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What I learned using only Google products

Mike Elgan | May 27, 2013
Here are 10 shocking things I learned using only a Chromebook Pixel, Nexus 10, Nexus 4 and all-Google software and services.

How my Google experiment changed my decisions

As a result of this experiment, I've decided to buy a Retina MacBook Pro and use it like a Chromebook running almost everything via Google's Chrome browser for OS X. Call it a Machromebook Pro.

I'm going all-in on cloud services, and sticking with Drive, Keep and Docs, as I found them to be better than the alternatives I used previously.

I would love to own a Pixel, but I need my iPad and can't carry three devices in my backpack as I travel the world.

If the HTC One "Google Edition" rumor is real, I will probably give up my iPhone and switch. If the rumor is false, I might switch to the "Google Edition" Galaxy S4.

Ultimately, what's most important to me in a phone is high-quality build, great performance and battery life, full Google Now integration and the best possible camera. A big screen would be nice, too.

I've found the toughest choice in phones between the iPhone's camera and full Google Now and Google integration of the high-end "Google Edition" phones.

Getting off Apple and going all Google has increased my respect for both companies. I've come to realize that the very best mobile experience right now is built on a foundation of Google services on Apple hardware. I wish only that these two companies could get along better, and that Apple will allow more Google integration on the iPhone. If they did that, I wouldn't have to switch.


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