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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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Sync like you mean it procon Jun 26, 2005, 10:26 PM
You missed e2sync JohnnyRocket Aug 27, 2005, 7:56 PM
photo files > card reader > into my iMac lorna Jul 18, 2005, 11:46 PM
mac sync with LG essay2u Jun 30, 2005, 9:11 PM
OK - Mighty Phone Sounds too good to be true... jnoel Jun 23, 2005, 9:52 AM
 
 
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