Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Visual; 1 edition (June 17, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
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One star for the deceiving title and for other reasons (keep reading).The book would have deserved a possible 3-4 stars rating if it explained exactly what device and what level of Android it was for. The claim that it is for "Android Phones and Tablets can't be supported. There are several flavors of Android currently in use and many of the dozens or hundreds of phones and tablets 'out there' add their own skins on top of Android and then there are the forks (think Kindle) that various vendors add to the mix. I understand that naming the book something like "Android 4.2 for Nexus Phones and Tablets" would have drastically reduced the number of potential buyers but it would have been the right thing to do. The current title can give buyers the false hope or expectation that the book will make it easy for THEM to better understand THEIR version of Android running on THEIR phone or tablet and that is not the case in most instances.Except for the cover, there is not ONE screenshot of what Android is like on a tablet. There are some rare references to tablets but it's fair to say that there is very little tablet-specific content and all screenshots appear to be from one specific phone, probably a pure Android Nexus.The book has very few references to the specific version of Android the screenshots came from. I suspect it's Android 4.3 and that's not what runs of the the overwhelming majority Android devices today. According to an article published in September 5, 2013 "Android 4.2.x [is installed] on just 8.5 percent of devices, 4.3 yet to make a significant dent". The book attempts to provide an illustrated guide on what you can do and how to do in 'on Android' but many of the Android 4.3 phone screenshots did not match what I saw on my Android 4.2.
Sorry I couldn't think of a better title. I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 tablet.If you are familiar with the type of Android OS your device uses, this book uses Android version 4.2 (Jelly Bean) and uses a Google Nexus 4 phone for the illustrations. Much of the Android operating system is going to look very similar on different devices though.The problem with a book is it will go out of date. The problem with this type of book is that there may be other books more specific to the device you're using. The good thing is, if there isn't a book for it, a general book like this will cover it. Although this information can be found on the internet, it can be much more efficient to have it all (for the most part) in a book that you can have next to you and has plenty of pretty pictures that are easy to understand.The book starts from the very beginning with telling you very basically what Android is and the type of devices it's generally used for. But then it gets you off to a more detailed start with instructions on what to do right after you take it out of the box. So you're covered right from the beginning.The second chapter is all about customizing the device. There is everything from looks to accessibility, to necessities and even accessories you may not know about. It's important for me to make a device "mine", and this shows you how to do it, in addition to security, which people often don't pay much attention to, so that it will hopefully stay yours.My favorite chapter may be the shortest. I was always confused about how to copy and paste and use text features that I didn't even know were possible after reading the book. I could have looked this up online, but it was good to read the instructions with the visual aids here.
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