others fill the void but not until the product is half-way towards the next release.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good Basic Info for the iPhone 4S & Then Some Dec 8 2011
By Choey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
It's a shame Apple is too cheap to include a manual with their products. I guess they aren't making enough money these days. Well thanks to the "iPhone 4S Portable Genius" who needs them. Seriously, this is a very informative book for iPhone users. It goes beyond the basics in layman's terms which is very important to me since I am so Y1K. Well worth the investment.
25 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Not a Verizon iPhone update! March 26 2011
By NJ Analyst - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I ordered this thinking that the information would be updated for the Verizon version of the iPhone but after going through it I have found that several sections are taken from the GSM version and inaccurate for the CDMA iPhone. The authors need to review and edit where needed. This book is a work in progress and was released prematurely.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Iphone book Aug. 1 2011
By srf - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
For all of us techno-morons, this book makes getting the most out of your iphone easy. It is well organized by topic and really easy to understand.


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