Android Fully Loaded Paperback – Feb 1 2012
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From the Back Cover
Take your love affair with Android to a new level
Since the first edition of this book, new phones and new apps have been popping up like monsters at the game-master's level. Here's where you learn what's what. Put a season of Idol on your Droid 2, scan barcodes for bargains with your Evo, tweet on your Thunderbolt — and that's just for starters. Grab the hottest apps, make your phone a broadband modem, teach Android to recognize your voice, and oh, so much more.
Demystify your Motorola Droid 2 or Photon 4G, HTC Thunderbolt and Evo 3D, or LG Optimus 3D
Update your Facebook status and tweet on the go
Pack your phone with TV shows, music, spreadsheets, and presentations
Get turn-by-turn directions with GPS
Scan barcodes for product reviews and price comparisons
Shoot HD video and post it to YouTube
About the Author
Rob Huddleston has been developing web pages and applications since 1994, and has been teaching web and graphic design fulltime since 1999. He has been named an Adobe Community Expert, and is the author of Android Fully Loaded and several other books from Wiley.
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Please note this is not a technical how to manual. It's more like sitting down with a technically savvy buddy and having him walk you through the many things your amazing new device can do, with all sorts of recommendations and caveats along the way. The first chapter will get you up to speed quickly with your phone, but the real treasure of this book lies deeper in the following chapters. For example, you are curious about twitter. Maybe you signed up for an account, but perhaps because you are over 35 years old, you are a bit distrustful of it. In chapter 5, the author gives a great two page introduction to the service and how to make use of it on your phone. Dozens of applications are mentioned throughout the book and put into useful context so that you can better communicate, stay more connected, be more productive or just kill time with something fun.
After reading this book, you will be able to confidently guide your way through the process of turning this magical, digital, information and media saturated age into a rich personal experience, which can be shared with your family and friends, no matter where they are located.
Perhaps the only complaint about the book stems from the lickable yellow button on the front cover which claims the book covers all android phones. While this is true from a certain perspective, in that the book has a lot of wonderful general information, it certainly won't replace the user manual that came with your phone. And if you happen to be sporting an older model, you will surely finish the book lusting after the latest and greatest.
Having said that, if you are looking for an excellent introduction to what the world of mobile computing is all about, you have found a great place to start. Or if you are looking to round out your understanding of how to get the most out of your mobile computing device, this book will point you in dozens of directions to do so.
Confession first - I got this book through the Amazon vine program because it would be free for me. I'd have never paid for what I figured to be a glorified magazine article that might turn me on to a fun app or two.
I was very pleasantly surprised. Yes, there was the app here and there that proved useful or interesting. That I expected. What I didn't expect is to actually learn about stuff I'd been overlooking. After all these years I thought I knew what my phone could do, what was useful, and what was BS. Well, my current phone (galaxy nexus) really is generations ahead of that G1 from years past. A lot of capability has crept in under the radar and I didn't know about it.
So... I actually spent hours going through this book that I had planned to quickly scan.
Just to be specific about a few things, I ended up trying swype and voice dialing (again). Voice dialing is much better than before. Swype - well, I'm still getting used to it. I got pretty good with graffiti on my palm/handspring back in the day, swype should be about the same.
I also finally decided to mess with the Amazon app store and wondered why I'd put that off for so long.
Overall the book was useful enough that I stopped keeping notes of useful stuff. I knew I'd be writing this review so I started off taking notes. I stopped after a while because I was finding too much noteworthy (in a good way) stuff.
This book really exceeded expectations.
It seems to be the nature of the beast that the android format is such a chameleon that it's almost impossible to keep up with the morphing through the medium of a book format.
However, for older people just getting their first tablet and feeling overwhelmed about features and functions, the author's "cozy" tone and anecdotal explanations provide comfortable points of reference around which to anchor a comprehension of the android world. So this book does have an important place as a reference work.
When first receiving my new phone, I couldn't even figure out how to make a phone call (!) let alone settings, how to text, get on the internet, or anything else. I spent a lot of time trying and failing, and Googling for answers to my questions. Let's just say I'm surprised I don't have a flip phone again. I'd also spent hours Googling for expert suggestions of the "Best Apps for ___" and "Top 10 Apps for ____" etc. "Fully Loaded gives you the answers to these questions, saving you the hours of research. Another plus: Most suggested Apps are free; this book doesn't seem to push any agenda.
"Fully Loaded" also gives useful information on the basics - volume schedules, battery-saving tips, different platforms used by various phones, accessories, cases, and more. These things useful to the user that really only wants to make calls, rather than watch the Godfather trilogy, or keep up on Bridzillas.
THE BEST thing about the book is the pictures! The screen-shots walk you through what you'll see on your phone. It really is like having a good tech savvy buddy walk you through the setup of your phone. You get all the basics, plus more advanced and entertainment related information.
I thought that I had done a fairly good job of figuring things out for myself, but this book still had a lot to teach me. The information is nothing that you couldn't find by combing the Internet and comparing articles, reading forums etc. However, "Fully Loaded" saves you the time and effort by providing everything in a nice, illustrated book that you can annotate.
Note: Some of the information in the book didn't apply to my Galaxy Nexus phone and it didn't cover the Ice Cream Sandwich platform of my phone. This is excusable since Ice Cream Sandwich came out just after publication of the book. So, I view this is an exception and find "Fully Loaded" to be useful and not out of date.