BlackBerry For Dummiesby Robert Kao, Dante Sarigumba
Is your BlackBerry (or the one you’re thinking about getting) a full-fledged PDA (Personal Data Assistant), a hand-held mini-computer, a high-tech organizer, or a cell phone? The answer is yes. It’s all of those and more. Whether you’re considering getting a BlackBerry and want to know what it can do for you or whether you own one and want to
Is your BlackBerry (or the one you’re thinking about getting) a full-fledged PDA (Personal Data Assistant), a hand-held mini-computer, a high-tech organizer, or a cell phone? The answer is yes. It’s all of those and more. Whether you’re considering getting a BlackBerry and want to know what it can do for you or whether you own one and want to learn how it can do more, this is the BlackBerry book to pick. It provides explanations of core BlackBerry features plus real-world tips and tricks to help you get more out of e-mail, Web browsing, phone functions, business applications, utilities, and even games. In proven For Dummies style with lots of screen shots and step-by-step explanations, it includes:
- Info on personalizing your BlackBerry, using AutoText, customizing your screen, choosing what it alerts you to (and how), and more
- Basic key commands for navigating with the trackwheel and the QWERTY keyboard (or the SureType keyboard on some models), complete with a table of 15 Home Screen shortcuts
- Info on using your Address Book, Calendar (for appointments and meetings), and the Tasks application
- Tips for making notes with MemoPad and taking advantage of the built-in calculator
From those basics, BlackBerry For Dummies guides you through getting online with your BlackBerry and using it for:
- E-mail, with info on sending, opening, and filtering it, viewing attachments (including JPEGS, Word docs, PowerPoint slides, Excel spreadsheets, and more), customizing your e-mail, and more
- Sending and receiving PIN-to-PIN messages, viewing text messages, and using Instant Messaging, complete with list of more that 50 commonly used abbreviations so text messaging doesn’t take 4E (forever) and a table with more than 40 emoticons or smileys so you can catch on (and communicate) fast and clearly
- Surfing the Web, with info on browser shortcuts and navigation tips, using bookmarks, customizing and optimizing your browser, downloading and installing applications from the Web, and more
- Using the phone, including call waiting, call forwarding, voice mail, speed dial, conferencing, and multitasking
There’s a section on working with Desktop Manager, including using Intellisync, accessing and using the Application Loader, controlling your e-mail with Redirector settings, and protecting all your information. There’s even a companion Web site with up-to-date coverage of all BlackBerry models and the latest accessories, plus links and news.
BlackBerry For Dummies helps you use your BlackBerry efficiently (and impressively), and that makes you more productive. No matter where you are, you can be in control, in touch, and in vogue with your BlackBerry.
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Meet the Author
Robert Kao is one well-rounded professional. His ability to translate his technical knowledge and communicate in many languages with users of all types inevitably led him to develop BlackBerry applications for various financial firms in New York City — that truly global city. A graduate of Columbia University — with a Computer Engineering degree, of course — he currently lives in Somerset, NJ.
Dante Sarigumba has been working with computers for over 13 years. Currently, he’s writing BlackBerry applications for a major investment bank in New York. With his engineering background, he’s been a longtime gizmo enthusiast, which probably explains his interest in BlackBerries. He writes applications for the BlackBerry platform in his spare time (believe it or not) and writes the occasional article for the BlackBerry Developer Journal.
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Although the Tour isn't included in this book, it still works for this model. I upgraded to my BB Tour after having a Palm Treo 800w & needed a resource to guide me thru the MANY apps & functions--and not being Windows-based like the Treo, things weren't as "normal" as I was used to. This book proved very helpful. Many of the teeny-tiny icons of indiv keys throughout the book are difficult to see/read, but that didn't make for a negative experience. I'm a very visual person, so I would liked to have seen more pictures, but it wasn't a big deal really. Overall I'm very happy with this book & wouldn't be as adept with using my new favorite gadget as I am without it! Kudos to the authors. Worth the $18 member price paid.
Blackberry for Dummies by Robert Kao and Dante Sarigumba gives you a very basic introduction to the Blackberry, but it left me still wanting more. The book covers the built in Smartphone functions, such as contacts, calendar, to dos, phone and browser. It also covers multimedia features such as the camera, music, video and GPS. The part of tens, a feature of the "For Dummies" series, reviews Blackberry accessories, applications, games and websites optimized for viewing on a mobile phone. In conclusion, Blackberry for Dummies is a great starter manual for Blackberry users who need basic information on where to begin and what to do. If this is your first Blackberry, then this is the book for you. I had to go onto the web to find more technical and advanced help for the Blackberry such as www.blackberry.com forums, www.cranberry.com and RIM's site.
Truly written for "dummies" but not in a bad way! Easily understandable and well organized.