1. macher's Avatar
    My devices and hardware

    iPhone 7
    iMac
    MacBook
    iPad

    I don't use Apple services or apps only if I want too. I use Google services.

    Someone said with the Apple ecosystem they don't miss a notification. I don't miss a notification not using Apple stuff.

    What am I missing?
    01-22-2017 02:49 PM
  2. Quis89's Avatar
    My devices and hardware

    iPhone 7
    iMac
    MacBook
    iPad

    I don't use Apple services or apps only if I want too. I use Google services.

    Someone said with the Apple ecosystem they don't miss a notification. I don't miss a notification not using Apple stuff.

    What am I missing?
    You appear to be well into the ecosystem.

    For me personally, the addition of the Apple Watch was much appreciated. For example, if I'm at work I can go all through the office and even if I forgot my phone at my desk I can still respond to texts or answer calls or view emails if needed. All that is possible because of the addition of the Apple Watch into my workflow.
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    01-22-2017 03:04 PM
  3. macher's Avatar
    You appear to be well into the ecosystem.

    For me personally, the addition of the Apple Watch was much appreciated. For example, if I'm at work I can go all through the office and even if I forgot my phone at my desk I can still respond to texts or answer calls or view emails if needed. All that is possible because of the addition of the Apple Watch into my workflow.
    Couldn't I do that with the ecosystem I am in? I use iMessage and I do get texts via my carrier. Calls are through my carrier.

    I'm not degrading Apple products or ecosystem. Just want to know what I'm missing by intentionally not being in it. Cause if it's better I would defiantly consider changing over.
    01-22-2017 03:14 PM
  4. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    My devices and hardware

    iPhone 7
    iMac
    MacBook
    iPad

    I don't use Apple services or apps only if I want too. I use Google services.

    Someone said with the Apple ecosystem they don't miss a notification. I don't miss a notification not using Apple stuff.

    What am I missing?
    You may not be missing anything, especially if the services you currently use are sufficient for your needs with the devices you have. Remember, just because you have Apple products, you are not locked to its services. Apple is more than happy for you to use its products with other services because people who are using non-Apple services, but want an Apple product will be more likely to purchase one and then wonder about its services.
    Last edited by Just_Me_D; 01-22-2017 at 04:24 PM.
    01-22-2017 03:24 PM
  5. macher's Avatar
    These are the apps and services I use on my Apple hardware.

    Browser: Chrome

    Email: Inbox / gmail

    Photos: Google Photos

    Fast searches on mobile: Google app

    Navigation: Google Maps

    Docs: Google Drive, Docs

    Calendar: Google Calendar

    Google News

    Music: Spotify

    Seems like all my stuff ties in good with each other.
    01-22-2017 03:25 PM
  6. macher's Avatar
    You may not be missing anything, especially if the services you currently use is sufficient for your needs with the devices you have. Remember, just because you have Apple products, you are not locked to its services. Apple is more than happy for you to use its products with other services because people who are using non-Apple services, but want an Apple product will be more likely to purchase one and then wonder about its services.
    Thanks. Honestly I've always had Apple hardware. In fact I still have the 1st iPhone.

    But what I keep hearing is the Apple ecosystem integrates all hardware very well.

    I like best integration between hardware myself. With that being said what makes Apple ecosystem better since all my stuff is Apple and will always be Apple.
    Last edited by macher; 01-22-2017 at 03:49 PM.
    01-22-2017 03:32 PM
  7. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    Thanks. Honestly I've always had Apple hardware. In fact I still have the 1st iPhone.

    But what I keep hearing is the Apple ecosystem integrates all hardware very well.

    I like best integration between hardware myself. With that being said what makes Apple ecosystem better since all my stuff is Apple and will always be Apple.
    The Apple ecosystem is inherent to its devices, just like Google's, Microsoft's, and Blackberry's. In that sense, it's better. Remember, some things are exclusive to the brand. iMessage and FaceTime, for example.
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    01-22-2017 04:38 PM
  8. macher's Avatar
    The Apple ecosystem is inherent to its devices, just like Google's, Microsoft's, and Blackberry's. In that sense, it's better. Remember, some things are exclusive to the brand. iMessage and FaceTime, for example.
    Right I understand some things are exclusive to Apple like iMessage and FaceTime. I use both myself.
    01-22-2017 04:56 PM
  9. DMP89145's Avatar
    The Apple ecosystem is inherent to its devices, just like Google's, Microsoft's, and Blackberry's. In that sense, it's better. Remember, some things are exclusive to the brand. iMessage and FaceTime, for example.
    I think this point is important. Choosing different services may work very well on any device, but not quite as well as when they are a part of an entire system. MS software can be run on many devices for example, but the best experience will be on the Windows operating system.
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    01-22-2017 06:14 PM
  10. Quis89's Avatar
    Couldn't I do that with the ecosystem I am in? I use iMessage and I do get texts via my carrier. Calls are through my carrier.

    I'm not degrading Apple products or ecosystem. Just want to know what I'm missing by intentionally not being in it. Cause if it's better I would defiantly consider changing over.
    My example is a result of me leaving my phone and any other device at my desk as I go through my office. My watch, being that it is on my wrist, is always on me thus I am always connected.

    I can't convince you that you are missing anything honestly. Your products and services may work perfectly well for you. For me, personally, if I am at my desk or working at home I enjoy not having to look at my phone when a call or a text comes through because all of that will go through my MacBook or my iPad Pro. If I'm reading an article on my computer I enjoy being able to hand that article off to my phone if I need to leave and continue it while I'm out. I enjoy being able to input directions into my phone and have my Apple Watch handle the task of directing me rather than needing to look at my phone.

    If what you have works for you then that's great. You may not be missing out on anything.
    01-22-2017 07:27 PM
  11. macher's Avatar
    My example is a result of me leaving my phone and any other device at my desk as I go through my office. My watch, being that it is on my wrist, is always on me thus I am always connected.

    I can't convince you that you are missing anything honestly. Your products and services may work perfectly well for you. For me, personally, if I am at my desk or working at home I enjoy not having to look at my phone when a call or a text comes through because all of that will go through my MacBook or my iPad Pro. If I'm reading an article on my computer I enjoy being able to hand that article off to my phone if I need to leave and continue it while I'm out. I enjoy being able to input directions into my phone and have my Apple Watch handle the task of directing me rather than needing to look at my phone.

    If what you have works for you then that's great. You may not be missing out on anything.
    Since I'm mobile most of the day because of the nature of my job, my daily driver is an iPhone 7 and an iPad Pro. I do have an iMac as MacBook. The only time I use the iMac or MacBook is when I need to use them for business related stuff that can't be done on my mobile daily drivers. Not on the iMac or MacBook often and don't spend much time on them. I have a couple of websites and most of website related stuff can be done on my iPad and even on my iPhone only after initial installation of various Wordpress apps. I also need to get on my iMac or MacBook when I have to print eBay labels. Other than that I much prefer my iPhone and when I'm lounging around at home I prefer my iPad.

    So I want the best integration between my iPhone and iPad not necessarily with my iMac and MacBook per se. When I'm on the iMac or MacBook I always have my iPhone with me and not concerned about getting notifications on the Mac or MacBook. Plus when I'm on the Mac or MacBook I'm on Chrome so I have access to mail, calendar etc.

