You know how Walmart is your one stop shopping place for food clothes etc? Well crackberry is your one stop shopping place for everything blackberry. This place has everything that a book would have + a whole lot more, and here there is always new info and I get a laugh from some of the responses.
I bought it and everyone is basically right, these site can give you so much more. It is extremely basic, like where to find the options menu, etc. Would be a waste of money for anyone who has a little bit more than basic knowledge of their BlackBerry.
Plus many parts of it are already outdated. There is a link for new updates for the book but I find this site to be basically all I need. BlackBerry Forums can be useful as well.
Sorry to go against the grain, but I bought it and really enjoyed it. I learned a lot from it and still go back and review different areas. For a beginner, i think it is very well written and laid out. It follows a logical procession from set-up to all phases of operation. Very good book.
LOL after all that I forgot to tell you what I thought of it!
It's basically a beefed up owner's manual in an easy to read format. I read it when I first got my Curve at the end of May, and I knew nothing about the Blackberry format.
As has been stated in this thread, this site is 1,000 times more informational than the book. However, if you're an information seeker like I am, I would check it out. Maybe you'll learn a shortcut or something you didn't know about and might not have happened across on this site.
There is also a book called "Hacking The Blackberry" which I haven't read. I don't believe it has anything to do with illegal type hacking (I'm waiting for one particular "developer" on this site to jump down my throat on this), but rather short cuts and tips.
Also, there is a Pearl For Dummies, but I haven't looked at it since I don't own a girl's phone.
I purchased this book off of Ebay for $2.99 brand new. The book is great, and it has a lot of helpful insight. When I purchased the book, I did not know about this site, but now that I do, the book is on the shelf. It was worth it for the money, it taught me things I didn't know.
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