iPhone vs Android…Again.

This is actually from a friend’s Facebook post about why he hates the iPhone and prefers Samsung. There perfectly nothing wrong with it. It is all a matter of personal choice. Anyway, I replied in the post and realised it became a full essay, so I thought I’d air my thoughts here.
It all depends on which angle you compare to. If there’s any Android phone I would go for, it’s the Nexus or newer series from Google themselves. Pure Android. With Samsung, LG, HTC etc etc, it’s just reminding me of all the different windows managers in Linux. Every one has different experience and new hardware leave old OS behind and the other way round too.
Personally for me, it’s the ecosystem and integration. At one point of time I was thinking of switching to Chromebook + Android. After all, I just need a bash shell to do work.  
Problem is Chromebook just doesn’t cut it. In my opinion, Chromebooks should be portable, moderately powerful and always connected. I actually like the idea of Chromebooks. Light OS + SSD = super battery life. But look at the 14” Chromebooks. Those are laptops with Chrome OS. It’s either too small or too big.
So if one day there’s a combination of Chromebook with Android phone like the iPhone + Macbook Air 13”.
This is the preference from a techie.

12 Hours Without My Phone

One of the first world problems we have these days : Leaving home without the mobile phone. And it happened to me couple of days. And when I discovered it, I was already 1 hour’s journey away from home. Returning home to get the phone was a tempting thought but I had to attend meetings, so it’s really not an option.

So what was my option for the day? 

I still had my iPad Mini and Macbook Pro. First thing when I got to office was to iMessage a few colleagues informing them that I could not be reached by phone or WhatsApp. Yes. A lot of people use WhatsApp these days. Fortunately all of them were on iPhone so iMessage works. So I told they could reach me via iMessage or FaceTime, which can be used on either my iPad Mini or Mac.

Next, I called my wife over FaceTime, told her about me forgetting my phone. And yes, she could also reach me via iMessage.

When I got home, I found that I had only missed calls, probably from telemarketing because they were not in my contact lists. Most of the communications that day came in through iMessage. 12 hours without my phone!

This got me thinking. What would have made it better.

1. If the telco provided me with a way to forward my calls without using my phone, I wouldn’t miss any calls.

2. If I had a VOIP number, I could be reached anywhere or a number of devices as long as there’s internet connection.

Issue no. 2 can be addressed with partly with Google Voice or another VOIP service. It’s a pity Google Voice is not available in Singapore, as in they are not issuing Singapore numbers, otherwise Google Voice would be the best option. And that number could follow me for life. I don’t have to worry about changing devices, OS or telco. The imperfect portion is that I’m still tied with Google. 

I got my own domain many years back for the exact reason even before the days of Gmail. I wouldn’t want to be tied to my ISP for my email communications.

I envision a day when telephone number would be obsolete and our email address becomes the ‘telephone number’. From a technical perspective, it’s definitely possible but requires co-operation from the major Internet giants. Let’s hope it comes true.

iPad Mini – Finally Arriving

After an incredibly long wait, it’s finally going to be here. 

Tracking the iPad Mini

I’m not going to do unboxing videos. There are tons of people doing that. Let’s just talk about why I bought the iPad Mini. First of all, I do not own the latest iPad. While I have been using the iPhone from 3GS up to the current iPhone 5, I have only gotten the first generation iPad. And it’s without cellular, so the use is restricted mainly to home. 

The iPad is a great device. It’s a nice fit between the PC and the smart phones. Nevertheless, I always thought the iPad is too big to bring around. That’s why I stopped at the 1st Generation iPad. I would rather use my phone than to carry the huge, bulky iPad wherever I go.

When the Google Nexus 7 was launched, I thought it was the perfect fit. The size is perfect for bringing around. Not too bulky, not too heavy and has reasonable real estate on the screen. Was close to getting one. 2 reasons why I didn’t get it. Firstly, it runs Android. Don’t get me wrong. It’s nothing against Android but most of my apps are on iOS. Secondly, the cellular version is not available in Singapore. And even up to today, it’s still not available.

Now, here comes the iPad Mini. Slightly bigger than the Nexus 7. Less plasticky feel. (I must stress that this is a personal preference.). Runs iOS. Didn’t take me too long to decide to get one. And I got the cellular version. Well, some people might say, Apple fanboys, surely the decision is irrational. Well, partly I must admit, but I would say it’s only 10% of the whole decision process. The main thing is I needed something small enough to bring around, but yet more comfortable to read on compared to my iPhone. 

Now eagerly anticipating the delivery. :)

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