New Android user

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by eyoungren, May 21, 2019.

  1. eyoungren macrumors Core

    eyoungren

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    After 7 years of using iPhone as my primary phone, Windows Mobile before that and flip phones before that I am now an Android user.

    Our Pixel 3a XL's arrived yesterday and the conversion was fairly easy. Just some minor stuff to work out like getting ringtones moved over.

    My 6s+ is jailbroken so that makes things considerably easier. However, my main conflict is time. I'd hoped to have these phones over the weekend but that didn't happen.

    Ah well.

    So far though I'm liking the Pixel (and my wife seems to as well). Android has come a long way from what I recall pre-2012. Staying with stock apps for now but I know I will eventually get comfortable and branch out.

    Just wanted to put this out there because I've been saying for quite a while how my next phone would be Android.

    Here we are…
     
  2. yui4 macrumors 6502a

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    Nice. I remember you from the jail broken section several years back

    Are you making a clean break and getting rid of your iPhone? I find handing on to mine makes it too easy just to go back to iOS and not really give android a proper chance
     
  3. jamezr macrumors G5

    jamezr

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    If you have music and ringtones you want to sync from iTunes to the Pixel in stall iSyncr from the Playstore.
    It will let you sync all of your iTunes music and playlists as well as ringtones
     
  4. velocityg4 macrumors 601

    velocityg4

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    Yes, Android has improved a lot. I just made the switch a little over a month ago to a used Pixel XL.

    I would make some suggested apps for immediate replacement of the default apps. Also a default setting to enable.

    Firefox: This is almost like a full fledged desktop browser. The killer feature is it can use Add-ons made for the desktop browser. Which means you can install adblockers into the web browser. I use UBlock Origins and Privacy Badger. This made me ditch Chrome immediately. I'll place a link. Since Mozilla has several variants in the Google Play store. I don't think all can use add-ons.
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.mozilla.firefox

    E-Mail, Contacts, Calendar: Outlook is, hands down, the best mobile e-mail client I have used. Granted I haven't used that many. It's far superior to the built in G-Mail app. Plus I find it convenient to have my Calendar and E-Mail together. I say for contacts just because it is sort of wonky how Google accounts sync in Android. You need to setup the account in Android settings and turn off all sync. Then add it to Outlook. Don't worry, your contacts will be available in the Google phone app, text messaging and any other app which accesses contacts. I wish the Microsoft's Windows team would pay attention to their Android team. While Outlook for Windows is slow and a horrible user experience. Their Android variant is quite nice.

    I am playing with the idea of going with heavier Microsoft integration. Replace the Google Now voice assistant with Cortana. Bing instead of Google search. I already use Onedrive and Office.

    Password: I'd make Lastpass the default password app. It integrates well enough. Google's password management is fine. However, Lastpass allows syncing outside the Google environment.

    News: Flipboard is the closest I've found to the feel of the Apple News app. Granted I haven't tried many. It just feels as though it gets to the topics I want better than MS or Google news apps.

    Gesture Controls: I don't know if your phone has the new gestures enabled by default. Android Pie added some gestures. It makes Android more iOS like. You'll know if your phone has the old three buttons at the bottom or the new single button.
    https://android.gadgethacks.com/how...sking-swipe-gestures-android-9-0-pie-0184662/
     
  5. Cnasty macrumors 68040

    Cnasty

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    One of us!!! (recent switchers :))

    Just came from an XS Max to a OP7 Pro and blown away at the functionality and makes me wonder what I have been missing for so long. I am still in the honeymoon phase and trying real hard to find things to not like about it and compare it to the iPhone but I am failing.

    I am hitting my stride with adjusting notifications, sounds, and specific items in my workflow.

    I got about 7 hours of SOT yesterday and the battery has been an absolute champ even at 1440/90hz which is shocking to me. I usually keep brightness around 50-75% as well since this screen is so damn vibrant its plenty bright.

    I own every other Apple device there is and I am not missing a beat.
    I have struggled with finding a good AW replacement though but I am enjoying looking at real watches again. :)
     
  6. eyoungren thread starter macrumors Core

    eyoungren

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    No, we tend to hold on to our devices for various purposes.

    No idea right now what my 6s+ will ultimately end up doing but I am reconstructing my springboard on my Pixel so I need it to stay the way it is at the moment so I can see what apps I have where.

    I still have my 5, a 4s and a 4 as well as my iPad (6th Gen) so iOS is pretty much still here to stay. It's just my primary phone that is now Android.
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    Unfortunately that's going to be a problem.

    When I first got started with the iPhone I was using PowerPC Macs. I still am. Any iPhone using a lightning cable stopped syncing with my Macs in 2012.

    I have a PC, but iTunes is there solely to push my library up to Google Music. I only used iTunes off and on then to sync specific things. Jailbreaking allowed me to get around that by using Bridge or Bolt to install them directly on the device.

    Consequently there's no single device (well, there was, but I'm no longer employeed at that business) that has all my ringtones.

    Filza is a jailbreak file browser though and I just dumped the entire ringtones folder to Dropbox. Need to change the extensions from .m4r to .m4a and I should be able to just drop those in. Don't really care about the cryptic filenames except for the few I use. I've already renamed those.

    Would have been nice to go the route you mentioned though.
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    My struggle at the moment is getting everything set up either like I have it on my 6s+ or an equivalent. In between I'm learning how to work things.

    I've had Google Contacts and Calendar since early 2013 as a method that synced between all my Macs (PowerPC), PCs and devices. iCloud is one way unless your device is supported and your in the ecosystem. Apple booted Leopard users a long time ago.

    So, it's just a struggle to figure things out. Which is why I wished I'd gotten these phones over the weekend. I could have had them ready to go by Monday instead of an hour here or there.

    Ah well, at least the three day weekend is coming up!
     

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