My iPhone by Brad Miser
I had been using the basic features on my iPhone intuitively… flipping once in a while through the thin booklet and the PDF file that Apple provides as a user manual. After a month, I decided that to make the most out of my purchase I had to more proactively learn about all the features.
The presentation in this book is clean and stylish. It’s also very clear — THE INSTRUCTIONS are detailed and ACCOMPANIED BY SCREENSHOTS, which are LABELED WITH NUMBERS that correspond to each step. There’s no way to get lost.
It’s comprehensive. For instance, there’s a section on iTunes and iPod, which is especially useful for the complete novice who need step-by-step instructions about building playlists, finding podcasts, etc. (The Dummies book is limited in this area; there’s a separate “iPod & iTunes for Dummies” book.)
If you’re already familiar with certain features or there are some you’re not interested in learning about, the book is arranged in such a way that you can skip ahead or hop from one section to another. There’s an index, of course, but the Table of Contents is as helpful because the headings and subheadings are straightforward, instead of cutesy titles.
The only thing that the Dummies book has extra is a list of ten web resources at the end. They probably have more informational nuggets spread around, but I personally found it unencouraging to wade through all the text. In this book (My iPhone), every page has screenshots and you can see every step illustrated — it’s very visual.
I found a typo on page 94 (“Inlcude” for “Include”), and the iPhone seems to have added a few modifications to the map functions since it first came out. You can find out about those on page 81 of Apple’s PDF guide. No biggies. The traffic icon is no longer a car, and there’s an icon for finding your approximate location on the map you’re looking at.