HTC Droid Incredible and also well-reviewed HTC EVO 4G are truly incredible super smartphones, they are both made by HTC and run Android 2.1 with HTC Sense. They are both hugely popular and both have a 1GHz Snapdragon processors and 480 x 800 pixels displays.
Our friend was out early on the first day of sale to get her HTC EVO 4G and then found out that Sprint couldn't transfer her contacts from her Samsung Instinct (there are several ways to do it, which we will explain later.) Her travail got us thinking. Because HTC Sense pulls all kinds of information together it would save you a lot of time when you get your HTC EVO 4G or Droid Incredible to get all your email accounts, social networking, passwords and "stuff" ready before you get your new HTC EVO 4G or Droid Incredible. Here our tips for what to do while you are waiting for
1. Read the Manuals & Quick Start Guides
Reading HTC EVO 4G User Guide(Manual) and the EVO Getting Started Guide, or Droid Incredible User Guide (Manual) will give you all kinds of insights on how to set up your HTC smartphone to work with all your accounts. You can also check out the
top tips from HTC community manager Eric Lin and our earlier article on new user tips.
2. Get a Google Gmail Account for Android Market
If you don't already have a Google login or Gmail account, you'll want to get one online. If you have your contacts in Gmail or Google Voice they will all import and sync into your HTC Droid Incredible and HTC EVO 4G.
You have to have a Google account in order to buy or download
anything from Android Market. The HTC Sense interface makes it super
easy to sync with your Gmail.
3. Make Names and Passwords
Short an' Sweet
We had too slips in using HTC Sense with our
Gmail account. First we have a very long user name and even longer
password! Although the touchscreen keyboards are excellent on the When we set up syinc on the HTC
Droid Incredible, it took several attempts to
type in a rather long password. For the username we used voice to text
the edited it. Now we wished that instead of a company name we used
initials and had a shorter password.
4. Delete Old Messages Decide on Email Strategy
The Gmail account online, had well a couple of hundred email messages that we forgot to delete, which were all downloaded through HTC Sense to the our HTC Droid Incredible. Deleting hundreds of messages on the phone requires finger acrobatics. We logged into our Gmail account on the web and deleted the old junk, which automatically deleted the email messages on the Droid Incredible. We suggest you clean up your email before you get your new phone.
5.Check with IT Dept
Business Users Note: You can only add one Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync account on your HTC Sense smarpthone. Make sure your IT department knows what that you will be syncing with the corporate server, they may or may not have suggestions.
If you are like, many of us, you may have several email accounts and hundreds of Facebook friends, do you really want all that informtion on your Droid or EVO?
6. Prep for POP or IMAP Accounts
If you use POP for your email account and retrieve your email from more than one place, you could lose track of emails. With IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol) you read your mail while it is still on the mail server. Because your mail remains on the server you can access it from any IMAP- device, anywhere.
POP (Post Office Protocol), downloads e-mail to ta location, generally
it from the central server.
Some people have a smartphone-only email address, that they give out only to a few people. You really don't want to use your battery juice for accounts that are spammed several times an hour. We are making an extra short email account at wmns.mobi, just for our smartphone and testing use.
7.Decide Who Your Friends Really Are Get Passwords
With the HTC Friend Stream app, you always know what's going on on Facebook
and Twitter, without actually going on Facebook and Twitter. The question is how many people's Tweets and trips to the market you want to read on Droid or EVO. You can de-friend people before you get your Droid Incredible or HTC EVO 4G to avoid Friend Stream Bloat. You can also get your passwords together to send in an email to your self to save time typing in passwords, (copy and paste them into the setup screens.
8. Ready Set Sync - from Your PC? Clean Up Contacts on Comptuer
HTC Sync allows synchronization between a phone and PC. This handy program will sync Outlook and Windows Address Book (Outlook
Express), contacts and calendar events between your computer and your
phone. However if you are like many of us you may have contacts on your PC that you can't even remember who the person is none
9. BACK UP BACK UP SAVE SAVE On Your Old Phone
If you can save you contacts onto your a microSD, save them in a compatible format on the microSD on your old phone. If you carrier offers cloud backup, see if you can backup your old phone. You can check with your carrier before you get your new HTC Droid Incredible or EVO 4G to figure out how you will get your contacts from your old phone to your new smarpthone.
10. Find a New Home or Sell or Recycle the Old Phone
Shop around to find the best price you can get for recycling your old phone. You can sell your used cell phone to iBuyPhones.com
for cash, or recycle their qualifying phones. In conjunction with a
partnership with American Forests, they will plant a tree for every
recycled phone received. You may decide to do good with your old phone.
You can donate your old phone to HopeLine to help survivors of domestic violence, download the postage-paid label available online. The donation of a cell phone can help make a difference for survivors
of domestic violence who need a vital link to emergency or support
services in a time of crisis or a reliable, safe connection to
employers, family and friends. By the time your mailing label comes, you have your HTC EVO 4G or Droid Incredible up and running.
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