Giving and Using iPhone this Holiday Season

  zholy 07:16 15 Dec 09
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iPhone is an Internet and multimedia enabled smartphone designed and marketed by Apple Inc. iPhone is more than just a phone. It combines three devices in one: a revolutionary mobile phone, a widescreen iPod, and a breakthrough Internet device. See, hear, play everything that entertains you on one really great iPhone.

Part I. Taking iPhone as a gift

Christmas is coming, and sometimes the stressful search for the perfect Christmas present for family and friends. If the people on your list are into gadgets, you'll be sure to give iPhone as a gift this holiday season.

People who will love the iPhone
* College students. If you've got a child in college, they've got a cell phone (which you're probably paying for) and might have/want an iPod. Why not combine the two?
* Movie fans who watch a lot of video may want great battery life offered by the iPhone.
* People on the go - with a phone, music player, and always-on Internet access, the iPhone is a terrific tool for someone always out and about.
* Game lovers. With the App Store, the iPhone has a library of terrific mobile games.

Part II. I just got an iPhone ... Now what?

OK, you're the proud owner of a fancy new iPhone. Not only is the iPhone a great holiday gift, it's also a very useful mobile device. You're really going to enjoy it. You may be asking yourself, though, where do I begin? Even if you've had an iPod in the past, the experience of setting up and using the iPhone is a bit more involved. Below you'll find most useful in the early stages of activating and using your iPhone.

Unlocking and activating iPhone
In order to being using your iPhone, you have to activate it using iTunes or PwnageTool. Though George Hotz has finally come up with Mac version of BlackRa1n jailbreak on Oct. 14th, 2009, BlackRa1n requires you to update your iDevice to OS 3.1.2 and then jailbreak it. PwnageTool, on the other hand, creates a custom firmware which preserves your Baseband from updating so that you may unlock your iPhone later if you want to. iFunia's iPhone column gives the step-by-step guide on iPhone activation with PwnageTool to get you started using it right away!

Syncing iPhone and iTunes
Once you've activated your iPhone, you'll be forwarded to the sync management page to manage iPhone syncing and content. The iPhone will automatically begin syncing your phone with the contacts, calendars, web bookmarks, and email accounts it finds on your computer. You can choose to accept whatever it finds or you can customize what gets synced. Music, podcast, movie syncing does not happen automatically the first time you connect the iPhone to iTunes. As such, you have to specify what you want to sync and then resync. The iPhone can also sync its photos with your iPhoto library. When you're done chosing all your settings, click the sync button at the bottom right to resync the iPhone with iTunes and all your content will be in place.

Getting holiday video and DVD movies onto your iPhone
Besides enjoying iTunes movie on the go, you will surely take some video and collect big DVD libraries this holiday. Video converter and DVD Ripper software can help you convert video – DVDs, TV shows, video clips – from their native formats to a format that will be supported by iPhone on Mac, including Snow Leopard. There are many programs such as Handbrake and iFunia DVD Ripper Pro for Mac can do this, ranging from free to those that cost $20-$40. They vary in output quality, so try a free download and then make the right choice.

Transfering video from iPhone to computer
This holiday, you will surely play with video recording feature from iPhone 3GS. You may prefer getting videos over to your new Mac and viewing the video at full quality, rather than compressed / monkeyed with for YouTube. To import videos quickly from iPhone 3GS to a Mac, first connect your iPhone to your Mac with its USB (sync) cable, and launch the Image Capture app, choose where to download videos or pictures to, and then click Download. You can also import 3GS videos via the iPhoto app, simply connect your iPhone 3GS to your computer and open your photo management program. Import photos in your normal way. Coming along with the still photos will be your video.

Well, Take advantage of the great gift and spread some cheer this holiday season!

  exdragon 07:42 15 Dec 09

FE informed

  zaraly 03:21 26 Dec 09

yeah, good idea, i could get an iphone to my nephew as a gift.
Great read! Also give a tutorial of using. When get holiday video and DVD movies maybe he can take ifunia to convert the formats easily.

  zaraly 03:21 26 Dec 09

haw-haw,merry chirstmas!!!

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