Galaxy S II: The Missing Manual
The book that should have been in the box
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: December 2011
Pages: 436

Unlock the potential of Samsung's Galaxy S II with this jargon-free guide from technology guru Preston Gralla. You’ll quickly learn how to shoot high-res photos and HD video, keep your schedule, stay in touch, and enjoy your favorite media. Every page is packed with illustrations and valuable advice to help you get the most from the smartest phone in town. (Note: This book does not cover the Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, and later models.)

The important stuff you need to know:

  • Get dialed in. Learn your way around the Galaxy S II’s calling and texting features.
  • Go online. Browse the Web, manage email, and download apps with Galaxy S II’s 3G/4G network (or create your own hotspot).
  • Master your media. Shoot and share pictures and video, organize and play your music library—and send it wirelessly to your TV or stereo.
  • Be entertained now. Start watching movies and TV shows while they’re still loading.
  • Explore the world. Get news and weather, find a location, and navigate by GPS.
  • Check your schedule. Use the convenient calendar app, and sync it with your Google and Outlook calendars.

Preston Gralla is the author of more than 40 books, including Missing Manuals on Droid X2, Xoom, and Galaxy Tab. He’s the editor of WindowsDevCenter.com and OnDotNet, and a contributing editor to Computerworld.

Table of Contents
Product Details
About the Author
Recommended for You
Customer Reviews

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
oreillyGalaxy S II: The Missing Manual
 
3.5

(based on 2 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

Reviewed by 2 customers

Sort by

Displaying reviews 1-2

Back to top

 
3.0

Best for the overwhelmed

By Tom O

from Baltimore, MD

About Me Designer, Developer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples
  • Well-written

Cons

  • Too basic

Best Uses

  • Novice

Comments about oreilly Galaxy S II: The Missing Manual:

I'll say up front that I was probably not the intended audience for this book. When I get my hands on a phone, I usually don't even acknowledge the other things that come in the box. When I saw this book was available, I had just picked up the Samsung Galaxy S II for Sprint, so I figured I'd give the book a read, and see if it could teach me anything I hadn't found out on my own. There were slight differences between the AT&T version and the Sprint version, but the book still covered the basics well.

The book gave me good introductions to things I haven't used before and had glazed over. It was nice to read about the Media Hub and WiFi Direct, since those are nice connectivity features that aren't really noticed initially. I liked the Google+ mention in the social networking site list, since that's a pretty recent addition. I also really liked the very complete keyboard discussion - I've used Swype and never knew about the editing keyboard until I read this book.

I understand this book steps assumes you're starting at square one, but it's hard to go though the content about creating calendar events, placing calls, and other simpler things. There were also a couple things missing that would've been nice to at least have a mention. Kies isn't touched on, which is another WiFi syncing/updating tool. My largest concern about this book is that the Android operating system frequently changes, and Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) may make some of the content and images out of date. That being said, I did appreciate the generous use of imagery to keep the content clear and organized.

Disclosure: I received a free review copy of this through O'Reilly Media.

 
4.0

Make the Most of Your Samsung Galaxy SII

By shawnday

from Dublin, Ireland

About Me Designer, Developer, Educator

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Accurate
  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples
  • Well-written

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Intermediate
    • Novice
    • Student

    Comments about oreilly Galaxy S II: The Missing Manual:

    The missing manual series continues the fine tradition with the addition of Galaxy S II: The Missing Manual by Preston Gralla. The missing manual series provide a comprehensive guide to emerging technology - technology generally in dire need of just such instruction. The Galaxy S II benefits from Samsung's TouchWiz UI on Android Gingerbread. As such it's currently at the pinnacle of the Android field, offers a superb screen and speedy response. Nonetheless, as with other Android devices there's much hidden power and without instruction most users will not benefit from many features without a guide to lead. Enter the missing manual.

    This missing manual is chock full of useful advice presented as side notes and callouts and makes liberal use screen shots and photos. The manual approaches the use of the phone from a basic to advanced level moving from standard operations such as making a call to use of the addresss book to syncing with desktop devices and the cloud. Each section deals exhaustively with the options available to the user and the comprehensive index allows the guide to be approached as both a tutorial approach and also a pure reference source. The manual is extensive and one of its strengths is that it leaves few stones unturned. It is specific to the Galaxy SII so it has approximately 90% applicability to other Android users and obviously even more so for other Samsung Android users.

    The target audience ranges from new users who are starting to learn how to use their first smartphone to those who may be migrating from a different operating system. There is clear value for existing users who have already gained familiarity with their device but have left areas untapped. It's always surpassing how many users haven't started to tap the Android app marketplace. This manual offers a great tour of the app ecosystem and provides copies advice on how to manage apps once you start to add them to your Galaxy.

    My only personal quibble would have to be with the fact that it is written from the perspective of an AT&T user and this creates some rather slanted advice. However, this is of marginal importance, but one simply wonders why this very single provider information is put into an otherwise universally relevant guide.

    I would recommend this missing manual warmly for nerd users of the smartphone and equally to those wanting to maximize their Android experience.

    Displaying reviews 1-2

    Back to top

     
    Buy 2 Get 1 Free Free Shipping Guarantee
    Buying Options
    Immediate Access - Go Digital what's this?
    Ebook: $15.99
    Formats:  DAISY, ePub, Mobi, PDF
    Print & Ebook: $21.99
    Print: $19.99