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thinkinblue613
Sep 30, 2012, 06:11 PM
It's quite simple, what is your Mixed Ecosystem Setup?

I am currently using a mixture of Android, Mac OS X and Windows 7.

Smartphone - Galaxy Nexus

Tablet - Nexus 7

Thing is, when the iPad mini or iPod touch comes out to the public... I may just replace the Nexus 7 with one of those.

Laptop - Macbook Air 13

Desktop - PC Build

I am in the process of ordering parts online to build my media/data PC desktop. Windows 7 will be installed into it. The purpose of this platform is to have a 'base' at home and enough juice to run the occasional 'PC only' games. A lot of my data, AutoCAD, 3D rendering and producing/creating will be coming from this...

Tell me though, is there any redundancy in my proposed setup? I'm in the market for a DSLR.



aznguyen316
Sep 30, 2012, 06:15 PM
Main desktop is a windows PC so nothing going on there in terms of a closed ecosystem, I use iTunes on there.

I have a MBP that isn't really tied to Apple either since it's just used for web browsing, some light gaming and email/chat. My GF has a MBA so I guess we have also shared Mountain Lion.

I had an iPad and iPhone so I have quite a few apps tied in there but my fiancee also has an iPhone and we shared App store accounts so whatever I bought she could use, minus iPad specific apps. I'm hoping to jump back to an iPad so those will be there ready for me.

And then Samsung Galaxy S3. Had this phone for a month and a half and probably put in $20 into the Google Play store. It's the only device I use for google apps, but luckily most of the things I've bought where either expensive -- Titanium backup or really cheap .25c sale this weekend has been awesome.

I'm not a huge app buyer, maybe spent $50 in iOS and $20 in Android.

Southernboyj
Sep 30, 2012, 06:27 PM
Smartphone: Verizon Galaxy Nexus
Tablet: Nexus 7
Laptop: Retina MBP
Desktop: 2011 21.5" iMac

If/when an iPad Mini is released, I might also replace my Nexus 7 with it. I say might because it has some depending factors, mostly retina display. If it lacks that.. I'll keep the Nexus 7.

onthecouchagain
Sep 30, 2012, 06:47 PM
GSM Galaxy Nexus (open to replacing it with this year's Nexus)

iPad 3rd Gen (very much considering a Nexus 7 in the near future either to replace or to add to my lineup)

MacBook Air 2011 13" that is paired with a Thunderbolt Display 2011 at home.

ChrisTX
Sep 30, 2012, 07:10 PM
Smartphone: Galaxy S III(With over 200 Apps downloaded from the App Store, this was a tough switch to make)
iPhone 4 that I use as an iPod.

Early 2011 15" MacBook Pro(Wish it were retina)

iPad 3rd gen w/Logitech solar folio keyboard cover.
Firesale HP TouchPad w/stock WebOS(I didn't buy this to turn into a cheap Android Tab)

Still an Apple geek at heart, but recently moved to the dark side with the GSIII. :cool:

Southernboyj
Sep 30, 2012, 08:08 PM
GSM Galaxy Nexus (open to replacing it with this year's Nexus)

iPad 3rd Gen (very much considering a Nexus 7 in the near future either to replace or to add to my lineup)

MacBook Air 2011 13" that is paired with a Thunderbolt Display 2011 at home.

I have a question about the Thunderbolt Display, I really haven't used them much except for maybe a few minutes at Best Buy and an Apple Store.
What makes them worth their expensive price tag? Seems like you're better off just getting an iMac and a MacBook rather than a MacBook and the Thunderbolt display. I am not "Bashing" you for your choice, I am really interested in knowing from someone that owns one.

onthecouchagain
Sep 30, 2012, 08:27 PM
I have a question about the Thunderbolt Display, I really haven't used them much except for maybe a few minutes at Best Buy and an Apple Store.
What makes them worth their expensive price tag? Seems like you're better off just getting an iMac and a MacBook rather than a MacBook and the Thunderbolt display. I am not "Bashing" you for your choice, I am really interested in knowing from someone that owns one.

Fair question. I actually also owned an iMac 2011, but when my parents' computer died on them, I gave them my iMac and my MBA was my only computer.

