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SteelercazUK
Jun 17, 2009, 05:32 AM
Hi guys

Currently have the HTC TyTn II on Orange in UK, have done for 18 months, and the original TyTn for 18 months prior to that, so I'm very used to Windows Mobile devices, but never had an iPhone before, and wondering what are the first things I should do / install, etc, when I get my new baby out the box?!

You know, 'must have' software, recommended settings changes, best screen protectors/cases to protect the phone, etc.

Also hoping someone will be able to help me out a little with my email / tasks / calendar sync question:

My current email account is a Yahoo one, though I do have a never used Googlemail one. At work I use a PC and a laptop, with my email, etc, being managed through Microsoft Outlook / Exchange server. I use the Outlook calendar and tasks function in the office. At home I have a PC and a laptop, all Windows, and don't currently use any calendar/tasks/email programs. On my TyTn I have one account for my work (Exchange) emails, and another for my Yahoo emails.

In an idea world my iPhone would connect to my work PC and home PC minimum, maybe one of the laptops too for when I'm travelling. I currently have my iTunes account activiated on all 4 computers. I would 'LOVE' to be able to have now one central calendar and task list - can I sink my Outlook/Exchange calendar at work with my iPhone? And then maybe sync that with something available on my home PC also, like maybe the Google calendar, etc? (I don't have Outlook on either my home PC or laptop)

I know the iPhone is supposed to be awesome at syncing between multiple devices, just not familiar with how it does it / the best way to do it. :confused:

Thanks everyone!! :)



ineedamac
Jun 17, 2009, 05:45 AM
If I were you I'd get my iTunes library in order before Friday. When I get the iPhone I'd set up the Exchange account and the Yahoo! account. My 3G iPhone has each and it works great. I travel for work so it is nice to have my corporate email and personal email on my iPhone. I keep everything on my Outlook calendar. When I add something on the iPhone or laptop the event automatically syncs with the Exchange server. :)

Then I'd look at downloading some of the following apps which are free...

WSJ
NY Times
USA Today
Fox Sports
Weather Channel
Yelp
Urbanspoon
MLB Lite
Google
Pandora
Facebook
CBS Sports

There are others but this is a good start. Good luck with the iPhone I am sure you'll be addicted like the rest of us.

skubish
Jun 17, 2009, 05:47 AM
The only way to do all that syncing is with MobileMe or if you have it connected to your corporate MS Exchange Server. Having iTunes on multiple computers isn't going to do anything for you.

The Californian
Jun 17, 2009, 05:54 AM
If I were you I'd get my iTunes library in order before Friday. When I get the iPhone I'd set up the Exchange account and the Yahoo! account. My 3G iPhone has each and it works great. I travel for work so it is nice to have my corporate email and personal email on my iPhone. I keep everything on my Outlook calendar. When I add something on the iPhone or laptop the event automatically syncs with the Exchange server. :)

Then I'd look at downloading some of the following apps which are free...

WSJ
NY Times
USA Today
Fox Sports
Weather Channel
Yelp
Urbanspoon
MLB Lite
Google
Pandora
Facebook
CBS Sports

There are others but this is a good start. Good luck with the iPhone I am sure you'll be addicted like the rest of us.

Yes, WSJ, NY Times, USA Today, Fox Sports, MLB Lite and CBS Sports are perfect for someone in the UK. Haha

Case-wise, I prefer my InvisibleSHEILD. The cases are bulky, unattractive, and often scratch the device. If you don't drop your phone, get an InvisibleSHEILD or Best Skin Ever and enjoy your new toy... It's great!

tjhilder
Jun 17, 2009, 05:55 AM
If I were you I'd get my iTunes library in order before Friday. When I get the iPhone I'd set up the Exchange account and the Yahoo! account. My 3G iPhone has each and it works great. I travel for work so it is nice to have my corporate email and personal email on my iPhone. I keep everything on my Outlook calendar. When I add something on the iPhone or laptop the event automatically syncs with the Exchange server. :)

Then I'd look at downloading some of the following apps which are free...

