How to Transition to an iPhone With Ease

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Congratulations on buying or considering to buy a new iPhone! You’re probably wondering, what should I do to make my iPhone experience smooth and easy? This article will provide you with easy steps to help you transition to the iPhone.

While you are buying the iPhone, be sure to check out the huge variety of cases offered. If you’re not sure which case to buy, there are many reviews on blogs, Mac magazines, and YouTube. I recommend a Griffin, Incase, or Vaja Case, but it is personal preference. Do you want style or protection? If you ask yourself these questions, your quest to finding the perfect case will be a lot easier. Cases can be expensive, so make sure that you have confidence in the case that you purchase. Screen protectors are also helpful because they protect the phone from scratches and fingerprints.

If you have a YouTube account, you should film yourself opening your new iPhone for everyone to see! Unboxing videos have become a huge hit on YouTube, and people love to offer advice for you new tech gadget in the comments section of the video.

Now that you have opened the box, you need to sync your iPhone with your music library. Simply connect your iPhone to your Mac or PC with the USB cable provided. iPhones are made ready to use right out of the box, so don’t worry about taking hours to read the manuals or set it up. You can also choose to sync your phone with your photos.

One of my favorite features of the iPhone is the App Store. There are thousands of applications to choose from, many of which are free. The App Store is separated into the following categories – Games, Entertainment, Utilities, Social networking, Music, Productivity, Lifestyle, Reference, Travel, Sports, Navigation, Healthcare & Fitness, News, Photography, Finance, Business, Education, Weather, Books and Medical.

There is also a section for the top 25 applications (you can also select the show 50 option). This is separated into free and paid sections to make it easier to choose from.

Some of my favorite iPhone applications are:

  • Twitterrific (free version): A twitter client for the iPhone.
  • Cubes: A fun puzzle game.
  • Trace: A simple game comprised of doodles. The goal is to draw lines to get a stick figure to the goal.
  • Google: The search engine comes to your iPhone!
  • Ocarina: A cool app where you can blow into the mic and create music.
  • Scoops: Try to get past Saturn while collecting ice cream and avoid the vegetables.
  • Super Monkey Ball: Get the monkey through the goal on complex tracks.
  • Tap Tap Revenge: A mini guitar hero for the iPhone.

You can download these apps from iTunes or directly onto your iPhone. Keep in mind, though; you can only download to the iPhone if the application is less than 10 Megabytes.

You’re all set! One last thing to be aware of is that your photos, music, movies, and applications take up space. When you plug in your iPhone, check the capacity so you know where you are storage-wise. Have fun playing with what I believe to be the greatest touch screen phone on the market!