First time Mover from iPhone to Android? Here are some tips

Switching from iPhone to Android is complicated if you don’t know few basic facts. If you are ready to make the switch, start by buying a high-end Android phone which has at least more than 4.3 inch screen, 1.2 GHz dual core processor, and high resolution screen display. Once you have purchased the device, here are few things to follow for making the switch.

1.Optimize Home Screen

Unlike the iPhone where you have to stick to some default icons set to the home screen, you can pay around a lot with Android. Here, you can download and install your favorite apps and set them as home screen icons and swipe them as well. Android features  ‘widgets’ as well as Application shortcuts on it’s home screen, so you can get updates from the apps without actually opening up the app. Getting to know Android will take some time and to make it easier for you, I suggest getting familiar with the Home and Menu buttons. Most of the activities on any Android device are centered on these buttons.

2. Syncing Apps

One of the major drawbacks you will come across during the switch is app incompatibility. Android and iPhone apps are completely incompatible. Therefore, you will lose access to all apps once you switch. You have to download and install them again. So note down the installed apps and re-install them. However, some app developers offer an iPhone and Android version of the same app and if the user data is stored on their servers or the cloud, you will not lose important data.

3. Gmail is Compulsory

Like the new Nokia Lumia series makes Microsoft Outlook email account essential to sync all data, you need to use a Gmail account to use Android. The primary Gmail account will be used to store data and hold your account details including payment methods for paying for apps you’ll buy on Google Play App store. Nevertheless, if you still wish to access emails from non-Gmail accounts, you can do that via IMAP, POP3 or Microsoft Exchange setting. Before switching, finalize the Gmail account you wish to use. Ensure no one else uses it. Lastly, you have to use the same Exchange system to transfer contacts and calendar notes from iPhone to Android.

4. Media Transfer

To transfer pictures, music files and videos, you need to transfer them to your PC via USB connection. Mac users can use the Image Capture tool to backup images. Once done, remove the iPhone device from PC, connect the Android device and transfer all the files. If the device runs on ICS or above, install the Android File Transfer Utility on the Mac to transfer media files. Further, you will also find that the device does not sync with iTunes; therefore, your alternatives would be to use Google Play or Amazon Cloud Player.

5. Transferring SMS and Voice Mail

You can use iSMS2Droid tool to transfer your Text messages from iPhone to your new Android phone. The steps are not too straight forward, but here’s a  link to instructions on how to go about this.

Transferring voice mails is a bit more time consuming. The easiest way is to transfer the voicemails to the forwarding them to your Google mail account and then accessing them on the Android device.

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6. Battery Life

Even though Android is really enjoying popularity, its drawback is its battery life. Some high-end devices do have better battery life but they are not affordable for everyone. Hence, if you want to save on battery, I recommend you to switch off 4G, Wi-Fi and GPS when not in use. If you are not using social media accounts, disable them. You can enable them again with just a tap.

7. Android App Store

After the switch, say bye-bye to Apple app store. The Android device will use Google Play as its default app market. You can still search, download and install from alternate marketplaces if you enable the option, but it is risky and you should install virus protection software before downloading from other app stores.
Making the switch from iPhone to Android will take some time but don’t you worry. Just follow the above pointers.

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What to Look forward to in iOS 6

The realms of the Internet have still not yet settled down from yesterday’s WWDC event, and as usual Apple’s managed to blow up the social media with their announcements. Apple announced the latest Macbook Pro range of laptops with their Retina displays. While most gadget lovers may have taken a liking to the hardware specifications, the cost may be a deterrant for most planning to purchase one – the 15 inch  MBP is priced at Rs. 1,53,000!

Let’s get to the iOS side of the announcements which will soon be powering most of our iPhones and iPads by the end of the year. Here’s some of the key features I’m looking out for.

Handling Incoming Calls

iOS 6 brings the ability for you to reject the call while replying with a message. This is useful when you can’t take the call but want to quickly send a pre-set message while rejecting the call. This is a much needed feature which most people who have moved to the iPhone have missed out on. I used to use this extensively on my older phones, but was really irritated when the iPhone was lacking this feature. You can also set a reminder to call the caller back at a later time, if you can’t take the call.

