Sunday, February 27, 2011

Book Review: Using iPhone

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

GigaOM: Take the Setup Out of iOS Device Holiday Gifting

For this article I wrote for GigaOM/TheAppleBlog, I cover tips and tricks for new iOS device setup to make the holidays go a bit smoother

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Book Review: Teach yourself VISUALLY iPad

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.

Moreover, many topics included were either irrelevant to intended audience of extremely basic iPad users or were advanced concepts that would confuse and frustrate new users. An example would be covering such items as rating iTunes store content which is very easy, to a more difficult concept such as usage of javascript.

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

Sunday, February 06, 2011

GigaOM: Which Tablet Is Best? iPad vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab

In this article again for TheAppleBlog/GigaOM, I compare the iPad with the Samsung Galaxy Tablet to determine which is better. The answer may surprise you