Apple to Samsung – all Devices

As most people know about me, I am very tech savvy. I love Windows, MacOS, Chromium, iOS, Android, BlackBerry (classic and Android)……and the list keeps going on and on.

I recently had an iPhone 7 Plus, an Apple Watch, a 2018 MacBook Pro and an iPad Pro. I was well invested in Apple’s devices simply because I wanted the the ‘experience’ of integrated services.

But all that changed after having three of the worst customer service experiences with the tech giant over a year’s time frame.

My most recent experience was after I bought my shiny new Macbook Pro after hearing the recommendations about this “device for professionals and creatives” from a specialist at my local store. It was a beautiful device – until I tried to run Adobe Creative Suite on it and Microsoft Office. The device began to lag in performance, and for the price tag of $1400, I expected perfection, just like most people would.

So I decided to chat with Apple to see what was going on with my $1400 machine – after all, Apple is supposed to be the best, right? Sure. We’ll let them think that.

…..Anyway…..

The customer support chat was about as responsive as my new lagging $1400 Macbook Pro. After not getting my issues resolved, and after an hour plus of chatting, I informed the chat agent that I appreciated their help and that I was going to return the Macbook Pro.

End of conversation.

So not only did I return my Macbook Pro to the store, I also returned my defective Apple Watch (it was not tracking movement after a recent iOS update), traded in my iPhone 7 Plus at Best Buy and I am also in the process of trading in my iPad Pro as well sometime in the near future.

I went back to my Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, bought a Samsung Chromebook Pro (with an sPen built in) for $499 on sale and a Samsung 9 Pro Laptop (it has a dedicated graphics card, instant on access, 256 GB SSD just like the Macbook Pro and an sPen built in) $1249 which everything for Adobe Suite and Microsoft Office works just like it should. I have everything synced back to Google Drive (my preferred ecosystem) instead of using Apple’s forced ecosystem (iCloud usage is mandatory to allow sync across devices) and Google’s at the same time.

I am not saying that one platform or device is better than the other, it really is based on personal preference and how one company can pitch a sale better than the other (this should be something for everyone to think about because Apple does a great job of paying the media to keep known issues away from the public for 6 months as they try to resolve the issues behind the scenes and Google is the one that notifies Apple when there is a known issue in security – who is Apple’s primary search engine? Google.) but I never had to contact tech support for a Windows based, Chrome based or Android device that took over 15 minutes to fix (except HP, they take weeks and an FTC complaint). The combination of Android and Windows works best for me.

Am I bitter? Nope. Just logical.

The iPhone Model Numbers and Their Meanings

One thing that I have been paying attention to when I buy a new iPhone is the model number. I am not talking about the  differences between the iPhone 5, SE, 6, 6S, 7, 8 or X. I am speaking about the actual model number found on your device, its compatibility with your current carrier or switching to another carrier, and possibly its trade in value.

This is something I learned about two years ago, and at that moment in time, I was not aware that an iPhone that you buy from AT&T directly will not work on Verizon’s network., even if you had it successfully unlocked by AT&T. But if you buy an iPhone from Best Buy on behalf of AT&T or directly from the Apple Store, after it’s paid off you can move to any carrier you’d like.

Why does this happen?

It’s simple. The carrier (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile) and sub carriers (Cricket, Total Wireless, Boost, etc) create a legal binding agreement with Apple in order to have the iPhone made to fit their own network, so the carrier can do two things:

1. Financial security. Make sure that you pay off your phone entirely before you’re able to move to another provider (if applicable), simply because the carrier doesn’t make money off of their phones as much as they do their monthly service fees.

2. Customer Satisfaction. They want your iPhone to work at its best on their network. It costs money to have customers call tech support for every little issue, plus they want the user to have the best experience possible.

Lets talk about the model numbers. I have an iPhone 7 Plus (yes, I always buy the previous year’s model to save money when they go on sale and a new iPhone is released), I will compare the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.  I am only going to cover the carrier. If you want Bandwith  specific information, please go to Apple.com or your carriers website.

This information can be found under Settings -> General -> About -> Model number -> tap on the longer model number to reveal the short version as seen below:

iPhone 7: A1660 Global Phone (carrier unlocked), can be used on GSM (AT&T / T-Mobile) and CDMA (Sprint / Verizon)

iPhone 7: A1778 Global GSM (Full service capability on AT&T / T-Mobile only), model typically sold directly from AT&T and T-Mobile Stores or online from their website. You can use voice services with Verizon and Sprint, but you will only have data services through AT&T / T-Mobile.

iPhone 7: A1779 Japanese Global version (difference is a the ability to use Apple Pay in Japan), covers GSM and CDMA networks.

iPhone 7 Plus: A1661 Global Phone (Carrier unlocked), can be used on GSM (AT&T, T-Mobile) and CDMA (Sprint, and Verizon)

iPhone 7 Plus: A1784 Global GSM (Full service capability on AT&T / T-Mobile only), sold directly from AT&T and T-Mobile stores on direct from their website. You can still use voice services over Verizon and Sprint, but you will not have data services on these networks.

iPhone 7 Plus: A1785 Japanese Global version (Apple pay capable in Japan), covers GSM and CDMA networks.

So there you have it. Now you know what you’re getting when you shop online on eBay and Amazon or if you’re looking to buy an iPhone directly from Apple, your existing carrier or a reseller (like Best Buy). Based on my personal experiences with reselling my old phone, if you have one that is unlocked for GSM and CDMA carriers, you usually get a bit more for the iPhone. Some resellers may charge you a small difference in pricing compared to your carrier, but you’re getting the most for your money when it comes to reselling it yourself or avoid a huge headache if you want to switch carriers.

