08-28-2013 12:02 AM
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  1. douglerner's Avatar
    I am really loving my Nexus 7. And I'm finding all sort of new discoveries about how much better sharing and the access to a file system is versus iOS. I'm amazed at some things I can do so easily on the Nexus that I just can't do in iOS.

    But... I still think disentangling from the "Apple ecosystem" is difficult. It's been a week now and while I can sync my iTunes music via the Google Music Play manager (that was easy), everything else has been hard so far - finding a good way to sync photo albums, finding an easy way to sync calendars across all my devices. That still remains a bottleneck.

    I'm working on it though. (I'm discussing the details of these syncs in other threads, so no need to duplicate them here. I'm just mentioning that while I love the Nexus and basically am finding Android 4.3 superior to iOS, I am still having trouble syncing between everything.)

    doug
    08-27-2013 04:34 AM
  2. Vaas's Avatar
    Thanks Doug for starting this thread, I have learned a lot from you and all the others who have posted.

    Currently I am across Windows and Apple platforms, I love my windows phone/Skydrive setup, I have an Iphone4(that is now an Ipod) and IPAD2. However I have not played with android much other than on my wife's Kindle Fire, which you know is amazon's version of android. I will be getting a Nexus 7 soon, debating on wifi or waiting for LTM. I do a lot of my purchasing of music and audio books though Itunes. It is just very convenient, also I can purchase the audio book and not have it go though audible. I do not want to be forced into a subscription service for my audio books, I want to purchase them.

    My question is has anyone sync audio books from Itunes to android?

    Doug - I would grateful if you could expand on your experience little, for those of us new to android as well. I would like to here what you have discovered that you can do, also what are some of the things you can do on the Nexus that you could not in iOS.

    thanks
    08-27-2013 07:11 AM
  3. douglerner's Avatar
    As a new Android user I am discovering new things I can do every day that I cannot do in iOS. For example, it may sound like a small thing, but it's indicative, I think, of the more open Android system and the ability of developers to code for it. In the Facebook app, suppose I see an image in a post I want to email to a friend. I must do the following:

    1. Touch the image to open it.
    2. Long touch to save to the camera roll.
    3. Go into Photos > camera roll and select the photo.
    4. Mail the photo from there. And when I'm done I'm left with the photo in the camera roll.

    In Android 4.3 on the Nexus, I can simply touch the image in Facebook and then touch the sharing symbol, touch Share and up pops a page of choices letting me do all these things: Add to DropBox, Amazon send to Kindle, open up in a graphics app I installed called AVG Image Shrinker, send to Box, send to Copy, send to Google Drive, create an Evernote note, share on Facebook and much more. One of the options is Gmail - so I can just email the photo directly. No need to go through all the steps I must in iOS.

    There are lots of things like that throughout the UI. Another example I love is you can send any file as attachments in Mail. In the Mail app in iOS you can only send image files. In Android 4.3 you have a whole file system at your disposal. I have complained about the lack of ability to directly email PDF files at the Apple forums. Yes, there are work arounds via 3rd party apps. But you don't have to jump through hoops to do it in Android. It just feels to me like there is more available to do just a touch or two away.

    I think examples like that make all the difference in the world, and even though I'm a long-time iOS users (iPhone 3G, iPhone 4, iPhone 5, iPad 1 and iPad 2) I think the Android OS is more feature rich and, dare I say it, a better OS than iOS.

    There are some things which are better in iOS. The ability to do a complete backup, via iTunes, on your computer, for example. And of course I'm still having issues with syncing some things from my Mac. If you are heavily tied to the Apple ecosystem and don't have patience and the various syncing is critical to you, you have to think about whether the better feature set compensates for the trouble of figuring out syncing outside of iTunes.

    But music is not an issue. The included Google Music Manager works well (and there are several 3rd party apps reported to be even better). Syncing iTunes playlists was trivial with the Google Music Manager. I expect you would not have trouble syncing any music you have in iTunes, assuming it is not DRM protected. I've never used audio books though, so I can't verify that for you. If there is a free one I can download from iTunes I'd be happy to test though.

    Anyway, I find myself picking up and playing with my Nexus 7 more than I do my iPad. So that should tell you something.

    Oh - and don't forget the Swype keyboard. It is amazing!


    doug
    08-27-2013 07:34 AM
  4. FitzAusTex's Avatar
    I'm a mac fan, but never got into ios. I don't hate it, I just never found it as interesting as Android. ios is about as interesting as the Android app drawer. Yeah, I use my Android app drawer, but I'd be bored to death staring at my app drawer all day. I love my widgets, and setting up my four screens the way that makes sense for me.

    Also, not generally popular, but I love my Google TV, and how my Nexus and Galaxy Nexus are all integrated with my TV. Google TV will be getting an upgrade to jelly bean in the coming weeks, and then it might actually be amazing, instead of merely great.

    Funny thing is bwtn Google TV and my Nexus devices, the only time I even use my Mac is when I have to get something intensive done.

    Also, have you tried SwiftKey keyboard? Swype is cool, but SwiftKey is amazing. (also possible that swype has drastically improved and is now comparable to SwiftKey, but I haven't used it in a long time.

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    08-27-2013 09:44 AM
  5. Farish's Avatar
    I just realized my problem with this thread. Some of the issues you are having would be the same whether on Mac or Windows.

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    08-27-2013 02:45 PM
  6. douglerner's Avatar
    Also, have you tried SwiftKey keyboard? Swype is cool, but SwiftKey is amazing. (also possible that swype has drastically improved and is now comparable to SwiftKey, but I haven't used it in a long time.

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    I have not tried SwiftKey. Is it conceptually the same as Swype? Anyway, the built-in gesture/Swype keyboard works great.

    The voice-to-text dictation needs a lot of work though. It isn't nearly as good as Siri I don't think. But I can at least usually get it to enter new paragraphs now.

    I also wish there was an easier way to switch back from Japanese input to English input. For some reason the English keyboard has a nice "globe" key to the left of the spacebar and you can quickly toggle into Japanese input mode. But the Japanese keyboard doesn't have the same toggle button, so you have to go through a couple of steps to get back to English. The "toggling between different languages" is easier in iOS.

    doug
    08-27-2013 08:23 PM
  7. stkorn97's Avatar
    I also tried swype, while cool at first, it just doesnt match the quality of Swiftkey. The predictions are really nice since it learns from you over time and you can also have it learn from facebook, emails, twitter, etc... It also has the ability to be used like Swype where you can type by...well... swiping. It is always the first thing I install on any new android device and by far my favorite app to use. I havent used Swype in awhile so I also dont know if it has upped its game, but Swiftkey is pretty much perfect now. Give it a try, its worth it.
    08-27-2013 10:41 PM
  8. douglerner's Avatar
    I also tried swype, while cool at first, it just doesnt match the quality of Swiftkey. The predictions are really nice since it learns from you over time and you can also have it learn from facebook, emails, twitter, etc... It also has the ability to be used like Swype where you can type by...well... swiping. It is always the first thing I install on any new android device and by far my favorite app to use. I havent used Swype in awhile so I also dont know if it has upped its game, but Swiftkey is pretty much perfect now. Give it a try, its worth it.
    I might give it a try in a while after I make sure that everything else is solved (e.g. my various remaining synchronization issues). Thanks.

    doug
    08-28-2013 12:02 AM
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