I really like my Fairphone 3. Everything (once I learned the odd location of the NFC), just works, and its fast. At least, fast enought for me.
I’m not overly worried about the privacy considerations by using Android on my phone - and I really don’t want this thread to turn into one of those discussions. Really. No.
That said, I’m happy that there exists good, and sometimes way better, alternatives to Google Apps. My own findings are:
- Microsoft Outlook - a straight forward IMAP client for my personal email account.
- Nova Launcher - provides a Google Search Bar free home screen.
- DuckDuckGo - a faster than Chrome for Android browser due to add-block.
- Authy - More user friendly 2-factor authentication than Google Authenticator.
- Spotfy - (As if Google Music integrates with anything)
Runners up are:
Nokia HERE WeGo maps. But didn’t quite make it due to missing turn by turn navigation on bike, and its choosing some really weird routes, and don’t get me started on public transportation… Sorry, back to Google Maps.
Business Calender. But I really really benefit for having my calender located in the cloud, accessible on any device.
Dankort App (a danish payment app). Requires bluetooth connection which is far inferior to Google Pay’s NFC solution.
Signal. Seems more private (especially as I ended up talking to myself).
Are there any well working, beautiful and solid alternatives to typical Google Apps you can recommend? Shoot!