The new iPhone comes out tomorrow. FOX 11's 'Tech Ninja' Tshaka Armstrong is here with tips for first time buyers - or people just looking to 'jump the fence' from other devices to the latest Apple smartphone.
First, the fun! High demand and a single manufacturer mean a wealth of accessories for us consumers.
The products I featured today are:
iGrill- A bluetooth-enabled meat thermometer that allows you to monitor your grill from approximately 200 ft. away. Love this product! The features are great:
You can pick one up for $79.99 here: http://store.igrillinc.com/igrill-black/
The Bluetooth Sliding Keyboard Case we featured can be found on www.ThinkGeek.com and is another great product for those coming over from a Blackberry to an iPhone! It's $24.99 and is currently on sale, marked down from $49.99. Click this link to check it out: http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/ea6d/
The PowerSkin Battery Case from XPal Power is a case with a 1500mAh battery built in! Ok, so you're asking, "What does that really mean?" Good question. It will get you somewhere in the neighborhood of 5 more hours of talk time and 200 more hours of standby. I haven't had a chance to thoroughly test those claims from the manufacturer so you're mileage may vary in real world use. You can find the case here: http://www.power-skin.com/battery-cases/iphone-pss.php
Syncing And Backing Up Your Data
Please, please, please sync your phone with either the cloud or your desktop computer! So many of us need to be reminded to do that and so few do but the day your phone dies for some reason or the other, you'll be glad that all of the data you keep on it is backed up somewhere. For more information on how to add multiple Google calendars to the Calendar app on your new iPhone, you can look here: http://support.google.com/mobile/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=139206
To export your contacts out of, or in to the apps you're currently using:
Remember that when it comes to your data, "Data in the cloud and down here on earth!" If it lives somewhere other than on your computer, it doesn't fully belong to you. YOU need to control your information.
Use iTunes to back up your device to your computer and then if you want to, you can turn on iCloud back up which is an absolutely awesome way to keep your info backed up. Why? Because when you buy a new phone or if something goes wrong with the old one and you have to replace it, you can restore your device from anywhere you can connect to the internet if you're unable to get back in front of your computer to restore from the back up on your computer.
Some of the great uses for syncing with iCloud are: Photo Stream, Safari, Documents, Reminders, Contacts, Notes and Find My iPhone/iPad. As I said in the segment, using the above will allow your data to stay in sync between your computer, iPad and iPHone without you ever having to connect to a cable! With Find My iPhone/iPad, if you lose your device you may be able to track the device to it's last known location using the device's built-in GPS. I've retrieved my son's lost phone using this service (though it was a Blackberry and Sprint's Family Locator Service which works similarly).
For more information or if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to tweet me @tshakaarmstrong or drop me an email at the link in this post on the left!
My top apps you should download for your device first are:
Dining/Local Businesses- Yelp
Finance- Your bank should have its own app, so hit the App Store and search for it by name!
Streaming Radio- iHeartRadio, Spotify, or Pandora
Entertainment- Moviefone or Flickster