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How to Ditch Android and Join the Apple Side (and Bring Your Data with You)

How to Ditch Android and Join the Apple Side (and Bring Your Data with You)

Now that Apple’s got its bigger, better iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, we suspect oodles of big-screen Android aficionados may defect to iOS. (Apparently Apple thinks so, too). But while switching phones is one type of headache, switching phones and operating systems can induce migraine-level pains if you’re not properly prepared.

But you will be prepared. From your can’t-miss calendar events to your favorite apps, here’s how to make sure your most important mobile needs make the transition from Android to iOS as smoothly as possible.

Mail, Calendar, and Contacts
If you keep your life synced with Google’s cloud-based ecosystem, transferring from Android to iOS is relatively easy. You’ll need to create an Apple ID when you first begin your iOS journey (if you don’t already have an iTunes account), but you can add your Google account once you’ve finished your phone’s initial setup.

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To do this, go to Settings → Mail, Contacts, Calendars, then tap Add Account. There you can add your Google account (or any other email account you’d like synced on the device). Once added, you can choose to sync Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and Notes.

If you’ve kept your contacts stored locally on your Android phone, you’ll first need to export your contacts to that device’s SD card, connect it to your computer and download the resulting .vcf file, and then log into your Google account. Click where it says Gmail in the upper left to go toContacts, then click the More tab and select Import. Now, when you add your Google account to your iPhone, your contacts will come along, too.

Keyboards
Since iOS 8 now supports third-party keyboards, the chances you’ll be able to continue using a near-identical version of your keyboard are extremely high. Lucky you!

Adding a third party keyboard to your system is pretty simple. Download the keyboard app from the App Store, and then go to Settings GeneralKeyboardsAdd New Keyboard. Navigate to the section for third-party keyboards, and you’ll see all the keyboard apps you’ve downloaded. Select the one you want to use, give it permission to be used systemwide, and you’re ready to go.

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Popular keyboards like SwiftKey, Swype, Fleksy, and TouchPal should now all be available for iOS 8.

Widgets
While you won’t have the same sort of home screen widgets as on an Android handset, iOS 8 does allow widgets in its Today view in the Notification Center. You access with a swipe down from the top of the screen and, as its name suggests, this is where you’ll also find a list of recent, actionable notifications you’ve received.

As for widgets, the latest version of the Yahoo Weather app includes one that acts like a miniature version of the full-blown app, with a location-specific Flickr photo annotated with current and future temperature conditions. Calendar apps like Readdle’s Calendars 5 also offer Notification Center widgets for a better glanceable version of your daily schedule than Apple’s Calendar provides.

Dropbox, Evernote, and OpenTable are some of the other titles that offer such widgets. 9to5Mac has a comprehensive alphabetical list of apps that currently enable Notification Center widgets, but more will surely be on the way.

Your app collection
Unfortunately, there’s no one- or two-step way to get all your favorites from Android onto your iOS device. You’ll need to go through and manually restock your homescreen with the apps you use on the regular.

But this annoyance is actually an opportunity in disguise. Now is the time to take an inventory of your app collection. Make a list of your actual favorites, the ones you use daily, and the ones you can’t imagine living without. Ditch the rest. Congratulations; your app collection just got a thorough fall cleaning.

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With the exception of only a handful of titles (mostly games), nearly all of your Android favorites should also be on iOS. If you already shelled out big money for an Android version of an app, it could be worth dropping its customer service a line — it may be able to offer a discount code for your continued patronage, rather than risk you choosing a cheaper competing app. If the app is only $1, though, don’t be stingy; show the dev some love.

Photos, music, PDFs, and other media
One of the things I love about getting a new handset is the chance to start fresh. But some folks like to keep their favorite photos, videos, and music on their device, always. No sweat. If that’s you, you’ll want to first download them onto your computer (connect your Android device and then sync using Outlook or Exchange) and transfer them onto your iPhone via iTunes. To do this, connect your iPhone via USB or over WiFi and launch iTunes, click Sync with Phone , and then choose the media you want on your new phone (you can select from books, movies and TV shows, notes, photos, audio content, and more).

If you’re transferring PDFs and ePub documents, you can still access them on iOS using iBooks to read them (or another PDF reader). If you’ve got Office documents, then Apple’s Pages, Numbers, and Keynote will let you read and edit them on the iPhone, or you can use Microsoft Office for iOS.

Your MP3 files, if you aren’t already an avid Spotify or Rdio user, will live in Apple’s Music app on iOS once they’ve been added to iTunes. And once your audio collection is sorted, if you want to buy more music on the go, you’ll be buying content on iTunes (same goes for movies or TV shows).

For anything stored in the cloud — for instance on Evernote, Google Drive, or Dropbox — you’re good to go. Just download the iOS versions of those apps, and you’ll be able to access your files once they’re synced.

New iOS app ironically vows to cure your iPhone addiction

Download Moment iPhone App

 

Moment is a new iOS app that has some interesting tracking abilities, TechCrunchreports. The app will run in the background, looking at how much you use the phone each day, and – if enabled – it will even track locations. Furthermore, the app can list usage statistics and can help users set up a limit on their daily iPhone usage in order to cut down their addiction.

