Get Started with the HTC One; easy phone setup from your computer

Get Started with the HTC One; easy phone setup from your computer

Summary: It is a real pain to setup a new phone and enter all of your account information, select wallpapers and ringtones, and more. HTC solved that problem with their HTC Get Started service.

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    Wallpaper selector

    The new HTC home screen experience is powered by HTC BlinkFeed, but you will still see a lock screen wallpaper and one that appears when you swipe to the standard Android interface. There are several preloaded HTC options, and you can always choose a photo or image on your computer to use. It is very convenient to use this setup tool for wallpaper.

  • (Image: Screenshot by Matthew Miller/ZDNet)

    Lock screen options

    You can have different content appear on your lock screen and with this setup option, you can choose from one of four types. I chose Productivity, and, as you can see on the right, it shows what my lock screen will look like with the wallpaper I selected on the previous screen.

  • (Image: Screenshot by Matthew Miller/ZDNet)

    Account settings

    Another option in the HTC Get Started process is to set up your accounts. There is no option for Gmail, as that is handled on the device itself, so don't make the mistake I did and enter it as "Other email".

    I did use this screen to set up my Dropbox, Live.com, and Exchange email accounts.

Topics: Mobility, Android, HTC, Reviews, Smartphones

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  • looking forward

    To your full review. I'm not a Android guy at all but it almost hurts me to admit, the more I see & read about that phone, the more I'm starting to like it
    gordongr
  • HTC Get Started service

    This looks like an exciting new feature, but will it work with a Mac? Because I don't own a PC.
    rickyboyfloyd
    • Yes, it is all through a web browser

      This service is carried out through a web browser so works on any computer. It then sends the settings wireless to your HTC device.

      You will also be happy to know there are tools on the HTC One to transfer content from other phones, including the iPhone, and I will have screenshots of that in a future article.
      palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
  • Nice elegant setup

    I am so looking forward for your full review. This phone seems excellent so far.
    Marlon Milligan
  • HTC One

    Now all they have to do is to actually make the phone available - something they haven't as yet been able to accomplish. They do talk a good game about it, though.
    jeyges
  • Better than Samsung...

    Samsung KIES (Samsung's companion software) is an absolute nightmare (think iTunes, in 1 000 000 times worse). This crap nearly bricked my new Note II (splendid phone, by the way) by freezing in the midst of an update. I had to spend hours trying their "emergency recovery" procedure several times to get my phone back. Shame on Samsung (they think they can go without Google but they don't even master the basics of their phone's environment)... and shame on Google : by not offering a generic companion for Android (for installing updates, local calendar and contact sync, etc.) they leave the door open for the bogus, confusing, redundant, invasive, services from their "partners".
    (By the way, KIES sync with Outlook created duplicates by the dozens and Samsung's help pages advised to stop syncing with Google in order to avoid "conflicts" So they really seem to think of their crap Software as a troyan against Google's ecosystem (Nice try, Samsung: quess whose software I dumped... ).
    JB5645