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6 Ways to Make the Most Out of Your iPhone 5

Updated on February 21, 2013

If you feel your iPhone5 isn't the "most amazing iPhone yet", then you've probably overlooked a few features or you're simply not making the most out of your iPhone5. The iPhone is a powerful device and with the iPhone 5's faster processor and sleeker design, you should be able to turn your iPhone 5 into a powerful smartphone with the help of these external add-ons and downloadable apps.

1. Use your iPhone 5 for creating documents and reports with.

The iPhone 4s was designed as an iPhone for busy people who needed a faster phone with better internet connection speeds and a built-in assistant (Siri), but with the iPhone 5, you get a faster phone with even more stable internet connection, a more responsive Siri and a phone system that can withstand all the demands of busy people.

With the right ergonomic mini-keyboard add-on, you can turn your iPhone into a mini-computer on the go, which you can use to build your reports and documents with. Using the iPhone 5's on-screen keyboard is not entirely comfortable if you have chubby fingers or have long nails, but you can always find an alternative for this.

All it takes to turn your iPhone into a mini-computer screen is a mini-standalone keyboard. Typing with a separate keyboard is more comfortable than tapping away at your smartphone's screen; and if you want to finish that report really soon, you might want to use a keyboard that will allow your fingers to move freely. For a more flexible and comfortable experience, using ergonomic mini-keyboards would be a good alternative.

The iPhone 5 has very different ports that may not be compatible with most standalone mini keyboard gadgets today, but you can always opt for a wireless or bluetooth ergonomic keyboard like the tech gadget above.


2. Work whenever, wherever with a specially-fitted iPhone dock.

Not fond of typing your thoughts away in the car, on the plane or on the subway because of too much movement? Using a smartphone dock for the iPhone5 will allow you to go about your work without having to worry about vehicle movement. An iPhone dock can keep your smartphone and other add-ons in place so you don't have to worry about keeping the iPhone in one area as you type or chat away.

Since the iPhone 4s and iPhone 5 have the same widths, you shouldn't have a problem holding your smartphone in place on landscape. This means you can reuse your old iPhone docks for the new iPhone; but, if you're too hardcore for that, you could build your own iPhone dock, as well.

3. Your iPhone could be your gaming station on the go.

The iPhone 5's faster processor and wider and sleeker screen are the main reasons behind this. If you have nothing better to do, you could use your iPhone 5 as a mobile gaming station. Simply download a couple of games from the app store and play away with the iPhone 5.

For a more convenient gaming experience, you could attach a mini-keyboard to your smartphone (as seen above) so you don't have to tap away at your phone screen too much.

For Silent Hill fans, you can also find a simplified Silent Hill app in the App Store. (Download priced at $8)
For Silent Hill fans, you can also find a simplified Silent Hill app in the App Store. (Download priced at $8)

New games you should try out on your iPhone 5

There are plenty of PC games with iPhone App-counterparts in the App Store today. Here are a few of my favorites which you can download from the App Store. Some of them are paid, some of them may be downloaded for free.

Wormholes by Jeremy Slavitz - FREE

If you are fond of Portal by Valve, you'll love this iPhone clone. Designed by Jeremy Slavitz and released for free (save for a few in-app purchases), Wormholes is an exciting puzzle game with plenty of exciting levels.

The Oregon Trail - $5

If you enjoyed the Oregon Trail as a child, you'll definitely enjoy its more colorful Apple App version. The app isn't for free and it is not as challenging as its original, analog version. Still, if you're looking for an educational app which you and your kids will enjoy (and learn from), the Oregon Trail is a must-have.

Assassin’s Creed: Altair’s Chronicles - $10

The price is a bit steep for this simplified version of the original's Assassin's Creed but it is very interesting and the graphics aren't bad either. This version of Assassin's Creed was based on the Nintendo DS release of Assassin's Creed so the storyline of the game is a bit outdated, but fun, nonetheless.

4. Use SiriProxy to make Siri do more commands.

For those who have not tried to jailbreak their iPhones and reprogram Siri to do some unbelievable things yet, you could try to reprogram Siri this time around with the new updated version of Siri Proxy.

SiriProxy is a freeware which allows you to make Siri more responsive and give him/her/it more functionality. You could reprogram Siri to turn your car on, open your blinds, turn your TV on, alongside other commands, thereby making your iPhone 5 an extremely powerful gadget. If you truly want an amazing phone, start with Siri.

SiriProxy is freely downloadable on GitHub but if you want to learn how to build your own hack, you might need to learn Ruby on Rails and other programming languages. You also need to understand how to work with networks, servers, and even a little bit of mechanics.

5. Take DSLR-Quality images with your iPhone 5 by attaching an add-on.

The iPhone 5 is equipped with a high-definition 8MP camera, but for those who have a penchant for photography, you could turn the iPhone into a DSLR-like gadget by simply attaching a camera lens add-on.

The iPhone 5 can easily withstand the hardware and software demands of this add-on thanks to its more stable processor. If you've always enjoyed photography, you could use the camera add-on to create such images.

6. Launch presentations with a click of a button.

All it takes is your iPhone 5, quick fingers and this iPhone projector to present all of your reports and ideas on screen and in full color. The iPhone Projector is a mobile breakthrough which allows you to project image, documents, videos, and presentations from your iPhone onto a wall or a projector screen whenever you need it.

The best thing about this iPhone projector is it size: small and portable, you can take it wherever and use it for any purpose.


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      Lamia 4 years ago

      Where are you getting the information for an iPhone "5" projector? I'm interested!

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      Ergonomics 5 years ago from United States

      @aykianink: I know, right? I'd like to try it out soon with my iPhone if I can find the add-on on eBay.

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      aykianink 5 years ago

      "Take DSLR-Quality images with your iPhone 5 by attaching an add-on." YOWZA. That's a fun idea.

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      Ergonomics 5 years ago from United States

      @Liz-reviews: Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed my short list of iPhone add-ons. I'm an iPhone user myself! *High five*

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      Eunice Elizabeth 5 years ago from Vancouver, BC

      Iphone projector, bluetooth keyboard, and camera lens....thanks for the tech corner...I love my new Iphone !!

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