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Droid X: The Missing Manual (Missing Manuals)

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 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.

Series: Missing Manuals

Paperback: 384 pages

Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (February 11, 2011)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1449393861

ISBN-13: 978-1449393861

Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches

Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces

Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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The Droid X smart phone is really a mini-computer, with lots of useful applications built in and other applications that can be downloaded. Unfortunately, even though the built-in applications might seem intuitive, they are not. The instructions that come with the Droid X and that can be downloaded from the manufacturer's web site just scratch the surface of the device's capabilities. If ever a gizmo required full scale instructions, this is it. "Droid X: The Missing Manual" comes to the rescue.The book covers in great detail the most useful of the applications. (It still didn't explain "Cardock" or several other aps, but after reading the book, I was able to intuit how to use them.) It covers functions from using the telephone to integrating the Droid X into a Virtual Private Network. It offers explanations that you would never have guessed existed on the phone. As an example, I was concerned about the handling of photographs that were attached to e-mails that I received on my phone. I've never been able to figure out how to save them. Gralla told me how. Press the image (not tap) and a menu came up asking me if I wanted to save the picture. There were some permutations of that function that Gralla didn't specifically discuss. For example, I often receive images embedded in e-mails that are larger than the Droid's screen. After reading Gralla, I was able to infer that pressing the image would call up a menu that would allow me to select a viewer that would fit the image to the Droid screen size. Similar instructions were available for most of the major applications. I was astonished at what I could do on the Droid with Google maps.The problem with the book is that it is just a little too big to carry around.

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