Over the past two weeks, we focused on making the sync process between your iOS and Android devices as easy as possible. We started by looking at keeping email, contacts and calendar data sync’ed, before recommending various solutions to replicate media content across devices.
This week we’ll take a more general approach and suggest various applications and services that save your content in the cloud and synchronize it transparently across devices and platforms. Whether you read articles and books on various phones and tablets, or need your notes and tasks sync’ed or simply want to keep track of your expenses across platforms, we’ve got the right apps for you!
News, Magazines and Books
How often have you started reading an article or a book on your phone but had to stop and then couldn’t retrieve it on your tablet? This is a daily occurrence for me, but thanks to apps that sync my content with the cloud, I’m able to stick my phone back in my pocket when I have to get off the subway and resume reading where I left off on my iPad when I’m comfortably seating on my couch.
The best apps and services to sync News, Magazines and Books I would recommend are:
- Flipboard — syncs subscriptions only, not where you left off (Android, iOS)
- Pulse – syncs subscriptions and your favorites (Android, iOS)
- Google Reader — syncs subscriptions, your favorites and the articles you’ve read. There are various solutions you can use to sync with Google Reader, my favorite ones are gReader and Press on Android and Newsify and Reeder on iOS. Even though Google Reader will be shut down, these applications will support replacement services to sync your content soon.
- Feedly – syncs subscriptions, your favorites and the articles you’ve read (Android, iOS)
- Pocket — syncs articles to read offline across devices (Android, iOS)
- Instapaper – syncs articles to read offline across devices (Android, iOS)
- Readability – syncs articles to read offline across devices (Android, iOS)
- Zinio — syncs magazine subscriptions across devices (Android, iOS)
- Kindle — syncs books across devices (Android, iOS)
Having your todo lists sync between your iOS and Android devices can come in handy. Whether your battery dies or your device crashes, you can always rely on another one to have a look at your remaining tasks. I personally recommend Wunderlist (Android, iOS), but others apps such as Todoist (Android, iOS), Producteev (Android, iOS) and Remember The Milk (Android, iOS) provide similar features. Pick your favorite one depending on the features and design you may prefer, as each app has something different to offer.
Notes and Boards
A tablet is usually more convenient to take notes, especially in meetings or in class. However, it makes more sense to read them from your phone when you’re on the move — at the store for example. You could also be browsing the web from your phone and stumble upon something you’d like to save. When you’re back home, you’d be more comfortable using your iPad to review your various boards. Have a look at the apps below that sync your notes and saved content between Android and iOS:
- Evernote (Android, iOS)
- Catch (Android, iOS)
- OneNote (Android, iOS)
- Springpad (Android, iOS)
- Pinboard (Android, iOS)
- Pinterest (Android, iOS)
- Kullect (Android, iOS)
Many like to keep track of what they’re eating and their calorie intake on mobile devices. Using a phone is more convenient than a tablet to record such data, and is also easier to carry when working out. When it comes to reviewing our activity, a tablet is better to display graphs and progress thanks to its bigger screen. Take a look at our selection of apps that let you sync your health information across platforms:
- RunKeeper (Android, iOS)
- Endomondo (Android, iOS)
- Runtastic (Android, iOS)
- MyFitnesspal (Android, iOS)
- Noom (Android, iOS)
- Lose It (Android, iOS)
As with the health apps, expense trackers are usually used on phones to record expenses as we make them because we keep them in our pockets. Checking what we’ve been spending at the end of the day, however, remains more comfortable on a tablet. No matter if your devices are running Android or iOS, you’ll be able to sync your expenses and income thanks to the below apps:
Recipes and Cookbooks
If you’re a food lover, you probably like to browse recipes often and save them to try later on. You could for instance do this on your phone while you’re commuting to work and star recipes straight from there. Once at home in the evening, you can use your tablet to display the recipe and start cooking it! We recommend Evernote Food (Android, iOS), Pepperplate (Android, iOS) and BigOven (Android, iOS) as they can sync data with the cloud and across devices.
Passwords and Sensitive Data
No matter what device you’re using, saving your password and sensitive information such as your credit card and passport number can be handy in case you lose any of these documents, or are asked to provide data at an unexpected moment. Such information definitely needs to be replicated across platforms, and the apps below do just this:
Whether you work on the go or need to edit a presentation you’re giving from your iPad you forgot at the office, have a look at these cool apps. They all sync your content with online storage solutions so you can edit your content from both iOS and Android:
- CloudOn (Android, iOS)
- Kingsoft Office (Android, iOS)
- Polaris Office (Android, iOS)
- QuickOffice (Android, iOS).
With our selection of cross-platform apps, you’ll be sure your iOS and Android communicate with each other and sync your content seamlessly. Thanks to the cloud, your application data is saved online and downloaded back to your your other devices.
Now that we’ve looked at how to keep Android and iOS in sync in 3 parts, join us next week to discuss the limitations and caveats of the two systems, as well as the various issues and barriers I personally face when it comes to having my iPad Mini and Galaxy Note II fully understand each other.