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iOS for beginners: Setting up your iPhone

03 January 2013 | Read the review | Post your comment
iOS for beginners: Setting up your iPhone - read the full textWhether you love it, hate it or even loathe it, Apple’s smartphone remains a desirable piece of tech for many out there. And whether you’ve bought one, are thinking about it, or even trying to find reasons why you shouldn’t, it's important to find out what makes it stand apart...


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I have to laugh when people start saying the iOS is basic and for kids when most adults i know own a device. What also makes me laugh is when people start spouting about specs and features, most of which are useless to your average joe.
You're not more intelligent if you have a device with 1080p 5inch screens and quad core processors. It just means you bought the hype and are hoping that your Android phone will get updates for more than a year and a half.

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  • 2013-01-04 20:26
  • sXD7

> In reply to Szakalit @ 2013-01-04 14:17 from YUME - click to readYou're really not making a fair comparison. The Note 2 is a phablet, and has a different function than the iPhone 5, why not compare the iPhone 5 to the GS3/Maxx RAZR HD/ One X+ etc.

Note 2 has a 1.5 inch bigger screen which is going to drain the battery more than the 4 inch iPhone 5. If the apps you're using have white backgrounds the battery is gonna drain faster than with LCDs. Did you check in the settings which process was dragging your battery the most? It could have been a rouge/ poorly optimized app, or unneeded process you could disable. You could use a dark themed static wallpaper instead of a live one for more battery also.

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  • 2013-01-04 20:03
  • Y7Vc

> In reply to Szakalit @ 2013-01-04 14:17 from YUME - click to readMan, this is the same situation for me too!! I have an Android so far, now with my iPhone 5, when i stops the 3G from time to time, my battery lasts for 3! DAYS :)

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  • 2013-01-04 19:15
  • iABB

that was of great help for a beginner !!

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  • 2013-01-04 18:21
  • XNts

Very very limited closed os even after jailbreaking , far less than a Normal android , so what about unlocked bootloader and rooted droid !! The most overpriced nothing special device !! And with no unjailbreaking your phone may be harmed with no solutions!

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  • 2013-01-04 17:50
  • MDVw

duh,iphone.... Was thinking of getting one but it looks like there is too much trouble even doing simple things. Windows rock... or better,windows 8 rocks

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  • 2013-01-04 17:21
  • N7Ax

ios will always be for beginners, the os itself looks like a kids toy.

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  • 2013-01-04 17:10
  • 4@9b

Arrr all smartphones are computers

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  • 2013-01-04 14:22
  • X3t0

I recently sold my Note 2 and purchased iPhone 5. I hope this explain you which one is better. Both the Os's have apps, games etc but the THING Android sucks at is battery.

I sold my 4S and upgrade to Note II considering that massive 3100mah battery will last a day for a traveler like me, but it was completely opposite.

I have tried custom roms, stock deodexed roms, custom kernels, removed all bloatwares from Samsung douchwiz, but still it didn't last a day for me. Average screen time was 5-6 hours on Note II which would be the best if you compare it with SGS2, SGS3 and HOX.

Compare the same with iPhone 5, right now my battery is 56% with screen time of 5hours 43mins, 15 hours standby. It gonna last more than a day.

Same apps, same social bunch of apps like facebook, whatsapp, twitter, instagram which I installed in Note II.

Now, decide yourself. Either enjoy massive screen, huge custom roms, customizations, custom kernels, tons of launchers and suck battery life for 10-15 hours.

OR enjoy closed OS, no customization, no different launchers, no jailbreak (iPhone 5/iOS6), amazing battery life of 1-2 DAYS.

Make your choice!

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  • 2013-01-04 14:17
  • YUME

> In reply to Saurav Ghosh @ 2013-01-03 20:07 from ute6 - click to readLying.u don't have note 2.

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  • 2013-01-04 14:14
  • ftKb

even my 80yr old grandma can jailbreak all kinds of iphones, ipod touch, ipads..

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  • 2013-01-04 13:38
  • v0Xt

"Safari isn't the best browser on the
iPhone anymore. If you don't own a
Mac then you probably don't use iCloud
to sync your opened pages across
devices. You can do this with Chrome
for iPhone, which is also very fast and offers an intuitive swipe interface that
outclasses Safari in every way.".....

As we all know, apple restricts java script performance on 3rd party browsers for iOS. So for best experience, one should only use Safari. And safari is very fast and feature rich with stuff like reader. (plz don't reply me saying it doesn't have flash, we all know that)

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  • 2013-01-04 13:27
  • t1$A

> In reply to Onin @ 2013-01-04 05:37 from t7Xr - click to readThe problem wiith this articleis,it only cover things that even a new comer for iDevice could've figure it out by said it yourself, its simple and straight forward..that's why iOS doesn't actually needs "beginners guide"..but a complete walkthrough and details that most newcomers would've overlooked is what they ought to cover...don't get me wrong, i'm not an enthusiast, i don't care about fandroid and apple fanboy troll-wars, I even rarely comment here..but i just love GSMarena's articles and review so far..i even like their Android tips article before eventhough i'm an iPad2 user (2years)..but this article is a little disappointing for me...

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  • 2013-01-04 11:04
  • y$7%

iOS IS for beginners, even my cat knows how to use a left to right "made of icons" OS.

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  • 2013-01-04 10:29
  • mYHr

Android is still the best operating system :)

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  • 2013-01-04 09:11
  • 0Up%

I personally liked the recommendations on Android for beginners where you recommended different apps for different fields which is missing in this tutorial. This is a let down and I expected a lot more.

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  • 2013-01-04 08:57
  • KIAY

Very poor capable functionalities no fun

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  • 2013-01-04 08:51
  • t1$E

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-01-04 07:11 from 39x{ - click to readbut why on earth you want to use camera app and youtube at the same time???

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  • 2013-01-04 08:40
  • QJia

> In reply to fred mnc @ 2013-01-04 01:26 from XMiw - click to readyeah i think it's a good article and quite informing to iOS beginners. i like this bit though "much more than a bragging right on the Starbucks table". i know some people who do this, iphone or other high end devices.

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  • 2013-01-04 08:35
  • 9xB$

nice guide especially the 5th page...

I wonder what will be the next guide? BB OS or windows OS for beginneers...

:D i love this line from page 2...
It's annoying but it's the Apple way - get over it or move on to a more open operating system.

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  • 2013-01-04 08:25
  • P@dH

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