iPhone UK: The Missing Manual

As far as judging books by their covers go, this one actually works very well. The book provides a nice concise introduction to using the iPhone, and discusses everything you'd want to know about how to use the device. Although there isn't much in the book you couldn't figure out for yourself, it's nice to have a complete guide to what you can do. Being semi-official, with Apple being involved at least to provide proper screenshots, and providing review hardware for the authors, the book doesn't touch on any of the slightly less official areas of iPhone use, such as the use of jailbreaking software etc., but that's an area moving so fast that any book would be out of date within a couple of months.

The book feels very conversational, and is a very pleasant read, although if you've already used an iPhone, you may feel the urge to skip quite fast through some areas. You will probably however find a few things that you didn't already know, and coupled with the book's low price, I certainly recommend it if you want to get the most out of the (official) side of using your iPhone, but don't expect anything in the way of redefining your use of the device.

Score: 8 out of 10

David Miles


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