1. RobbyRob's Avatar
    So, I don't post much, but I lurk around and learn. My question to everyone is how many people use all the apple apps? I have been slowly winging myself off the Google apps coming from android, but I am finding it hard to switch fully over. I am a minimalist and like to use the apps built into the operating system as I find they provide the most integrated experience. Has anyone switched fully over to the default apps from gmail, Google maps and other google services? Am I going to be missing anything doing this?
    03-01-2015 11:05 PM
  2. zerog46's Avatar
    I make out fine and don't use any Google Apps. I'm Ali apple and I use Microsoft apps for office.
    03-01-2015 11:20 PM
  3. Algus's Avatar
    I don't use them all but I use a lot of them. For me apps like Safari and Pages are part of the appeal of going into the Apple ecosystem.

    I still use Gmail but mostly for junk mails and such. My iCloud addy is just for Apple-related stuff and close friends/family (everyone else I run through facebook). Work I do on company provided email.
    03-01-2015 11:31 PM
  4. HankAZ's Avatar
    I make out fine and don't use any Google Apps. I'm Ali apple and I use Microsoft apps for office.
    That's how I roll, too. MSOffice is the lone exception to "all Apple" for me.


    Sent from my mobile device via Tapatalk 3.2.1 - you know, the version BEFORE they totally borked the app.
    03-02-2015 12:06 AM
  5. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    I use 15 of the Apple apps, 4 Gmail accounts, YouTube (not a tube person, so don't use it much), and Google Translate. I use a lot of Readdle apps.


    Sent from my ancient iPhone 5 (no longer trustworthy)
    03-02-2015 12:44 AM
  6. Reparkable's Avatar
    I use both
    Google Now
    Google Maps
    YouTube
    Google Drive
    Google +

    Apple
    Stock email app (Gmail)
    Safari
    Weather
    And a bunch of others
    03-02-2015 12:53 AM
  7. gordol's Avatar
    I use Google Maps for general map usage but Garmin for actual navigation, Readdle Calendar5 (on the built-in calendar's database syncing via GMail), my contacts sync via GMail, Safari bookmarks sync via iCloud to my desktop Firefox with Apple's Firefox add-on (and is the main reason I don't use Palemoon instead of FF - this add-on does not work in PM).

    Music/video/photos are synced via iTunes on my desktop not OTA through any service except podcasts, which are downloaded from iTunes online directly to my iPhone via Apple's Podcast app. I have eBooks in both iBooks and Nook software. With maybe one exception, the difference in management there for me is free vs purchased. I like my media to be cross-platform, so I refuse to buy eBooks from the iBook store, but iBooks has better rendering of the ePub format and better e-bookshelf management.

    I use Microsoft Office and despite Apple claims otherwise, iWorks is NOT truly compatible so I use MS Word and Excel on my iOS devices, accessing OneDrive for most of the files I need, Dropbox was just added, I keep some there for other activities. Not really covered by your question, but I use Readdle PDF Expert for PDF files

    The only real sticky bit in my setup is maps. IMO, Apple Maps still sucks. Last time I checked, it still has multiple addresses and businesses that I know of misplaced by as much as a mile, sometimes on the wrong side of a divided roadway. But there is no way to tap an address in, say, Contacts or from Safari and open it in anything other than Apple Maps. One of the reasons I use Calendar5 is that it has a setting to open appointment addresses in Google Maps instead of Apple Maps (CalenGoo has that same feature). So for most applications, if I want to map the address I have to copy it and manually open GMaps or Garmin and paste the address into the search. I do it because Apple Maps simply sucks.
    03-02-2015 06:50 PM
  8. iimartinov's Avatar
    mail, safari. that's all my Apple aps used
    03-08-2015 05:18 AM
  9. rayz336's Avatar
    Mail, Safari, Music, and Clock are pretty much the only Apple apps that I use
    03-08-2015 09:06 AM
  10. hatchettjack's Avatar
    I've just switched to Apple maps and it's working pretty good! If it holds up I will delete my last Google app!


    Sent from my  6+
    03-08-2015 09:50 AM
  11. rayz336's Avatar
    I've just switched to Apple maps and it's working pretty good! If it holds up I will delete my last Google app!


    Sent from my  6+
    I'd forgotten about Apple Maps
    03-08-2015 05:05 PM
  12. kch50428's Avatar
    I've just switched to Apple maps and it's working pretty good! If it holds up I will delete my last Google app!
    I keep Google Maps for a back-up in the event Apple Maps doesn't work for some reason...
    03-08-2015 05:12 PM
  13. diggity's Avatar
    Only Apple apps I use are Safari, Mail, and Music. The only reason I use these is because Apple won't allow us to change the default apps. I still use Google Maps despite not being able to select it as default. Also use Google app for most search activities. For cloud storage, notes, and office apps, I use Microsoft apps.
    03-08-2015 05:26 PM
  14. RobbyRob's Avatar
    @diggity you make a good point about the default apps. That's mostly why I want to use all the apple apps is the default integration. Let's hope they improve the maps a little bit sometime soon.
    diggity likes this.
    03-08-2015 10:12 PM
  15. sting7k's Avatar
    I don't use any Apple services. Google Maps remains unbeatable. I use Microsoft services for everything else.
    03-09-2015 08:56 PM

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