Book Review: My New iPad
Quick Mac Tip, 13 March 2011
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I’ve been using an iPad for around 7 months now, and have even written MacTips for it, but still I learned some useful pointers from this book.
Practical, clear instructions
If you’re a fan of MacTips you’ll love this book. It’s down to earth, practical and straightforward. Over the course of 40 brief chapters Wang takes you through anything you could want to know about your iPad.
The screenshots are large and clear. Everything is explained with logical step-by-step directions.
Each chapter begins with a one-page introduction in large type followed by a short list of the things you will need to use for the tasks in that particular chapter. Each chapter explains half a dozen activities with lists of the steps to achieve a particular outcome.
At the end of each chapter are a couple of paragraphs with additional ideas.
Really useful tips
Even though I’ve been using my iPad happily for a while now I still discovered several useful new tips. For example, although I’ve used Google Maps quite often I didn’t know that you could bring up a compass by tapping the location icon twice. Page 277 came up with that.
And although I’ve used Spotlight on the iPad to help me find things I hadn’t ever noticed that there were settings to customise Spotlight. Page 298 revealed that gem.
I also discovered several other really valuable tips that I don’t want to give away here because I intend to write about them as weekend MacTips later.
The final chapters offer a brief rundown of a handful of “best” iPad apps and a troubleshooting guide. Obviously there are hundreds, if not thousands of apps available in the App Store. No book could possibly mention all them. I already use a couple of the apps mentioned, such as GoodReader and Kindle.
The troubleshooting tips are good and practical.
The actual paper the book was printed on seemed of slightly lower quality than I might have liked. Apparently it’s
Abitibi-Bowater Equal 42.5# Smooth. I was happy to overlook that though when I saw that it came from a sustainable forestry initiative with certified fibre sourcing. And after all, useful though the book is, I doubt I’ll want to keep it for ever and ever.
The RepKover binding lets the book lie flat when it’s open.
Overall impression: a useful book
My overall impression of the book was that it was a very useful and worthwhile read. Even as an experienced iPad user I learned new things.
I can hardly wait to share the best tip I learned (about Auto-Correction), but more on that next week.
The font was clear, the screenshots large enough to be useful — rare in a technical book.
I have no quibbles with the book. I didn’t notice anything missing or wrong.
Who the book would be good for
This book would be an excellent read for anyone with a new iPad. Because the iPad shares a lot of its functions with both iPhone and iPod Touch the book would also be very useful for owners of those devices.
The book is available as a paperback for US$24.95 (print book and free ebook), or as an ebook (PDF, Mobi, and ePub) alone for US$19.95. ISBN: 978-1593272876.
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