October 26, 2014
Syncing email, calendars, and contacts on my iPad with Google
What is nice about the iPad (aside from its spectacularly sharp screen) is that I can access my iTunes library on it, which I couldn't do on the Chromebook. I have a lot of movies and TV shows in iTunes, and it seemed a shame that I couldn't watch them on the Chromebook. So I bought an Apple product, and settled in to get adjusted to it.
Turns out I liked Google stuff. Yesterday I replaced Safari with Chrome on my iPad, and that led me to looking at my contacts. Yes, there is a contacts app on the iPad, and yes, I did sync it with my Google contacts, but really, I prefer using the Google Contacts interface. It plays very nicely with gmail, and with Google+, which I use a lot. Unfortunately, I didn't find a Google Contacts app, so now I'm back to using the Chrome browser, which actually works great on an iPad.
Today I am manually going through my Google Contacts and seeing that everything is up-to-date. Of course, for friends who have a Google+ profile, there isn't much for me to, and for everyone else, I just have to type it in. I do the updating here on my iMac, and it syncs to my iPad. And, if I need to make a change while I'm at my iPad, it syncs to my computer. That's what cool about syncing through Google.
I like the iPad, but I also like Google stuff, and they do work together. Takes a little bit of doing, but it's worth it.
Posted by Brad Hall