I converted to an iPhone earlier this year, and while I was hesitant at first, it’s now something I can’t really function without. Everything’s easier and beautifully designed: emails perfectly sync with a number of personal and business accounts, and are readable; text messages are useful once again thanks to iMessage (you’ll send far more photos); and Apps like Flipboard, Nike Training (I don’t care that it’s for women!), TubeMap, not to mention Apps that bring desktop functionality (Skype, ebay and Dictionary.com), increase your productivity.

Quite frequently, I can do a lot of work on the iPhone rather than on the PC: only really being able to do one task at a time allows you to focus; I’ve written a few articles from scratch on the iPhone because I know I’ll stay on subject and get it down quicker. A smartphone can’t quite replace a PC, however. Media editing in all its forms requires a far more powerful build and ample screen size, gaming is never quite the same, and for presentations, spreadsheets and other business tasks you’re always going to use a full suite. Strangely, you’ll also have to add web browsing to that list.

…allowing you to sign in with your Google account…

The fundamental function of the smartphone was to bring the internet to a mobile environment, but iPhones and all other smartphones have never been able to accomplish it. The screen’s too small for most pages, the phone’s hardware can’t cope, and most annoyingly, particularly for iOS users, there’s no way of syncing with your favourite web browser: the thing in your life that stores your details, your bookmarks, your history, and your passwords (if you’re that trusting).

I would have thought that Firefox, the non-profit second/third most popular web browser globally, would have solved this problem with an App, but it turns out that Google is leading the charge with their Chrome browser App. Based on the incredibly popular Chrome desktop browser, the Chrome App conquers the synchronization problem straight away by allowing you to sign in with your Google account. Your bookmarks and open tabs are finally with you everywhere, and you can conveniently send pages from your computer to your phone and vice versa: no more emailing them to yourself.

…something which Apple may get a Competition Law Case about…

Tabs themselves are far more streamlined, compared to iOS’s Safari: you can swipe through them vertically and swipe them to the side to close. It sounds simple, but that’s a good thing; it really is annoying to have to zoom out of pages and drag horizontally to view different tabs on the iPhone. Pages load faster, content is more manageable, and it just feels like you’re surfing the web on a much more capable device. Incognito mode is there, too, for those lovers of the darker side of web browsing…

The design, features and speed of the Chrome App set it miles apart from Safari. The annoying thing is that there’s no way of setting it as the default browser, something which Apple may get a Competition Law Case about in the same way Microsoft did with Internet Explorer on PCs. Also, Google Drive, the replacement to Google Docs and a direct competitor of Dropbox now, doesn’t work that well; you still need the Dropbox App if you want to be business mobile. It’s still leaps and bounds ahead of its only other rival, however, so I would recommend downloading the Chrome App and sticking with it. If its desktop browser brother is anything to go by, it will just get better and better.

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