Huddleston begins with several chapters on the general layout and screens of Android smart phones. These chapters cover subjects that all but the newest users of smart phones will already be familiar with: various screen displays, using the phone to actually call someone (imagine that), where to find new applications (both free and sold), the Google calendar, and the set-up and use of Gmail and Email (which is almost always set-up for the owner by his salesperson).
Part II of Android Fully Loaded deals in much detail with the specific areas of maps, music, shooting pictures and video, and using the web from an Android smart phone. It was in the music chapter of the book that I had my first revelation, in fact. Listening to music via my phone is not something that I do a lot of mainly because that process is a real battery-eater for most phones, so I was perfectly happy with what I could do with Pandora (which allows the user to create his own "radio stations") and I-Heart Radio. Huddleston, though, introduced me to Google Music, a service through which I uploaded much of my song collection to a Google server (20,000 songs can be uploaded at no charge) for playback at my leisure anywhere I can connect to the web.
The book's final section is entitled "Working and Playing" and includes separate chapters on documents, games, cool apps, troubleshooting, and more advanced topics. These chapters will almost certainly introduce most users to a few applications that will make them wonder how they lived without those apps for so long. What did it for me were applications like "Where" (which uses the phone's GPS system to locate businesses and the best gas prices close to me), "Walkroid" (a pedometer that works better than some I have paid as much as $40 for), and "Zedge" (which offers countless free ringtones).
Android Fully Loaded is likely to have something helpful for all but the most sophisticated smart phone users. Newbies will appreciate the full-color illustrations (actual screenshots from the author's own cell phone) and more intermediate users will make use of the tips, shortcuts, and new applications found in the book. Android Fully Loaded, which also covers Android tablets, is one of the best books of its type I have seen in a while.
Rated at: 5.0