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iPhone 4S Portable Genius [Paperback]

Paul McFedries
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Nov. 29 2011 Portable Genius (Book 113)
no-nonsense guide to getting everything your iPhone 4S has to offer

Designed for devotees of the Apple digital lifestyle, this guide presents key information for iPhone users in a hip, straightforward way. Packed with tips, tricks, and techniques to help you uncover and take advantage of every feature of the iPhone 4S, this edition covers the newest features, including iOS 5, Siri, FaceTime video calling, HD video recording, the multitasking feature that lets you run multiple apps simultaneously, and much more.

  • Portable Genius books cover key features of technology designed to support the digital lifestyle
  • This handy, small-trim guide is packed with tips, tricks, and techniques to help you make the most of your iPhone 4S
  • Spotlighting innovative ways to complete various tasks, the book shows how to save time and hassle while taking full advantage of everything your iPhone 4S has to offer
  • Offers tips and tricks for working with the newest features, including iOS 5, Siri, FaceTime, HD video recording and editing, multitasking, and more

Serious iPhone fans will find this book a must-have as they enhance their digital lifestyle with the newest iPhone.


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From the Back Cover

The Genius is in.

You don't have to be a genius to use the iPhone 4S. 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 connect your iPhone to a network? Sync your iPhone? Get the most out of the audio, photo, and video features? Use Siri voice control to send messages, schedule meetings, and call friends? You'll find cool and useful Genius tips, full-color screenshots, and pages of easy-to-access shortcuts and tools that will save you loads of time and let you enjoy your iPhone 4S 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 Mac expert and full-time technical writer. He has written more than 70 books that have sold more than four million copies worldwide. These books include MacBook Air Portable Genius, Second Edition; The Facebook Guide for People Over 50; Mac OS X Lion Simplified; and Switching to a Mac Portable Genius, Second Edition; among others. Paul encourages all readers to drop by his website, www.mcfedries.com.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 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
5.0 out of 5 stars 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
5.0 out of 5 stars 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
1.0 out of 5 stars 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
5.0 out of 5 stars 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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