Yesterday in My iPhone 3G Purchasing Experience, Part 1, I outlined 3 helpful hints to know before purchasing the iPhone 3G. If you haven't read it yet, you should read it first before continuing on to part 2.
Helpful Hint #4: Figure out what accessories you want before waiting in line
crystal film cover (2 sheets for $15!) when he got his iPhone 3G and it seemed like an absolute necessity to have in order to prevent smudges and scratches on the screen that I was somewhat surprised to find was not protected by any of the cases.
I wanted a clear case so that I could still see my Black 8GB iPhone 3G, but also wanted it to be hard so that it could be very protective against drops and other crazy things I accidentally do to my phones. The only option in the store that fit that description was the Contour iSee. But when I got home and actually read the reviews, I saw that it was rated rather poorly. Luckily, after a week's worth of use, I've found that the reviewers were grossly over exaggerating the negatives. The iPhone 3G isn't difficult to use in the case nor does it scratch my delicate fingers. It seems strong & sturdy and I like it. But had I actually done research beforehand, I probably would've gone with the Contour Flick instead because it received better reviews.
When you enter in the store, you're so excited to finally make it inside that you're not in the right frame of mind to make comparison decisions about accessories. The attendants half expect you to know what you want, so figure it all out before you even get to the store on Apple's online store.
Helpful Hint #5: Sync your iPhone 3G before downloading apps
Because I bought my phone on Monday morning, I went to work with my brand new iPhone 3G. Therefore, I wasn't able to sync up my phone with iTunes. Plus I wanted to use up the battery all the way until it shut off, and then charge it all the way to full like many sites have suggested. But I had my iPhone 3G, read up about all the amazing applications, and wanted to play around with them. So I downloaded them onto my phone using my company's WiFi. Very cool.
The problem came when I synced my iPhone 3G with my home computer's iTunes. My apps stopped working! They would launch, but a couple of seconds later, they would return to the home screen. I tried Google Mobile, Shazam, Facebook, Pandora Radio, Remote, AIM, Bible, and others and they all had the same experience. At this point, I was almost freaking out. I was wondering if my iPhone 3G was broken or if I had a virus. But then I noticed that none of the apps were actually in my iTunes. They didn't sync.
So after reading some forums, I discovered that I needed to first authorize my computer to access Apple store content on my iPhone. Then in the iTunes store, I re-downloaded all the free apps I had on my iPhone and re-synced. Everything worked after that. I believe the problem was that I had downloaded the apps before actually setting up my iPhone with my home computer.
So that's it! I hope you found the hints helpful. I'm certain my experience would have been better had I known these things up front. But now I'm loving my iPhone 3G. I find all sorts of reasons and excuses to use every single application that's on there. I make sure I'm not in the shower too long by using the timer application that's part of the Clock. I of course check my email (GMail & Exchange) constantly. I use the calculator to figure out tip. The Bible app comes in handy in Bible study when someone forgets their own and borrows mine. I could go on and on.
I'm hoping in a few weeks to do a more detailed review of my experience using the iPhone 3G — what I like, dislike, and what could be improved. Until then, I'll leave you with my full list of apps: