Aug 03

An update on my Android vs iPhone experiment. At the start of this year I purchased a Google Pixel phone for review and I ended up keeping it because it was so good. So how am I feeling about it 6 months later? The novelty of the Google phone is wearing off but I still prefer it over the iPhone – just. I have however switched back to the iPhone simply because it’s easier to stay in the one ecosystem. It was educational to use an Android phone for 6 months.

In the end it doesn’t come down to hardware features like camera resolution or processor speed. It seems to be the small details that swing me one way or the other. Turning silent mode on and off. Getting back to the home screen easily. Copying a text. Changing a setting. The feel of typing. Apple and Google would do well to learn some lessons from each other in these areas instead of trying to outcompete in the larger areas.

Here’s what I’m finding are the most noticeable differences after 6 months of use. Continue reading ⟩

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May 20

I’ve started using Google Sheets a lot lately. You can make a link straight to Google Sheets on your desktop or dock so that you can access it more easily. Read on to find out how.

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Nov 11

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Google calendar is Google’s calendar app for your iPhone. I like it. Continue reading ⟩

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Nov 10

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If you get a message in Apple Mail saying that “the user name or password for ‘imap.gmail.com’ is incorrect” but you know that your email address and Password are the right ones, here are some things to try.

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Jul 25

Google play

If you live in Australia and you have a pre-paid Telstra Plan you can use your spare credit to make purchases.  And by spare credit, I mean the entire amount that you top up your phone with each month.  For example, I am on a $30 a month prepaid Telstra plan. I get $700  worth of calls plus  3 GB of data, Yet, at the end of the much I still have that $30 in my Telstra account, and  I can use the entire $30 to buy movies with for ‘free’.  It sound strange  I know but that’s how it works.  It only works on Android phones. It does not work on an iPhone.  But there is a way to get the best of both worlds…

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Jul 24

samsung

I am a diehard Mac fanatic.  But only because Apple is the best.  So I am the worst kind of fan. I will switch if something better comes along.  At Christmas time I had a play with my cousin’s Samsung Galaxy S6. It was very nice. It’s the first time I’ve considered switching to Android.   I know I am flirting with the enemy here but I was wondering whether it might be time to do a series on switching from iOS to Android?  I reached out to Samsung. Read on to see how they responded!

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Jul 22

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This is the latest craze: google cardboard. It’s real fun. Here’s a quick introduction and how to get it working on your iPhone.

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Jan 29

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Apple has changed the way calendars sync in Mavericks. Here’s how to sync your Apple Calendar App with an existing Google calendar.

You can’t use an iCloud based calendar to sync with Google.  You need to start from Google and go the other way.  Apple can see the gmail calendar but not the other way round.

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