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My New iPad 2 Book Review
By: wubayou
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    2011-07-25

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    If you are lucky enough to be an owner of the iPad 2, but are unsure how to master its vast set of features, the book My New iPad 2 by best-selling author Wallace Wang can help you get on track. Itís not a manual written for tech experts. Instead, My New iPad 2 is a lighthearted look at what the new tablet device has to offer, and how you can put it to use. While the book is very informative, itís also entertaining, thanks to Wangís occasional injections of comedy that come from his work as a standup comic.

    If Wallace Wang deserves credit for one thing in this book, itís the logical order in which it is laid out.  You begin with the absolute basics and progress to more complex topics.  With that being said, there is nothing overly complex about My New iPad 2, so donít be worried if you are a total newbie who is unfamiliar with tech jargon.

    The first five chapters of the book make up what is called the Basic Training portion.  This is where you get your feet wet with the absolute basics of the iPad 2.  Chapter 1 focuses on turning your iPad on and off, putting it to sleep, and adjusting Airplane mode.  Chapter 2 is quite important, as it deals with your iPadís battery and how to conserve it.  Chapters 3-5 start getting into the iPadís controls, both physical and virtual.  Here you will learn tips on adjusting the volume and brightness, using the multi-touch display, and how to get the most out of your virtual keyboard. 

    Once youíre finished with the first five chapters and are acclimated with the iPad 2, the bookís second section moves into some administrative features.  In Chapter 6, you learn how to customize your home screen to fit your style.  Chapters 7 and 8 deal with security issues in the form of parental controls and setting passcodes.  Chapter 9 changes things up a bit, as you learn about configuring your Wi-Fi or 3G settings to help you get connected to the net.  The section wraps up with a discussion on apps and how to install them, delete them, etc.

    The third section of My New iPad 2 is all about the internet.  Youíll get familiar with the Safari browser and learn how to navigate, use bookmarks, print pages, and more.  The latter part of the section centers on email.  Here, you will see the steps to set up email accounts and take advantage of the various functions of your inbox.

    The iPad 2 is loaded with entertainment features, and the fourth section covers them all.  Chapter 15 is all about transferring media to your iPad 2 in the form of songs, videos, photos, e-books, and more.  The next chapter discusses iTunes and the iBookstore as places for you to purchase additional content on the go.  Chapters 17-19 offer tips on using the tablet to listen to music, watch videos, and read e-books.  The sectionís final two chapters deal with the iPad 2ís camera, and how you can use it to take photos, record videos, and chat with FaceTime.

    The iPad 2 isnít all fun and games, as it can be used to help keep you organized and productive as well.  The fifth section, dubbed ďOrganizing Yourself,Ē tells you how to use your iPad 2 for productivity.  There are various tips on using the tablet to take notes, store contacts, and keep important dates via the calendar.  You also get some tips on using the maps feature to get around.

    The final section offers additional tips that might appeal to more advanced users.  It begins with ideas on how to make the iPad 2 more accessible through features such as VoiceOver and Closed Captioning.  Chapter 28 helps you in case you ever need to use your tablet in a foreign language.  Chapter 29 lists the best iPad apps that you should download for categories like news and information, entertainment, office productivity, and more.  Finally, Chapter 30 wraps things up with a reference section on troubleshooting any problems you may have.  Out of all the chapters, the final one is likely to be accessed the most.  In that sense, you could consider it your tabletís lifesaver. 

    Now that you see the topics covered in My New iPad 2, letís discuss how the book conveys the information.  There are 30 chapters stretched over 280 pages, so the information is concise, yet clear.  The concise nature of the layout makes the book ideal for someone who wants something concrete as reference while using the iPad 2.  The language is by no means technical, so beginners wonít need extra references just to read through the pages. 

    To help you visualize the concepts, the author adds illustrations that are easy to follow.  There are plenty of tips interspersed throughout the book that you can add to your iPad knowledge arsenal as well.  Some of them are not the most obvious, so even intermediate users can make use of My New iPad 2ís content. 

    With that being said, this is not a book for iPad experts.  If you owned the original iPad and are looking for something very technical or supremely in-depth, you could be underwhelmed.  My New iPad 2 is basically written for beginners who are not too familiar with iOS or the iPad itself.  Itís an excellent tool to use because of the wide variety of topics it covers.  Thereís basically no stone left unturned.  After reading the book, you should have a solid overall knowledge of how to operate your iPad 2 correctly.  Even if you forget all that youíve learned, you can keep the book handy as a quick one-stop shop for reference.


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