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While the iPad is simple as slicing butter with a hot knife for some, others wouldn’t even know how to wake it from sleep. That’s who Wallace Wang wrote “>My New iPad for. Helping with the basics such as syncing and sharing photos, calendars, and contact information, readers will be effective with their new tablet within a few minutes of opening the cover this No Starch Press book. Wang shows in easy to follow screen captures and well written instructions how to set up email, shop for music or video in iTunes, books in iBooks, how to rearrange icons and change wallpaper, as well as setting parental controls and privacy settings. My New iPad even shows one how to edit Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents using Apple’s iWorks suite of tools for the iPad.
Apple has done extremely well in putting the power of a smartphone into millions of peoples hands, most of whom have never had anything more than a standard cellular phone, bringing powerful tools with ease to the masses. The Cupertino-based company that invented the personal computer now hopes to bring that type of revolution to millions with its innovative tablet. Much like the iPhone but oddly different, the iPad may be a jewel buried deep in the hills to many. A large collection of iPhone users only use the basics of the wunder-phone never really knowing the potential of what they have in their hand. The iPad suffers from the same “blessing”. Wang has written a book that completely removes the mystery of the iPad and holds the hand of the timid first-time iPad user revealing features that one may have never discovered on their own.
I was impressed with My New iPad not from the view of being educated, as I already knew of every subject touched, but from a newbie stance. This book would be perfect for my mother who is a technical person but not a technology one. She’s not dumb, far from it, but she didn’t grow up in the Digital Age as I have. This book would walk her through everything she would need to get the most out of an iPad, even web browsing which she does in a limited way on her iPhone. The way the book is written and aided by the screen captures is excellent. She couldn’t go wrong. I easily could see the flow of Wang’s writing and never once did I ever think I was reading a dry and clinical user manual. Even as a user that knows this stuff inside and out, I was interested in what Wang had to write.
If you have a friend or family member considering an iPad but just doesn’t “know” if they are ready to make the leap from computer to tablet or they are just intimated by the whole idea, get this book and put it front of them. It will be well worth the $25 investment. It’ll serve them far better than any cheap plastic case at the same price.