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Old 07-20-2010, 08:01 AM   #11
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Haha - if you dont like being bullied then definitely dont switch to Apple! They will corner you into their little world and lock you down forever. As far as a one to one comparison (iPhone VS Droid X) I'de say Im still a supporter of the X by far.


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We all have a choice. As soon as iPhone is on Verizon I am likely to abandon Droid. For all its good (and there's a lot) -- the lack of a viable sync with Outlook is not only unworkable, it's arrogant and offensive. As much as I did not want an iPhone, I also don't like the imposition of disorganization on my life, and I don't like being bullied by Google, which is basically what they are doing. I am not going to abandon Outlook -- it is integral to my work and my life. My whole organization uses it. Gmail is NOT a replacement. It is clumsy, requires TONS of memory to run with a substantial contacts database (freezes my PC every time I open my contacts in Gmail.com as I have over 3000), and has insufficient depth or flexibility in its calendar, notes and email filing function.

When this phone is ready to be replaced, the only question I will ask is "Has Google provided a native sync for ALL of Outlook (stand-alone, not Exchange), including calendar, notes, tasks and contacts. If the answer is yes, I will upgrade to a new Droid. If the answer is No I will go to iPhone. I encourage all other frustrated Android/Outlook users to take the same position. A critical mass of people "voting with dollars" is the only thing that will impress upon Google what a huge error in product design and strategy they are making.
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Old 07-20-2010, 09:13 AM   #12
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Quick update - still no Outlook sync solution. The only way Ive found to get my contacts on my phone is to export from Outlook as a .csv into Gmail's contact mgr, then the phone auto syncs and imports the contacts. (You can also activiate a manual sync to speed this up)

Not having luck syncing phone with Gmail callander though...

So, unfortunately this is a work around - hoping to find something that allows me to syn via USB at leas to Outlook in near future. Ill keep this thread updated as I hear more or if we find something that works and works well.
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Old 07-20-2010, 11:23 AM   #13
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Both my Palm and Blackberry phones synced with Outlook seamlessly. I cannot believe Google dropped the ball on this one. You have to do a hodgepodge of exporting CSV files for contacts, then use Google Sync for calender syncing, and after all this the picture files associated with contacts do not appear - you only get the Facebook pics on some of your contacts. In addition, my Droid X would not call out becaue Outlook places a +1 country code with the BB and Palm were smart enough to ignore, but the Droid does not and cannot call out. Aggravating.
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Old 07-20-2010, 01:39 PM   #14
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As a product manager, I understand the proces to scoping, specking, building and releasing a product, so I get it. They could sit around forever polishing their product burning up payroll and overhead expenses, or, release the product to early adopters and less the masses be their QA dept, and then provide user feedback about features, bugs, enhancements, etc. I totally get it - the question is, how long will it take before they step up and provide the software enhancements that their paying customers are so eager for?
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Old 07-21-2010, 05:51 AM   #15
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Not supporting all the +1 contacts, I discovered this as well yesterday. How is it possible that in a global economy we life in today google contacts don't drop the +1 for national calls. Have not even tried a true international call like to Germany +49 ...
That makes the statement "BB is THE business phone" even more valid!
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Old 07-21-2010, 08:21 AM   #16
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Let's all chant together - GOOGLE -WE WANT SYNC! WE WANT SYNC! WE WANT SYNC!
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GOOGLE -WE WANT SYNC! WE WANT SYNC! WE WANT SYNC! Anyone listening????
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Google -we want sync! We want sync! We want sync!
Google -we want sync! We want sync! We want sync!
Google -we want sync! We want sync! We want sync!
Google -we want sync! We want sync! We want sync!
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I got the Droid X last week and was bummed as well that it does not syn with Outlook. So, after reading tons of postings about this, I tried a different way. Since I had to make a Gmail account to use the phone, I decided to sync my Google Calendar with my outlook. It took me awhile to figure how to do it, but it finally worked. All my calendar items now sync with Google Calendar. I can now sync my phone to my Google Calendar. I had to download the Google Calendar Sync which you can find on the internet, then it should work. Of course, this is just day one, but we'll see.
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Old 07-25-2010, 07:07 PM   #20
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I've had a Droid A855 for about six months. Went through many hours seeking solutions for Outlook sync since I was a prior Treo 750 user and use many features of a PDA/smartphone. Purchased MyLink (would not advise many issues). Purchased CompanionLink since I used their Palm software and it worked great on cabled sync. Their USB software is really bad & finicky. Been thru several updates and they still have crapware. It had so many problems with calendar that I finally restricted it to contact sync only. It synced 645 contacts and now won't sync new ones. Also syncs contact photos multiple times. Has anyone had luck with CellSync for contacts? Does it sync to the native Google contact manager? Will it sync the "notes" field in an Outlook contact?


I found the Google Calendar Sync to be a flawless solution. A breath of fresh air after CompanionLink's attempts. Plus: If you cut & paste a name, address, & phone number into a calendar event in Outlook and sync it to your Droid via Google Calendar Sync, you can click on the phone # and it will activate the phone. Real time saver and it should have been available long ago. Same with the address and Google maps or Navigation.
Minus: It's all on the cloud.

I went through several note apps and finally settled (for now) on Note Everything. Very robust including a voice note option. Allows me to configure folders to match my Outlook 2007 note folder structure. Downside: I must convert all notes to CVS first then mount the SD card on the Droid and transfer the files. Time consuming.

Still searching for the killer sync solution. Droid has way too many great features to turn back.

Cheers,
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