Congratulations on your new smartphone! Your smartphone offers more features than ever, including built-in GPS, Wi-Fi support, a camera, and a web browser. It also includes 2GB of onboard memory and a 16GB microSD card. Your Smartphone enables you to easily keep in touch with others via e-mail or messaging, with pictures and video, and yes, even with a good old-fashioned phone call.

Before you can use the phone, though, you have to insert the battery, charge it, activate it, and set it up. Even if you have bought a refurbished Samsung galaxy. You’ll also need to work through the Setup Wizard and brief tutorial that appears when you first turn on the phone. While you can do this on your own, it’s probably better if you can do it in a “real” store with a Smartphone expert, such as a Verizon store where you might have purchased the phone. However, the components only fit together one way, and it’s hard to go wrong with the Setup Wizard if you have to do it by yourself.

After you insert the battery for the first time, the phone should start up and be ready to use. However, the battery likely won’t be fully charged, and you should completely charge it before moving forward. When the phone is charged and ready, click the red icon on the front of the phone. This is technically called the “End” key, and is what brings up the Home screen. Work through the wizard as prompted. Yes is the proper answer in almost all cases. Later, you’ll use additional setup wizards to help you configure e-mail, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and more.

Managing Contacts

When you maintain an updated contact list, you can easily access contacts from the Contact icon on the Home screen while performing various Smartphone tasks like text messaging, e-mailing, and dialing. You can choose from a list of contacts and save time by typing just a few letters of the contact’s name to access contact information. You can add a contact by manually typing the contact’s name, e-mail address, phone number, and the like, or you can add it with other good techniques. One common way to add a contact is to locate it from a call log or e-mail, click the Menu key, and choose Add to Contacts when prompted.

Change the Look

There are a lot of ways to personalize your Smartphone. You can choose ring tones, customize the background, reposition the icons, change what the convenience keys do when you press them, and even add great smartphone accessories like wireless speakers or hands-free headsets.

Personalizing your Smartphone can make it more fun to use, but it can make it easier to use too. For instance, if you’re constantly looking up information on Smartphone Maps, you can assign that application to a convenience key on the outside of the phone. You can assign any application you like, or leave the keys set to their defaults.