Apple’s All New Maps

I’m sure we all agree that Google Maps which is currently what the Maps app uses is quite ancient in terms of it’s functionality. There have been times where I was itching to get back to an Android device just for the Google Maps features there. Waze was a saviour, with it’s turn-by-turn navigation and croud-sourced traffic data in this area till date. Since Google was giving Apple a run-around for features on the iOS platform, Apple has gone ahead and integrated their own Maps with a whole lot of new features

  • Turn-by-turn navigation with spoken navigation.
  • Traffic information to help you re-route around the traffic hit areas
  • Flyovers – allowing you to take a virtual flight around major metro areas around the world
  • Siri integration with maps allowing you to ask your phone for places around and then navigate there

More about the new maps over at this page.

Do not Disturb!

Why get woken up from your beauty sleep to find out that latest notification which woke you up was a reminder from an app to sync you contacts with Facebook?

With iOS 6 on your phone now you can set your phone to turn off notifications by turning on the Do Not Disturb switch. You can also schedule you phone to automatically turn switch to this mode a certain time of the day. This gives you the option to turn off notifications  late at night and switch it back on in the morning. Additional settings allow you to allow the phone to ring if you get calls from contacts in your Favorites list.

The last option – Repeated Calls can also be turned on if you wish to actually receive calls from a person if they call a second time. This takes care of situations when someone from work is calling you because your server is down, but naturally, they’re not in your favorite list. You still have to take that call right?

Wouldn’t you say this is also a much required feature in any smartphone. Blackberry phones had this feature quite some time back and Android users could always download apps to provide this if their phones didn’t have the feature. iPhone users now finally get this!

Facebook finally makes it to the A List

A lot of us were surprised when a tight Facebook integration was noticably absent from the last update of iOS. Twitter got on the bandwagon, but Facebook users still had to use app implemented sharing functionality and round about ways of sharing photos from their phone to Facebook.

With a Facebook making into iOS 6, now you can share pages you are reading to Facebook right from the browser and Photos straight from Photos or the Camera. Your friend’s birthdays show up in your Calendar with Facebook Events integration. Even your friend’s contact information are now integrated into Contacts. Now if your friend gets a new number and updates it on Facebook, you’ll see the new number come up in your Contacts list as well.

Siri Updates

Apart from the other notable updates to Siri, the most important one I’d actually end up using is to open Apps via Siri. With iOS 6 you can now request Siri to Lauch Flipboard and the app opens up immediately. Useful to launch the maps app or Waze when you’re driving. Siri will now be available on the new iPad as well.

The other additions to Siri – Sports, Movies and Restaurant updates, would most probably end up being US centric, as most of Siri is now. So until I actually see the update, I won’t be able to gauge if they’d work well in India at all.

When and Which Devices

The general release of iOS 6 according to Apple’s Press Release is around fall, which would place it anytime between September and November this year. Not all devices will get this update. The baseline for iOS 6 are – iPhone 3G, iPod 4th Generation and iPad2. So anyone with older devices than these won’t be able to get iOS 6. This is Apple’s way of telling you it’s time for an upgrade!

Of course, these are not an exhaustive list of updates which will come out with iOS 6. These are some of the notable ones. If you have other features which you think should make it to this list, let us know by leaving a comment below.

Use your Tablet or Smartphone as an Extra Monitor

Everybody loves the idea of multitasking. Imagine having an extra monitor when you need more screen space and not having to spend much for it. Well, that’s possible and all you will need is your personal computer (Windows or Mac), an Android/iOS device and a Wi-Fi connection. There are a number of apps available  which allows you to use your device as an external monitor. But two apps seem to hold a firm place in the market. Let’s have a look at them.

Celio corp’s REDFLY Screen Slider is an app which will help you use your Android tablet or smart phone as an extra monitor. Priced at $1.99 in the Android market, you can download it to your smart phone and request a download link for your computer or laptop. Once you get the download link from the official website, you can start your installation process.

• After entering the name of the system, select the option that finds devices from a list.
• Once the device has been selected, double-click on it and enter the code that is displayed your Android device.
• The screen will flicker for a short time after you accept the license agreement. And now you can enjoy your extended desktop space.

Presently, the service is available for Android devices, iPhone and the iPad, and  is expected to support other devices soon. Currently, this app supports windows XP (32-bit),Vista (32-bit) and Windows 7 operating systems (either 32 or 64 bit), but there’s no Mac support. This app can also be upgraded. The key feature of the screen slider pro is the built-in android keyboard and the speech-to-text feature where you can enter/edit in PC apps and the multi touch control.

