Let The Internet Shine In
The smooth and easy — and fast! — success I experienced in getting my Galaxy S6 set up with planet Google pushed me to see what else I could find in the Google Play Store, and I soon had my GS6 buzzing with numerous downloads and installations. Reading apps? Pocket, Flipboard, Amazon Kindle…onboard and configured. Social media? Facebook, Twitter, Instagram…my legions of fans and followers would suffer no longer from my absence. Skype, DropBox, Shazam…I was filling the GS6 up but good, but why rely on memory when I could instead fire up my soon-to-be-wiped-and-reassigned ancient iPhone for guidance and inspiration.
One aspect of moving to a new phone operating system that is worth noting is how it causes the user to rethink their roster of apps. Skimming over my iPhone for must-migrate apps brought to light just how many digital dust bunnies had collected in its nooks and crannies over four years of daily service. In some cases, in fact, seeing long neglected apps left me with feelings of fond remembrance of their moment of loading, the promise those once seemed to hold. Sure, I was going to use my iPhone for recipe collecting. Really, I was, and I fully intended to prop my iPhone right up next to my hot stove, too. And I just knew that essential household inventory app I grabbed on the App Store was going to change the value perception of my books and CDs and DVDs and whatever other space-occupying whatnot I deemed worthy of entry. Apps dedicated to my favorite music artists and sports teams? An app to turn my iPhone into an external speaker to which I could throw sound? Grocery list apps?
In the end, my iPhone pass-through netted five apps I wanted for my new Galaxy S6 beyond those I had already added and configured. And of those five apps only the weights-measures-currency conversion program qualified as ‘essential’. The developers of that particular app —imaginatively named ‘Convert’ — have yet to offer an Android version, though, so I had to suss out an alternative. Curiously, in moving to Android from iOS I was sure there would be many cases in which I would need to find such alternative apps, but in the end I only needed to do so twice, for Convert (hello, Unit Converter) and for Remote (an iOS app used to control iTunes…I have the supremely-capable Retune performing that function on my GS6).
Having reached a point where my shiny new Galaxy S6 was loaded for bear, settings well-tweaked and a good and healthy set of apps ready for tap-tap-tapping, I was ready to dig into the Samsung Galaxy S6’s camera function, the feature that in my reading and early hands-on had the most to do with moving me from wildly curious to avid purchaser.