The MBA is the greatest laptop, but it makes for a miserable desktop experience (duh). So I was thinking of pairing it with an inexpensive monitor, but then I thought I'd have to get speakers, then extra USB ports (mouse and keyboard would otherwise occupy the only 2 USB slows of the Air), then I became obsessed with a larger monitor... so long story short, it just made sense to get an all in one.

Then I actually found a ridiculously good deal at Best Buy for a refurbished one. It was marked down 250+ off the original price tag. Had a great guy help me, went through every little test we could do with the TBD (pixel tests, speakers, all the ports, etc.) and then sealed the deal when he offered me a 4 year Best Buy warranty that covered dead-pixels, etc. for free). It was a no brainer to me then. So I was sold.

It works great with my Air most of the time (once in a rare while, it won't connect or it won't recognize my mouse). And I simply view it as an long-term investment. I plan to keep this monitor for many many years. I can pair up a Mac Mini in the future.

I don't know if I'd pay the regular $999 + tax, but I happened across a deal that was too good to pass up on. I don't think it makes sense for everybody, that's for sure. If you're starting off with nothing else, the iMac 27 seems to make more sense. I had my Air already, had an extra Apple keyboard, and a spare logitech mouse. It made sense for me.

ixodes
Sep 30, 2012, 08:41 PM
Being a long time Apple enthusiast (think system 7) that works in a cross platform R&D environment. Add in my addiction to laptops & smartphones & I've got too much to list.

Suffice to say I really enjoy my various MBP's, MBA's, ThinkPads (the new hi-res anti-glare X-1 Carbon I just received is stellar) Mac Pro, iPads, iPhones, Nexus phone, tablet & SGS III just to name the core group, all sync & interface quite nicely interconnected to my home network & third party cloud solutions.

One things for sure, it's never boring. :)

Southernboyj
Sep 30, 2012, 08:53 PM
Fair question. I actually also owned an iMac 2011, but when my parents' computer died on them, I gave them my iMac and my MBA was my only computer.

The MBA is the greatest laptop, but it makes for a miserable desktop experience (duh). So I was thinking of pairing it with an inexpensive monitor, but then I thought I'd have to get speakers, then extra USB ports (mouse and keyboard would otherwise occupy the only 2 USB slows of the Air), then I became obsessed with a larger monitor... so long story short, it just made sense to get an all in one.

Then I actually found a ridiculously good deal at Best Buy for a refurbished one. It was marked down 250+ off the original price tag. Had a great guy help me, went through every little test we could do with the TBD (pixel tests, speakers, all the ports, etc.) and then sealed the deal when he offered me a 4 year Best Buy warranty that covered dead-pixels, etc. for free). It was a no brainer to me then. So I was sold.

It works great with my Air most of the time (once in a rare while, it won't connect or it won't recognize my mouse). And I simply view it as an long-term investment. I plan to keep this monitor for many many years. I can pair up a Mac Mini in the future.

I don't know if I'd pay the regular $999 + tax, but I happened across a deal that was too good to pass up on. I don't think it makes sense for everybody, that's for sure. If you're starting off with nothing else, the iMac 27 seems to make more sense. I had my Air already, had an extra Apple keyboard, and a spare logitech mouse. It made sense for me.

Yeah I suppose if you got the discount, for $999 though, it seems to make more sense to just get the refurbed 27" iMac for $1,400. If your only computer is a MBA for desktop and laptop, I hope you have an external hard drive. :p I have a rMBP which only has 256GB SSD in it, so I generally keep all my music, and movies on the iMac.

Vegastouch
Sep 30, 2012, 09:02 PM
Smartphone: Galaxy S3
Tablet: None
Laptop: MacPro 13.3"
Desktop: Windows Vista

I dont use the MacPro to sync my phones.

I dont have a tablet as of yet and dont know if i will get one. Never saw the need for one. Have no idea what id get if i do get one. The N7, Asus Transformer or maybe even the iPad mini or maybe even one of the new Windows Tablets.

Depends on the size ill prefer and i am in no rush at all for one.

onthecouchagain
Sep 30, 2012, 09:13 PM
Yeah I suppose if you got the discount, for $999 though, it seems to make more sense to just get the refurbed 27" iMac for $1,400. If your only computer is a MBA for desktop and laptop, I hope you have an external hard drive. :p I have a rMBP which only has 256GB SSD in it, so I generally keep all my music, and movies on the iMac.

I have a 2 TB external. A must, indeed, with only an Air.

thinkinblue613
Oct 1, 2012, 04:14 PM
I have a 2 TB external. A must, indeed, with only an Air.

