Droid X: The Missing Manual: The Missing Manual [NOOK Book]


Get the most from your Droid X right away with this entertaining Missing Manual. Veteran tech author Preston Gralla offers a guided tour of every feature, with lots of expert tips and tricks along the way. You'll learn how to use calling and texting features, take and share photos, enjoy streaming music and video, and much more.

Packed with full-color illustrations, this engaging book covers everything from getting started to advanced features ...

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Droid X: The Missing Manual: The Missing Manual

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Get the most from your Droid X right away with this entertaining Missing Manual. Veteran tech author Preston Gralla offers a guided tour of every feature, with lots of expert tips and tricks along the way. You'll learn how to use calling and texting features, take and share photos, enjoy streaming music and video, and much more.

Packed with full-color illustrations, this engaging book covers everything from getting started to advanced features and troubleshooting. Unleash the power of Motorola's hot new device with Droid X: The Missing Manual.

  • Get organized. Import your contacts and sync with Google Calendar and Microsoft Exchange.
  • Go online. Get your phone to act as a portable hotspot or as a modem to get your laptop online.
  • Play music. Purchase music from Amazon and sync your Droid X with Windows Media Player and iTunes.
  • Shoot photos and video. Edit and share your photos, and use them as desktop or icon images. Record video and share it with your friends.
  • Connect to Google Maps. Use geotagging and get turn-by-turn directions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449303921
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/20/2011
  • Series: Missing Manual Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • File size: 40 MB
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Meet the Author

Preston Gralla is the author of more than 40 books that have been translated into 20 languages, including Galaxy S 5 The Missing Manual, Windows 8 Hacks, NOOK HD: The Missing Manual, Galaxy Tab: The Missing Manual, The Big Book of Windows Hacks, How the Internet Works, and How Wireless Works. He is a contributing editor to Computerworld, a blogger for ITWorld, and was a founding editor and then editorial director of PC/Computing, executive editor for CNet/ZDNet, and the founding managing editor of PC Week.He has written about technology for many national newspapers and magazines, including USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Dallas Morning News (for whom he wrote a technology column), PC World, and numerous others. As a widely recognized technology expert, he has made many television and radio appearances, including on the CBS Early Show, MSNBC, ABC World News Now, and National Public Radio. Under his editorship, PC/Computing was a finalist for General Excellence in the National Magazine Awards. He has also won the “Best Feature in a Computing Publication” award from the Computer Press Association.Gralla is also the recipient of a Fiction Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his wife (his two children have flown the coop). He welcomes feedback about his books by email at preston@gralla.com.

