What’s On My Laptop, Desktop, Smartphone, And Tablet In 2017?

Instead of unifying my experience across devices (ie, iMac, iPad, iPhone), I’ve decided to take the opposite approach and adopt all the major platforms – Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android. In doing so, I’ll remain proficient across the major operating systems and keep up with their respective developments and trends. Here’s a rundown of what’s on my devices.

The Desktop – Zeratul


In comparison to last year, the obvious difference is that I’ve transitioned from MacOS to Windows on my workstation, Zeratul. Why? Better gaming options, better utilization of the hardware I assembled, and to remain adept with the most widely used personal computer operating system. Excluding the programs bundled with Windows 10 Professional, here are some of the apps I use daily:

  • Atom (web programming)
  • FileZilla (FTP)
  • GIMP (image editing)
  • Microsoft Office (office suite)
  • Steam and Origin (gaming hubs)
  • Chrome (web browser)
  • VLC (video playback)
  • SyncToy (file synchronization)
  • 7-Zip (archive utility)
  • Spotify and iTunes (music hubs)
  • Plex Media Server (media hub)
  • TightVNC (VNC server/client)

The Laptop – Artanis

Things are pretty much the same with my 11″ MacBook Air 2015. It’s currently running Mac OS Sierra 10.12.6 with the following non-Apple applications:

  • Boom 3D (audio optimizer)
  • CleanMyMac (optimization utility)
  • Coda 2 (programming IDE)
  • Flume (Instagram client)
  • Google Chrome (web browser)
  • Living Earth Desktop (wallpaper)
  • Magnet (window utility)
  • JPEGmini Pro and ImageOptim (image optimization)
  • Microsoft Office (office suite)
  • Monolingual (optimization utility)
  • Screens (VNC client)
  • Transmit (FTP client)
  • Tweetbot (Twitter client)
  • VLC (video playback)

The Tablet – Apple iPad Pro

The iPad Pro has been a joy for multimedia consumption, and since I purchased the Apple Pencil, the generation of content. I love doodling notes and diagrams to share, and I owe it to the seamless functionality of iOS to make this process as easy as possible. Here are some of the non-iOS apps I use:

  • GoodNotes (note-taking application)
  • PDF Expert (PDF reader)
  • Spotify (music app)
  • WhatsPad (WhatsApp client)
  • WordPress (WordPress client)
  • Pushbullet (cross-platform synchronization)
  • AnyConnect (VPN client)
  • VLC (video playback)
  • iMovie (video editor)

The Smartphone – Google Pixel

Easily the device I use the most often is my Pixel smartphone. I usually purchase a smartphone yearly, so I’m looking forward to the new Pixel 2 later this year. I’m currently running developer preview 4 of Android O on this device, and absolutely loving it. Here are some of the non-core-Android apps I run:

  • BlueMail (combined mail app)
  • Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn (social media)
  • Google Photos (photo repository)
  • Robinhood (stock exchange)
  • QuickPic (photo gallery)
  • PhotoScan (photo scanner)
  • Figure 1 (medical images)
  • CamScanner (document scanner)
  • VNC Viewer (VNC client)
  • Solid Explorer (file explorer)
  • SwiftKey (virtual keyboard)
  • SolCalendar (calendar)
  • MightyText (SMS sync to Chrome)
  • PushBullet (cross-platform sync)

What are your favorite applications for your devices?

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