I’m going to admit something pretty difficult now. It’s something that’s been bothering me for a couple of weeks now, so this post will serve as a kind of confession. I really regret selling my Nexus 6P. You hear that? I’m sitting here, listening to a podcast on my iPhone 7 Plus and I’m pining after […]

I missed yesterday’s Apple Event as it was streamed, but followed it via the liveblog from the Verge and sporadic tweets, all the time on a slow-moving train from Nottingham to London. There weren’t too may surprises (Mario aside) and the phone and watch announcements were as expected. Yes to new black colours, yes to […]

The experiment isn’t over! Some of you may remember I got myself all Androided-up a few months back. I bought a Nexus 6P and fell in love with it and its OS, Android. I kept my iPhone and Apple Watch in a drawer and lived a Google-focused existence. Since then, I’ve moved between the two […]

The adjustment from iOS to Android isn’t as significant as it used to be. As I said previously, Android is now a lot more polished as an OS and there are so many more cross-platform apps available.

One of the big differences that still exists between the two platforms is the flexibility of the Android interface. You can choose your own launcher, layout, colours, default apps and a ton of other settings that iOS keeps firmly under lock and key.

You could spend far too much time on setting all this up, but I’ve just had a look at the apps I use the most and organised them into some on-screen folders under what I think is a logical categorisation.

(If you have no interest in reading about other people’s mobile phone settings, you may as well stop reading at this point. And frankly, what sane person would blame you.)  Continue reading

Okay, so strictly speaking I’m not a full week in to my “new life” with Android rather than iOS, but I started using a Nexus 7 this day last week and my new Nexus 6P arrived last Tuesday.

I fully intend to do a full comparison between Android and iOS – a very subjective and incomplete comparison, if I’m honest – but for now, my main take-aways are the following:

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Right. We’ve been here before. I once impulsively bought a Samsung Note phone in Heathrow Airport while on my way to New Orleans and lived with it for several months. Before swiftly moving back to iOS as soon as Apple launched a new handset.

While I loved the stylus and handwriting recognition, as well as the (then) enormous screen, the Samsung-infused Android interface just wasn’t for me.

A lot has changed since then, including the phone I use and how mature Android is as a platform. Watching the video of Google I/O last week encouraged to give the Google apps another try and I was quickly impressed.

I use Google Apps for Business to run my own firm and find it really excellent. So I took it a step further and started using a combination of my personal Gmail account, Google Calendar, Chrome and assorted extensions and other apps. They work together really, really well.

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Last week, I set up an ‘old’ Apple TV and an ‘old’ Chromecast in my parents’ house. Each took about 10 minutes, most of which was downloading apps. My folks can now watch their Netflix content on any of their TVs, accessed via apps on their iPads and iPhones. This afternoon, I remembered I also […]

This post, from over a year ago, has turned out to be one of the most popular on my blog. In it, I describe how in my move from iOS to Android, I was looking for a replacement for OmniFocus. After evaluating some options on the Google Play store, I opted for ToDoist. Well, a […]

Every time Apple launch a new phone, there’s a predictable chain of events: The media make a big deal out of the crowds queuing up outside Apple Stores around the world. “Commentators” mock people in these queues, calling them all kinds of names and pointing out all the things they could be doing if they […]