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The Joy of Sync

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Jun 22, 2005, 6:00 PM   by Eric Lin

A comprehensive guide to synchronizing contacts and more between your computer and your phone.

Since before the PDA, people have gone to extremes just to keep their address book current. The PDA allowed people update their contacts and appointments on the go and sync them back to their computer. However as mobile phones took off in popularity, the PDA no longer kept users in sync. People would update contacts in their phone, not in their handheld. Updating a contact or appointment in a PDA then took extra effort that users eventually no longer cared to make. The popularity of the PDA waned with its usefulness, but people still wanted a way to sync their contacts between a mobile device and a computer.

Syncing is helpful for more than keeping phone and PC contacts current. It can also serve as a backup should you lose your phone or decide you want a new one. It can also provide an easy way to enter new data into the phone instead of struggling with T9 or multi-tap to enter names or email addresses.

Today the vast majority of phones sold through national carriers sync with PCs, either through software available from the manufacturer, the carrier, or a third party. However navigating what phone syncs with what PC (or Mac) application is a virtual maze. We've simplified the confusion a bit, but there are still many challenges and caveats.



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Jun 26, 2005, 10:26 PM

Sync like you mean it

This was an excellent overview article, but I'm still unsure about what is the best heavy-duty Outlook syncing solution.

Other than using a Windows Mobile phone, what will allow synchronizing multiple Outlook address books, even ones with thousands of entries?

DataViz has a promising product with RoadSync, but it will only work if your IT Dept is running Exchange 2003.

Any suggestions?
I read this article by Kent German in CNet. Three kits are mentioned at the bottom of the article:

Software to sync your cell phone

Cell phone syncing software helps you master all that's on your cell phone--from contacts to pictures to text me...

Aug 27, 2005, 7:56 PM

You missed e2sync

Good sync software for syncing to Mac Entourage:

Jul 18, 2005, 11:46 PM

photo files > card reader > into my iMac

PLEASE I previously thought that the simplest way to upload photo files from a camera phone was with a card reader. (Forget BT for a second.)

I thought that I could save photo files to a memory expansion card and then put the memory expansion card into a card reader which is connected to my iMac G4 17" flatscreen with a USB cable.

Is this not easier than sync-ing? I read a CNet article by Kent German all about three synching devices and this questioning kept rising up in my brain like a bothersome itch.

Please can anyone suggest and advise and clarify? I mainly want to upload photo files from my camera phone. I don't need to manage email addresses.


Jun 30, 2005, 9:11 PM

mac sync with LG

I'm trying desperately to find a new phone that I can sync up to my laptop. I have Verizon because there are limited possibilities for comparable service/signal in my area... which leads me to the new LG 8100. any possibility it will be able to sync up to my pwerbook with either a USB cable or via bluetooth?
i'm also planning to purchase the LG 8100. i've mentioned this on the 8100 forum, since it'll be coming out very soon i'm hoping that the 8100 will be easily able to sync with my PC. anybody famaliar with this process? someone mentioned that GIN se...

Jun 23, 2005, 9:52 AM

OK - Mighty Phone Sounds too good to be true...

For those of you that use this application - what are the drawbacks?
T-Mobile deactivates SyncML on phones they offer. So MightlyPhone don't work with T-Mobile. When I asked T-Mobile they said it was to do with their WAP server software verion. However, T-Mobile's V300 and Nokia 6620 may have it activated.
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