by admin on December 2, 2013
I finally got my hands on a Gionee Phone. An E6. Gionee is a Chinese brand which has recently ventured into India. The phone runs on Android. Its easy to make an Android Phone work with a Mac.
The phone itself has good build quality, a display which is not only very responsive but also carrying excellent colour and contrast, and a design I prefer over some of the rival Android phones. The unibody construction feels good to hold with nicely rounded edges, and the display is nice, not all horribly reflective like a certain popular Android brand. All at a great price.
The first thing I tried was to use the phone without a Google account. Its very much possible, and Hotmail works well, so do the contacts and calendar. Since my contacts and calendars are on Hotmail, they transferred in a breeze. You can also export all your contacts from Apple AddressBook as a vCard, import that into your Gmail account, and setup that account on your Gionee E6 to bring your contacts to your phone.
Another way to transfer contacts is : Go to Apple AddressBook (called Contacts in Mac OSX 10.9 Mavericks) -> Preferences -> Accounts -> Add Account (Its the + plus at the bottom of the dialogue box)-> Google.
For Calendar -> Preferences -> Accounts -> Add Account (Its the + plus at the bottom of the dialogue box) -> Google.
However, the moment you want to use the Play Store, you need a Google Account.
Since the phone has a pretty good GPS chip, so I thought of trying it out for OSM Mapping. On the Android, Vespucci is one of the best options. It works wonderfully. OSM Mapper Helper is another useful tool. DoubleTwist is one of the many apps that promises to sync with your iTunes.