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Looking for book 'Smartphones for Dummies'

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I am looking for a book something like 'Smartphones for Dummies'. There are ample Dummies books about specific smartphone technologies - e.g. iOS, Android. What I need is a general book about using smartphones, which will (and should) reference specific technologies.

I will be giving a talk at Book Club, to intelligent lay folks, about how smartphones work and tips about using Apps, e.g. messaging. It is usual to recommend book. As I like to say to novice smart phone users - "we know who you are and we know where you are".

I would discuss part of the reason why this is true - e.g. if you drive from TN to CA, how does your iPhone know where you are? Answer:  your iPhone is frequently 'pinging' cell towers to determine how/where to originate calls.
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Short answer: It doesn't exist in book format.
Long answer:  The reason there are so many different books out there is that the differences between types of smartphones is so vast that each technology really does need its own book.

That's not to say there aren't some really great sites out there to cover the same material.

This link takes you to a decent article covering general smartphone technologies and talks about some of the similarities.

If you're going to recommend "...a book..." I would counsel you to let your audience know that each type of smartphone has its own Dummies® book and provide a list of those books - most are available from Amazon.

Different smartphone technologies have different targeted audiences.

A summary of these audiences, in my opinion, is:

If you want it to just reliably work 99.9994% of the time, want the ability to easily patch it for vulnerabilities, and want the manufacturer to support it, buy an iPhone.  If you like to tinker, don't care about patches, and don't need or expect much in the way of support, get an Android.  If you really don't care whether it works or not, need no support whatsoever, and assign no intrinsic value to it, buy a Windows phone.

This tends to be true of tablets as well.
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by:MARSPATH
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Well done indeed! - Thanks.

As a long time (family) owner of iPhones, I would recommend no other.
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