Wednesday, April 15, 2009

iPhone: The Missing Manual Second Edition

Author: David Pogue

First line: If you'd never seen all the videos and photos of the iPhone, and you found it lying on someone's desk, you might not guess that it's a phone (let alone an iPod/Web browser/alarm clock/stopwatch/voice recorder/musical instrument).

Why you should read this book: Billed as "The book that should have been in the box (R)", this is a guide for digital immigrants--users over the age of thirty who harbor some essential distrust of modern electronics and are reluctant to play with new devices for fear of breaking them. If that description fits you, and you feel you are not getting the most out of your iPhone, this book will offer helpful hints about taking photos, forwarding your calls, understanding the meaning of the word "app", and removing plastic wrap and headphones to get the most out of your speakers, as well as demystify more complicated functions. Easy to read, not too condescending, with copious illustrations.

Why you shouldn't read this book: You don't have an iPhone. (Um...why did I read this book?)

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