Droids Made Simple: For the Droid, Droid X, Droid 2, and Droid 2 Global

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Apress, Dec 19, 2010 - Computers - 585 pages
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If you have a Droid series smartphone—Droid, Droid X, Droid 2, or Droid 2 Global—and are eager to get the most out of your device, Droids Made Simple is perfect for you. Authors Martin Trautschold, Gary Mazo and Marziah Karch guide you through all of the features, tips, and tricks using their proven combination of clear instructions and detailed visuals.

With hundreds of annotated screenshots and step-by-step directions, Droids Made Simple will transform you into a Droid expert, improving your productivity, and most importantly, helping you take advantage of all of the cool features that come with these powerful smartphones.

What you’ll learn
  • Sync all your music, playlists, pictures, videos, and podcasts from your computer
  • Select and download fun and useful free apps from the Android Market with our Droid App Guide
  • Find your way with turn-by-turn directions and Google Maps
  • Take the best photos and videos and have fun adding zany effects
  • Get productive by editing Microsoft Office documents
  • Manage your busy life—email, calendar, contacts and more
  • Use your Droid for all your messaging needs, including social networking and Skype
  • Use your Droid as a Wi-Fi Hotspot
Who this book is for

This book is for anyone who currently owns or would like to purchase a Droid, Droid X, Droid 2, or Droid 2 Global smartphone.

Table of Contents
  1. Getting Started
  2. Typing, Voice, Copy and Search
  3. Sync Your DROID With Your Google Account
  4. Other Sync Methods
  5. Wi-Fi and 3G Connectivity
  6. Organize Your Home Screen: Icons and Widgets
  7. Making Phone Calls
  8. Bluetooth on Your DROID
  9. Email on Your DROID
  10. SMS, MMS, and Instant Messaging
  11. Surfing the Web
  12. Working with Contacts
  13. Managing Your Calendar
  14. Enjoying Your Music
  15. Viewing Videos, TV Shows, and More
  16. New Media: Reading Newspapers, Magazines, and E-books
  17. The Android Market
  18. Taking Photos and Videos
  19. Finding Your Way With Maps
  20. Social Media and Skype
  21. Working With Notes and Documents
  22. Fun and Games
  23. Utilities: Clock, Calculator, and Weather
  24. Troubleshooting
  25. DROID Media Sync
  26. DRIOD App Guide

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About the author (2010)

Martin Trautschold is the founder and chief executive officer of Made Simple Learning, a leading provider of Apple iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, BlackBerry and Palm webOS books and video tutorials. He has been a successful entrepreneur in the mobile device training and software business since 2001. With Made Simple Learning, he has been helping to train thousands of BlackBerry users with short, to-the-point video tutorials. He has now co-authored 15 Made Simple guide books. Martin also co-founded, ran for three years, then sold a mobile device software company. Prior to this, Martin spent 15 years in technology and business consulting in the U.S. and Japan. He holds an engineering degree from Princeton University and a master's in business administration from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University. Martin and his wife, Julia, have three daughters. Martin enjoys rowing and cycling. He can be reached at martin@madesimplelearning.com.

Gary Mazo is vice president of Made Simple Learning and is a writer, a college professor, a gadget nut and an ordained rabbi. Gary joined Made Simple Learning in 2007 and has co-authored the last 13 books in the Made Simple series. Along with Martin and Kevin Michaluk from CrackBerry.com, Gary co-wrote CrackBerry: True Tales of BlackBerry Use and Abuse a book about BlackBerry addiction and how to get a grip on one's BlackBerry use. Gary also teaches writing, philosophy, technical writing and more at the University of Phoenix. Gary is a regular contributor to CrackBerry.com, writing product reviews and adding editorial content. He holds a bachelor's degree in anthropology from Brandeis University. Gary earned his master's in Hebrew letters as well as ordination as rabbi from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has served congregations in Dayton, Ohio, Cherry Hill, New Jersey and Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Gary is married to Gloria Schwartz Mazo and between them, they have six children. Gary can be reached at: gary@madesimplelearning.com.

Marziah Karch takes a special delight in the challenge of explaining new gadgets and complex technology to beginning audiences. She is the author of multiple books on technology topics. Marziah writes for About.com and GeekMom.com. Her articles have also appeared in Wired magazine.

Marziah was a senior educational technologist for Johnson County Community College in the Kansas City metro area for 14 years before she began working as a senior instructional designer for NWEA in Portland, Oregon. She holds a Master's in instructional design and is a doctoral student in Library and Information Management. When she's not feeding her geek side with new gadgets or writing about technology, Marziah enjoys keeping Portland weird with her husband and two children.

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