Authors: Edward C. Baig and Bob LeVitus

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc

ISBN: 978-1-118-49823-1 (PBK) ISBN: 978-1-118-49799-9 (EBK)

After debating with myself for several months if I really needed an iPad, I finally succumbed and along with the one hundred million other iPad owners purchased an Apple's third generation iPad.

And even though I did own an iPod, I still felt insecure about the operation of my newest electronic toy. Without hesitation I looked to my old friend a For Dummies book and in particular iPad For Dummies 5th Edition to tutor me in the ins and outs of this awesome gadget with its striking Retina display. I wasn't disappointed with this excellent user's guide.

Once again The Fifth Edition follows the usual For Dummies format in that it contains dozens of useful goodies and explanations enabling the reader to get the most out of the iPad and in addition technical jargon is kept to a minimum. As noted in the introduction, the manual makes generous use of numbered steps, bullet lists, and pictures. Web addresses are shown in a special monofont typeface. Also included are a few sidebars enabling the reader to further research particular topics. Noteworthy is that you can jump around from one topic to another and concentrate on only those issues that may have particular interest to you.

The book divides itself into six principal sections: Getting to know your iPad, The Internet iPad, The Multimedia Ipad, The iPad at Work, The Undiscovered iPad and The Part of Tens. Each of these sections subdivides into several topics that include familiarizing yourself with the iPad's buttons, operations, surfing the web with the Safari web browser, how to use your iPad for music, video, movies, and photos, purchasing and using apps from the iTunes store, setting up your preferences with the iPad's internal settings, troubleshooting and favorite apps.

Icons appearing in left margins are used throughout the book. These round pictures provide tips, shortcuts, recommendations, stuff to retain, technical information, warnings, and what is new and improved with the 3rd generation iPad.

Before skipping around, I highly recommend you begin with the first section that explores the big picture while touring the outside of the iPad and checking out its applications. From here you may want to leap to Part V where you will find several pages devoted to arranging your settings and in particular explaining airplane mode, network preparation, Bluetooth, uncovering usage statistics, setting notifications, figuring out your location, sounds and screen brightness and finding a lost iPad.

If you are into purchasing accessories, you may want to refer to Chapter Seventeen where you will find information concerning Apple cases, keyboards, chargers. Apple connection options (camera, TV, and projector), earphones, headphones, and headsets, speakers, third party cases, other protection produces and miscellaneous other accessories.

Some of the sections containing “goodies” include Chapter Eighteen where listed and explained are ten appetizing and free apps and chapter thirteen where you have a complete rundown of indispensable iPad utilities such as notes, reminders, sizing up social media and using a hotspot. Another captivating chapter is Fourteen where there is an excellent explanation as to how iPad Siri operates. This is the intelligent voice-activated virtual personal assistant and as described, lives like a genie inside the latest iPad that not only hears what you have to say, but also attempts to figure out the intent of your words.

Once again a For Dummies user's guide has done a masterful job in covering a multitude of topics providing an excellent and invaluable resource with its intelligent approach to the workings of the iPad. The authors, Edward C. Baig and Bob LeVitus have done a superb job in organizing the material and have produced a book that readers will not only find useful but also entertaining.

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