Today in Berlin at IFA 2015, Acer took the stage and made some great announcements. In total they announced 6 new smartphones, four of which will be running Android 5.1. The lineup ranges from a top-of-the-line Acer Liquid Z630 to the budget friendly Z530 that will be around $200 when it is available later this month. Both the Z630 and Z530 line up will come with two versions, a standard model and a “S” version which will have slightly better specifications.
Last week I posted Part 1 of my migration from Microsoft Office to Google Docs. In that post, I outlined the foundations of why I moved and the process of migrating your files from your PC or other cloud storage to Google Drive, how to setup offline access and the importance and power of Chrome Extensions as part of that offline work.
In Part 2 I’m going to cover the ins-and-outs of Google Docs, the document processing app. I’m going to cover using the app from the perspective of a PC running Chrome, a Chromebook and the Google Docs app on my Android phone (OnePlus One) and tablet (Samsung Galaxy Tab 4). I’ll cover the pros and cons of Google Docs versus Microsoft Word and some of the things that you will need to keep in mind if you are thinking of switching. This same methodology will repeat over the course of the next few weeks when I cover Google Sheets and Google Slides.
As a reminder to everyone who is thinking of making this transition, I will repeat what I said in Part 1 of this series:
Take your time. You will find that the majority of features in Microsoft Office are in the Google apps but they will be in different places. It may take you a few menu clicks to sort it out. Be patient. Give it a chance. Sure it may turn out that it isn’t right for you and your needs but I would suggest trying the experiment over a week or two before you make a final verdict. It isn’t as big a migration from say a PC to a Mac but it is similar to moving from Internet Explorer to Chrome in many ways. Same thing, but bits in different places and this process or that process may be a little different.
Rome wasn’t built in a day and moving from one way of editing your documents to another won’t be done in a day either. Give it an honest try and take your time.
At Mobile World Congress today Acer announced their all new Windows Phone 8.1 device, the Acer Liquid M220. It represents Acer’s first Windows Phone 8.1 device and their first Windows Phone in four years but frankly, this is a huge disappointment. The specs of the Acer Liquid M220 are dismal and in fact do not even meet the minimum design guidelines for Windows Phone these days. In fact about the only positive I can see on this device is that it is Dual SIM. I would go as far as to say that if you are looking for a budget friendly Windows Phone, look at the Lumia 635. But hey, we have another vendor in the Windows Phone game, right?