Developer Kevin Holesh, who created Moment for his personal use, says he made it in order to keep track of his iPhone addiction, and to give him a nudge when he’s been on it for too long. Holesh said that soon after moving in with his high school sweetheart, he noticed how both of them chose more and more to relax by starting at their smartphones rather than other activities.

“Relaxing meant whipping out our iPhones and catching up on the latest happenings in social media,” he wrote. “Her drug of choice is Instagram. Mine is Twitter. We stopped doing fun and productive things and chose the path of least resistance.”

“When I first started using Moment, I was spending 75 minutes on my phone every single day,” he added. “I currently have my daily limit set to 40 minutes, so after 40 minutes on my iPhone for the day, I get an annoying buzzer telling me to look away from the glowing box in my hands. That’s a good amount of time for me right now.”

While the app may indeed be useful to those people who spend too much time on the iPhone, it also goes against everything the App Store stands for. Ironically, an iOS app developer came up with a way to limit the time users spend on the iPhones and therefore on apps.

The application is available as a free download from the App Store and requires iOS 7.0 or later to run.

iPhone 6 vs LG G3 – The upcoming smartphone battle of the year

iPhone 6 vs LG G3 – The upcoming smartphone battle of the year

 

Two of the most impressive devices to ever grace the smartphone market will go in a head-to-head battle later this year. While the LG G3 has been released in South Korea last month, the iPhone 6 is still in the works and will only be arriving around September according to multiple sources. Apple has done a good job at keeping its upcoming flagship behind closed doors, but the inevitable flow of leaks and rumors still came eventually. As soon as the flood gates were opened, we’ve seen dozens of reports speculating on the handset’s features, display, and specifications. We browsed through most of these reports and took into consideration only what seems the most believable in order to compare the iPhone 6 with the LG G3, one of the best smartphones currently available.

The Korean company announced a couple of days ago that their latest flagship will be making its worldwide debut on June 27th. LG G3 will first be released in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, and the Philippines, and then move on to the rest of Asia, Europe, and the Middle East next month. LG didn’t reveal a US release date, but both Sprint and Verizon confirmed that the handset will be available for purchase in July, most likely on the 17th. The iPhone 6 on the other hand is only expected to arrive sometime during September. Rumor has is that Apple is restricting holidays during that month for employees working at its German stores, which suggests that a new device will be launched then. Furthermore, the iOS 8 is also said to release is September so that would fit in nicely with the flagship’s launch.

Screen-wise, the LG G3 offers an impressive 5.5-inch QHD display running at 2560 x 1440 resolution and 534 ppi. The iPhone 6 is believed to come with a 5.5-inch sapphire glass screen although further details about it are unreliable. But rumor has it that Apple is looking to launch two versions of their upcoming flagship. The 5.5-inch will apparently be aimed at the premium markets while a 4.7-inch variant is said to target the average consumers. The latter will presumably come with a 1704 x 960 resolution display, 416 ppi and 16:9 aspect ratio. LG G3′s display looks vastly superior to the 4.7-inch model and we assume that it will also trump the 5.5-inch when it comes to resolution and pixel density. However, reports are still sketchy in regards to the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 so we’ll have to wait until more details are revealed to say for certain.

On the hardware side, Cupertino is rumored to equip the iPhone 6 with either a quad-core A8 processor or an improved A7. The device is said to come with the best iPhone camera to date, which will be a 13-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture and optical image stabilization, but only for the 5.5-inch version. This is similar to the LG G3′s shooter, which also comes at 13MP and features OIS. Aside from processor and camera, not much else is known about the iPhone 6′s specs. Some sketchy reports are claiming that the flagship will only come with 1GB of RAM, just like the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s. On the other hand, the 5.5-inch handset is said to offer 128GB of storage while the 4.7-inch will be capped at 64GB. By comparison, the LG G3 can also reach 128GB via microSD, but only features 16GB/32GB options by default. LG’s flagship also comes in 2GB/3GB variants and includes a massive 3.000 mAh removable battery.

There is no word on the iPhone 6′s battery, but Apple will be hard pressed to come up with something better than what LG offers. The G3 might lose the battle when it comes to storage if the iPhone comes right out of the box with more than 32GB. One the flip side, it seems like it will definitely win when it comes to RAM and possibly battery life as well. Another important aspect to take into consideration will be the operating system. iPhone 6 is likely to run on the upcoming iOS 8, which is said to come with many new features and improvements over the previous version. LG G3 currently runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat and there is no news on whether the 4.4.3 version will be available to the device.

Last but not least, the price will also play a key role in the upcoming confrontation. It’s estimated that the LG G3 will cost about $700 when it will be released in the US. This is the exact price we can expect for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 as well, according to some analysts. The bigger version however is believed to add at least $100 more to that price tag. All in all, Apple’s premium variant of the flagship might end up being a bit more expensive, but will it be worth it? We can’t say for certain because we don’t have a complete specs list yet, but from what we’re seeing the iPhone 6 will likely be somewhat less powerful than the LG G3. Also, the display might end up not being up to par either.