Transitioning to the Android Platform from Other Phones

Are you trying to transfer your mobile life from another phone to the Android platform? Then you’re definitely in the right place. Now, we just did a guide on how to transfer your mobile life from the iPhone to the Android phone, but we don’t want anyone to think that we’re all about the iPhone and the iPhone only. You will need to make sure that you’re looking beyond that, and we would like to lead the way by making a guide that can cover other phones a swell. So if this guide seems a bit more general, then we apologize in advance. We’re trying to cover a few more platforms.

For example, you might have a BlackBerry. While a lot of people love their Blackberries, they want to check out Android as well. There’s no reason to feel like you can’t go from a BlackBerry to an Android.

From a general standpoint, there are only a few categories that you will need to focus on immediately.

Contacts

If there’s one thing that we reach for most frequently when it comes to our cell phones, it would have to be our contacts. If we don’t get our contacts, then we find that there’s really nothing that we can do with our phone. What’s the point of having a rocking camera if you don’t have anyone to take pictures with and send them to? Same with a full keyboard — who will you text?

If you can sync your contacts to your computer first, like you can with the iPhone and the BlackBerry, you will already be off to a great start. For GSM phones, there’s always using your SIM card over again in the new Android phone. If you’ve got AT&T or T-Mobile, then this is pretty much a snap to do — it’s all GSM over there.

Applications

The next stage in transitioning from your old phone to the Android phone you just picked up is to get your hands on a lot of applications and see how they work out for you. You don’t want to just get anything that looks good; that would quickly fill up all of the space on your new phone! You will instead want to make sure that you look at the apps that you loved on your old phone and see if you can find apps that match this purpose. That way you have a fast running phone and you can still get things done with applications.

When it comes to Android, the best place to get new apps is definitely the Android market. Don’t think that you won’t be able to find what you’re looking for just because it’s a big market — you’ll definitely find more than a few things to keep your interest.

User Flow

When you’re transitioning away from your old phone, one of the first things that people don’t really think about is definitely the way their phone “flows”. User flow is all about how you access the things on your phone. If you’re moving from an old phone to the new Android line of phones, you will need to spend some time working with your phone in a few different ways. Make sure that you can memorize how to get to things. This is also where your Android manual is going to be your friend. We could go general with this, but it’s better to get het skinny from the manual itself.

Social

Pictures, video, and notes — what’s not to love bout sharing information with your friends? If you’re trying to capture the same social fun with your new Android phone, you will definitely have a pretty easy time. Every phone within the Android family is pretty much designed to be social out of the box. You’ll find many menus that have “Share” and “Forward” on them.

Again, since there are so many different Android phones, this is something that you will want to look into with your manual first. Don’t just jump into all of the social apps that you can download — your Android phone has many native apps right from the gate, how cool is that?

Experience

Experience is community, and community is experience. Anyone that’s gotten their Android phone into a little hot water knows all too well how comforting it can be to finally find someone online that is going through the same problems. The Android platform is far from perfect, but experience is what can really keep you using the platform for a long time.

Now, you’ll notice all of these categories team up together to form the acronym CAUSE. Why do you want to make sure that you will have the best chances of getting things done? Well…CAUSE. 🙂 How will you get things done?