Palm Pre: The Missing Manual
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: August 2009
Pages: 288

If you've got your hands on this year's hottest new smartphone, you'll want the book that covers it inside and out: Palm Pre: The Missing Manual. This beautiful, full-color book from USA Today personal-technology columnist Ed Baig will help you go from newcomer to expert in no time.

The maker of the legendary Palm Pilot is back on center stage with a smartphone that lets you browse the Web, listen to music, watch video, view pictures, and a lot more. Palm Pre: The Missing Manual provides you with everything you need to know to get the most out of this amazing mobile tool.

  • Get to know the touchscreen, and learn to navigate by tapping, swiping, dragging, flicking, and pinching
  • Link your contacts, merge calendars, combine email accounts, and more by syncing your phone over the Web
  • Stay in touch with other people by using the Pre as a full-featured phone and organizer
  • Use it for email, texting, chatting, and as an efficient web browser
  • Take advantage of the Pre as a complete media center to store, sort, play, stream music and video, and sync with iTunes
  • Take and view photos, import images, and share them with others

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3.0

Downloading Applications iss not covered

By Old Al

from Bethesda

About Me Educator

Pros

    Cons

    • Not comprehensive enough

    Best Uses

    • New owner
    • Novice

    Comments about O'Reilly Media Palm Pre: The Missing Manual:

    There are many good things about the book but'''

    The discussion of how to download and install applications is ...MISSING!!!

    There is no information at all about how to do it. Nor are the sources for downloads covered.

    There is no errata or update information on the web. This appears to be a book that was well written before the product was released but also a book that has been abandoned.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    A must-have for any Palm Pre owner

    By Fozz

    from Salt Lake City, UT

    About Me Developer, Maker, Sys Admin

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Concise
    • Easy to understand
    • Fun
    • Helpful examples
    • Well-written
    • Witty

    Cons

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      • Novice

      Comments about O'Reilly Media Palm Pre: The Missing Manual:

      I'll start by saying that this book-- Palm Pre, The Missing Manual-- is amust-have for any new Palm Pre owner. Sure, the pamphlet that comes withthe Palm Pre is adequate for getting you started and on your way, but thereare so many figurative nooks and crannies in the operation of the Palm Prethat you won't even know about unless you've happened across them byaccident or you've read this book.I've owned a Palm Pre since the first week it was available. A long-timeuser of older Palm smartphones such as the Treo line and Centro, I enthusiastically and anxiously followed the the technology news about theforthcoming Pre. The concept of Synergy -- the Pre's software mechanism forcollecting data from various online sources such as GMail and Facebook intocentralized databases on the phone -- was incredibly appealing andfrightening at the same time. I often wondered if Palm really could pull itoff or if the Pre was going to be Palm's dying gasp and I would be left tothe mediocrity of Windows Mobile or Blackberry or the cult of conformationusing Apple's iPhone. Thankfully, my experience with the Pre has given me hope. Being an earlyadopter, I've had my shares of bumps along the way, but generally, the Preis an awesome device. Now that the Palm App Catalog is filling up with new,exciting applications and there's talk of more operating system updates onthe horizon, I'm really enjoying myself with the Pre. Let's get back to the book. Edward C. Baig's book seems fairly typical fora "Missing Manual" book. It is fairly short, witty, funny, and packed fullof valuable information interspersed with plenty of callouts to "tips" and"notes" along the way.The book is extremely easy to read and shouldn't intimidate those who arenowhere nearly as geeky as me. My daughter was easily digesting the bookbefore I started reading it she's nine years old. Had I had this book the first week I owned a Pre, it would have saved mesome frustration figuring out the best way to get my contacts and calendardata onto the Pre. Palm Pre, The Missing Manual is available directly from O'Reilly andAssociates and probably from any of your favorite online booksellers. TheMSRP is[$]

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