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By Ken Bagby
This is my 6th McSparky product; each one has been outstanding. I follow MacPower Users regularly and have owned an iPhone for about 7 years. I have learned so much from just these resources alone. I thought I had a good working knowledge of the iPhone. After reading David’s 455 page eBook, I found out just how much I have somehow missed! I picked up dozens of tips and, yes, even downloaded apps which I never knew existed (most were free).
I highly recommend this eBook. It is cheap at twice the price as are the other 6 products I have purchased. Very thorough and well organized. Thank you so much to what had to be a huge effort to produce!
An excellent guide for new and regular users
David always manages to bring what’s important clearly out front. The presentations are simple, in the way that you know they are well thought out.
The iPhone is today’s Swiss army knife. It does just about everything. There are about 40+ categories of use in the book. In each category, David presents the introduction of its use, major app players in the field, his favorites, and why they might be his favorites. He makes suggestions for difference use scenarios so you can make your own decision. And, this is all coming from a guy who messes with Apple stuff quite regularly.
He does not hesitate to say where he has an unfavorable impression of something, but I think he also tends to leave out much of anything that doesn’t make the cut. He’ll also give practical advice such as how with how he tends to manage his “read-it-later” type services.
I use an iPhone, Powerbook, and iMac (no iPad) so this was excellent for me. While reading, I realize how settled in my ways I can get. But also, while reading, I found myself downloading a significant number of apps, many free, that I’m now trying out. I’ve also discovered silly things like stickers in the message app. Who knew there were stickers there?
He also broadly categories users of the iPhone. Apparently, I’m a “two-pager”. I thought I was a unique snowflake. Ah well.
Helps you cut out the fluff
I consider myself a pretty advanced iPhone user and although I may not have gotten many tips from a “power users” perspective, I really appreciated that the best apps were pointed out and highlighted. This allows me to try out apps and accessories that I wouldn’t have tried because of the cost. I already have a few new purchases thanks to this book and they were accurately described in the book and totally worth it!
The book itself is well laid out and is very visually appealing. Kudos to David Sparks!
Thank you for this extremely valuable resource. Well done!
Not As Advanced As Advertised
All of the reviews (on Apple blogs) said this was just as good for advanced users as beginners so I figured id give it a shot. A few chapters in and I don’t feel as if I’ve learned much that is new. There are some dead links (like one for the Nomad wallet case) and even one that is supposed to link to a later chapter and just says LINK. The quality of the writing is good but I feel like it is priced for advanced users but written largely for beginners.
Outstanding Resource for iPhone users
The iPhone Field Guide a huge resource for iPhone users - both new and experienced! It is a comprehensive guide to getting the most from the iPhone in terms of its native features as well as the best equipment and apps. Truly outstanding - layout is excellent! Fingers are crossed that an iPad Field Guide will be next.
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Thank you for taking the time to make this! I’ve been waiting for it’s release!