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One of the biggest advantages Android phones have over the iPhone is the deep level of customisation you get.But all those options can be daunting to a smartphone beginner. If you’re new to Android, we have some tips to get you started with your new phone.
Note: This walkthrough was done using the latest version of Android. Software can vary from device to device, so we kept things as general as possible.
Since you own a Google phone, you should sign in with your Google account. This is the first screen you'll see when you turn on your phone for the first time. Once you sign in, all your Google services like Gmail, Calendar, Contacts, Reader, etc. will sync.
This is Android's default home screen. You'll likely want to change things around a bit. Let's make some room for a few new apps.
The Android Market is the place to start. Below is our list of a few essential apps we think you'll need right off the bat. (And they're all free!)
Facebook: No intro needed here.
Twitter: Send and receive tweets.
Foursquare: Check in to venues and share your location with friends.
Netflix: Stream movies and TV shows to your Android phone.
Evernote: The best note taking app on the planet. Syncs with your phone, computer, and pretty much any other device you can think of.
Dropbox: A great way to store files in the cloud.
New York Times: Keep up with the latest important news.
Sportacular: Live scores for all your favourite sports.
Google Reader: Google's RSS feed reader.