Mac users can use the iDisplay app which supports both PC and MAC desktops. The installation steps are similar to that of the screen slider except that there is a code. You have control over the app either by using the cursor or using the touch screen of your iOS or Android device. Of coruse, the app would function better when used with tablets instead of the small screen  on your smart phones.

You can completely duplicate the display of your android device using this app. Priced at $4.99, this app can increase your productivity. MobileCrunch said, “That’s brilliant. I can think of a billion uses for this“. This works on Macs running OS 10.5 Leopard or later and  Windows XP 32-bit, Vista and Windows 7 except for its starter version. However, non-Intel Mac’s are not supported. With improved bug fixes, some of its key features include automatic connection to the last known host and the improved cursor responsiveness

The newly optimized interface is available in three languages which include Italian, Spanish German and French can work in portrait and Landscape device orientation.

You can download Screen Slider for your Android phone or tablet from the Android Market, hereand you can download the companion PC app from Celiocorp’s website, here.

You can download iDisplay for your iPad or iPhone running iOS 3.1 or later from the App Store, here, and you can download the companion PC and Mac apps from the Shape Services’ website, here.  You can also download iDisplay for your Android Device (with the companion desktop app), here.

Do you know  of any other app that does the same thing? Do let us know in the comments below.

Sketchbook Pro comes to Honeycomb

Tired of doodling your masterpiece designs on napkins or the tiny confines of your smartphone? Well, worry not… you can now do it on your Android tablet of choice; Enter – Sketchbook Pro for Honeycomb – that familiar paint and draw software we’ve all come  to love! After being available on the iPad, iPhone and Android phones for a while now, the software finally makes it’s debut on Android’s tablet-optimised OS, Autodesk (makers of the popular 3D design software AutoCad) announced on Tuesday.

SketchBook Pro is essentially a digital canvas and brush set that enables you to transform your tablet into the ultimate sketchbook. It’s intuitive interface not only appeals to new users but also delivers the quality expected by professionals.

It allows the use of both your fingers and aftermarket styluses to create designs ranging from simple illustrations to complex architectural and automotive designs.With over 60 different brush tools and the ability to create up to six different layers for one file, it also allows you to save and to export your project to Photoshop.

With over 5 million downloads across all platforms, this ones’ worth its $5 price tag and will be available through the Android Marketplace to users running Android version 3.0 and up on their tablets. There is also a free (less feature-rich) app for the try-before-buy kinds. Head past the break to check out the SB Pro in action.

Head over to the Autodesk site to download Sketchbook pro/trial for your Honeycomb tablet, here.

You can also download the iPad app here, and the Mobile App (for iPhone, iPod Touch) here and (Android Phones) here.

Nokia E6: Interface

The best way to show off the E6 to a person is to just give them the phone and allow them to use it for a few minutes, only to inform them later that it’s also a touch screen phone. While most will dismiss this example as the touchscreen is redundant, honestly it just shows you how versatile the interface it. with most Nokia touch and type phones, I meant the one with a touch screen and a physical keyboard, like the E7 and dare I mention the N97. The touch is the main method of interface while the keyboard is just there to complicate matters. it’s almost as if the keyboard was just an afterthought to make the phone “cool”. but with the E7 and N97 the interface was frustrating. there was never a seamless way to navigate menus just by using the keypad, and you’d end up pawing at the screen in a hapless attempt to get something to work. The N97 was worse which made me want to gnaw it to bits with its horrible horrible interface.  Before I get bogged by the slew of miserable touchscreen devices Nokia has palmed off onto us, let me get back to the E6.

It is brilliant.  I could just end the review here. But honestly it is, the interface is slick, the screen is beautiful. If only Nokia coined the term “Retina Display”, that’d make people sit up and realise how good this screen is. This is honestly the best Nokia touch device I have used.

Over all Interface:

Home Screen
Home Screen

If you’ve used any of Nokia’s Symbian^3 devices you’ll be at home with the home screen of the E6, slick and easy to use. The multiple homes screen are really useful. Especially since this is a business phone, you don’t want to waste time traversing menus searching for your most used applications. The beauty of the layout is that you aren’t forced to use the touchscreen at any point. Well apart from the base line keys which are now touch based. either way, if you’re shifting from a 3rd Edition Symbian device to the E6 you’ll adjust immediately. It’s exactly the same case with adjusting from a 5th Edition Symbian device.