    If I had a desk job then most likely that would change but like I said my job is completely mobile in a work vehicle.
    Last edited by macher; 01-23-2017 at 03:25 AM.
    01-23-2017 03:00 AM
  12. cwbcpa's Avatar
    I would say you are getting the best of both worlds. I don't use Macs, but my whole family is on iPhones and iPads. We enjoy the hardware, but are very well ingrained in the Google app world. We use Google classroom, docs, calendar, email, photos, etc...everyday and it works great on Apples hardware. I think Google is so far ahead of Apple in the services game that I could not switch. We do use iMessage and FaceTime all the time and nothing Google offers compares so by having Apple products paired with the rest of Google services we can have the best of both worlds.
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    01-23-2017 02:13 PM
  13. linsiris's Avatar
    This! -->
    You may not be missing anything, especially if the services you currently use are sufficient for your needs with the devices you have.
    It's funny to notice that some people and articles have said that 3rd party apps (i.e Google apps) are smoother or more polished in iOS than in other OS's. I use both services, you probably are not missing anything and it's perfectly ok if that Google set up works fine for you in all your Apple devices.
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    01-23-2017 07:52 PM
  14. firedept10's Avatar
    Nothing if your setup is working for you and you're happy with it.
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    01-23-2017 07:55 PM
  15. macher's Avatar
    I would say you are getting the best of both worlds. I don't use Macs, but my whole family is on iPhones and iPads. We enjoy the hardware, but are very well ingrained in the Google app world. We use Google classroom, docs, calendar, email, photos, etc...everyday and it works great on Apples hardware. I think Google is so far ahead of Apple in the services game that I could not switch. We do use iMessage and FaceTime all the time and nothing Google offers compares so by having Apple products paired with the rest of Google services we can have the best of both worlds.
    Yep I agree Google is WAY ahead of Apple in the services game. Like you we do use iMessage and occasionally FaceTime but those are one of the few Apple services we use.

    It's like Google wants Apple users to have a better experience with their services. Google apps are VERY clean and polished on iOS and on our Mac.

    I use Google Now A LOT on my iPhone too. I really like it. Also TO ME looks like Google Assistant is better than Siri watching a lot of video comparisons. I especially like how GA integrates with Google services like Google Maps for instance.

    My topic was 'What am I missing...'. From a lot of posts so far it doesn't look like I'm missing anything unless I'm overlooking something.

    Maybe one day there will be a collaboration with Apple and Google to create an iGoogle phone lol.
    Last edited by macher; 01-24-2017 at 06:46 AM.
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    01-24-2017 06:22 AM
  16. RobertP1's Avatar
    I have an Iphone 7+, 13inch MacBook Pro (Spring of 2015), IPad Pro 12.9, Apple Watch (The original one).. and everything works in sync and unison and I don't know why I am always considering Android and Google products???

    I have the best tech in the world. I should just enjoy it!!
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    01-24-2017 07:26 AM
  17. cwbcpa's Avatar
    Yep I agree Google is WAY ahead of Apple in the services game. Like you we do use iMessage and occasionally FaceTime but those are one of the few Apple services we use.

    It's like Google wants Apple users to have a better experience with their services. Google apps are VERY clean and polished on iOS and on our Mac.

    I use Google Now A LOT on my iPhone too. I really like it. Also TO ME looks like Google Assistant is better than Siri watching a lot of video comparisons. I especially like how GA integrates with Google services like Google Maps for instance.

    My topic was 'What am I missing...'. From a lot of posts so far it doesn't look like I'm missing anything unless I'm overlooking something.

    Maybe one day there will be a collaboration with Apple and Google to create an iGoogle phone lol.
    I agree. I really don't think you are missing anything. I think everyone has their preference, but for me (and you), I think the combo of iPhone/iPad and Google services is a win. I certainly will not rule out the next Google Pixel, but for now I am very happy running all my Google services on the 7 Plus.

    I am definitely interested in the Google Assistant though. I enjoyed it on the Pixel and it is only going to get better. Siri just doesn't compete at this time. I hope that changes though. Competition is always good.
    01-24-2017 08:35 AM
  18. macher's Avatar
    I agree. I really don't think you are missing anything. I think everyone has their preference, but for me (and you), I think the combo of iPhone/iPad and Google services is a win. I certainly will not rule out the next Google Pixel, but for now I am very happy running all my Google services on the 7 Plus.

    I am definitely interested in the Google Assistant though. I enjoyed it on the Pixel and it is only going to get better. Siri just doesn't compete at this time. I hope that changes though. Competition is always good.
    My co worker who I spend a lot of time with in our company vehicle has the Pixel and he lets me play with it. It's like the iPhone's counterpart.
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    01-24-2017 08:47 AM
  19. macher's Avatar
    I agree. I really don't think you are missing anything. I think everyone has their preference, but for me (and you), I think the combo of iPhone/iPad and Google services is a win. I certainly will not rule out the next Google Pixel, but for now I am very happy running all my Google services on the 7 Plus.

