iPhone 3G Tips

I bought my iPhone 3G on the day it was launched in India: August 22, 2008. I had to go book mine a day before and I guess that made it easier, I did not have to wait in a queue. I just landed at the store, showed my booking receipt, they charged my card for the balance and handed me the phone – but then they took it back to ‘activate’ it and gave it back after another couple of minutes. Largely a smooth process – compared to the horrific stories about the US Launch on July 11.

The first thing I did was to turn off the 3G radio. Since India does not have 3G yet, and not expected for another 6 months on Airtel. It’s best to turn this off to save battery. To do this, just go to Settings->General->Network and turn off ‘Enable 3G’.

Next thing I noticed is that iTunes would take way too long to backup the phone everytime I wanted to sync. So I disabled the automatic backup by doing the following on my mac:

Open Terminal, type: defaults write com.apple.iTunes DeviceBackupsDisabled -bool true
and hit return

Note iTunes should not be running when you do this. Launch iTunes after doing this and it won’t backup the phone every time. I am thinking that I would like to re-enable backup by changing the ‘true’ above to ‘false’ once in a month.

For Windows folks:
1. Locate your iTunesPrefs.xml file. It’s usually located in C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Apple Computer\iTunes or C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\Apple computer\iTunes.
2. Open it in Notepad and search for a section called User Preferences and paste the following snipped into the User Preferences Section after the first <dict>:

<key>DeviceBackupsDisabled</key>
<data>
dHJ1ZQ==
</data>

3. Save the file and launch iTunes. You may want to take a backup of your existing iTunesPrefs.xml first.

Next: Turn off the Equalizer of the iPod since it eats up battery when it plays songs. Turn off the EQ by going to the Settings > iPod > EQ and change to Off.

I’ll add more as I use my iPhone more 🙂

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