What Cell Phones Will Work With a Mac?

by David Weedmark

For many Mac owners contemplating a new cell phone, the choice may seem obvious. The Apple iPhone was designed with Mac users in mind. However there are several reasons why a different brand may be preferable. BlackBerry, Windows and Android phones each have their own strengths, including their different features, service-plan options and prices. Each of these smartphones can work with a Mac computer if you install the right software.

iPhone

In almost all cases, the Apple iPhone works seamlessly with a Mac computer. As both are made by the same manufacturer, not only are the apps on the iPhone similar to those on a Mac, but also the design and the way they are used are similar. The Mac Launchpad, for example, works on the same design principles as the iPhone Home screen to manage or remove apps. Both are also designed to use iCloud, which allows you to sync purchases from iTunes, photos and videos without having to actually connect the two devices. Mac computers use iTunes to back up, sync and restore an iPhone. In addition to this, videos and music locked by Digital Rights Management purchased in iTunes can be enabled on an iPhone, which is not generally possible on other smartphone brands.

BlackBerry

In the past, trying to connect a BlackBerry to a Mac computer was virtually impossible. However, Blackberry now has a desktop client for Macs using OS X v10.5.8 or higher. Like the PC desktop software, it lets you sync your contacts and appointments using iCal or Microsoft Entourage. You can also sync iTunes music and videos, iPhoto images and videos. The software also lets you back up, manage and restore your BlackBerry apps from your Mac computer. The software also works with Blackberry tablets. Many people prefer BlackBerry smartphones for their tactile keyboards, messenger service or enhanced security, or because BlackBerry is supported at their office.

Windows Phone 7

The Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac allows you to sync music, photos and videos, including TV shows and podcasts between your Windows Phone and Mac computer. Once the software is installed on your Mac, it will open automatically each time you connect your phone to the computer using the USB cable it shipped with. The software also notifies you of updates for your Windows Phone 7 when you connect it to your Mac and lets you update the phone from the computer. The Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac is available in the Apple App Store and can be installed on Mac OS X 10.6 or later.

Android

One of the benefits of Android's open software is the wealth of third-party applications that are developed. As a result of this innovation, there are several software programs to help you connect an Android smartphone to a Mac computer. To sync music with iTunes you can use an app like doubleTwist. To sync contacts, calendars and email, you should create a Google Gmail account. The Android phone will then in turn sync with the Gmail account. You don't have to actually use the Gmail account on your computer, because you can sync Gmail with your Mac Mail, iCal and Contacts.

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