Everywhere you look around, there is an Android smart phone today. Thanks to the open nature of Android we have a lot of manufacturers of Android phones and some of them have made owning a smart phone very affordable. So as the Android phones pour down like rain, one question that gets asked very often is what to do when you just buy an Android phone. So here is a guide that would tell you everything you must do while buying your Android smart phone as well as steps you must follow to set up your Android phone.
While Purchasing Your Android Phone:
Just when you are purchasing an Android smart phone make sure you do the following things.
1) Buy the phone from a well known and trusted retailer. A lot of cases have come in the past where people have been sold faulty or fake smart phones. So avoid picking phones from an unknown place in hope of saving some money. Also, if ordering online, use only trusted websites or the Company website whose device you are purchasing.
2) Make sure the product is sealed. It is something we overlook at times, but never buy an Android or for that matter any device which does not have a proper seal.
3) Check fro IMEI Number and ask for the bill. A lot of retailers are prepared to sell phones without a bill for slightly cheaper rates. Do not fall into the trap and ask for the bill, and make sure you note the IMEI on the phone bill.
4) Make sure you check the accessories before you leave the shop. Some retailers may notoriously pick away the Bluetooth headset or even replace the standard charger or battery with some other hardware, so beware of that before you switch your Android phone on.
So once you have made sure you have your hardware set, it’s time to power on your Android device.
Setting Up Your Android For The First Time:
1) Switch your Android on after plugging the battery in, in case the battery is portable. If the phone does not switch on make sure to connect the device with your charger and to a power source.
2) Let the phone boot up to the welcome screen, usually it may take a while for the phone to boot up for the first time, so stay patient and do not pull the battery out or play with the power switch.
3) Most Android devices when booted for the first time would ask for your Account details such as Gmail Id and in some cases other accounts like Twitter or DropBox. Go ahead and input the accounts you wish to configure your device with. You may have to connect your device to a Wi-Fi network so the device can validate your account credentials. You can also skip this step in case you do not have an active data connection and activate your accounts later.
4) If you have entered your Google account details, you must sync your mail, calenders and contacts to your device. Maks sure Sync is on, so that this step can be done automatically.
5) Update your applications by opening Google play store. It is possible that some of the applications installed on your device may have been updated by the developers, so go ahead and update them.
6) Next step is to set up your widgets. You can check out other widgets in your device by either long pressing your home screen and selecting from there or from the application menu. We though warn you that some of these widgets can be really power sucking so make sure that you have set the right refresh rates for widgets like weather widgets etc.
7) Check your device for updates. Plenty of times there are updates available for devices. These could be minor updates or an OS update like going from Gingerbread to ICS or from ICS to Jellybean. This can be done by simply going to settings, and from there selecting Device information and checking for update there.
8) Once you are done having the latest goodies on board, you are free to download applications to your device. Head over to the play store and search for the applications that you must download. Some of the applications you might want to try out are: Chrome, Whatsapp, Adobe Reader, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Tune In Radio, Astro File Manager, Play Music. You may also want to download an alternate launcher to change the way your device looks. We recommend Nova Launcher, Go Launcher, Apex Launcher, Smart Launcher or ADW Launcher.
9) You can also set a different wallpaper for your device and that would give a personal look to your device.
Once you do all that you are set to enjoy the goodness of Android. However, if you want to go a step further you can go ahead and root your device and play around with custom ROM or change the clock speed of your device to get an even more customized device. We would not be covering rooting in this article as the procedure is different for every device.
So this was our guide to owning and starting with an Android device. Do let us know your views on it in the section below or tweet in to us at @Blogtechnika or @Techverarp.