Iphone or android?
In a nutshell what I said about “digitalia” is “open source is better”, and this is why I prefer Android devices to the Iphone ones. Because Android smartphones can be “rooted”, so that you can take control of them, and install open source apps. And, even on a no-rooted android device you can install open source apps, and remove many other not open source ones.
The iPhones are more comfortable to use, but apart from being considerably more expensive, they are a golden cage. And I don't want to be in a cage, but I want to know what my smartphone does and be able to decide what it should or not should do.
Android smartphone have the big problem of a heavy presence by Google, owner of Android system. Google is not the devil, but his control over your smartphone, which means a control over your daily life, inluding sensible data, is quite annoying.
To avoid this, someone thinks to wholly “de-googlify” android smartphones: after rooting them, installing a new operating system, such as Lineage or Murena.
But not always this is possible, and in many cases it is not safe, therefore at least you should avoid as much as possible the google control over your smartphone, removing as much as possible goofgle apps and installing instead open source apps.
The main repo of open-source apps is F-Droid. There you can find a lot of (almost) any kind of apps for your Android device. I said “almost”: not i.g. the banking apps, or the “istitutional” ones.
The must-have apps
to connect smartphone and PC
KDE-connect is a simple, but effective way to connect smartphone and PC. It's an app both for Android and PC (Linux, Windows and something even for Mac).
With KDE-connect you can
- see the content of your device and interact with it,
- if a phone call arrives (or leaves), the multimedia players of the PC are paused; you can also use your smartphone as a remote control for media players;
- share notes: what you copy on your PC is available to be pasted on your smartphone and vice versa;
- Receive your phone notifications on your desktop computer and reply to messages
- Control music playing on your desktop from your phone
- Use your phone as a remote control for your desktop
- Run predefined commands on your PC from connected devices. See the list of example commands for more details.
- Check your phone's battery level from the desktop
- Ring your phone to help find it
- Share files and links between devices
- Control the desktop's volume using your phone
- Send SMS from your desktop
to synchronize PC and smartphone
You can share any data from your PC and your smartphone, i.g. contacts, calendar, tasks, and files.
There are many ways to do it. One is to get a free e-mail account with Murena, including calendar, tasks and a cloud. And you will be able to sync your contacts, calendar and tasks (and files) between Pc and smartphone, using i.g. Nextcloud app on your device and DAVx
The world of apps is ever changing, so I prefer speak of particular apps on the blog.
Here we can remember what features should have the main apps