Nokia has done a brilliant job integrating touch into an OS which holds its background in a non-touch environment.

Menu
Menu

Apart from the touch functionality the E6 functions as well as any Symbian 3rd edition device.

Web Browser:

Browser 1
Browser 1

The biggest improvement on the application front is the Native Browser. No longer will i need to try divert links to Opera and rue the utter uselessness of the standard Symbian browser. The new one has tabbed browsing, and actually looks like a proper web browser. Its been long over due, and this one really makes a case for using the standard browser on Nokia phones. I really hope this browser is soon ported to earlier versions of the Symbian OS. This definitely gets  10/10 for improvement over the previous native browser.

Browser 2
Browser 2

 

Ovi Store:

The Ovi Store
The Ovi Store

This is what the Ovi Store looks like on the E6, and pretty every Nokia I have. Just one constant loading screen. Invariably whenever I use the Ovi store, I’m prompted to download the latest update. In the hope that there will be an improvement, I foolishly sit on my miserable GPRS connection downloading the latest version.  Only to be faced with this constant error. Sure it works once in a while, but really? Once in a while?! i used the Ovi store to browse through the applications i wanted and when the Ovi Store refused to download them, i was forced to access the individual websites and download them from there. Honestly even with my current E72 I have given up on using the Ovi Store, it’s far too buggy and unreliable.

I don’t want to be petty, but if a Mobile communications company the size of Nokia cannot get its own store to work properly, it really is a shame.

E-mail:

Email 1
Email 1

The email interface on the E6 has really improved, this is also due to the touch interface which honestly does make things easier. The slick interface is really easy to use and isn’t very different from previous versions of the mail client. The ability to have a physical keyboard as well as touch on a business phone makes it so much easier to send out a quick email or two. The overall functionality of the email app has improved greatly over the versions present on the non-touch variants.

Email 2
Email 2

 

 

O:n the whole the E6’s interface is a great step forward as compared to their current slew of mobile phones. This is primarily because of the combination of touch and qwerty. If you’re looking for a Nokia phone primarily for your Business needs, look no further than the Nokia E6.

 

For more reviews on the Nokia E6 stay tuned! For the latest updates follow us on twitter we’re @MyPortableWorld!

Nokia E6 :First Impressions – The Build

The first thing i noticed when i held the new Nokia E6 in my hand was the absolutely solid feel it has. The robust design harks back to the days of  the first N-Series phones. But don’t get me wrong this is an E-Series phone and you’ll never mistake it for anything else. It looks exactly like the current slew of E-Series phones.

The Nokia E6
The Nokia E6

The E72, E71, E63 and the E6 clearly share the same bloodline. But what really sets this phone apart from the others is the Operating system and the touch screen. The Screen is excellent and has a resolution comparable to the iPhone’s famed “Retina Display”. The screen clarity is astounding and allows for an enhanced browsing experience, some may complain the font sizes end up being too small, but that can be easily remedied by adjusting the settings or your glasses.

Side Buttons
Side Buttons

The slide to lock/unlock spring loaded button is an excellent option, if i could i’d retrofit it onto my E72, an excellent feature not seen on Non-touch Nokia phones. But once you get used to it, you’ll really miss it. The Volume Rockers have an excellent feel to them and provide excellent feedback. The Voice function button has a nice raised feel to it, but i wish it could be reprogrammed to be used as a camera function. If any of you have a solution to that one, please let me know.

Micro-USB Port
Micro-USB Port

The micro-USB port is easy to open and is rugged enough to sustain extensive use, at no point during normal operation would the connector be stretched, an improvement over previous designs.

8 Mega-Pixel Camera, Xenon Flash and Speaker on the back
8 Mega-Pixel Camera, LED Flash and Speaker on the back

8 mega pixel camera, awesome news, fixed focus?! Boo, more on that in a later post.. Led Flash is great, really blinds everyone around, but can’t use it as a flashlight? I’d trade the super bright flash for a useful LED torchlight feature any and everyday of the week.

The main speaker is placed on the back of the phone. This honestly works well in a table setting , but if the phone is lying flat on a bed or in a trouser pocket there are times you’d be hard-pressed to hear the phone ring at all.. Very inconvenient when you’ve set a bunch of alarms.

Power Button, 3.5mm port, SD-card Slot.
Power Button, 3.5mm port, SD-card Slot.