Do you have the HDD setup with your router or directly to the Air itself?

I'm thinking about setting up a Drobo system to my setup.

Jessica Lares
Oct 1, 2012, 04:24 PM
Smartphone: AT&T Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket
Tablet: Kindle Fire (soon to be the HD 8.9" version)
Laptop: Late 2011 13" MacBook Pro
Desktop: 1 - Power Mac G5 2 - iMac G4

Dr McKay
Oct 1, 2012, 04:32 PM
Smartphone iPhone 5
Computer Windows
Tablet Nexus 7

onthecouchagain
Oct 1, 2012, 05:00 PM
Do you have the HDD setup with your router or directly to the Air itself?

I'm thinking about setting up a Drobo system to my setup.


I have an Airport Extreme but don't connect my External to it. I just plug it into the back of my TBD whenever I need it. I don't have Time Machine set up either. I rarely use my Ext HD. Only to do backups every few months or so.

cynics
Oct 1, 2012, 05:12 PM
Smartphone : Primary iPhone 4S, Backup OG Motorola Droid Razr
Tablet : Primary Motorola Xoom LTE, other iPad 3 wifi
Desktop and laptop : PC's

I try to stay away from Eco systems. I don't like getting so deep in one I can't try anything else affordably. I'll always prefer an open system because they'll tie into other things at minimum cost. Like streaming content from my Xoom to my PS3.

Twixt
Oct 1, 2012, 05:56 PM
Desktop : iMac
Laptop : HP
Tablet : ipad
Phone : iphone 3GS soon be replaced by Android Note 2 or Nexus?

ChazUK
Oct 2, 2012, 04:50 AM
Desktop: Linux primarily with Windows 7 for Steam games - soon to be a thing of the past I hope.
Notebook: Chromebook 5 550
Tablets: iPad 2/Nexus 7
Phones: iPhone 4/Galaxy Nexus/
ZTE Blade

Google pretty much has all my stuff in sync across all devices. Contacts, calendars, cloud storage, Google Music and Google Docs works wonders for me on all my stuff.

The freedom to flit between platforms makes life very easy. I've also had some time with Windows Phone fitting on fine too.

Seamless!

jjvdhoef
Oct 2, 2012, 05:52 AM
Desktop: Linux primarily with Windows 7 for Steam games - soon to be a thing of the past I hope.


What, you think steam for Linux will have all your favorite games? Guess again. It will be Mac OS steam, but worse...

I have a HTC Desire, which i will be exchanging for an iphone 5 really soon. The payment options for apple apps are much better over here than the google stuff. Otherwise I might have gotten a One X or something.

My iMac I dual boot into windows 7, for Excel and steam, and Mountain Lion.

ChazUK
Oct 2, 2012, 11:10 AM
What, you think steam for Linux will have all your favorite games? Guess again. It will be Mac OS steam, but worse...


Civilization V and Left4Dead/Left4Dead2 would start me off on Linux as I spend the majority of my time playing those on PC. L4D is at least on it's way so I've got lucky there.

ReanimationN
Oct 2, 2012, 11:17 AM
Laptop: 2011 MacBook Pro
Tablet: Nexus 7
Smartphone: iPhone 3GS (will replace soon with iPhone 5/2012 Nexus/Galaxy S3)

Solstice11
Oct 3, 2012, 02:06 AM
Tablet: iPad 2
Desktop PC: Custom Built Windows 7 PC
Smartphone: Motorola DROID Bionic (Wish I had an iPhone)
Media Player: iPod Touch 4g (Soon to be 5g)

RealRuler
Dec 11, 2012, 04:42 AM
Phone: Galaxy S3
Tablet: iPad 3, Kindle Fire HD 7
Computer: XPS 15, 2011 MacBook Air 13
Other: PS3, Xbox 360

It's nice not being tied down

rctlr
Dec 11, 2012, 05:04 AM
The Family and I
Work: Mac Pro/sl
Home: Mac Mini/sl, Acer Laptop/linux, MBP/ml, HP Desktop/winxp, NintendoWii
Mobile: iPhone 5, iPhone 3gs, iPhone 3, various ipod touches.

