How often do you use AirDrop?

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by Semester, Apr 2, 2014.

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Using airdrop?

  1. Every day

    6 vote(s)
    2.8%
  2. ~Once a week

    24 vote(s)
    11.2%
  3. ~Once a month

    53 vote(s)
    24.7%
  4. Never

    132 vote(s)
    61.4%
  1. Semester macrumors regular

    Semester

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    #1
    Airdrop seems like a decent feature, but to date I have still not used it. Partly because I don't know if my friends have compatible hardware but I guess mostly because there simply has never been a time when I've thought about using airdrop.

    Do you use it?
     
  2. white4s macrumors 65816

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    #2
    never, I don't understand the point of it when you can just simply send whatever it is through a text instead
     
  3. Sirious, Apr 2, 2014
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    Sirious macrumors 65816

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    #3
    Never use it because of one of the following reasons:

    1. Its not always convenient
    2. The other person has an older iPhone which doesnt support AirDrop
    3. The person is not a 'techie' and has never heard of AirDrop and/or how to use it
    4. I cant AirDrop things to my Mac
     
  4. Armen macrumors 604

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    #4
    I used Airdrop once to show someone how it worked.

    I'm disappointed that the Airdrop on Mac OS can't "talk" with the Airdrop on iOS. If it did I would have used it more often.
     
  5. FSMBP macrumors 68020

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    Because Texting/iMessage doesn't always send the full quality version of what you're sending. Typically, if you text a picture, it will send a less-quality compressed image to the other phone. With Airdrop, it's like using a USB drive, the full quality image is sent.

    It's convenient if you have to AirDrop someone a 9 minute HD video you took on your iPhone, rather than sending an iMessage (which first has to upload to Apple's server, then be downloaded to the person's iPhone).
     
  6. white4s macrumors 65816

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    can't say I've noticed a difference in quality from the one I send to the source where it came from
     
  7. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    I never use it as I have no need for it. I did try it once with a friend just to see how it worked, but that was it.
     
  8. sunking101 macrumors 603

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    Never. It has no use for me, but I can see why kids might use it.
     
  9. BenTrovato macrumors 68020

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  10. tgmn macrumors member

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    Used it once to test with a friend when iOS 7 was released, haven't since.
     
  11. Shrink macrumors G3

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    #11
    Never...don't really need it's capacities, and few people I know to whom I might send stuff have Apple gear.
     
  12. eclipse01 macrumors 68020

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    #12
    The one time I went to use it, I noticed it wasn't on the 4s
     
  13. sunking101 macrumors 603

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    #13

    Hehe :)
    No great loss me thinks.
     
  14. eclipse01 macrumors 68020

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    #15
    nope, sense I did what other have mentioned right after, sent via message.
     
  15. Menel macrumors 603

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    #16
    Quality. messages compress photos and video.

    Text also requires you to start typing a name from the share panel... AirDrop they pop up top to tap on.

    The only negative is it takes like 3 seconds for devices to appear. Which seems like an eternity when your tapping around in iPhone.

    AirDrop to Dell's around the office. That's never happening.
     
  16. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    The problem is that I can't remember the last time I needed to give media to just one person.

    Using Dropbox is a hell of a lot more convenient than having 6 people stand around while I Airdrop to them one at a time.

    I understand the theory of why and when Airdrop is better, I'm just saying that it has yet to happen to me.

    This is my other problem with Airdrop. It's never actually 3 seconds. My average in testing has always been more like 30 seconds. Asking a friend to stand there for half a minute while nothing happens is just embarrassing.
     
  17. colodane macrumors 6502a

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    #18
    I've used it a total of one time. It worked great.

    My wife and I happened to be standing next to each other - her with her iPhone and me with my iPad. I was telling her about a new custom iTunes radio custom station I liked, and sent it to her via AirDrop.

    But other than that one instance I've never had an occasion to use it.
     
  18. cmChimera macrumors 68040

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    #19
    I don't use it much but I appreciate the ability to do it when I can. I will use it every day if they add support for Macs.
     
  19. D.T. macrumors 604

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    Same here. I’d be shocked if we didn’t see this in the next couple of OSX updates - it seems like a painfully conspicuous omission, and unless I’m missing something, doesn’t seem like there’s any kind of technical barrier.
     
  20. goobot macrumors 603

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  21. notrack macrumors 6502

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    I'd use it frequently to transfer files from/to mac/iOS but that's not supprted.
     
  22. cynics macrumors G4

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    Frankly the iPhone file support isn't big enough to worry about AirDrop.

    Just use iMessage with limitless range. Pics in iMessage are full quality. And if you need to use SMS guess what? That phone isn't an iPhone so it doesn't support airdrop anyway.

    That would be more useful for a competing company phone that can use a torrent and you want to transfer a multiple gb movie or something.

    And airdrop on an iPhone doesn't work with airdrop on a Mac?!?! Really? I love Apple but this is an embarrassing subject for me. Lol
     
  23. MEJHarrison macrumors 6502a

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    #24
    I use it frequently to transfer photos & videos from my iPhone to my iPad.

    I looked into PhotoStream and found that it will reduce the size/quality before sharing with the iPad.

    You can get around that with a Shared PhotoStream. But that comes with it's own problems. Like being unable to download video.

    So I've found AirDrop to be the quickest and easiest way to do that transfer.
     
  24. timothybrabant macrumors newbie

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    #25
    I used it to transfer a 7 minute video and it was perfect. There wouldn't really have been another option to share that size of a file if it wasn't for airdrop. Kudos
     

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