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At this point, the Android vs. iOS and Windows vs. Mac arguments are old and irrelevant Your Apple/Android/Windows Hatred Is Irrelevant, Give It Up Your Apple/Android/Windows Hatred Is Irrelevant, Give It Up Getting upset because someone is buying something you're not interested in benefits no one – so why do we get mad anyway? Read More . No operating system is objectively superior to another, and it’s mostly a matter of personal choice.

That said, it still makes sense to buy into an ecosystem Apple vs. Android: Buy the Ecosystem, Not the Gadget Apple vs. Android: Buy the Ecosystem, Not the Gadget You love your Android phone and want to buy a tablet. Everyone tells you the iPad is the best tablet, and it really is the best; but you should still buy an Android tablet. Read More . Apple, Google, and Microsoft are all now trying to marry computers and smartphones to provide a seamless experience for users.

If you’re on a Mac, you should grab Apple’s own iPhone rather than an Android or Windows Phone. Why? Well, there are many benefits to the iPhone-Mac combination.

Continuity and Handoff

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In 2014, Apple introduced two new features that made iPhones and Macs communicate better with each other. Continuity and Handoff sync your smartphone and your computer What Does Continuity Mean for Yosemite & iOS 8? What Does Continuity Mean for Yosemite & iOS 8? OS X 10.10, better know as Yosemite, is a major Mac update that offers numerous features never seen before in an operating system. One of the most important is Continuity. Read More so that you can start working on one and then seamlessly switch to another.

A good example of this is in the form of Messages. When you can start typing a message on your iPhone and realize it’s going to be a long conversation, just open it in your MacBook and you can continue typing on your full-sized keyboard instead. Similarly, you can answer or ignore calls directly from your Mac screen, without ever touching your phone. It works seamlessly, and is available only with the combination of iPhones and Macs.

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Continuity, similarly, syncs several different apps, most of which come preloaded on your Apple devices. It supports your contacts, calendar, email, maps, browser tabs, and the iWork suite of office apps. You just have to be signed into the same iCloud account on both devices.

Continuity and Handoff combine to make for a terrific experience, especially in reducing how often you need to reach for your phone while using your Mac.

Facetime and iMessage

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Apple has two proprietary communication apps—the instant messaging service iMessage and the video call service FaceTime. Again, both of these apps are only available on Macs and iPhones, and unavailable on Android or Windows.

There are plenty of benefits to this. You can start a video chat on your Mac Don't Forget You Can Make & Receive FaceTime Calls On Your Mac Don't Forget You Can Make & Receive FaceTime Calls On Your Mac Apple's FaceTime is seen in many of its commercials, but some Mac users may not realize that the application is also available for use on their desktop computer. Read More when your iPhone is running out of battery. You can continue the same conversation on iMessage with different devices.

Sure, Windows and Android have alternative apps like Skype and WhatsApp, but if your friends use iMessage and Facetime, then you’ll need to do it too!

AirDrop

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One of the best parts of using an iPhone with a Mac is AirDrop. It’s the easiest and most seamless way to share files Share Files Easily Between Computers With AirDrop & Two Similar Applications [Mac] Share Files Easily Between Computers With AirDrop & Two Similar Applications [Mac] How often have you sent an email to yourself, simply to move a picture or document between computers? Often, the only obvious alternative is clear overkill, like setting up a temporary FTP server on your... Read More between your Mac and your iPhone. Just open AirDrop in Mac’s Finder, start AirDrop from Control Center on your iPhone, and drag-and-drop or share the appropriate files.

No messy cables required, no iTunes needed, it just works. On the other hand, throw Windows or Android into the mix, and you’ll need cables and special drivers, or software to make the transfers possible.

“Apple Ecosystem” Apps

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Several developers swear by their Apple devices and build apps exclusively for these. In fact, some of our favorite apps across platforms are exclusive to Apple gadgets.

For example, take Tweetbot, the best Twitter client on mobiles or desktops. It’s exclusively available on Mac OS X and iOS, and even syncs across the two. That’s also the case with Carrot Weather, the snarky weather app CARROT is Your Snarky Personal Weather Robot for Mac & iPhone CARROT is Your Snarky Personal Weather Robot for Mac & iPhone A sarcastic robot, with little regard for humanity, working as your personal weather forecaster? That's interesting. Read More ; Fantastical, an expensive and totally-worth-it calendar $50 for a Calendar? 5 Reasons Fantastical 2 is Worth It $50 for a Calendar? 5 Reasons Fantastical 2 is Worth It The original Fantastical wasn't cheap at $15, and now developer Flexibits will be charging $50 for the updated version — so is it worth it? Read More ; Day One, the daily journaling app Keep a Digital Diary with Day One for Mac OS X and iOS Keep a Digital Diary with Day One for Mac OS X and iOS Everyone has a story to tell. It's not always a story in need of an audience, sometimes a story just needs to be told. You may want to continue the journal you started when you... Read More ; and Reeder, one of the best RSS readers Reeder For Mac Returns; Download The Free Public Beta Now Reeder For Mac Returns; Download The Free Public Beta Now Reeder for Mac is back! You can download the free beta right now right now. The app is everything you remember Reeder to be, but with support for more services. Read More around.