WSJ
NY Times
USA Today
Fox Sports
Weather Channel
Yelp
Urbanspoon
MLB Lite
Google
Pandora
Facebook
CBS Sports

There are others but this is a good start. Good luck with the iPhone I am sure you'll be addicted like the rest of us.

don't forget these!!

eBay
PayPal
Shazam
Sky News
PandoraBox
Last.fm
Skype
Y! Messenger
SHOUTcast

I also recommend

AppSniper (i think it's 59p still)

it helps you find more cool apps and tells you when apps you want are on sale etc

Mail: Pretty easy to set up in settings IMO, I have a Yahoo account on there.

everything else should be simple to sync with itunes if you use something like outlook etc

Aravintht
Jun 17, 2009, 07:50 AM
you might also want to get insurance...

I'm a student and im always on the tube or out late at night so it's worth it for me ~55/year

ScottNWDW
Jun 17, 2009, 07:59 AM
I would get

Pocket Informant
ToDo (Appigo)
Pocket Money
Groups (great for groupng contacts)
Splash ID
Documents to Go
Notebook (Appigo)

Set up a Google Calendar Account, then you can access your calendar from any computer that has internet access. Google calendar syncs with Pocket Informant.

Set up a Toodledo account and then you can access your tasks through any computer that has internet access and Toodledo syncs with Todo (appigo) and Pocket Informant for tasks and Notebook (Appigo) for notes.

If you workout, Gym Buddy is also really cool

On the Fun Side
Bejeweled 2
Five Die
Paper Toss
Monopoly
Scrabble
Solebon Solitaire
Trivial Pursuit

If you read books, then Kindle for iPhone is a must

daveishere
Jun 17, 2009, 08:04 AM
I second the invisible shield suggestion, i have had an full back IS installed on my 3G for 6 months now and never looked back. i use a powersupport anti-glare on the front.

Phil Lee
Jun 17, 2009, 08:22 AM
I am in exactly the same position as the OP, having an MDA Vario III (the T-Mobile variant of the TyTn II). I can't wait to get my iPhone on Friday.

If you read books, then Kindle for iPhone is a must

Unfortunately this isn't available in the UK :(

stuarty2003
Jun 17, 2009, 08:25 AM
Hi guys

Currently have the HTC TyTn II on Orange in UK, have done for 18 months, and the original TyTn for 18 months prior to that, so I'm very used to Windows Mobile devices, but never had an iPhone before, and wondering what are the first things I should do / install, etc, when I get my new baby out the box?!

You know, 'must have' software, recommended settings changes, best screen protectors/cases to protect the phone, etc.

Also hoping someone will be able to help me out a little with my email / tasks / calendar sync question:

My current email account is a Yahoo one, though I do have a never used Googlemail one. At work I use a PC and a laptop, with my email, etc, being managed through Microsoft Outlook / Exchange server. I use the Outlook calendar and tasks function in the office. At home I have a PC and a laptop, all Windows, and don't currently use any calendar/tasks/email programs. On my TyTn I have one account for my work (Exchange) emails, and another for my Yahoo emails.

In an idea world my iPhone would connect to my work PC and home PC minimum, maybe one of the laptops too for when I'm travelling. I currently have my iTunes account activiated on all 4 computers. I would 'LOVE' to be able to have now one central calendar and task list - can I sink my Outlook/Exchange calendar at work with my iPhone? And then maybe sync that with something available on my home PC also, like maybe the Google calendar, etc? (I don't have Outlook on either my home PC or laptop)

I know the iPhone is supposed to be awesome at syncing between multiple devices, just not familiar with how it does it / the best way to do it. :confused:

Thanks everyone!! :)

First thing I'd do, which I'm sure everyone here will agree with me on, is connect your iPhone to iTunes. ;)

SFStateStudent
Jun 17, 2009, 08:32 AM
Yup, the first thing I would do in your case, is buy a brand new Mac; b/c you have a whole bunch of tasks described and they would definitely work beautifully with a Mac..... (sorry but I'm partial to the Mac and I think that would "complete" you and your new iPhone) :cool::cool::cool:

vassillios
Jun 17, 2009, 08:37 AM
Appologize, in advance, to your friends because you will soon be driving them crazy by showing them how cool the iPhone is whenever you get the chance. You'll show off your apps, the compass...you get the idea.

