The Pocket PC

With new Pocket PC-based devices being introduced, the market for these PDAs finally seems to be gaining traction. Microsoft's latest version of the operating system, Pocket PC 2002, should also help it earn more widespread acceptance - with new features like extra text input options that make devices running the OS easier to use. In that sense, this relatively inexpensive book comes at a good time - aiming to help newbies come to grips with these palmtops.

The book gives a clear and easy-to-read summary of the key features of the Pocket PC operating system and steps users through such tasks as installing ActiveSync and adding components. There's a (US-centric) chapter on going wireless. Other chapters focus on adding some fun to the work mix, helping you use your PDA as an eBook reader or to play music and videos. Tips and hints are sprinkled throughout.

In all, Seroshek has done a great job in setting out how to undertake major tasks with a Pocket PC device. The steps in this slim handbook are easy for even the most inexperienced user to follow.

While such users will appreciate this straightforward and simplified approach, anyone with some experience with PDAs will find it way too basic. If you've had some experience with the OS, you'll already know most of the information covered in the book. For instance, you probably don't need any handholding when it comes to adding appointments to your calendar.

On the other hand, the book would appeal to those who are completely unfamiliar with using Pocket PC devices. If you've just bought your first PDA, this could be a useful handbook alongside your user manual. Know your way around Pocket PC or have owned a PDA for some time? Then The Pocket PC is not for you.

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