The Missing Sync for Android

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Does the job, but does it it's own way."

    January 1, 2010  |   By Renegade Knight

    Pros

    No muss no fuss. Sync's Outlook Contacts directly to your Android Phone. Supports Android 2.0 as well. If you don't want to avoid the Google Cloud this will let you do it.

    Cons

    Doesn't sync contact photo's. Didn't sync my music. Didn't sync my files. Set up seemed like overkill but maybe that gives you some flexability. That flexablity didn't include letting me specify where my files were to go on the Android Phone.

    Summary

    I was looking for a way to sync my Motorola Droid via USB intead of through the Google Apps in the cloud. Android works best with Google Contacts etc AND/OR Exhange. If you use Outlook but don't use Exchange your stuck unless you get a third party program like this.

    I had a little trouble getting it set up. I kept getting an error message. In spite of that it did sync my contacts. However it didn't sync them to the native contacts app. It created it's own catagory. I'd pull up contacts and see nothing. However my recent calls list had updated with contact names so I knew the contacts were there. I hd to change a setting to tell the Native Contacts to pull from this different address book (Exhange is also a different address book but it defaults to being displayed with your contacts). Once I found that setting I had my contacts without using Google.

    Three flaws kept me from using the program behind the trial. I wanted my Contacts Photo's. This didn't sync them. I wanted key files to sync between my computer and a folder on my phones SD card. This didn't let me do that. Lastly I tried to use the play list function to import a few play lists and it didn't do that.

    To be fair this program just added Android 2.x support. Perhaps they will fix the bugs in a future revision.

    There are a few programs that do direct sync. This one and Companion Link are the ones I've tried. I'm going to go with Companion link. My advice though. Try both. They both give you a 14 day trial. Use the one that works better for you.

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  • Reply by DogenMinty on January 13, 2010

    You can sync music, files, ringtones and such if you sync via USB. The media/file sync is initiated from the desktop and only works when you have the phone mounted to your computer.

    Contacts and log sync is done over wifi and initiated from the device.

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