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I bought an iPhone 5 yesterday and I was wondering what ideas the community had to help make my experience better. I have a iPod Touch and a iPad; however, until yesterday I have not had a iPhone. I had a Samsung Captivate Glide very briefly until Yesterday but before that I was on boring phones. So anyways to make a long story short, what apps/games or setting should I change to make the phone better?

asked Feb 25 '13 at 08:07

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Put Google Chrome on it, and I also like Data Usage for monitoring data if you don't have unlimited.

answered Feb 25 '13 at 08:39

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I just put Google Chrome on it thanks I now have all my bookmarks. Also, I like Data Usage except the one I found wants your location at all times and I feel that that might use a lot of battery.

(Feb 25 '13 at 17:44) TheTechDude TheTechDude's gravatar image

I have an iPhone 5 two weeks now, and mainly I have some tips and tricks related to battery life and network connectivity.

Network: A thing I have read from Blogs and that the own seller told me, is that the first week your 3G network might not work correctly, this is because iPhone 5 counts with a Tecnology of switching Bands and connections, so in the first week it kind of tries to understand how your Carrier and cell towers work, in my first days I toggled 3G on and it keep connected to edge, but at the 4-5 day it connected instantly to 3G.

Also try to assure that you use wifi/Bluetooth/3G when needed, if not, turn them off.

Battery life: Some blogs go more deep into how you can safe as much battery, but I basically just turn down Brightness (sometimes auto lighting doesn't help you save) and control push notifications (Apps, Mail). Get yourself into the notification section in your iPhone and just leave apps that you really need to deliver notifications, shutting of all the toggles of each unnecessary app. Ill toggle of Push download of Mail only when I'm like in ten percent. Also things like Siri raise to speak or System location services might need to be checked so you leave things that you might really need to be updated constantly.

Gaming on the iPhone might also bring down your battery life, I only play simple games on the bus or stuff like that, unlike does graphic intensive apps that might bring your battery down quickly. Also the constant use of GPS/mapping apps can bring down your battery life down.

answered Feb 25 '13 at 16:52

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edited Feb 25 '13 at 22:26

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Surprisingly, I get good battery life, lasted all day today at school with using it a ton. Also, was almost constantly on LTE which is extremely fast at 40 Mbps download. Loving it so far.

(Feb 25 '13 at 17:45) TheTechDude TheTechDude's gravatar image

School is probably 8 hours not the whole day, in what porcentage did you have when you got out of school? I didn't notice that my country still doesn't support LTE, so I only use 3G that probably helps me conserve battery life.

(Feb 25 '13 at 17:52) Juancastim135 Juancastim135's gravatar image

I got up at 5 am and took it off the charger and then didnt plug it back in until about 5 pm and the battery was at 35% with running mobile hotspot for about and hour and a half of the day so that I could tether to an iPad and running tons of games and such. So I consider that pretty good battery life.

(Feb 25 '13 at 23:19) TheTechDude TheTechDude's gravatar image

That's good battery

(Feb 26 '13 at 17:43) Juancastim135 Juancastim135's gravatar image

The first thing to do is download the apps you have on your current Apple devices onto your iPhone using Apple's iCloud. Then you have to go and download Flipboard & Yahoo Weather, the best weather app on iOS. I would then suggest you download the likes of Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook. Other than them few its up to you. Hope this helped.

answered May 04 '13 at 18:20

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I would do the following to help your battery life, I did these on my iPhone 4S: Disable "Raise to Speak" in the Siri settings. Go to "Settings" > "Privacy" > "Location Services" scroll down, tap "System Services" and disable: "Diagnostics & Usage", "Genius for Apps", "Location-Based iAds", "Setting Time Zone" and "Traffic" if you don't use the traffic feature a lot. Disabling these will increase battery life. Also, I highly recommend disabling Location Services for the Camera app as I have read about some privacy concerns, but its entirely up to you.

answered May 05 '13 at 10:12

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uhhh. "J" word it? You know what the "J" word is... Sorry, I don't think I can say the "J" word on here.

answered Feb 26 '13 at 17:17

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I believe you can say it, you just can't talk about how to Jailbreak it. Also, I'm not sure if he's like me but I never want to hack a brand new device. Later in it's life though, when it is actually missing features, I sometimes do.

(Feb 26 '13 at 17:24) ryebread761 ryebread761's gravatar image

@br3akth3lim1t: There actually isn't a reason for me to jailbreak it. The only reason I would would be for the hotspot feature like my friend did but I don't need the jailbreak since Verizon allows it for free. Also, I jail-broke my old iPod and I didn't really feel a point and restored it.

(Feb 26 '13 at 17:42) TheTechDude TheTechDude's gravatar image

It's dumb for a site not to talk about jail breaking when most iOS 6 users have there devices jailbroken

(May 03 '13 at 21:34) Juancastim135 Juancastim135's gravatar image

Most iOS6 users have jail broken devices? I only know two people with jail broken devices (one is running iOS 5 still...) However, I know easily 50 people with iOS devices that are not jail broken.

(May 03 '13 at 21:57) TheTechDude TheTechDude's gravatar image

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/jan/29/apple-ios-6-devices Okay, so lets say all those users have kept their jailbreak and there are about 300 million iOS 6 users. That's roughly 2.3% of users. That's totally "most" of the users.

(May 04 '13 at 12:26) ryebread761 ryebread761's gravatar image
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I am confused the answers to this question are popping up in my email. And I didn't ask this question. Any idea why that is happaning?thanks!

answered May 05 '13 at 16:38

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I have no clue...

(May 05 '13 at 20:50) TheTechDude TheTechDude's gravatar image

just get the games that are on your Ipod and Ipad and most importantly the ones that you like

answered May 05 '13 at 20:02

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Put Google Crome, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for games what ever you like

answered May 08 '14 at 15:41

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return it and get an S4 :)

answered May 04 '13 at 21:13

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That's not a useful answer.

(May 05 '13 at 10:07) jjb0894 jjb0894's gravatar image

That was dumb to buy the iPhone 5 since the iPhone 5s and 5c just came out. Also why do you hate me so much I had a questions up and you remove every question I ask you just hate the world.

answered Sep 10 '13 at 17:36

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He bought it 7 months ago...

(Sep 10 '13 at 22:33) sfrancis928 sfrancis928's gravatar image
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