Verizon iPhone 101: A Beginner's Guide

The Verizon iPhone is finally here and, if the pre-sale numbers are to be trusted, it's a big hit. Are you new to Apple's mobile operating system? Are you new to the world of smartphones? Maybe you already own an iPod or an iPad and are comfortable with the ins and outs of Apple devices, but want to make sure you get the most out of your new phone. Whatever your situation, The Unofficial Apple Weblog has put together a 2,000-word beginner's guide that goes over all of the basics.

As you kick off your iPhone experience, keep in mind that you didn't just buy a new phone, you picked up an entirely new computer (even if it is small and adorable) -- and there's a lot more to your new iPhone than you might initially think. You can download an exhaustive user manual (PDF) from Apple. Or, if you prefer, you might also want to pick up a book. There are many terrific offerings out there including one that I and co-blogger Steve Sande wrote for Apress.

In addition to its touch screen, the iPhone provides a number of buttons including the big round Home button at the bottom of the screen, a sleep/wake button at the top-right of the unit, and volume controls/mute switch on the left side. Use the Home button to hop out of applications, and the sleep-wake button to lock your phone and switch off its screen.

The iPhone has a wide vocabulary of touch interaction styles including tapping, double-tapping, swiping, flicking, and more. Getting used to the on-screen keyboard can take time, so be patient with yourself until you become comfortable with it and the phone's style of predictive correction. Often as not the best way to get rolling is just to type as you normally would on a phone with a physical keyboard and let the autocorrect work with you.

TUAW offers regular iPhone 101 features that introduce tips and tricks for the beginning user, including ones about using the iPhone keyboard. Note that you can access numbers and punctuation using the small '123' button at the bottom left of the keyboard -- handy for passwords and such.

Read the full story at The Unofficial Apple Weblog.

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Nicholas Jackson is a former associate editor at The Atlantic.

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