According to the recent comparison of mobile OS’s, Apple’s iOS is based mostly on its closed environment (against Android’s highly customizable environment).
So I’ve decided to use Apple’s native apps as much as possible for a month. I’ve decided to make a very strict test: I will use each app as long as it keeps me satisfied. Let’s see which application survives the cut.
For my test, I’m replacing the following applications:
- Evernote with Notes
- Fantastical with Calendar
- Downcast with Podcasts
- Chrome with Safari
- Wunderlist with Reminders
- Camera+ with Camera
- TinyVox with Voice Memos
- Yahoo weather with Weather
- Flipboard with Newsstand
Other applications I can’t replace:
- Spotify with Music (I don’t own any mp3 file)
- Rowite with Remote (I use it to control all my mac, not only iTunes)
The first two to go
The first app to go is Notes. In order to synchronize my notes on iCloud, it asks me to create an iCloud mail account. Why the hell?!?!
I’m already synchronizing all my other stuff on iCloud: calendars, reminders, contacts, bookmarks, etc. Now, why would I need a different account for notes?! No idea.
The second one to go down is Calendar, and it goes does only because it’s synchronizing message is not clear (or maybe it is and I don’t like what I read).
When I tried to synchronize my calendars on iCloud, the message reads:
“Your calendars will be merged with iCloud. (Server-based calendars synced with your Mac will be removed)”.
WHAT?!?! I work with Google Calendar a lot. So the message says that my calendars will be “removed”. Does that means they will be erased? I hope not, because I put a lot of effort filling them. Or that means they will be removed from my device? If that is the case, I’d love some clarification.
But my question is: why can’t I have two kind of calendars? Why do I need to remove all other calendars from my device to synchronize? Why can’t we all be happily together? Or at least, could I choose which calendars I want removed? No, I can’t.
So, Calendar goes down.
Let’s see who survives the cut tomorrow.