The only clashes I have is to sync all my contacts/cal/email etc - still working that out for flexibility - just have to go OS-agnostic with google for the most part.
Planning to ditch Acer Laptop soon, or make it just a skype communication device/media player for the children.
Need to replace the old HP Desktop with something decent too.

hallux
Dec 11, 2012, 10:40 AM
Smartphone HTC Thunderbolt (sadly running GB still)
Tablet Acer Iconia A500 (running ICS)
Laptop Mid-2012 15" MBP with hi-res screen
Desktop Custom-build Windows 7 box for gaming

Additionally, I use a 13" MBP and Dell E6410 (soon to be upgraded) for work, as well as an iPad 2.

For my personal devices, Trillian handles all IM tasks (now cloud-based, syncs across all my personal devices except the desktop), Roboform for password management and sync, Google Drive for document sharing between devices and Google Music for streaming/buying music. I have the music manager installed on my Windows PC, and plan to copy purchased tracks to iTunes on my MBP, if/when I purchase any.

timmothy90
Dec 11, 2012, 10:52 AM
Phone - galaxy S running cyanogenmod 10
Laptop - first 13 inch unibody macbook running osx lion
:) lol old school. I like to use my stuff until it dies or until it really out dated

Sacird
Dec 11, 2012, 11:56 AM
Had an iPhone and only spent about 5 bucks on Apps with left over cash from gift cards. Went back to a flip phone since I can't stand carrying little bricks around like smartphones are. Didn't like it in the BB glory days in 05' and don't like large phones now. If I was to get another brand of smartphone I would spend nothing on Apps and not marry into any ecosystem.

Same with music and movies. I only buy physical copies and will only rent or stream movies and music will NEVER buy "AKA glorified rental" from Amazon or iTunes F that.

XBOX I have spent about $400-$500 in DLC and arcade games but I accepted the "glorified rental" thing in my head before doing so. No longer buy DLC, I just wait for GOTY editions for most games now. DLC made me wait a year so I get a $60 game for $20-$30 with all the DLC so I actually save about $70 bucks since the 60 goes to 100 really quick.

Macbook Pro 13" currently but I am thinking of going win7 desktop while I can still. Don't like this cloud BS future and can avoid it with win7 for another almost 8 years and will avoid it as long as I can. Windows will have physical copies of all software I need for years to come. Download only is a future I dont want, and governments should not even allow it without some strict rules on businesses. IMO

Might keep the Mac but not really sure about yearly OS updates and Apple got so big so fast and I find it best to avoid the HOT companies for various reasons. (See all the BS Apple does for reference)

F123D
Dec 11, 2012, 04:47 PM
Smartphone: Android
Tablet: iOS
Desktop: Windows

tbayrgs
Dec 11, 2012, 06:06 PM
Phones: iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, Nexus 4
Tablets: IPad 2, iPad 3, iPad mini, Nexus 7
Computers: Mac Mini Server, MBA

And a handful of iPods

I'm the only one using Android, rest of family is all iOS--easier for me to manage the devices and they're familiar enough with the OS, especially the tech adverse wife. ;)

sarcosis
Dec 11, 2012, 06:28 PM
Phones: Primary: Samsung Galaxy S3; Backup: Nexus 4 (Stock) and Samsung Galaxy Note I (Rooted) on Blackstar XI and CM10 depending on the day
Tablet: 3rd Gen iPad 16gb Wifi
Laptop for work: HP Probook
Laptop for Personal: 2006 Core Duo Macbook - Upgrading from Tiger to Snow Leopard this weekend
Primary Desktop: Custom PC Build running Win 8 Pro

Irishman
Dec 11, 2012, 07:14 PM
Desktop - Windows 95 Dell pc
Laptop - Windows 7 Asus
Phones - HP IPAQ (Windows mobile 6.5), HTC One
Tablet - Apple iPad 4 32GB

A variety of iPod Touches and Nanos.
An AppleTV 2.

throAU
Dec 11, 2012, 07:18 PM
Home:


Macbook Pro 15" (bootcamped for games, VMware Fusion for other stuff - Linux, FreeBSD, Windows)
Mac Mini (not doing much at the moment)
Airport Express
Airport Extreme
Cisco 877 (internet router, inc IPv6)
Cisco 2960 for additional ethernet ports
Intel DP35DP based system with Q6600 running FreeNAS, DLNA server, iTunes server, Transmission Daemon
iPhone 4-s
iPad 4
AppleTV2 for movie rental
PS3 for other media streaming


Work:

HP Elitebook 2560, 8gb RAM, 256GB SSD running Win7 Enterprise, VMware workstation (hosting a variety of stuff from Cisco Call manager to Windows 2008R2 server, Linux, FreeBSD, etc. - depending on what I"m currently building in test).
Cisco network, including a 4507, enterprise wireless network (cisco thin APs, WLC, ISE, etc), Netapp storage array, vSphere cluster.


