With the launch of a new platform like Windows Phone 7, there is a learning curve for everyone involved. One of the best ways to get familiar with Windows Phone 7 is to read this website, another way is to read a book. There are pros and cons to both methods; websites are more dynamic and up to date while books are easier to read cover to cover, or refer back to from time to time.
We’ve got several books in-hand, and after the jump we’ll break down the similarities and differences.
Windows Phone 7 Companion
Written by Smart Phone Experts brother-at-arms Matthew Miller, Windows Phone 7 Companion is 260 pages of step-by-step introductions to each feature in Windows Phone 7. There are also a number of tips and hidden features throughout the book that will benefit users of all skill levels. As the title suggests, Windows Phone 7 Companion is perfect when paired with a new Windows Phone.
Amazon: $12.86 (opens in new tab)
Windows Phone 7 for Dummies
Everybody has heard of the “Dummies” books. Windows Phone 7 for Dummies is aimed specifically at new users, and teaches Windows Phone 7 from the ground up, starting with the basics. Dummies books are a great way of getting a running start, and the Windows Phone 7 is no exception. For a new user or someone with a fear of technology, Windows Phone 7 for Dummies is the perfect starting point.
Amazon: $16.08 (opens in new tab)
Windows Phone 7 Plain & Simple
Another one of the books that holds your hand through all of the major features of the platform, Windows Phone 7 Plain & Simple is similar to Windows Phone 7 Companion, just with prettier pictures and not quite as much depth. For a visual learner, Windows Phone 7Plain & Simple is definitely worth a look.
Amazon: $19.71 (opens in new tab)
Windows Phone 7 Secrets
Say what you want about Paul Thurrott, the man knows Microsoft. Windows Phone 7 Secrets is less of a tutorial and more of a complete indoctrination into the concepts and theory behind Windows Phone 7. I wouldn’t recommend Windows Phone 7 Secrets as the best choice for beginners; but for regular readers of this site, this is the book for you.
Amazon: $26.39 (opens in new tab)
Do you already have any of these titles in your library? Give us your thoughts in the comment section.
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One of these might be good for my non-geek friends. As for myself, I've got Programming Windows Phone 7 by Charles Petzold (it's free on his web site) and Wrox's Professional Windows Phone 7 Application Development.
I would go Windows Phone 7 Secrets all the way. There are few people outside Microsoft who have such in-depth knowledge of as well as access to WP7 product information as Paul Thurott.
That's my personal favorite as well, though I would recommend one of the others for someone new to smart-phones.
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