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The era has now ended - Dan the Serene
January 18th, 2016
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The era has now ended
Today I bought an iPhone 6s 64GB and began setting it up. So far the only thing that's really chafing my jimmies is the inability to sync Outlook data beyond contacts and calendar. Otherwise, it's going well.
If anyone has any apps they can't live without that they'd like to tell me about, go for it. As a recovering BlackBerry user, I'm not up on these things.

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Date:January 19th, 2016 11:32 am (UTC)
I can't be of much help, as the chasm between iPhone and Android is both wide and deep, and of course, I only speak Android.

Seriously, you drank that Koolaid?
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Date:January 19th, 2016 12:02 pm (UTC)
I didn't see another option. Blackberry no longer produces an acceptable phone, Windows isn't mainstream enough to bother, and I can't accept the systemic insecurity of the Android patch/update distribution model.
Date:January 19th, 2016 07:40 pm (UTC)
Welcome to the dark side. ;-)

Some helpful advice in no particular order:

1. Turn on Find My iPhone. It allows you to geolocate, erase, or "ping" your iPhone (making it beep) when you lose it on the couch cushions or worse.

2. Signal by Open Whisper Systems ( Moxy Marlinspike's company) is the only private messaging app I trust.

3. There is an app called "Duet" which allows your iOS device to function as an external display for your computer. It's much more useful on an iPad than it is an iPhone, but you may still want to look at it.

4. VSCO is my favorite photo editing App.

5. Tweetbot is the best Twitter app.

6. Reeder is the best RSS reader.

7. It may be subjective, but I find iOS apps to be higher quality than their Android counterparts. I attribute this to the fact that iOS users tend to be more likely to spend money on apps, forgoing the advertising-based "free to play" apps that seem to dominate the Android App marketplace.

8. That said, the iOS App Store is in pretty bad shape -- probably not as bad as the Andoroid Marketplace, but fake reviews, copy-cats, and shitty apps still abound. I think Apple is aware of this and is trying to address it, but for now, you have to be careful when you download an App to make sure you're not downloading a clone or a useless app with fake 5-star reviews.

9. If you do buy a bum app, you can get a refund. It's not automated, but if you ask for one, you'll get it.

10. You'll probably need some kind of external battery pack if you plan on using the phone all day long away from a charger.

11. Low Power mode works well for extending battery life.

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Date:January 19th, 2016 08:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the information. You were definitely a person I was writing this to.
I don't currently have an external battery on it since I was given an Otterbox Defender and holster. We'll see how that works out over time. I've got a charger at home, a charger at work, and a charger in the car, so there shouldn't be many circumstances where it has to go for very long on its own.
Do you know of an external battery that is also compatible with some form of holster? I don't have room in my pockets for a phone.
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Date:January 29th, 2016 12:03 am (UTC)
Also, talking to Siri is the quickest way to turn Low Power Mode on and off.
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Date:January 29th, 2016 12:13 am (UTC)
Navigation: Waze and Google Maps. Sky Map for awesome celestial navigation.

If you use Google things: Gmail, Google [Translate, Authenticator, Drive Docs, Hangouts, Plus, Calendar].

If you Facebook: Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Facebook Groups.

Dropbox has an app, if you use that.

LiveJournal has an app, but I usually just browse there.

Browsing: Chrome.

Compass and digital level: Built-in, same app.

Audio/Video: Shazam, Pandora, Soundcloud, YouTube, Vimeo, if you use those sites.

I have a ton more apps, but more specific recommendations would depend what you generally do with your phone. :)
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Date:February 2nd, 2016 01:11 am (UTC)
Since you mention it, I am looking for apps for the following purposes, and would appreciate any insight you might have.

A Conversion Calculator. My BlackBerry had a native basic and scientific calculator that also did unit conversions and tip calculations, so I’d like something like that.

A spam blocker. I get a bunch of emails that I don’t mind showing up in Outlook, but don’t want on my phone.

That leads me to A way to synchronize Outlook Notes and Tasks. My initial research suggests that earlier versions of iTunes did more in this area than the current version, and some elaborate work around may be required.

Does the ability to do translation on the fly actually exist, cause if it does it must be FM (where the “m” stands for “magic”).
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Date:February 2nd, 2016 01:14 am (UTC)
Unfortunately, I can only assist with the last point, because Google Translate can indeed translate on the fly -- both real-time in-camera, and ostensibly audio, though I haven't tried the latter.
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Date:February 2nd, 2016 01:33 am (UTC)
Thanks for thinking about it, anyway.
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