Sunday, February 27, 2011
The “Using” series is a newer product by Que Publishing that extends the book’s reach to the web by including a full online version of the book supplemented by online audio and video. This is a great resource for an iPhone due to the hands on nature of the product.
This particular book does a great job of covering the key aspects of iPhone usage geared towards beginners to either the iPhone or the iPhone 4 operating system. The items applicable just to the iPhone 4 were clearly marked.
The flow of the book was to present a topic, let the reader practice the topic at hand, and when necessary enhance their learning with online supplements keeping the book relevant and timely.
Rather than being a how-to guide, this book’s focus is all about showing and doing. Intermediate iPhone users will find the book too basic to find it useful and lacking in killer tips and tricks, but beginners will really appreciate the step by step instructions for each aspect of the iPhone and the included apps by Apple.
Overall a great beginner book
Pros: Clear instructions supplemented by online content presented in a work-along manner
Cons: Very basic
4.5 out of 5 dogcows
Article was republished by the Lawrence Apple User's Group 2.0 here as well as other groups listed on the right
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Teach yourself VISUALLY iPad was about the silliest computer book I’ve ever read. While I am open minded to cute cartoons and graphics to explain difficult concepts, this book was a glorified comic book rather than a helpful computer manual. If you remove the graphics, there is very little content in this book.
Overall, this book talked down to the reader more than any “dummy” or “idiot” series. The cartoons and graphics were extremely distracting and created a busy layout that made it near impossible to find the information you needed.
Every page was a visual explosion of cutesy graphics such that half way through the book I wanted to watch SpongeBob just so I could feel like an adult again.
A child would love this book, an adult should take a pass and either simply purchase a comic book or buy a real guide. This book is an awkward spot between the two.
2 out of 5 dogcows