iPhone: The Missing Manual
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: August 2007
Pages: 304

As you'd expect of Apple, the iPhone is gorgeous. iPhone: The Missing Manual is a book as breathtaking as its subject. Teeming with high-quality color graphics, each custom designed page helps you accomplish specific tasks -- everything from Web browsing to watching videos. Written by New York Times columnist and Missing Manual series creator David Pogue, this book shows you how to get the most out of your new Apple iPhone.

The name iPhone may be doing Apple a disservice. This machine is so packed with possibilities that the cellphone may actually be the least interesting part. The iPhone is at least three products merged into one: a phone, a wide-screen iPod and a wireless, touch-screen Internet communicator. The iPhone's beauty alone may be enough for you to dig for your credit cards, but its Mac OS X-based software makes it not so much a smartphone as something out of the film "Minority Report."

The real magic, however, awaits when you browse the Web. You get to see the entire Web page on the iPhone's screen. All of this is cooked up with Apple's traditional secret sauce of simplicity, intelligence and whimsy.

Written by New York Times columnist and Missing Manual series creator David Pogue, iPhone: The Missing Manual shows you everything they need to know to get the most out of your new Apple iPhone. Full of humor, tips, tricks, and surprises, this book teaches you how to extend iPhone's usefulness by exploiting its links to the Web as well as its connection to Macs or PCs; how to save money using Internet-based messages instead of phone calls; and how to fill the iPhone with TV shows and DVDs for free.

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5.0

iPhone The Missing Manual--Superb

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This was the same for me. This was also my first missing manuals series and i love it.

 
5.0

Great Book

By Buffie Cole

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What a great book! Very easy to understand. Can't wait for 2.0 to come out.

 
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iPhone The Missing Manual, Superb

By Maria O. Arguello

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If you have never read a book from the Missing Manual series, you probably cannot appreciate how quickly and thoroughly you can learn about your computer products from one of them. I've had this copy of iPhone: The Missing Manual since it came out this summer, around the same time that the iPhone did. I've held on to it, waiting to buy an iPhone. I now have one and this book has been so helpful getting me up and running, and giving me tips and tricks for making my iPhone experience more enjoyable.

As in all Missing Manuals, there is no CD. The book's binding allows you to lay the book flat without assistance or breaking the spine. Why don't they all do that?

As usual, the Index is the book's strength. You can count on quickly finding any topic you want to learn about. Its manageable size won't scare anybody, although some of the Missing Manual books are tomes. The many color illustrations are so beautiful that you'd think you were looking at the iPhone itself. This book is easy to understand because David Pogue is a master of keeping complex ideas simple.

A personal experience, close to home: While the above review is based on the book itself, I must relate a personal anecdote: David Pogue is an avid fan of Macintosh User Groups and I've had the opportunity and privilege of getting to know him personally. I love his humor and his professionalism in everything he does. One evening as I was reading the book I saw my name listed on page 227 as one of his contacts in an illustration addressing sync conflicts that arise when you edit a phone number or an appointment since the last sync. My phone number given is fictitious, but that's definitely my name! Imagine my surprise. I felt honored. I emailed him right away and he humorously responded, "I figured you wouldn't sue me." What a guy.

 
5.0

Fantastic book!

By laavista

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This is one of the best books I've purchased! It covers basics and lots of tips and techniques. Fantastic!

 
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Aptly Named

By ChrisD

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I am big fan of the Missing Manual Series; and am even a bigger fan of my iPhone. Frankly, I found the iPhone to be so intuitive that I did not think I needed a manual, but... after picking up this aptly named title, I found there were all sorts of tid-bits I did not know. For anyone new to an iPhone who wants to get up to speed quickly, this is the book to get. For those who know the iPhone inside-out, David Pogue offers some neat shortcuts, third-party app recommendations and cool websites to dig even deeper into the iPhone's endless possibilities.

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A must for every iPhone owner.

By Albert Pratts

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This book is must for every iPhone owner. Another excellent work by David Pogue. Lots of tricks and has a very good troubleshooting section.

