Originally Posted by Mostly Harmless
I really never understood why anyone would want to take the Google out of Android. Google is Android and their services are what makes Android run seamless throughout the day. When I sign into my Google account from any Android device the following automatically happens:
-contacts get sync'ed up
-gmail gets sync'ed up
-music library gets sync'ed up
-book library (including spots I left off) are sync'ed up from each device
-bookmarks are sync'ed up
-webpages across any chrome browser where I am signed in is sync'ed up
-apps are sync'ed up
I am really not trying to be rude but why buy into Android if you don't trust Google? Google is the company who gave us this great operating system.
I haven't got any of that on the phone - that's why. I don't NEED the services.
I use GSM, so contacts are on the SIM.
I don't use a book library on the phone - I buy the books or get free ones. They are stashed on the computer. Not the phone or tablet. I won't use either Nook or Kindle apps. I simply don't like the TOS of either.
I also don't let apps update automatically. I look first. I will also use the computer since the pc version gives you more info than the mobile version.
I don't keep passwords anywhere - I type them in each time.
I'm slowly using Gmail for trash. I have accounts elsewhere.
I have all browsers set to delete everything on close. I don't keep history. If using Iron on the computer - I delete history manually after each use. It isn't paranoia, it's SPITE.
You can use another search engine on the phone. I use Startpage or Duck.
I only turn on GPS for stargazing.
I'd rather have written instructions if I'm driving. That way I don't have to turn down the music in the truck (If I'm alone) That's where most of my music is - on a USB stick and in the sound system.
The phone does have the apps I want, I can search for answers, or the dimensions of something I forgot to measure before I left the house. I can write myself notes on stuff I don't want to forget. I can also take pictures of the same. I can check the weather maps. I can make a phone call. I can look up a bird or plant. I don't need location or maps. If a place wants my business, it can give me directions. I'm paying the carrier to use the phone for my convenience. It's a Nexus S and rooted.
MS has a decent OS - but I don't use their services, either. (Or any MS programs)
Linux at least gives me a choice -