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Table of Contents

The Missing Credits; About the Author; About the Creative Team; Acknowledgements; The Missing Manual Series; Introduction; About the Droid X; About This Book; About the Outline; About? These? Arrows; About the Online Resources; Safari® Books Online; Chapter 1: The Guided Tour; 1.1 Power/Lock Key; 1.2 Headset Jack; 1.3 About the Screen; 1.4 Status Bar Icons; 1.5 Notification Light; 1.6 The Four Keys; 1.7 Micro USB Port; 1.8 HDMI Port; 1.9 Ringer Volume; 1.10 Microphone; 1.11 SD Card and Battery; 1.12 Camera; 1.13 Charging Cable and AC Adapter; 1.14 Home Screen; 1.15 Customizing the Home Screen and Panes; 1.16 Controlling the Droid X with Your Fingers; Chapter 2: Typing and Texting; 2.1 The Keyboards; 2.2 Using the Multi-Touch Keyboard; 2.3 Using the Swype Keyboard; 2.4 Copying and Pasting Text; 2.5 Searching Your Droid X; 2.6 Voice Search; 2.7 Text Messaging; 2.8 Google Talk; Chapter 3: Phone Calls; 3.1 Placing a Phone Call; 3.2 Dialing a Call; 3.3 Managing Contacts; 3.4 Designating Favorites; 3.5 Setting Up Speed Dial; 3.6 Answering Calls; 3.7 Conference Calling; 3.8 Visual Voicemail; 3.9 Call Waiting; 3.10 Call Forwarding; 3.11 Caller ID; 3.12 Bluetooth Earpieces; Chapter 4: Music; 4.1 Where to Get Music; 4.2 Using the Music App; 4.3 Playing Your Music; 4.4 Creating Playlists; 4.5 More Music Options; 4.6 Using Your Droid X While Playing Music; 4.7 Playing Music and Media on Other Devices; Chapter 5: Camera, Photos, and Video; 5.1 Opening the Gallery; 5.2 Editing Photos, Sharing Photos, and More; 5.3 Working with Multiple Photos; 5.4 Videos in the Gallery; 5.5 Taking Still Photos; 5.6 Customizing Your Photo Shooting; 5.7 Photo Settings; 5.8 Taking Video; 5.9 Using HDMI to View Photos and Videos on a TV or Monitor; 5.10 YouTube; Chapter 6: Maps, Navigation, and Other Droid X Apps; 6.1 Maps; 6.2 Weather; 6.3 Reading News; 6.4 Calculator; Chapter 7: Calendar; 7.1 Using the Calendar; 7.2 Calendar and Geolocation; 7.3 Google Calendar on the Web; 7.4 Synchronizing Your Calendar with Outlook; 7.5 Corporate Calendar and Microsoft Exchange; Chapter 8: Getting Online: Wi-Fi, 3G, and Mobile Hot Spots; 8.1 How the Droid X Gets Online; 8.2 Connecting via Wi-Fi; 8.3 Turning Your Droid X into a Wi-Fi Hot Spot; 8.4 Airplane Mode; Chapter 9: The Web; 9.1 The Droid X’s Browser; 9.2 Basic Navigation and Managing Windows; 9.3 Navigating a Web Page; 9.4 Multiple Windows; 9.5 Web Pages Designed for Mobile Phones; 9.6 The Address Bar; 9.7 Bookmarks; 9.8 Most Visited and History Lists; 9.9 Tapping Links; 9.10 Saving Online Images; 9.11 Finding Text, Copying Text, Getting Page Information, and More; 9.12 Getting the Facts with RSS; 9.13 Online Privacy and Security; 9.14 Using Other Browsers; Chapter 10: Email, Gmail, Facebook, and the Universal Inbox; 10.1 Understanding Email on the Droid X; 10.2 Setting Up Gmail; 10.3 Reading Mail in Gmail; 10.4 Replying and Forwarding in Gmail; 10.5 Understanding Gmail’s Organization; 10.6 Managing Incoming Mail in Gmail; 10.7 Writing Messages in Gmail; 10.8 Working with Labels and Search; 10.9 Searching Gmail; 10.10 Setting Up Email Accounts; 10.11 Reading Mail; 10.12 Handling Attachments and Pictures in Email; 10.13 Managing Mail; 10.14 Creating and Sending Mail; 10.15 The Universal Inbox; 10.16 Using Web-Based Mail Programs; 10.17 Facebook on the Droid X; Chapter 11: Downloading and Using Apps; 11.1 The Droid X’s Free and Easy Approach to Apps; 11.2 Apps and Multitasking; 11.3 Where to Get Apps; 11.4 Using Market; 11.5 Downloading from the Web; 11.6 Downloading and Using a Bar Code Scanner; 11.7 Updating Apps; 11.8 Managing, Sharing, and Uninstalling Apps; 11.9 Putting an App on the Home Screen or Panes; 11.10 Troubleshooting Apps; 11.11 Five Great Apps; Chapter 12: Syncing and Transferring Music, Videos, Pictures, and Other Files; 12.1 Connecting Your Droid X to Your Computer; 12.2 Transferring Files Using Your PC; 12.3 Transferring Files Using Your Mac; 12.4 Transferring Music, Videos, and Pictures from a PC Using Windows Media Player; 12.5 Transferring Music, Videos, and Pictures to Your PC; 12.6 Transferring Pictures to Your PC in Bulk; 12.7 Using the Droid X Files Application; 12.8 Checking Space on Your SD Card; Chapter 13: Taking the Droid X to Work; 13.1 Setting Up Your Droid X with Your Company Account; 13.2 Virtual Private Networking (VPN); 13.3 Using Google Docs; 13.4 Microsoft Office; Chapter 14: Controlling the Droid X with Your Voice; 14.1 Two Ways to Control the Droid X by Voice; 14.2 Using the Magic of Voice Actions; 14.3 What You Can Do with Voice Actions; 14.4 Using Voice Commands; 14.5 What Can You Control with Your Voice?; 14.6 Training the Droid X to Obey; 14.7 Setting Voice Commands Options; Chapter 15: SSSSSSettings; 15.1 Wireless & Networks; 15.2 Call Settings; 15.3 Sound; 15.4 Display; 15.5 Data Manager; 15.6 HDMI; 15.7 Backup Assistant; 15.8 Location & Security; 15.9 Accounts; 15.10 Applications; 15.11 Battery Manager; 15.12 Privacy; 15.13 SD Card & Phone Storage; 15.14 Search; 15.15 Language & Keyboard; 15.16 Voice Input & Output; 15.17 Accessibility; 15.18 Date & Time; 15.19 About Phone; Setup and Signup; Choosing a Plan; Making Account Changes on the Web; Upgrading to the Newest Software; Accessories; Useful Accessories; Places to Shop; Troubleshooting and Maintenance; Make Sure Your Software is Up-to-Date; Fixing a Frozen Phone; Correcting Email Settings; Troubleshooting the SD Card; Resetting the Droid X; Warranty and Repair; Where to Go for Help;

Preston Gralla is the editor of WindowsDevCenter.com and OnDotNet. He is the author of more than 30 books, including Internet Annoyances, PC Pest Control, and Windows XP Hacks, Second Edition, and co-author of Windows XP Cookbook. As an award-winning author and technology expert, Preston has written articles for major national newspapers and magazines and has also appeared on several TV and radio programs.

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  • Posted February 4, 2011


    Are you looking just to get started with your Droid X, or want to dig deep into the phone's capabilities? Either way, this book is for you! Author Preston Gralla has done an outstanding job of writing a book that will help you get the most out of your Droid X. Gralla, begins by covering everything you need to know about using the Android phone; as well as, how to type on it, send text messages, and use a nifty feature called Visual Voice Mail. Next, the author shows you how to use the Droid X to take pictures, record videos, view pictures, play videos, and play and manage your music. He continues by showing you the many ways in which the Droid X connects you to the outside world. Then, the author explains everything you need to know about the Droid X's remarkable online talents. Finally, he shows you how- to sync and transfer files between the Droid X and your PC and MAC; to use the Droid X at your workplace; and, to control the Droid X by talking to it. This most excellent book will put you on the fast track to all of the Droid X's advanced features! More importantly, if you read this book from cover to cover, you'll find detailed instructions on how to activate your Droid X; what kind of accessories you can get for your Droid X; and, how to trouble shoot issues with the phone's operation.

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