One of Apple's key points is the integration you achieve between your devices, what some call the “Apple ecosystem”. Being able to receive calls from the iPhone on the iPad or on the Mac, the proprietary Airdrop file delivery system, a common application store … It is quite easy to have all your content synchronized with several devices but … On Android too.
During the last weeks I have been able to thoroughly test the iPhone XR, and having a MacBook Pro and an iPad, I have been able to verify what is true and what is not with the Apple ecosystem. In my personal case, I have not noticed that Android is far below in terms of synchronization, taking into account that 100% of the popular applications that are used on a daily basis work on
I want to share my experience integrating the content of my Android mobile in my MacBook, and vice versa, to show the point of view of someone who thinks that as long as we have cloud possibilities, it does not matter too much which operating system you use.
The basics: Google apps work better than many of Apple's
One of the main arguments that I find in defense of the “Apple ecosystem” is that you can continue on the Mac what you have done with the iPhone and vice versa. A scenario that seems to place Apple in a world apart, when on Android we can do exactly the same. On the iPhone, Mac and iPad, the calendar applications, notes, reminders and others integrate very well with each other, and if you have them synchronized with the same iCloud account, you can see the notes, events and others that you have started on the iPhone on your Mac or iPad, and vice versa.
The thing is that Google apps allow the same. In my case, as a notes application I use Google Keep, as a calendar application I use Google's, and as a gallery application I use Google Photos. What I do with my Android I can see at the moment on my Mac, thanks to the synchronization of Google services.
Beyond allowing the same sync features, personally, I think that Google applications sweep the native Apple. You just have to compare Google Keep or Google Photos with Apple's notes and gallery apps. Regardless of coming from Android, I use native Google apps on the iPhone, since Apple's native “basic” apps seem pretty poor to me.
Music and files
One of my favorite features on the Mac is the ease of sending music to the iPhone. Many think that you have to go around connecting cables to connect your mobile to iTunes, but those times were far away. The process is very simple. We play the song we want, and it will open in iTunes – it is Apple's native player. Once the song is open, you just have to right click and hit . Ready, without cables and without connecting anything, the synchronization is done via WiFi, and you can send songs to the device with a couple of clicks.
However, despite how easy it is to do this on iOS, on Android it is not too complicated if you use the right applications. Telegram, in addition to being a functionally better messaging application than WhatsApp is, in my opinion, best personal cloud app. In the case of music, just drag the song from our computer to the Telegram cloud, and we will automatically have it on our device. To say that these are very rare cases, since I usually use my Spotify premium subscription, I do not usually download music externally.
As for the rest of the files, I use Telegram and I recommend doing it, since Apple's iCloud space is ridiculous, and unless you pay you will not have storage to save anything.
Apple users are quite a fan of clients like Spark. However, after trying this and many more, I still think that Gmail is the best possible email manager. With a bit of order and a few hours dedicated to labeling well where each email goes, it is an almost infallible application.
The native iPhone mail manager is horrible, and personally, I don't like receiving email notifications on the Mac – so I don't miss third-party clients to handle this. That's why I use Gmail on all my devices, so I can see the same content, regardless of the device I'm using.
My use is basic, but it is still the average use
I understand that due to work circumstances or use of some quite specific applications, the synchronization between Apple devices is incredible. However, the average user will not be too lacking if he uses an Android and a Mac. Google services allow access to basic services – mail, photos, calendar, notes … – on all devices, and applications such as Telegram allow transferring files from PC to mobile and vice versa to be ridiculously simple.
As for receiving calls on the Mac, it is something that I directly have disabled, since I don't like answering from the computer, my hobbies. In short, it may be that due to the particularities of my use I do not see so much benefit in the “Apple ecosystem”. Emphasize that it is true that everything is more “consistent”. The app store is practically identical on iOS and MacOS, giving that feeling of uniformity and continuity between devices. The interface of the applications is even quite similar. Details that I appreciate, although at a functional level, I repeat, Synchronization between Apple devices is somewhat superior, but not as remarkable as some find -in my humble opinion-.