iPhone user getting a Nexus One Today! Any tips?

rlominack

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RBasil,

I look forward to hearing your impressions. I, like you, have an iPhone 3GS (and have had some iPhone since the beginning). I love my mac computers and like my iPhone though I have frankly gotten bored with it and slowly but surely have gotten more hooked into Google products (gmail, calendar, Google Voice). I have a concern about missing one or two apps that I use but I realize that concern will probably go away with time. I would like to hear your impressions of the photo and music syncing, etc. and just what you think of it after using it a little bit. It seems like a great phone though I dread parting with $529 (but that type of dread hasn't stopped me before).
 

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media sync

Try Salling media sync. Syncs iTunes with your phone and it works on mac.

I haven't tried it just heard its a good one.

good luck
 
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Definitely try Listen as a podcasting app. I love the fact that I can download new podcast over 3G coverage. I have been going down the interstate, and download a new episode of the Giant Bombcast, and nearly instantly start listening to it. No longer have to wait on slow updates with itunes, or having to sync with my pc. Also, I recently switched android devices, and found out that when I reinstalled listen, that it stored all of my subscriptions to google reader. I did not have to resubscribe! It saves the rss feeds in google reader. Just sync with your gmail/reader acct.
 

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Well it's been almost 24 hours since I made the switch from my iPhone 3GS to the Nexus one. I'm still getting used to the new interface and I'm sure it will take me a few weeks to get totally confortable with it.

Pros:

Notifications. The notification feature of Android is much better than on the iPhone.

Navigation. I love the satellite and street view on the navigation, much better than the TomTom navigation app on my iPhone.

Google Voice. The iPhone has a great (pay) GV app, but having it built into the OS is much better.

Live Wallpaper. What can I say, I love the eye-candy.

Cons:

Facebook. What can I say, the Facebook app sucks compared to the iPhone.

Market. Even though the iPhone app store needs work, it is still much better than the Android Marketplace.

Podcasts. I'm using Dogcatcher on the Nexus and it's ok, but Podcasts are much easier to keep up with on the iPhone. I do like being able to stream them over 3G though (something you cannot do on the iPhone).

I'll check back in about a week or so with more opinions.
 

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I'm ready for a Nexus One myself. I'm trying to wait another week in case the Desire or Incredible are announced at CTIA next week but waiting is getting painful! :)

Actually, you can stream podcasts over 3G with the iPhone: if you go in to the iTunes app, instead of clicking on Download, click on the title of the Podcast and it will stream in real time - no download required. I do this often when I forget to sync with iTunes for the latest podcasts.

Anyway, I look forward to more Nexus feedback from you over the coming days. Thanks for the info from an iPhone perspective - I know several iPhoners ready to jump ship but they're just waiting on more high-end hardware choices (Incredible, Desire, Supersonic, etc). When will Motorola release another high-end model??

Well it's been almost 24 hours since I made the switch from my iPhone 3GS to the Nexus one. I'm still getting used to the new interface and I'm sure it will take me a few weeks to get totally confortable with it.

Pros:

Notifications. The notification feature of Android is much better than on the iPhone.

Navigation. I love the satellite and street view on the navigation, much better than the TomTom navigation app on my iPhone.

Google Voice. The iPhone has a great (pay) GV app, but having it built into the OS is much better.

Live Wallpaper. What can I say, I love the eye-candy.

Cons:

Facebook. What can I say, the Facebook app sucks compared to the iPhone.

Market. Even though the iPhone app store needs work, it is still much better than the Android Marketplace.

Podcasts. I'm using Dogcatcher on the Nexus and it's ok, but Podcasts are much easier to keep up with on the iPhone. I do like being able to stream them over 3G though (something you cannot do on the iPhone).

I'll check back in about a week or so with more opinions.
 

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RBasil,

I ordered my Nexus One. It'll be the first time in almost 3 years I've used something other than the iPhone. Were you able to simply take the sim card from your iPhone and stick it in the N1 and get up and running? I have heard that is supposed to be that easy but wanted to check to make sure it really was that easy.

By the way, how is they typing experience compared to the iPhone?
 

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it seems theres a crapload of ex-iphone users ready to switch to the Nexus!

i have had my iphone since it came out (and i still have my 1st generation iphone as my backup phone, plus 1st generation design was better than current 3GS IMO) but anyways, i been been getting a bit bored with my 3GS (and its jailbroken! too so i can multitask, and do alot of nice things!). However, im ready to test the waters with the Nexus and Android platform. i recently played around with a Droid and liked it alot! I am too currently waiting to see if the Desire will be coming to Att since i have a year left on my contract and i been watching the Desire very closely. If nothing about the Desire coming to att is announced then I will keep my 3GS as my iPod for now and get my Nexus! i hope they announce it soon

I hope that podcast app works as well as you say because im a heavy podcaster as well..(shout out to Android Central podcast, you guys are awesome and very informative!!!)
 

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All this talk about podcasts so I have to plug Listen. It has its quirks, but coming from an iPhone/iTunes paradigm I think Android/Listen is a much better solution. Main reason is that you don't have to be tied to the computer. Listen will manage your subscriptions and and automatically search for updates and download in the background. And I can listen to my podcasts while they download over 3G. And if you search for podcasts through Listen and they are not there, then just manually add them to Google Reader and to the Listen Category and they are automatically added on the phone.

