The quintessential question among Smartphone Users :”Is the iPhone platform superior to that of the Android system? Having used both platforms I can say I prefer the Android operating system. I find it easier to customize and Android has some features the iPhone is lacking. Below are some of them.
- Better Battery Stats And More Efficient Battery Saver
- More information from the home button. – Marshmallow’s Now on Tap tries to solve this issue by offering related information and links, based on its understanding of your texts.
- Back up unlimited photos using Google Photos – My favorite option
- Voice search without unlocking your phone
- Lost your phone – Google it
- Access your phone on a friend’s phone
A very good article and these hidden features and more at this link
In late July I am going to offer a course on how to take great photos and videos on your smartphone or tablet. The course will offer the following
- Framing better photos and videos
- Editing on your smartphone
- Presenting and Storing your media
I will announce dates, and costs the first week in July. Comment or email me with any questions. Below is a sample of what you can do on your smartphone.
I guess there was a life before iPhones, iPads and Android but I can’t seem to remember it :-). All the apps that are reported here work on both the IOS and Android platform.
I am probably on my Nexus (smartphone) and iPad 2-3 hours a day. Some of the apps are repeated each day. For example:
- Moves – A pedometer and maps of my walking and bus routes
- Magic Jack- I can call back to my friends and family anywhere in Ecuador
- Evernote- Taking notes and reminders
- Flipboard – Personalized news
- Pocket Cast – Listening to NPR and other news stories
Other apps I use for customized purposes. For example:
- Bridge Base – Playing Dupiicate Bridge with partners around the world
- Netflix – Viewing Movies and TV programs
- Easy Taxi- calling a taxi on a rainy day
- Weather Timeline – finding the weather for a future travel.
- DuoLingo – Language Tutorials – I use this to practice my Spanish
The TedBlog Website has a fantastic post on
What are your favorite apps?
The answer for me is about 3 hours a day – which translates to about 16% of my day interacting with my Nexus 5. Too much? A minute percentage is talking on the phone. In fact my Claro records say that I average about 120 minutes a month which is about 4 minutes a day. I use my phone for research, email, photos, podcasts, movies, reading. I’m never bored and I feel that the phone is an aid rather than a dependent.
NPR has a brilliant story – Bored… And Brilliant? A Challenge to Disconnect From Your Phone.
I encourage everyone to listen. And lets start a dialog.
The other day I was clearing the daily Smartphone apps in memory and I noticed that I had used 23 for that day. Here are some of the more interesting ones:
- Kindle – presently reading “Target Churchill”
- Moves – my personal pedometer
- Amazon Cloud Drive – All my photos uploaded automatically
- Duolingo – My Spanish learning course
- Easy Taxi – Request a taxi any
- GPS Test – Automatically tells me the elevation
- PocketCasts- Listen to TV and Radio anywhere
- Bridgebase- Play bridge with anyone instantly
I guess my favorite is “Google Now” App where I can verbally ask for anything like directions, conversions, facts etc. I also find myself dictating my emails which has a 95% accuracy rate on my phone.
Personally I find it easier to carry my computer in my pocket. This TED BLOG Link gives 25 apps that make your life easier
I consider myself to be Platform Agnostic. I own a Nexus 5 phone, and a iPad Mini. I use these two device approximately 6 hours a day. Here are 2 apps that run on both platforms and make my day a lot more productive.
You can store over 1/2 million photos free and immediately recall photos from your own albums or from the entire Flickr collection of 2 billion photos. Below is a favorite rose shot from 2005
Did you ever find an interesting web site and wanted to save it for offline reading. After acquiring a free pocket account the user just needs to click on the “share button” on their favorite browser. Below are some examples of some saved web sites using Pocket.
You can find the iPad/iPhone App at the App Store and the Android apps on the Google Play Store
What are your favorite apps?
Today I downloaded IOS 8 to my iPad Mini 2. Here are some caveats. Even though the download is slightly over 1 gb.
- You need 5.9 gb free for the initial download
- It’s a long process. Almost 2 hours
- The iPhone 4S may not operate properly. Ars Technica
- You can download via Itunes
Here is a link for the top IOS 8 features
As always I appreciate your feedback and experience with the new IOS