Smartphones for couples - same OS?
October 8, 2013 8:23 AM Subscribe
I'm planning on getting my very first smartphone pretty soon. One of the ways that people seem to use phones (a lot? sometimes?) involves syncing info between couples: schedules, grocery lists, to-do lists, tracking the other person's phone to tell that they're stuck in traffic, etc. Is this really useful? Does wanting this mean I should get an iPhone (like my husband) or can I do Android?
posted by aimedwander to technology (29 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
My current idea is to wait till the Nexus5 comes out and do a StraightTalk plan; backup plan is a Galaxy S4 and either StraightTalk or subsidized by Verizon, my current carrier.
We can't have a family plan (there are reasons. that's not the problem I'm trying to solve here) so there's no push to have the same carrier. He uses iOS for everything - desktop, iPad, iPhone, etc. I have Windows at home and office. My job is not an on-call emailing-documents mobile-office kind of job; this would not be a professional smartphone, whereas his (kind of) is.
We are a very practical couple, more than a mushy-gooey one. When I say apps for couples, I'm not talking about intimacy, virtual hand-holding, LDR solutions, etc. - I mean easy information-sharing, calendar compatibility, etc.
- Couples, do you really use these features a lot or is it one of those conceptually awesome things that doesn't get much use in the long run? What apps are really fantastic must-have?
- In general, how much barrier is there between iPhone and Android? i.e. if (versions of) an app are available in both iTunes and Play, does that pair communicate as well as if it were two of the iPhone app? or kind of? or not at all?
- I don't have a super-strong reason for preferring Android to iOS, it's just a gut reaction. One of the main reasons I haven't gotten a smartphone so far is resisting the $100 monthly bill, so the unlocked aspect of Nexus is appealing; and the iCult has always been a little eye-rolly to me, but I could get over that. Bottom line, I don't think there's anything that I need from Android that iOS doesn't do (is there??) I just want it... Would it be significantly easier if I just got an iPhone?
-- tack-on question, how compatible is an Android device with my existing extensive iTunes library?