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The iPad Pro? Would Steve Jobs Approve For His Children?

When Steve Jobs introduced the iPad on April 3rd 2010, after the product launch, he advised that his children were not allowed to have an iPad. Why?

Steve’s answer, although he is the father of the product, saw no need for his children to have one since they each had an iPhone and a Mac. Steve himself declared that the iPad wasn’t an item for children if you wanted them to grow up learning outside of technology, and wanted them to grow up on a more live social scale, rather than a digital scale. As a person of reasoning, I can understand his decision.

But in 2016 the iPad Pro came into the picture, and we see Apple commercials today in 2018 with a child carrying his iPad Pro around with them – everywhere. They seem to be doing everything from taking pictures with it to writing a report for school. Finally at the end of the commercial, a woman asks, “What are you doing on your computer?” And the child responses, “What’s a computer?”.

So what happened here? Steve Jobs said that the iPad was not suitable for his own children, but here is Apple after the late Steve Jobs turns his passion over to Tim Cook, advertising the iPad Pro with the main character as a child.

Evolution.

The iPad was basically an enlarged iPhone and e-Reader when it was first introduced. It really didn’t have the capabilities and speed that it has today and Apple even claims that it can replace a laptop, which with the App Store and it’s (sometimes) overwhelming number of apps, like Microsoft Office, you can really run your day from an iPad Pro.

I am using it right now and I have since 5am this morning.

So would Steve Jobs allow his kids to have an iPad Pro today in comparison to Apple’s original iPad from 2010?

Absolutely.

Obsessed with Technology and Becoming the VigorIntel Online Start-Up

Although I will have my Bachelors Degree in Human Resource Management in April 2018, I am obsessed with technology – I always have been. It’s such a strong passion of mine that I am always reading about improved technology from all sides of innovation and watching annual events in relation to Apple, Samsung and Microsoft new releases.

Every device has its positives and negatives about them. In other words, I personally don’t think that there is a perfected device out there, but there is a device perfect for everyone based on  an individual need. This is the beauty of technology. Choices. Unlike your 5th grade math class, there is no right answer.

I have always been the go-to guy from family and friends when they need advice about fixing an issue and recommending user software or apps for mobile and stationary devices. Even people that I haven’t heard from in quite a while send me a message on Facebook looking for advice – and I don’t mind it, but I’m not your regular personal tech guru without a fee either.

This is when I started vigorintel.com. I became aware that there was a market for my skills – even if I only wanted to do it Part Time. I have always loved blogging, and one day I decided to teach myself Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Premiere Pro (in the process of learning), After Effects (in the process of learning) and Muse. On top of years of my technical knowledge, this gave me a new incorporated service platform to offer people. An all in one stop shop for digital design, tech support, creative writing and web design.

All I did was buy a domain and web hosting services. Although you can use simple and easy sites like WordPress (I use it for blogging, like this one), I found it more challenging and personalized to create my own sites from scratch. After all, there isn’t just one smart device for everyone, why should anything else be?

Now mind you, I’m almost done with my BS degree in Human Resource Management, and I love helping people and business. But this doesn’t mean I have to neglect my other interests and expertise.

Once you figure out exactly what you love, you can do amazing things – and possibly make a little extra cash in the process.

Never give on your passions.

Best Decisions Mobile – Differences between iOS and Android

The differences between Android and iOS (iPhone) has become very minimal. It really is a matter of preference to customize your device more with the Android platform or have Apple applications ready at hand if you use the Apple ecosystem.

I have worked in Tech Support for a major wireless company and being that I’ve used an iPhone (model 3G and up), Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, and numerous Android (4.0 to 8.0) devices (I’m using an HP Chromebook to write this article, but I also own an iPad Pro) – some people call me an expert on all mobile platforms, but to me it’s just the idea of becoming comfortable with what you use in comparison to mobile and PC/MAC/Linux on your home-based devices.

Many people in the United States are more concerned about security more than ever, and they have every right to be. Also, with more people using the iOS (iPhone) platform, I would want to safeguard my device with anti-virus software compared to Android devices. Here’s why:

With Apple, you have one version of their operating system for iPhone, iPads and iPods. If a hacker cracks one, they can crack them all if you’re using an Applie ID. Now Apple has taken rigorous steps in fighting against Malware and Viruses, but since the platform is being used the most in the richest country in the world (the United States) there are more hackers trying to get access to these devices.

Android, on the other hand, has an open source platform. This means that many manufacturers can optimize their own devices, add their own security (on top of Google’s automatic monthly security updates) back up options (on top of Google’s back up), and offer additional storage on certain models.

So does this make Android safer than Apple or vice versa? Yes and no. A hacker would have to breach the manufacturers security and Google’s security to hack an Android device. Being that there are hundreds of different devices out there with the Android platform installed, this can be time consuming for the hacker. However, Android is the most used mobile platform globally, compared to Apple’s iPhone targets here in the United States. But again, most people that use the iPhone is here in the United States and we are the richest country in the world. So it is really up to the user to safeguard themselves on either platform.

I had someone at a luncheon last weekend tell me that I couldn’t afford an iPhone (which of course they owned an iPhone) after looking at my Moto X4. I brushed it off because right after they asked another person at the table what the difference between the iPhone X and the iPhone 10 was……..yeah, I’ll leave it alone. My internal translation wasn’t that I thought they were dumb, it it just felt that they would have a very deep lack of understanding if I tried to explain everything as I just did here.

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