Some questions from An Android user about iOS

Discussion in 'iOS 6' started by kamalds, Oct 26, 2012.

  1. kamalds macrumors regular

    Dec 16, 2010
    I am a very happy Note 2 user (fastest phone ATM) and I was thinking of buying the new iPad 4 but I have some questions about iOS. I hope more-experienced iOS users will answer my questions:

    1) if I save a picture from Safari or Mail app, is the quality reduced? Can you rename pics once they are saved in photos app?
    2) can you share a video or other media via Bluetooth or Wifi direct?
    3) can I save songs from my friend's computer to my ipad without deleting songs already there in my library?
    4) can I save an excel file locally and send it to someone else? Can I save any file / media locally that I receive in mail.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    Full quality. You can't name photos (in fact, you can't even see the file names) but you can create albums with names and put photos in them.

    This is where "There's an app for that" comes in. The OS does not send files, you've got to figure out what system or service you want to use to share files. Dropbox works over the internet. Things like Documents Pro can copy files over USB to any computer with iTunes on it. There are possibly bluetooth solutions but it would involve the same app being on both phones...I've never tried that so I don't know.

    No. Well, not in the official 'music' app, anyway. You can use other programs like Documents Pro that I mentioned up there. That will work, but it's more of a file-browswer than a media player so you'll find the controls less than amazing.

    So there are solutions, but if you really want music on your phone you mostly need to copy it on to your computer and sync it using your iTunes. (Remember, you could use a USB app to copy the files and bring them back to your computer, but at that point I'd suggest copying them into iTunes and then syncing them, rather than trying to play songs out of a file manager.)

    When you get a an attached file in mail you can 'send' it to various apps installed on your phone such as Dropbox or iBooks and so on.

    It depends on the file type. For example, PDFs will show you the kindle app as an option, Excel will not. Both will show Dropbox. So you'll need to find an app you want to use with the file. I see that Numbers lets me open an Excel file on my phone so that's probably a good choice. I also see that Smart Office 2 works too, but I haven't used that as much so I don't know which is best to use.

    The point is, "there's an app for that" is more than a catch-phrase, it's also instructions for how to make your iPhone do what you want.
  3. Menel, Oct 26, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2012

    Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    1. Does not reduce quality. Cannot rename photos from app. Photos app is also quite different, it works like GMail. You have Camera Roll (Inbox) that stores everything in mass. And Albums that work as virtually associated folders (labels). It's not a regular file system, there are PROs and CONs, but helps if you understand.

    It helps if you think of it like shifting from Outlook style folders to GMail style Inbox+labels.

    2. With an app. I really love Photosync. Works great iPhone to iPad. But the other user would need, it. Hard to count on. Email/iMessage is best. If you require full quality, I upload to Picasa/Dropbox and email/imessage a link.

    3. You can store those songs in Dropbox and play them, but playlists would be a con. If you have your Music sync turned off, and set ot manage manually. You may be able to copy another person's music into it, but probably not. You'd likely have to authorize your iPad to their iTunes account. There's probably an app for that.

    4. Yes. You can save out of the Mail application to an application that has associated itself with the file type.
    Files are controlled by the applications themselves, not the OS. You send an Excel file from within Dropbox app, or from within Numbers app. Or other App.

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