I don't know how an everyday person does. I have been setting up iPhones, moving phone #'s to another IMEI, activating, talking to Apple support, ATT support, cutting a SIM to a micro SIM with a cutter, backing up, restoring.
I wonder if I'll have something interesting to write after a week of getting iPhone 5S, Galaxy Note 3, Kindle Paperwhite. All these devices are more interesting than a PC/Laptop. So, glad I stopped working on desktop operating systems in 2002. :-)