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OK. So you bought a new Windows Phone (probably a Nokia Lumia) and you have to get started. I assume that you already have a Microsoft Live account with your contacts, calendar and OneDrive (SkyDrive) files. Let’s begin:
As the User’s Guide says, first fully charge your smartphone – hahaha I’m just kidding…
If it is bought outside Greece, you need to change your regional settings at Settings/system–> region, your language (probably) at Settings/system–>language and add your keyboard at Settings/system–>keyboard (needs reset after download/installation and you can have as many keyboards as you want).
Connect it to a WiFi hotspot because you’ll need to download and setup everything over the internet.
Check if there are any OS or Firmware updates at Settings–>phone update – 99% there will not be anything since it’s a new device, but you may be lucky to buy it just after Microsoft issued an update.
Connect your Hotmail/Live/Outlook/whatever_MS account to bring your contacts/calendar to the phone.
Connect to a Nokia account (you only need to give your Live account to go on) – you will need this account for Nokia apps like Here Maps where you can save your favourite places.
Setup backup of photos/SMS/videos.
Enable Battery Saver at Settings/system–>battery saver.
I also enable SMS notifications at Settings/applications–>Messaging.
And of course download the Greek map for offline use (or any other country you will need) at Settings/applications–>maps–>download maps.
When you finish with the installation of apps, go back to Settings/applications–>background tasks to check if there apps that you don’t want to waste energy…
What are the essential apps to start working?
Nokia camera (and then switch to this app as the default camera app at settings/applications–>photos+camera)
Nokia Car App (and setup your speed dial contacts)
HERE Transit (incredible flexibility if you also have a data connection – I took a night bus in London directly to my hotel and skipped the taxi!)
HERE Drive – the difference with HERE Drive+ is that in plain Drive you can only navigate with your country’s map (your SIM defines your country), but you can still use ANY online/offline map to show you the way in HERE Maps
Messenger (by Facebook)
PDF Reader (by Microsoft)
Battery by Semenov (not needed in WP8.1)
ConnectivityShortcuts (not needed in WP8.1)
Calculator Toolbox Free
World Clock (by Microsoft)
Nokia Creative Studio
Bing Health & Fitness (it also has a very nice GPS Tracker)
Bing Food & Drink (with an impressive list of Greek wines)
And what I also use for my work/life:
Whatsapp (Viber is also available)
Translator (by Microsoft – you can download offline dictionaries)
Nokia Beamer (amazingly simple app)
Nokia Video Trimmer
Nokia Video Upload
SophieLens for Nokia or SophieLens HD
Bing Weather (or Accuweather)
Shazam (with Cortana in WP8.1 it’s now useless)
MusiXmatch lyrics player (mainly for the lyrics)
Free GPS Speedometer
Speedometer by Sygic
Adidas miCoach (not that I’m running, but I have paid for the miCoach hardware)