Good luck trying to open the SD-card slot, i struggled because the opening isn’t enough to fit a human nail in. But eventually the slot seems to open..  Honestly i’d have preferred if the 3.5mm jack and the Power Button traded places.

On the whole the build is excellent, and the features are well rounded. The E6 is really shaping up to be a great phone from Nokia, and possibly one  worth saving up for.

Stay tuned for more E6 reviews! For regular updates, follow us on Twitter, we’re @MyPortableWorld!

Lost your Phone? Here’s Plan B

Lost your phone? It can be quite painful. Not only is the phone gone, all your photos, your messages, emails, contacts are gone with it. Which is why you should’ve made a backup in the first place. Anyways, moving on, now that it’s gone, and considering the fact that most people do not set up mobile security apps like lookout that help you track your phone, what’re you gonna do? Lookout Labs has you covered again. The same guys who came up with Lookout Security, a MUST HAVE app on any smartphone, have come up with a new app that tracks your phone AFTER you’ve lost it.  Here’s what the market description says:

Plan B is the ‘find my phone’ app that you download AFTER you lose your phone.

Plan B is your last resort to find your missing phone.

This is the first and only ‘find my phone’ app that you download AFTER you’ve already lost your phone. Having Lookout on your phone is the best way to protect your phone and find it fast, but use Plan B if you have already lost your phone and didn’t have Lookout installed.

Follow these easy steps to use Plan B:

1. Install Plan B to the phone that you are trying to find from the Android Market website: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.lookout.labs.planb.
2. Plan B will start automatically and send your phone’s location to your Gmail address.
3. To locate again after 10 minutes, borrow a friend’s phone and text the word “locate” to your lost phone.

Using Plan B is simple, but requires access to the Android Market website and your Google account. (If you have an Android phone, you already have a Google account.)

After you install it, Plan B will start locating your phone using cell towers and GPS. On some phones, Plan B can switch GPS on automatically. Your location will keep updating for 10 minutes, and you will get an email each time it is located, whether the phone is moving or standing still. You can start the process again by texting “locate” to your number from any other phone. In order to locate your phone, we send you a text via SMS, so standard message rates apply.

Once you have found your phone, download Lookout Mobile Security for full protection.

Download Plan B from the Market, or just scan the QR Code to the Right.

And remember, it’s always better to have a backup!

Microsoft’s iPod killer kills itself – no more Zune

The Zune HD
The Zune HD

Microsoft will be putting a halt to its Zune HD, due to lack of demand for the device.

The Zune Player was launched in 2006 as competition for Apple’s iPod, but it was never able to make a dent in Apple’s massive market share.

In 2009, Microsoft split the Zune team into software and hardware groups, letting the software people focus more on other platforms, such as phones, the Xbox video-game console and personal computers. The company touted the Zune software as a key feature in its redesigned Windows mobile-phone operating system when it went on sale in October.

[ad#ga-480-break]The company touted the Zune software as a key feature in its redesigned Windows mobile-phone operating system when it went on sale in October 2009. The Zune service where people can buy music and software will continue on phones running their WP7 operating system. For more information on the Zune service you can check out their website over here.

Discontinued KIN
Discontinued KIN

As with the KIN lineup, Microsoft has shown it has no qualms shutting down a product line that isn’t performing upto standards.

Microsoft is now focusing on integrating their Zune software service into their other platforms like the Windows Phone7 and Xbox360, so it won’t be long before we have seamless integration across all of Microsoft’s various platforms.

How does this figure in the Nokia-Microsoft pact? We maybe seeing the Zune service preloaded on Nokia’s smartphones instead of Nokia’s own Ovi Music service. Let’s see what comes with the first Nokia Windows Phone when it rolls out!

 

Vizio to reveal new Tablet and Phone at CES

Vizio, the makers of Low Cost yet awesome TV’s, might be getting into the portable market, accoring to the Wall Street Journal.

The tablet, possibly the same one seen here, will feature an 8″ screen, a front facing camera, three speakers, and will run Android (Possibly FroYo, but it could be GingerBread for all we know now).

The Vizio Via Phone, on the other hand, will have a 4″ screen, a 5MP rear camera and a front facing camera and will also run Android.

Both these devices should be unveiled at CES, soon, and should be available sometime this year.

So 2011 seems to be the year of the tablet. Looks like it might just be the year of Android too!

Check out the Rose Bowl Commerical from Vizio Below:

Source: Engadget Mobile, Via WSJ