Also, pick up these apps:

Sportacular
Free RSS (if you subscribe to RSS feeds)
Oxford dictionary
Units
Now Playing (By far the best video quality)
Pocket Tunes (if you listen to Sirius)
Ocarina
Todo (still don't get why there isn't support for syncing iCals todo's)

Some games:

Mafia Wars
Tiger Woods golf
tChess Pro
iFighter
Fieldrunners

PapaSmuffs
Jun 17, 2009, 08:45 AM
Dude, this is a no brainer! Go to everyplace you can think of and surf pRon and laugh that you are able to do it in public. Church, school, the office, take your pick!

bobsentell
Jun 17, 2009, 08:51 AM
Set up the video camera to record you doing the "chicken Dance" and upload it to youtube.

vassillios
Jun 17, 2009, 08:53 AM
Dude, this is a no brainer! Go to everyplace you can think of and surf pRon and laugh that you are able to do it in public. Church, school, the office, take your pick!

Until you connect to a hot spot that has a porn filter on it.

let's see.... www.bigoltatas.com ........ FAIL pervert!

Yeah, it's happened to me.

Greenman85
Jun 17, 2009, 09:01 AM
Get the game "Cube Runner"! Best Iphone game ever!! And it's free.

thekarsal
Jun 17, 2009, 09:03 AM
The first thing to do is thoroughly protect it. A good quality silicone case and an anti-glare screen protector do wonders for me

paulold
Jun 17, 2009, 09:12 AM
I agree about the case. I recommend going to the store now before the crowds hit and pick out a case.

Also, it sounds like you have a bunch of email accounts to sync up and you probably have contacts and even webpage bookmarks you might want to sync up. I would create backups of everything, before you get the phone, just in case things don't sync up like you want them to the first time around, especially your contacts.

Also, make sure you have the latest iTunes installed. That will just save you a little time.

If you have music files, I recommend Consolidating your iTunes Library and creating a backup of it.

If you have photos, you could think about which ones you would want to carry in your iPhone and create albums for them. I know how to do that on a mac with iPhoto - not sure what Windows folks do.

You could also read the manuals which are probably online at apple.com. The 3GS manual might not be there yet, but you could at least read the 3G one.

Phil Lee
Jun 18, 2009, 03:53 AM
I would go to http://support.apple.com/manuals/#iphone and download the user manual for the iPhone and read it today, that way you'll be ready for tomorrow. It's what I'm doing now.

SteelercazUK
Jun 18, 2009, 08:23 AM
Hey all

Thanks for the brilliant replies! Got me booked in at my local Apple store for a personal shopping slot to buy the iPhone tomorrow morning, woohoo, just one more question.

My boyfriend has an iPhone, and I remember when he first set it up he had problems with his contacts, with contacts from his work email on Outlook on one PC ending up in his iPhone contact list. I need to prevent this happening, as have thousands of contacts on my work Outlook email that I don't want on my iPhone contacts list.

The numbers I want are on my current SIM card, which is unfortunately from another network (Orange) - is there a way I can get these onto the iPhone, and saved to contacts, and just set it up so these are the contacts which sync with iTunes...whilst...when I setup the Exchange account for my work Outlook account, these contacts don't get put on my iPhone??

That sounds amazingly complicated, but can't think of a more concise way to put it sorry!! :o I just remember it took my partner ages to get this problem sorted out once it happened, and want to skip that aggro if possible...