Marco Arment wrote a great article about the whole "Android is better than iOS" statement. I hear it a lot - "Android is Better than iOS", "Apple is shit" and other things that when ask I "why?" they lack a response or have a response like "it's just better". This article sums about everything I say to reply. I use Google services, I use Gmail for my personal mail(for my website email, I use my own mail server), Search, Maps for walking and public transport navigation(for car navigation I use Waze, which also belong to Google since earlier this year), YouTube and Chrome. There are some Google products that are great(and Google's iOS apps for their products are really nice), but like Marco, I keep myself logged out of my Google Account most of time(I'm only logged in when using Gmail or YouTube), and I try to keep my information away from Google. If you ever heard someone say "Android is Better" and I'm pretty sure you did, I suggest you read Marco's Article.
Editorial is a new text editor for iPad by Ole Zorn, maker of Pythonista. Editorial is
not a plain plain text editor. It has inline Markdown previews and powerful automation workflows that changed the face of writing on the iPad forever. Read more about it inside this "too long to a be a link but still isn't an article" post.
Alto by AOL is a nice mail service I recently started using that allows me to manage my multiple email accounts together and got a nice Smart Mailbox feature called "Stacks". It is like Mail.app for the web but with customizable smart mailboxes. You should check it out.
Shawn Blanc released his new book, Delight is in the Details this week. It's an eBook/Audio Book speaking about why sweating the details on your creation is important, which is what I always say: "The small details are what separates good apps from great apps". You can purchase the book either as an eBook only for 20$ or purchase it as an eBook, Audio Book and an extra 7 interviews(4 hours of interviews) with 7 developers, designers, writers and entrepreneurs for 29$. I purchased the eBook, Audio Book and Interviews bundle and finished the book and interviews today, and I highly recommend it. Get it here.
Orbit for iOS is the app I was missing for the complete App.net mobile experience. I was already using Orbit on my Mac where it works like Droplr or Cloudapp for App.net's Files API, but was missing an app for the Files API on my iPhone. And on Friday last week, Orbit announced the app is now available for iOS too. Inside the app, you can only upload photos to your app.net file storage, but the app comes with a nice URL Scheme to send files other than images from other apps like Dropbox or Documents. You can also choose to make files private or public and share them. I like Orbit and you can get it for Free on the App Store.
IFTTT (If This Then That), a great automation service I have been using since October, released their new iPhone app a few weeks ago, which lets you manage your IFTTT account and create new recipes on your iPhone.
I have been testing the IFTTT Beta for the past month and it's really nice.