From securing your iPhone to customizing it to fit your need these 10 tips can get you started the right way with your new iPhone.
So you finally took the plunge to get to the Apple Store (AT&T Store or online or what not, for that matter) to get you that shiny new iPhone 3GS (3G, may be). You are so excited to experience the whole new mobile experience. Given the fact that it might become one of the key gadget in your life it is important to get it right, right from the beginning.
Here are some of the top 10 things that you could do once you get your iPhone. By no means these are THE only things you should do, but take it as these are some of the important things that you should do.
Charge the battery
Your new iPhone will come with a partially charged battery. Even though it might not be fully charged it can get you going at least for some time. But as soon as you drain the battery make sure to put it through a full recharge.
Couple of important things to keep in mind to make the most out of your iPhone battery is, not to do partial charges, make sure to drain the battery completely once in a while and make sure to unplug the charger once it’s charged. Too many frequent, partial charges can drain the juice of your iPhone battery pretty quick.
Setup iTunes Store account
Without those Applications your iPhone is only a tiny bit better than the many smartphones out there in the market. iPhone Apps make your iPhone the better device that it is.
You need an iTunes Store account to download apps to your iPhone. Learn how to create an iTunes Store account. It is a free account but will keep your credit card on file to charge $$ if you download any paid apps.
It is important that you choose a username and password that’s hard to guess by others. I’m sure you don’t want to deal with Apple about apps that you didn’t purchase.
Upgrade to iPhone OS 3.0.1
The latest iPhones might have the updated iPhone OS 3.0.1 installed but in case if not (or if you have bought the device before the iPhone OS 3.0.1 release) make sure to upgrade your iPhone OS to version 3.0.1. The latest version fixes a SMS vulnerability with your iPhone wherein a simple SMS message can make your iPhone remotely controllable by a hacker. So make sure to do this important upgrade.
Download Apps that you like
AppStore is full of useful and not-so-useful apps. That’s what you can expect when there are more than 65,000 apps on AppStore as of now. Having said that there are still quite an array of apps that you’ll certainly find it useful and fun.
Browse through the AppStore by category to find the apps that are right for you. You might need a boat load of patience to sift through those many apps available on each category.
Make sure to try out a Lite version (most of the apps have one) if you are not sure before buying it.
Organize Apps to your preference
It can quickly become a nightmare to locate the app that you want once you download that many apps to your iPhone. It is important that you keep your most important apps (or the apps that you use most frequently) at your fingertip. It would certainly help to keep those apps on the first few pages of your iPhone. Learn in detail on how to organize your iPhone apps.
Customize iPhone Settings to fit your need
iPhone comes with some default settings that I’m sure you might not like it. There are far too many changes that you can make to customize your iPhone to fit your need. A few of them could be, customize the iPhone Home button, display iPhone battery percentage, turn-on Caps Lock, use foreign language keyboards, set volume limit on your iPhone etc.
Checkout DemoGeek.com to learn more on how to customize your iPhone to fit your preference.
Secure your iPhone
As precious the device your iPhone might be to you, given the form factor it is possible that it could get lost or get stolen. When those adverse things happen you need to be prepared to make sure the data that you have on your iPhone is not something that can be exploited. Follow this detailed article at DemoGeek.com to learn more about how to safely secure your iPhone.
Buy an iPhone cover
Given the larger screen and the overall aspect nature of your iPhone it could easily get scratched. Worse, when it get dropped to the floor. There are 2 things you can do to get some life out of your iPhone. Protect it from getting scratched and cover it with a hard cover.
You don’t have to look any further to protect your iPhone from getting scratched than Zagg. They have a product called “invisibleSHIELD” that can protect your iPhone from getting scratched. It uses a US Military technology and that’s pretty damn good at protecting from soft and hard scratches. It comes in 2 flavors, a screen-protector and a full-body protector. Choose the one that’s right for you.
InvisibleShield can only protect your iPhone from scratches. It won’t protect if you happen to drop your iPhone. Make sure to get a hard cover than can protect your iPhone from those hard accidental hits and bumps. I think it’s worth investing in some decent covers, hey, your paid for the phone and you have to live with it for 2 years, remember.
This is not an important thing to do with your new iPhone but certainly something that can make your iPhone experience a bit better right from the beginning.
The ringtones that comes with your iPhone are pretty blank and very common. Spruce it up with your own custom ringtones to kick-it-up-a-notch. You might be surprised to hear that it’s very easy to add custom ringtones to your iPhone.
Learn some iPhone tricks
And finally, make sure to learn some iPhone tips and tricks to get the most out of your iPhone. You don’t have to be an iPhone expert to make full use of your iPhone, you just have to know how to do things the right way to use it better. There are so many websites out there that have so many iPhone tips. Feel free to explore those. It would surely help.
I hope you find these tips useful and interesting. I’m sure there might be more to add to this. If you know of any other tips that can be useful to a new iPhone owner please share your tips, comments and thoughts at the comment section below.