How to Do Everything
with Your iPhone
By Jason Chen, Adam Pash
November 20, 2007 Paperback, 296 pages
ISBN: 0071497900 / 9780071497909
- What the Book is About
- How To Do Everything With
Your iPhone is a manual for the iPhone which provides very basic descriptions
on the functionality available in the iPhone, and explicit instructions on each of
the features. The authors present the features of the iPhone within a scenario of
common use, allowing the reader to determine how the features will work to their
advantage for their particular requirements. The functionality of the iPhone is described
comprehensively with detailed instructions for setup and implementation, including
any possible impact and limitations of each decision. The instructions on the setup
and use of the iPhone are developed within a framework that allows the beginner,
intermediate or expert level user to easily follow step by step or by skipping sections
with which one is already familiar.
The approach taken by the authors allows the reader to have extensive knowledge of
all of the possible ways to fully realize the potential of their iPhone. If there
are differences in how the iPhone works in comparison to other common devices, the
authors make an effort to explain the difference and provide the best way to use
the feature within the functionality of the iPhone.
- Target Audience
- The level of reading is novice,
but may potentially provide expert knowledge of the features and functionality of
the iPhone to any user whether novice, experienced, or expert. The information provided
is extremely detailed which should satisfy the expert user of the iPhone. The tips
and notes allow the reader to take caution where appropriate in the setup and use
of the iPhone. The authors have a balanced approach to the task of training the reader
on the iPhone.
- What to Expect
- The iPhone is a spectacular
handheld device with features and ease of use that will thrill even the experienced
mobile phone devotee. Making calls, managing contacts and appointments, playing
and videos, taking pictures, surfing the web, sending email are all included in the
functionality of the device. Apple has definitely maintained the reputation of innovative
technology with the release of the iPhone. It appeals to the technology-minded experts
as well as those who would prefer high functionality that is easy to use.
With all the functionality available
on the iPhone, it's likely that most iPhone owners would miss some of the features.
Not so, if you are using this book.
My criticism is that in reading
it in one sitting, I found the repetition of instructions somewhat boring at certain
points. When I would have liked to have had the instructions repeated, I had to
search back through the text to find the reference which was not an easy task. Apparently,
the authors and I didn't agree on which instructions were worth repeating. The organization
of the book is not easily conducive to just picking a topic and learning everything
about that topic. The authors have assumed an order for providing information about
the iPhone that may be difficult to use for those who have prioritized their use
of the iPhone in a different way than that of the authors.
- The highlight of the book
is that it is possible to know how to use all the functionality of the iPhone without
personal technology support (or giving up and letting the iPhone sit unused and retreating
back to the familiarity of the multiple old devices). The authors have demystified
all of the hype around the incredible wizardry of the iPhone and actually made it
possible for beginners to have a shot at the full use of the features. It gives
even the novice a feeling of being a technology expert who has just selected the
iPhone as the next toy to conquer.
- Mac Guild Grade
- B+ (Great)
- Final Words
- It's always tempting to either
believe all the hype over a new product or to doubt that there is anything new to
rave about. The iPhone is one of those technological advances that seems to have
an incredible architecture and design, and functionality that is easy to master.
It appeals to a wide audience that includes the somewhat hesitant, technology phobic
individual as well as the technology savvy. The authors provide a good balance of
what is myth and what is reality about the iPhone. The book provides extensive instructions
that would allow the reader to satisfactorily setup the iPhone for use without personal
technical support. I consider this a plus, since one often needs personal technical
support at critical moments where circumstances do not allow access to technical
support. Additionally, the authors include expert level ideas and instructions for
the maximum use of the iPhone functionality and features that even the more experienced
reader can learn from. I was introduced to the iPhone by an avid fan, and I have
now test-driven the iPhone. I believe this book to be essential in both determining
whether to buy the iPhone, or once purchased, to make the most out of the investment.
It is hard to decide, without actually holding an iPhone and walking through some
of the tutorials, whether the subject of the book or the actual iPhone is the more