A few weeks ago, I wrote an article on switching to Google services. I wanted to provide an update on where I was at with that. One thing I wanted to add is that this was as much as moving away from Apple as much as it was switching to Google. This is why I used Spotify over Google Play Music.
- MailPlane 3 is the best way to access G-Suite and Google accounts from a Mac (including Google Calendar).
- Spotify is really an incredible service. I think it does a better job at finding you interesting playlists than Apple Music. Apple does a better job at promoting your existing library (and full albums).
- Google Photos is faster at scrolling than iCloud Photo Library. The apps are both great on iOS, but Photos.app on macOS is much better than the Google Photos website. Since I have my library already updated, I'll probably keeping the app installed and continue to make a backup there.
- The Gmail app for iOS works well, but its lack of universal inbox is maddening.
- The Google Home mini is a good product (especially at its price point).
- The Google Calendar app for iOS works well, but I was surprised how slow data entry is.
- Chrome on macOS seems faster than Safari, but I can't quantify that. I prefer Safari overall, though.
- I returned the Google Home minis, switched back to Apple Music, and purchased a HomePod last night. The HomePod is really nice. I'm not an audiophile, but it fixes what I didn't like about Sonos (I loved the speakers, but hated using their app).
- I enjoyed the experiment. Google's services are great. I think it probably makes sense (for me) to use the natives services of the devices I use at the moment. Knowing that it's pretty trivial to switch gives me reassurance for the future.