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Old June 24th, 2013, 09:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This S4 user guide by Sharon Vaknin (of CNET) just went on sale today! A must have for S4 users. Heres the link...

It's here: Your complete guide to the Galaxy S4 | How To - CNET

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Looks like it's only available from Amazon Kindle Store in the USA at this time.
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This forum is my user guide.... Nothing else needed
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I have a Samsung Galaxy S4. I want the user guide for the S4. I do not own a kindle. The guide is available for use on Kindle.
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I have a Samsung Galaxy S4. I want the user guide for the S4. I do not own a kindle. The guide is available for use on Kindle.
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You can use the Kindle app on Android, so no. Maybe I'm missing something in what you're saying?
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You can use the Kindle app on Android, so no. Maybe I'm missing something in what you're saying?
Learn something new every day! But I don't want to read it on my S4 screen. Can I download it on say - my laptop or windows tablet?
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Learn something new every day! But I don't want to read it on my S4 screen. Can I download it on say - my laptop or windows tablet?
Don't know about the tablet, but you can definitely get it on a Windows PC. I use it for my AutoCAD books at work and it works great!

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If purchased, it can be viewed on any device. Just download the "Kindle app" for all your devices. Ive already read the user guide on my laptop, ipad, and S4. The kindle app makes it possible regardless of your platform.
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Mine too, but sometimes the answers dont always appear as quick as i'd like. If I can master my phone for $3.99, I'll take that deal all day!
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User guides can be useful if they are well-written.

A forum is a good place to get an answer to a specific question but it's not so good for just exploring what the phone can do.
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Mine too, but sometimes the answers dont always appear as quick as i'd like. If I can master my phone for $3.99, I'll take that deal all day!
I've wasted more than that on junk apps, so having a quick reference may be useful.
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Ummm... why not just download a manual from Samsung?
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A "must-have" user guide?

No such thing. I'll stick to live, constantly updated, fan and developer forums.

EDIT: On second thought, its $4 and I just have to see what this is going to tell me, that I haven't already read about. I actually decided to buy it, after reading the sample and not learning anything new. Now I just have to know, all its secrets!
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This thread was not a joke? Kind of has the same weight as Steve Martin saying, "The new phone book is here! The new phone book is here!"

Seems kind of frilly like the iPhone user guides.


....... Is the OP the author or publisher?
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In the book preview, the screen shot shown for the multi-tasker (long press home key) is not the way the phone looks today, therefore their descriptions of functionality is wrong. I assume that they were working with some sort of pre-release or early release phone which is why it's different, but it makes me wonder what else is in there that is 'wrong'.
However, at 4 bucks it kind of doesn't matter if there is the occasional "oops it doesn't work like this any more".
So, why are folks willing to spend $4 for essentially the same information that Sammy gives away for free, but will balk at spending 99 cents for an app in the Play Store?
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... Kind of has the same weight as Steve Martin saying, "The new phone book is here! The new phone book is here!"
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You realize of course that half of the folks here are reading that and totally not understanding the reference. And then there are the old farts like me who understand completely!
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This thread was not a joke? Kind of has the same weight as Steve Martin saying, "The new phone book is here! The new phone book is here!"

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You realize of course that half of the folks here are reading that and totally not understanding the reference. And then there are the old farts like me who understand completely!
"He's angry at the cans!"

"...so we moved into a bigger house."

Is there anything in this user guide which is not in the "Help" app/file in the application drawer?
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Good points! The Jerk is a fave and I use the "angry at the cans!" as an analogy in business for perspective of focusing on the wrong things.
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Anyone buy it? Is it worth the four dollars? Did you learn anything you didn't know ?
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Yes I bought it and am learning some little pearls I did not know. It is well written.
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In the book preview, the screen shot shown for the multi-tasker (long press home key) is not the way the phone looks today, therefore their descriptions of functionality is wrong. I assume that they were working with some sort of pre-release or early release phone which is why it's different, but it makes me wonder what else is in there that is 'wrong'.
However, at 4 bucks it kind of doesn't matter if there is the occasional "oops it doesn't work like this any more".
So, why are folks willing to spend $4 for essentially the same information that Sammy gives away for free, but will balk at spending 99 cents for an app in the Play Store?
One of the advantages of digital over print (especially with Amazon) is that changes to the book can be rolled to the customer as they happen. I've had a few "guide" books that have received updates based on information changes. Hopefully cnet is paying attention and will roll updates as needed...
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^^^that

Yeah, technical differences may occur between initial publishing and actual release, and in a digital world these can be addressed easily enough. More than likely the OP will get the benefit of a quick reference guide covering general Android usages, some tips on best practices, and other nuggets of information specific to the S4.

Could he get all of that here, probably, but it may take reading 20-30 threads and/or asking a bunch of questions. As I said earlier, I've wasted more money on (cr)apps than this costs, so lets not question his/her judgement in buying a the guide. Let's thank him for providing us with the information that it is being released and offering information to the community.
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Well, if I can pick up one useful tid-bit of information...it's worth $4.

Added on edit: Went to buy it from Amazon but I see that if you have a Prime account...the book is free through the lending library. Bonus. Love Amazon Prime.
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Haha, glad I could help. Yeah, Amazon took the word "Kindle" from being the name of a device to being the name of an ecosystem, really. So I can see the confusion. Looks like it's on Android (phone or tablet), iOS (i-Pod, Phone, and Pad), Windows, Mac, and I don't know what else. I've gotten back interested in reading using it with my 10" tablet. I hadn't really read for pleasure since graduating college in 2009.
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