 
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What Apple should be packaging with the iPhone

By N Sharp

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Disappointed with the very small set of instructions that came with my iPhone, I went to my local bookstore to find a user guide for my new toy. I found the "iPhone: The Missing Manual" book, and I knew I'd found what I was looking for. David Pogue and his writing team have a way of wrapping the most useful information about a product into a compact, well-written, and humorous manual. The book was enjoyable to read and contained everything I wanted to learn (and more) about the iPhone. I never knew this new device could be so useful, and I really appreciate all the links to the various web apps. Thanks for a very well-written guide!

 
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iPhone TMM: Delightful Details

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Whether you've already invested in Apple's incredibly innovative iPhone, or are still contemplating this model versus the next, David Pogue, New York Times columnist and Mac enthusiast, has once again produced a "must have" handbook to get the most out of this treasure. This publication is the 17th in his Missing Manual series (www.missingmanuals.com) building on his tradition of illustrating details, hacks, workarounds, tutorials, humor, and flaws.

A quick look at the Table of Contents shows the thoroughness of this book:

Part 1: The iPhone as Phone

Chapter 1: The Guided Tour

Chapter 2: Phone Calls

Chapter 3: Fancy Phone Tricks

Part 2: The iPhone as iPod

Chapter 4: Music and Video

Chapter 5: Photos and Camera

Part 3: The iPhone Online

Chapter 6: Getting Online

Chapter 7: The Web

Chapter 8: Email

Chapter 9: Maps and Apps

Part 4: Beyond iPhone

Chapter 10: iTunes for iPhoners

Chapter 11: Syncing the iPhone

Chapter 12: Add-Ons: Accessories and Web Apps

Chapter 13: Settings

Part 5: Appendixes

Appendix A: Setup and Signup

Appendix B: Troubleshooting and Maintenance

Index

In a style which is refreshinigly candid, occasionally tongue-in-cheek, brilliantly entertaining and always educational, David patiently and deliberately walks the reader through the opening impressions directly into the meaty productivity details. Punctuated by insightful tips, notes, colors and caveats, to call it a "page turner" would be an understatement. Liberally illustrated with great photos, instructive graphics and loads of screen shots from the iPhone, his points are easy to understand and apply quickly.

While there are many parts of the book that are quite obvious in using the iPhone, every chapter seems to have a few tidbits that are really worth reading. It is amazing that David was able to, in such a short time, compile all the small hints that make you once again say to yourself ". . . this is one cool phone!" Of particular note are the explanations of all the settings that can configure the iPhone to work the way you want it to. Many of these settings truly enhance the iPhone experience.

The part of the book that seemed repetitive were the chapter on using iTunes and the Appendix on Setup and Signup. Both of these chapters, while thorough, really don't add a lot to the iPhones use. Perhaps if right after the Introduction, rather than two-thirds the way through, Setup and Signup would have seemed more appropriate. Most people investing in the iPhone will likely already be iTunes users, and there is little point in reading about the Setup process again once you've been through it.

David always seems to add a humorous twist on rather dry facts, everything from initial setup to advanced features, you never feel like you are reading a training manual. Covering all the basic and advanced features with an in-depth instruction book, he leads you from feature to feature as you quickly walk through it. David also makes a strong push on informing readers about the Add-Ons made possible through the use of Safari and AJAX-driven webpages. Everything from a gas prices to movie show times, and to-do list making, he was able to show readers very quickly some of the best resources that are currently available.

Even if you've had your iPhone for awhile and think you have mastered it, a trick here and a hint there is bound to save time. The book is definitely worth the read. I highly recommend it.

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Secrets & Mysteries

By Rich Koster

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If iPhone is the "Jesus phone" as some have dubbed it, then David Pogue has written the "iPhone Bible." All the secrets, hidden mysteries and shortcuts about the iPhone will be revealed to you in "iPhone: The Missing Manual" -- in a complete and entertaining way.

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