Apple devices have gradually replaced non-apple stuff...

Alex225
Dec 12, 2012, 06:42 AM
Well only really gone all Apple in the last 12 months to be honest but have the following :

iPhone 4
iPhone 5
iPad 3
iMac
iPod 6th
iPod 7th (coming at Xmas)

Fancied a more portable tablet that was cheap which I could take to work with me so purchased a Nexus 7 at the weekend.

First Android product I've owned and must say I'm very impressed, even more impressed with he price. Quite a lot cheaper than the iPad Mini (32gb) and does everything I want but at a price where I'm happy to stick it in my work bag (all be it in a case). :)

jojoba
Dec 12, 2012, 06:48 AM
Smartphone: Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Tablet: iPad 3gen
Laptop: 13" Air
Desktop: Windows Vista (at work)

My phone syncs contacts, calendar and photos through gmail and dropbox. My main workflow is between Air and iPad. I often just use my Air at work, next to the Windows desktop.

JoeG4
Dec 12, 2012, 07:03 AM
phone: samsung note 2
laptop: runs Mountain Lion
desktop: Runs Leopard (it's a G5)

I have a bunch of google accounts and use picasa and amazon mp3 so pretty much everything works fine and dandy here.

Mxbzz
Dec 15, 2012, 03:30 AM
Sold my MBA over the summer and went with a desktop + tablet configuration.

Desktop: 21.5" iMac and Dell XPS w/ i7 Sandy Bridge (haven't booted up the Dell in months)
Tablet: 3rd-gen iPad
Phone: Nexus 4 (came from iPhone 5, which is currently in the box)

The screen size and weight of the Nexus 4 are just enough to replace my iPad as the primary web-surfing device at home, so I may sell the iPad in the near future, or downsize if/when Apple releases an iPad Mini with Retina display.

Zwhaler
Dec 15, 2012, 08:18 PM
Phone: Galaxy Note 2 with 4200mAh and 16GB + 64GB SDXC
Desktop: Mac Pro 12 x 2.93, 24GB, 13TB, 5870, 27"
Laptop: 2010 MacBook Pro 15" 2.66, 8GB Hi-Res Glossy :)

.macbookpro.
Dec 16, 2012, 03:35 PM
Laptop: MacBook Pro
Phone: Windows Phone 8X by HTC
Future Tablet: iPad Mini
Future Desktop: Custom PC

mrskullfreak
Dec 16, 2012, 04:11 PM
Desktop= iMac
Laptop= mbp
Tablet= ipad mini
Phones= ip5, ip4, gs3
Network= time capsule
The gs3 is new and I am still playing around with it....

irDigital0l
Dec 16, 2012, 05:57 PM
iPhone 4
iPad 1
Windows 7 desktop

Esoom
Dec 16, 2012, 06:57 PM
Phone: SSG S3 (got it on craigslist for for $300 about 4 months ago), have an "unlimited" data plan on VZ, so I pay full price for my phones, have been looking for a used VZ iP5 at a reasonable price, still haven't found one.

Tablet: 16GB Mini Verizon (have had a handful of Android tablets, the Mini is best of breed IMHO) I have a couple of full size iPads, will be selling them, the Mini is perfect for me, I can stick it in my back pocket and use it for everything I used a full sized iPad for.

Laptop: 13" 2011 MBA and a 17" Dell Vostro 1720, maxed out with memory and an SSD.

Have had windows stuff forever, just started using Apple, bought the stock and made so much $, I figured I'd pimp for them :cool:

aced411
Dec 16, 2012, 07:28 PM
Oh sure why not, here's my setup:

Mac Mini i7 (latest model) with 24" Apple Cinema Display
Asus VivoBook touch screen windows 8 laptop
Nokia Lumia 820
PS3
Vita

Getting a 2nd laptop soon, either an i7 11" air or some kind of windows 8 laptop if anything cool comes out (maybe surface pro who knows)