All of these apps are as good as they get, and we’d even go so far as to say they don’t have competitors on Android or Windows.

Android & Mac Isn’t Bad, But iPhone & Mac is Better

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Now, none of this is to say that Mac users shouldn’t buy Android phones. The Android and Mac combo isn’t bad. Yes, you’ll miss out on Handoff, Continuity, and AirDrop. There are alternative apps you can use, like AirDroid to wirelessly manage your Android How Do I Manage My Android From My PC? Meet AirDroid 3 How Do I Manage My Android From My PC? Meet AirDroid 3 For a seamless connection between your Android and your PC or Mac, you've got to try AirDroid 3. You can even mirror your device's screen to your computer! Read More or cross-platform apps like Google Calendar and Feedly.

The advantage of the iPhone and Mac combo is that it makes everything better and easier. Technology is at its best when it gets out of the way and lets you be productive, concentrating only on getting things done instead of figuring out how to get things done — and that’s where the Apple ecosystem excels. The famous “it just works” philosophy is at its best with this.

What Do You Think?

Given the number of extra features you get with an iPhone, Mac users should definitely consider an Apple smartphone or tablet over Android, Windows, BlackBerry, or anything else. In fact, it works the other way around too — if price isn’t a barrier and you have an iPhone, buy a Mac rather than a computer running some other operating system.

Do you use Apple devices and agree? Have you got an iPhone and a Windows PC, or a Mac and an Android phone? Tell us your experience!

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  1. Gee Deezy
    March 11, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    I find Apple's consistency of its software quality seems to be diminishing the last few years. For me, SIRI and iCloud syncing have gotten less reliable, and the iWork apps really took a hit when Apple chose to remove functionality from those Apps so they could create compatible Mac and iOS versions.

    Overall, I like my iPhone but my wife and kids are getting by just fine on their Android phones, and the screen on that Galaxy S6 is outstanding.

    I have a couple of Apps on Mac and IOS that I earn my living with, and these specific apps are not available on other platforms. If it were not for that.... who knows?

  2. George Klein
    March 9, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    In the past Mac OSX was significantly better that some Windows versions, Millennia and Vista are the two which were total garbage.
    Even today there is some advantage of OSX vs. Windows.
    One avantage is that OSX is much less prone to viruses than Windows, even considering the relative numbers like virus infections per user.
    The second, even more significant advantage is the customer service Apple offers compared with what Microsoft offers.

    After switching to Apple computers in 2009 I purchased my first smartphone, a Samsung Galaxy. Unfortunately that was totally incompatible with my Mac Pro computer, so I had no choice but to return it and get an iPhone instead.
    Today the situation may be different, but now it’s too late and doesn’t make any sense to me to switch back to any Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

  3. Timothy Buck
    March 8, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    I'm another Mac/Android user. I used to have an iPhone, and I tried to like it, I really did. But the closed nature of iOS is what did it in for me. You can pry my Android phone from my cold, dead hands.

  4. Andrew
    March 8, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    If you're a Mac user, you'd definitely be better served by an iPhone...but that's also true if you're a PC user.

    We experimented with the miasma that is the Android world 18 months ago when we felt that the iPhone world had stagnated. Within two months, my SO was ready to throw her top of the line Samsung phone against a wall...and all of her reasons were valid. We worked (way way way too) hard to get it to be a smooth ride for her. In the end it was just a horrid mess. She gladly paid the charge to throw it back at AT&T

    I used both a Mac and a PC, have an iPad and a Surface Pro...and enjoy all of them for their various benefits, but I would NEVER switch away from an iPhone after what she went through.

  5. jon
    March 8, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    I'm a mixed Mac-Android user. I have to say that, if one uses Chrome on the Mac, and Google Docs, and other services, the experience can be nearly as seamless, if not moreso. I use PushBullet for essential functions, and what with FaceBook Messenger, have a complete system such that I don't miss the Apple solutions at all. Google has one huge advantage. It is platform agnostic. It doesn't care what you use. It works. Neither Apple nor Microsoft have this to the same extent. I fear that Google could win these wars, long term.

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