What is your Mixed Ecosystem Setup?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by thinkinblue613, Sep 30, 2012.

  1. thinkinblue613 macrumors 6502


    Dec 13, 2010
    Planet Earth
    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.
  2. aznguyen316 macrumors 68020


    Oct 1, 2008
    Tampa, FL
    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.
  3. Southernboyj macrumors 68000


    Mar 8, 2012
    Mobile, AL
    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.
  4. onthecouchagain, Sep 30, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2012

    onthecouchagain macrumors 604


    Mar 29, 2011
    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.
  5. ChrisTX, Sep 30, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2012

    ChrisTX macrumors 68030


    Dec 30, 2009
    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:
  6. Southernboyj macrumors 68000


    Mar 8, 2012
    Mobile, AL
    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.
  7. onthecouchagain, Sep 30, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2012

    onthecouchagain macrumors 604


    Mar 29, 2011
    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.
  8. ixodes macrumors 601


    Jan 11, 2012
    Pacific Coast, USA
    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. :)
  9. Southernboyj macrumors 68000


    Mar 8, 2012
    Mobile, AL
    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.
  10. Vegastouch macrumors 603


    Jul 12, 2008
    Las Vegas, NV
    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.
  11. onthecouchagain macrumors 604


    Mar 29, 2011
    I have a 2 TB external. A must, indeed, with only an Air.
  12. thinkinblue613 thread starter macrumors 6502


    Dec 13, 2010
    Planet Earth
    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.
  13. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    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
  14. Dr McKay macrumors 68040

    Dr McKay

    Aug 11, 2010
    Smartphone iPhone 5
    Computer Windows
    Tablet Nexus 7
  15. onthecouchagain macrumors 604


    Mar 29, 2011

    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.
  16. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    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.
  17. Twixt macrumors 6502

    May 30, 2012
    Desktop : iMac
    Laptop : HP
    Tablet : ipad
    Phone : iphone 3GS soon be replaced by Android Note 2 or Nexus?
  18. ChazUK macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2008
    Essex (UK)
    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.

  19. jjvdhoef macrumors member

    May 19, 2009
    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.
  20. ChazUK macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2008
    Essex (UK)
    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.
  21. ReanimationN macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2011
    Laptop: 2011 MacBook Pro
    Tablet: Nexus 7
    Smartphone: iPhone 3GS (will replace soon with iPhone 5/2012 Nexus/Galaxy S3)
  22. Solstice11 macrumors newbie


    Feb 29, 2012
    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)
  23. RealRuler, Dec 11, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2012

    RealRuler macrumors newbie

    Aug 12, 2009
    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
  24. rctlr macrumors 6502a

    May 9, 2012
    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.
  25. hallux macrumors 68030


    Apr 25, 2012
    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.

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