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General Argh! Loving my Galaxy S2 but Icloud making me consider switching!!

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  1. shenfrey

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    Huge fan of my Galaxy S2, best phone iv ever used but my god, this Icloud gig is epic, I mean I use apple products, mac and Ipad, and just the fact that everything I do gets uploaded and downloaded automaticly to all my devices is just epic and its what making me consider switching, just having everything I need everywhere without worrying about manually doing it myself, such as with my S2.

    I dunno guys, apple are pulling all the right strings with this Icloud! Quick, stop me from changing my mind about apple!
     

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    im not sure how iCloud works, to be honest.. but there are lots of cloud based services that work with android.. probably not the same as iCloud, but still...

    and if u really feel like using an iphone with the iCloud service is wat u need, then go for it! there's no need to make u stay with android, coz im a firm believer that u cant really say one is better than the other, its just wat suits u better :)
     
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    doesnt work in the UK (yet) also from what I've read it isnt all that at the moment.
     
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    Dont jump ship until you know its worth it it may not be that good. And why not use Dropbox on the S2
     
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    Just use dropbox, surely they will basically do the same thing.

    I don't understand how iCloud works though, the idea of the cloud is have information available to all your devices with an internet connection, I don't see how you could sync all devices unless all devices had the exact same storage capacity.

    My home movies, music and image collection is around 4TB, try syncing that to mobile phone or webspace. :eek:
     
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    Attached is an article describing the differences in the various cloud based systems. I personally prefer Google Music as I can stream my music and leave space for apps and movies. It may be beta now, but I have a feeling it will be public very soon. Also everyone who applied for an invite that I know got one. For contacts, schedules, and documents you also have Google and Google Docs. Hope that helps.
     
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    Dropbox is rubbish on mobiles - fact.

    I have it and am very surprised that they haven't yet implemented any true sync facility - I have three desktops plus a laptop and all my Dropbox files sync automatically. On my phone, the app allows me to download files from my Dropbox. Big deal - it won't download whole folders, it won't sync, it's useless.

    Such a shame as it would be the major competitor to iCloud I think, if they had it working.

    Oh - and SugarSync....that does sync, but is so flaky that I gave up on it. Sync'd sometimes, didn't other times, deleted files, etc.
     
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    google+ syncs all my photos and videos perfectly, dropbox for everything else.
     
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    I wouldn't mind if more people used google+ but all my friends/contacts are using Facebook.

    But I see what you mean, it is nice that photos/videos get automatically uploaded to google+, its just more of a 'chore' to get to those photos, unless they release an app/app update that syncs with your google+ gallery : )
     
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    Im right there with you op. Ive just updated my imac, ipad and pretty much everything else apple that i own. Starting to miss my iphone after a month, and after setting up my icloud account ita getting worse, plus my gf gets her iphone 4s on friday.

    I like my gs2, it does pretty much everything i want it to...just not as well as apple did it:( stuck with it now tho lol...no actual lol happened..
     
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    You're never stuck with anything... you could sell your phone and use it to offset the cost of purchasing an iPhone 4S sim free if you miss it that much. You would definitely lose a bit of money though, iPhones are SO expensive to buy sim free (the iPhone 4 was over
     
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    I'm sorry but I can't share the sentiment.
    iCloud is for me just another venue for Apple to make more money. And what a waste of bandwidth. You make a photo or upload photo to your phone, immediately your ipad and your imac, macbook pro etc... get updated.
    Yes, great, if you in WIFI zone, but most countries are still not so strong on free public WIFI.

    iCloud has limited space, which you can expend by paying annual fees.

    Now, I have been using Synology for over a year. My own 8tb cloud, right in the middle on my living-room (not literally in the middle :) ), which I can expend at will. The model that I got is the DS211+, enough for my purpose. I have mine set up in Raid 1, so 1 HDD is used and the other bay just mirrors the first HDD. It sync with my PS3, Galaxy, house computers, office computers, ipads, and Samsung tablets. They do have dedicated apps on IOS and other devices, but you can also set it up as HTTP or HTTPS. What I like about the apps is the ability to save the files right on the IOS device and not going through itunes. Also via web, it has its own players ala itunes style,. so you could stream music from your storage device to just about any appliance, same goes for photos. Also if you have surveillance cams, you can use this NAS to do the recordings, I have apps on mobile devices for live streaming and such. Important to note is its upload speed capabilities for streaming. DS-211+ can stream at over 110mbps.

    I can even log in to it remotely, and set up a torrent download from my phone, and it's on my harddrive by the time I get home. Just yesterday I was chilling with a friend, he told me about some cool American TV show. I logged in to my house "iCloud", went for search, found the torrent. On my 50mbps fiber optic line, it takes 4min to download 1gb. So I had the whole 6 seasons of the show ready in under an hour (slow seeding).
    Not to mention the way you can expend it and customize it. Far far more superior to the very limited icloud, which is nothing but media storage and sync.

    And the key issue for me.
    When I buy mp3 on Amazon, I actually own the file, and can move it to any place I want, whether it's another player like in my car or phone.
    What iCloud does, is the attempt to answer to the most common complain, that people who purchase media online, don't actually own it. Now, you get something online, you have it automatically on all devices, but still you can't take it out without 3rd party tools, you just get multiple copies of it on every apple you own.

    And beside Synology, there are many other solutions, even more complex and comprehensive, unlike cloud, my data is right in my house, not on some remote server. So if my internet is down, I wire it up and get what I want, or stream it using house network to my TV or desktops. With iCloud, the moment you out of coverage, you out of service.

    Such service like iCloud, would be the last reason for me to change entire device and usage experience just for that :)
    I have my Galaxy plugged to so many things, iphone could only dream of doing.

    Anyway, my preferences do not apply to others. So if you feel this way, by all means :) Hope you will enjoy to service.

    best regards
    Sebastian
     
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    iCloud? Really? You'd go back to an iphone for that??
     
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    You really are good. Didn't know SGS2 can do so many things. But the hardware to do it must cost a bomb.

    Cheers
     
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    Its not a chore at all. I have a sgs2 and a tablet by Asus, the tf101. If I take a photo on either it immediately syncs to my instant upload folder and when I go to gallery on either device there is an instant upload folder in there with photos taken from both.

    On the sgs2 it wasn't until I had 2.3.5 that the Google+ albums started appearing in the gallery.

    If you do not see your Google+ albums download the picasa tool app until you upgrade firmware.
     
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    Not really, the DS211+ is about
     
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