    I am definitely interested in the Google Assistant though. I enjoyed it on the Pixel and it is only going to get better. Siri just doesn't compete at this time. I hope that changes though. Competition is always good.
    Have you tried Google Calendar? It's such a better app.
    Last edited by macher; 01-25-2017 at 04:13 AM.
    01-24-2017 04:46 PM
  20. cwbcpa's Avatar
    Have you tried Google Calendar? It's such a better app.
    Yes. I use all of Google's services and have for years. I have found no reason to change.
    01-25-2017 10:40 AM
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    I think this point is important. Choosing different services may work very well on any device, but not quite as well as when they are a part of an entire system. MS software can be run on many devices for example, but the best experience will be on the Windows operating system.
    Agreed! There's a huge difference between Office on Windows and on a Mac.
    06-11-2017 04:02 PM
  22. Hendri kusliawan's Avatar
    These are the apps and services I use on my Apple hardware.

    Browser: Chrome

    Email: Inbox / gmail

    Photos: Google Photos

    Fast searches on mobile: Google app

    Navigation: Google Maps

    Docs: Google Drive, Docs

    Calendar: Google Calendar

    Google News

    Music: Spotify

    Seems like all my stuff ties in good with each other.
    You should not missing anything, I supposed. because that giant google has everything. Nowadays, our option may be tight either to apple ecosystem or google ecosystem or microsoft ecosystem (maybe?)



    Maybe here're some idea for "apple ecosystem"

    iMessage / facetime (with their stickers or some fancy features - only if lots of your friends use this)

    Photos (it will sync automatically to all apple devices, if you use google photos, it will only sync when we open the google photo app. I myself use google photo instead of ios photo, because google photo available for all os, unlike apple photo, if not mistaken)

    Handoff : usefull, if you switch between apple devices alot. iMessages or text messages can be divert or sync to all devices, as well as, accept phone call, safari sync , etc , all you can do that easily (continuity)

    Sending photo (without any 3rd party app) can only be done among apple devices

    Music : only if you do buy music on apple music (sync among devices), but I guess google music is similiar
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    06-11-2017 08:46 PM
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    06-11-2017 10:10 PM
  24. n8ter#AC's Avatar
    You appear to be well into the ecosystem.

    For me personally, the addition of the Apple Watch was much appreciated. For example, if I'm at work I can go all through the office and even if I forgot my phone at my desk I can still respond to texts or answer calls or view emails if needed. All that is possible because of the addition of the Apple Watch into my workflow.
    The Apple Watch factor is not that big of a deal, because Android Wear does exist, and Cortana now works pretty well with Android. So you still get your Texts on your PC and Watch. You still get your notifications on your PC and Watch. You can still reply to Texts, emails, and notifications on your PC and watch.

    It's a non-factor.

    The Apple Watch is good for Apple users because it's designed specifically to tie into that circle of devices. The other options are superior because you aren't forced to keep using a specific brand of devices to maintain that workflow.

    It depends on the user's budget and long-term outlook on the technology they want to use (and how) in terms of which is better.

    There isn't really anything you are "missing" when you aren't in the Apple ecosystem. Their devices and services are nothing more than a set of alternatives to the competition.
    06-24-2017 06:43 PM
  25. Quis89's Avatar
    The Apple Watch factor is not that big of a deal, because Android Wear does exist, and Cortana now works pretty well with Android. So you still get your Texts on your PC and Watch. You still get your notifications on your PC and Watch. You can still reply to Texts, emails, and notifications on your PC and watch.

    It's a non-factor.

    The Apple Watch is good for Apple users because it's designed specifically to tie into that circle of devices. The other options are superior because you aren't forced to keep using a specific brand of devices to maintain that workflow.

    It depends on the user's budget and long-term outlook on the technology they want to use (and how) in terms of which is better.

    There isn't really anything you are "missing" when you aren't in the Apple ecosystem. Their devices and services are nothing more than a set of alternatives to the competition.
    I wasn't aware Android offered the ability of recieving and sending text messages from a desktop computer. Which computers are required to use this feature natively? Or are additional software installations required?
    06-24-2017 07:27 PM
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