It’s Like Coming iHome
I’ve been a Mac user for over five years. Back when I was working for an employer I was forced to use the PC laptops and Blackberry cell phones they supplied. At the time my personal computer was (and remains today) a Macbook Air that weights slightly more than a feather. My cell phone was an iPhone 4S.
Then I started wearing contact lenses. Making the move full-time from eyeglasses to contacts was based on necessity as I started commuting on a motorcycle full-time. I liked the flexibility of not having to carry a pair of sunglasses and my glasses, even though they changed shade to accommodate changes in light.
With the moved from glasses to contacts, combined with age-related vision changes, my iPhone became impossible to read. When my Sprint contract came up for renewal, instead of upgrading to a 5S, I opted to upgrade to a much larger Android phone, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3. It was larger, more readable, and the photo/video viewing was fantastic. But I was missing something.
What I Missed Most
It was the seamless nature of Apple apps just working together that I missed the most. Although I could easily read most applications and obtain the third party apps I enjoyed the most (Spotify, Kindle Reader, Netflix, and Hulu) via Google Play, it wasn’t the same. From the perspective of a full-time Apple fanboy, with Apple TV, two Macs, and two additional iPhones all connected seamlessly in our home, using the Note 3 necessitated a patching-together of apps to mimic the same functions.
The iOS functions I missed the most
This is the seamless ability to project my iPhone screen to my Macbook or to my TV. Android’s Screenshare is a substitute but one without the Mac seamlessness or the ability to share my Note with my Macbook.
Finally, all my email account in one app. I have several Gmail accounts, an iCloud email account, and an Outlook.com email account. Apple Mail allows me to have all of these within one app. This was possible with Android via a third-party app, but again, it lacked the seamless interface with my other apps.
When I left iOS, I left behind over 1,000 songs at my fingertips. Sure, I could have used DoubleTwist, an Android app designed to patch together iTunes (which isn’t Android friendly), but still, it wasn’t the purebred version of iTunes. I used both Spotify and Pandora subscriptions while in the wilderness. When my iPhone 6 Plus arrived last week, suddenly all my songs were back and the iTunes radio can now replace Pandora.I still maintain my Spotify subscription but we’ll see if Apple’s new Beasts Music can replace it for the same price and features.
All my appointments on my phone and my Mac, seamlessly. Previously using the Note 3, iCalSync was another third-party app that would feed my Apple iCal to my Google calendar, but again… needing to find more apps to make other apps work wasn’t what I wanted from my wireless system. Now it doesn’t matter if I make an appointment on the Macbook or the iPhone, both are seamless synced.
The optics behind Apple’s iCamera still outperform the Note 3’s amazing camera. I loved the larger display and the rich colorful videos on the Note 3. However the intuitive user-friendly interface and again, seamless connection with other Apple apps, make it a better choice for me.
“You’re Completely Biased!”
Most Android fans will wave their flags with the little green Android logo at me and comment that I’m completely biased towards anything Apple.
But they’re wrong.
I thought the Newton was a flop.