Setting up your iPhone

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Kate and Frances and Karen all got iPhones this week. With compasses. And video cameras and fancy-pants stuff that my 3G version does not have.

I had fun watching them ooh and aaah over new apps, and seeing how generous people were via Twitter about helping them get set up with new apps.

The old “should I *pay* for apps when I can get so many for free?” discussion was raised. Me? I just compare everything to the cost of a chocolate bar. How many Mars Bars is this app worth? Would it bring me more pleasure than chocolate for longer? If so, I get it.

Below are images of the six pages of apps on my iPhone. Gah – I just counted them for the first time – 87 in all.

If you go to the set on Flickr, Apps on my iPhone October 2009,  you will find notes on most apps describing how I use them and how useful they are to me.

UPDATE 4 hours later:

The most useful apps for me are those that I can sync to the web and my laptop as well, like Remember the Milk, Tripit and Evernote. I also sync my google calendars, but it is not obvious how to do this.

  1. STEP 1: Go to here to find out how to set up the google account (by choosing Microsoft Exchange settings ) : Mail, Calendar, & Contacts Setup: Set Up Your iPhone or iPod Touch
  2. STEP 2: Go here to nominate which calendars you want to sync: Mail, Calendar, & Contacts Setup: Choose Which Calendars to Sync (We give our kids access to only *some* family calendars on their iPod Touches – they don’t care when the bills are due to be paid…)
  3. STEP 3: (Well, if you are me and just want it to be complex…) Sync your work Outlook calendar on your work PC up to Google Calendars, so that it can then be viewed via your synced iPhone using Google Calendar Sync .
My iPhone Apps Pg 1 - use all day every day

My iPhone Apps Pg 1 - use all day every day

My iPhone Apps - Pg - 2 - Used a couple of times a week

My iPhone Apps - Pg - 2 - Used a couple of times a week

My iPhone Apps - Pg 3 - Games to amuse me and the kids

My iPhone Apps - Pg 3 - Games to amuse me and the kids

My iPhone Apps - Pg 4 - Yeah, sorta, if Im in the mood

My iPhone Apps - Pg 4 - Yeah, sorta, if I'm in the mood

My iPhone Apps - Pg 5 - The graveyard of retired apps.

My iPhone Apps - Pg 5 - The graveyard of retired apps.

My iPhone Apps - Pg 6 - Apps that use the iPhone impressively

My iPhone Apps - Pg 6 - Apps that use the iPhone impressively

7 thoughts on “Setting up your iPhone

  1. Fantastic timing on this post Kathryn – I also got an iPhone on the weekend and found this post and your flickr notes really helpful and interesting.

  2. Thanks for sharing your learning
    most time saving and efficient
    love the simple but effective sorting of apps
    it would have taken considerable time to roadtest which apps were the most valuable.
    Most appreciated
    cheers 🙂 Audrey

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