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My Sync Saga

by Indiana_geoff    Aug 31, 2007, 3:47 PM

I had a simple mission. One that Motorola said was possible on the website for the KRZR... To be able to sync my phone list and calendar from Outlook.

I have a PIM and I am so tired of that huge monster. All I wanted to do was have a small phone with a contact list, my calendar that I easily kept synced with my outlook. Any other features were gravy.

I rejected all Windows Mobile phones, because windows is tolerable for a PC, but stinks on a cell phone. Size was also a huge factor for me. I simply want a phone that I drop in my pocket and it disappears till I need it.

So, I got by K1, and the Moto Phone Tools.

After 2 tries to get it installed and talking to my phone, I succeeded. After 2 more installs, a email to tech support, a level 1 phone call and many, many attempts to get a decent sync, I gave up. The software is unusable for keeping outlook and K1 sync'ed. I never did get a full sync and the failures followed no pattern and made no sense. Even if it had worked, it would have been a multi step, slow process that would have been unworkable.

Luckily, my vendor took Phone tools back.

Next, I went to third party software. First was DataPilot. Now that software was "decent". If you only wanted to transfer data once and have a piece of software that can manage the phone's data, DataPilot would be fine. But for ongoing syncing, it would be horrible. Too many steps to get a sync. Ah well, that's 24 bucks gone.

Finally, I installed SyncCell. Bingo. Very simple to install. It easily talked to the phone and after a initial set up (setting up some rules for the sync), a sync involves nothing more than a double click on an Icon on my desktop. There is supposed to be an Outlook object, but I haven't bothered too look for or install it. The best part is that it has a free trial. So if all is still peachy a few days from now, I am out 30 bucks (or so) but very happy.

So for this solution I can recommend SyncCell!

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