By Tommy JohnstonI was in the Apple store and glanced at a book in the shuffle, while waiting in line to check out. I went over and looked at it as my brother held our place in line. The first page I opened to gave me helpful advice. I thought to myself, “This would be a good book to review for GRAMUG. The Book I am referring to is called “iPhone the Missing Manual”
by David Pogue.
On the cover of the book there is a little side note that says “The Book that should have been in the Box.” I totally agree with this statement. The book gave some really helpful hints and features on using the iPhone. For instance I was a little annoyed by the keyboard. Having to switch to the number keyboard just to use a symbol or number.I then had to switch back to the Letter keyboard. I wish it had a shift key or something like a real keyboard. Come to find it does. You press the new keyboard key to switch between modes, while still holding the key, and then move your finger to the symbol or number you want. Then let go of the key. It will give you a number or symbol and bring you right back to the letter keyboard.
I thought to myself “How cool is that?”. Something else I learned was that you you can resend a message you had already sent to someone. You can resend it to the same person or change the person you’re sending to. If you just know the quick and easy key commands to get started. There is no key or drop down menu like in your e-mail program. But it can be done if you know how to do it.
The Book is broken down into five parts each with their own chapters. Each one was great and helpful. I learned a couple of new tips from each one. Some that I will use now all the time, like the two I mentioned above. Others I set as I was reading the book. A third category of tips will come in handy from time to time. I know I will refer back to the book I am sure.
The book is broken down as follows:
Part 1 (the Phone)
Chapter 1: In Chapter 1 you learn how to use the iPhone as a phone. You learn things like Basic Finger types, charging the phone, where the buttons are,where the head site jacks are located, and how to use the phones four main buttons as well as the keyboard.
Chapter 2: In Chapter 2 you are given a brief tour of how to make and receive calls. Adding them in to your contacts, address book for iPhone, Some thing you will also learn is how to make a favorites list of the contacts you call the most.
Chapter 3: This is the part of the book where you learn tips on sending a text message.It covers using the visual voice mail. You also learn things like call forwarding, and using blue tooth. A few other handy tricksmake this recommended reading.
Part 2 (the iPod)
Chapter 4: This Chapter takes a look at the basic features of the iPod built into the iPhone. much like any other iPod manual. It helps you adapt to using the touch screen controls.
Chapter 5: After reading this chapter you learn how to use the built-in camera that comes with the iPhone. It also gives a tour of the camera features of the phone,
Part 3 (Online)
Chapter 6: Chapter six is a good starting point for getting online use the AT&T Edge network. It also covers using the WIFI feature , as well as how to switch between the two. You will also learn a few other tips like how to put your iPhone on airport mode.
Chapter 7: This chapter is devoted on how to use the features of the mobile edition of the Safari web browser.
Chapter 8: This chapter takes a look at how to use e-mail on the phone.
Chapter 9: This chapter explains the integrated Google map feature of the iPhone. It also goes into some detail about the other apps of the iPhone like the calculator, stock ticker, and note pad applications.
Part 4 (Beyond the iPhone)
Chapter 10: This chapter covers such topics as : getting music for your iPhone, and making play lists on the iPhone itself.
Chapter 11: Now that you’ve mastered the basics of using the iPhone, this chapter tells you how to sync up your content. It outlines how to use iTunes to sync up your music, video, and iCal calendars.
Chapter 12: This chapter looks at applications that do not come with an iPhone. These applications offer features, or pleasant diversions, you can’t get with the built in software. It uses examples of some web applications that come in handy. For instance, a web based iChat-like program. Lastly it offers some tips on protecting your iPhone.
Chapter 13: If you like to dive into every nook and cranny of the iPhone, this is the chapter for you. It goes into detail about all kinds of settings on the iPhone. With it’s help you can customize the iPhone for the way you want it to behave.
Part 5 (Appendix)
Every book has an appendix. This book is no different. Like any other appendix it is a quick alphabetical quick reference to the contents of this book.
I recommend picking up this book. It is a good book for every iPhone user to have. If you used it for nothing else but a reference learn the many features of the phone. For some the helpful hints alone justify the purchase of the book. It truly lives up to the premise that it’s the manual that should have been in the box. It is an indispensable reference to any feature or setting on your iPhone . It is just too bad that there is not a pocket reference version. That would come in handy.
Posted: Monday, December 31st, 2007