And welcome to all the ex-iPhone users coming over to the Nexus One, I did the same a little over a month ago and now I have a device that does what I want it too with having to Jailbrake.
 

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RBasil,

I look forward to hearing your impressions. I, like you, have an iPhone 3GS (and have had some iPhone since the beginning). I love my mac computers and like my iPhone though I have frankly gotten bored with it and slowly but surely have gotten more hooked into Google products (gmail, calendar, Google Voice). I have a concern about missing one or two apps that I use but I realize that concern will probably go away with time. I would like to hear your impressions of the photo and music syncing, etc.

Mac and 3x iPhone user here as well. For me, switching required a much larger shift. When I was on the iPhone, I went 100% and used all their services (iPhoto, MobileMe, iTunes, etc) - of course it worked. I found when trying other phones and piecemeal solutions, I always had to rely on a 3rd party app which defeats the purpose of symplicity. For the Nexus, I went 100% as well. Email, Contacts, Calendar > Google. Photos > Picasa. Music > still have to go 3rd party with DoubleTwist.

After 2 months of using the Nexus. I miss very little. Gmail is handling my personal stuff flawlessly. Uploads directly from the phone for Picasa are great and I probably won't renew my MobileMe subscription this year. Media transfers and some of the hardware flaws on the Nexus are my only gripes. I wish I could get native iTunes support and converting movies takes an extra step. Hardware-wise, the touchscreen takes a big learning curve and sucks in full sunlight. However (and a big However) - the phone does not drop calls, noise canceling and call clarity are much improved, battery life is longer, screen crisper, camera better (IMO) and I have found a suitable or better replacement for every app I used on the iPhone (minus 1Password and Things - *if you like Evernote, try 3bananas) The freebie apps Google provides are bonuses (SkyMap, Gesture Search, Goggles, Shopper, Voice to Text anywhere). Google Nav has been 98% reliable so far and saved me a few more $$. Google Voice has been a plus as well.

Personally, I am sold on Android. iPhone 4.0 may change that but I am not going anywhere for now.
 
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Thanks, rvinny. Great observations. As it happens, my Nexus One is sitting here charging for the first time. I'm trying to be patient and wait for the light to turn green but it's getting tough. I, too, use 1Password and Omnifocus (like Things) and will miss those but hope the rest makes up for that.
 

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Well, I've replaced all of my needed apps that I used to use on the iPhone except for a decent Podcast player. Still can't find anything that will display both the Audio and Photo formats of an AAC feed.

Any suggestions?
 

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Thanks, rvinny. Great observations. As it happens, my Nexus One is sitting here charging for the first time. I'm trying to be patient and wait for the light to turn green but it's getting tough. I, too, use 1Password and Omnifocus (like Things) and will miss those but hope the rest makes up for that.

I heard 1P say they are working on an Android app. Things forums mentions Astrid but it's not a true 1:1 conversion. Any other apps you find yourself missing, let me know, I probably already went there.

The big thing you may find (and read) about the Nexus are touchscreen issues. Bottom line, the screen response is not as good. Get ready for that. But after a few weeks you'll end up retraining your fingers and it should get better. Landscape keyboard is way easier on the Nexus. The 4 hard buttons at the bottom, learn to touch just above middle of the icon. If you start getting issues with touches on the screen registering in the wrong spot, it's a mixed bag on what is going on there. Some people say hardware, some say OS. I have found that the sensitivity of the screen goes to the very edge so watch how you hold it and make sure a 2nd touch isn't registering anywhere like the fold of your hand. A case can help. Regardless of what is causing it, a tap of the power/standby button clears the issue. If that were fixed, this would be a true iPhone killer. Flame on.
 

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Thanks, rvinny. I have done so much (some would say too much) reading about the Nexus One (and many others) that thankfully I was prepared for the things you mentioned. I've had just enough time to get the thing up and running (which took all of 30 seconds). Won't have time to really play with it until tonight but so far I am really enjoying it. The Google integration is fantastic.
 

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I switched from a 3GS to an AT&T Nexus One last week. I love the phone, and do not misst the mac compatibility because everything I do is cloud sync'd. I'm thrileed to stop shelling out $100 yr for a a mobile me acct.
 

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RBasil,

I ordered my Nexus One. It'll be the first time in almost 3 years I've used something other than the iPhone. Were you able to simply take the sim card from your iPhone and stick it in the N1 and get up and running? I have heard that is supposed to be that easy but wanted to check to make sure it really was that easy.

By the way, how is they typing experience compared to the iPhone?

Simply swap the SIM to the other phone and you should be good to go. I switch a lot between my 3GS and N1.
 

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AHHH Im getting inpatient! Hopefully we will know if the Desire is indeed coming to Att!! if i dont hear anything by this thursday i will be here putting up a post about my purchase of the Nexus One.
 

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rvinny,

I'm loving the N1 and still have a lot to figure out. Do you still use Things (and just forgo using it on your N1) or have you found something remotely similar? As I mentioned I have been using omnifocus (after having used Things). I had also tried Remember the Milk. While I don't like RTM as much, there is a Android version which is usable (more so than the iPhone version, I think). Have you tried that? Anything else?