Hey, Viking guy (panzerbjrn) wrote,
Hey, Viking guy

Android/Outlook Sync

How odd, you would've thought that by now there would be an app for syncing Outlook to my Android phone and vice versa.

There seems to be several that will happily copy calendar/contacts in both directions, but not actually synchronise them.
And by the I mean (Just so we're all on the same page) that the app should look at my android and outlook contacts and compare them. The ones it recognises as being the same should then be merged so the information in both would just appear once in either contact list.
Same for calendar information.

I'm totally ok with duplicates being created the first time I sync, but after that there is no excuse.
Especially once I have gone through the contact list and pruned the duplicates.

I have a rather nice HTC Desire Z but, by the Emperor, the HTC 'sync' software is an abomination.
The first time it 'syncs' it will copy contacts to Outlook, but after that it completely fails to make any updates in either contact list. And it doesn't do calendar syncing despite claiming that it does.
The HTC sync software also causes another odd problem.
At work, both where I am now and my last place, when I synced with Outlook most my contacts would no longer be 'choosable' i.e. if I put a recipients name in the 'To:' field in Outlook it won't resolve to one of my contacts.
And if I click the 'To:' button so I can pick from the list of contacts the same ones wouldn't appear.
Most vexing...

I then tried Android-Sync which can only be described as an insane contact list wrecker and ruiner of calendars...
After taking a back-up of my contact list I let loose the dogs of war and damn, did they go to town...
Most of my contacts were triplicated and some I suddenly had 4+ of in my contact list. So much fail, so little time.
My calendar was suddenly full of the birthdays of everyone on my Facebook friends list. Again 3+ of each of them...
And other calendar items were duplicated or triplicated again.
Now, I'm actually ok with this in principle, but after I had gone through my contact list and re-synced all the duplicates returned.

So, in short, ARGH. How very very annoying.

So, any suggestions for Outlook/Android sync tools?
Tags: android, geek, htc, outlook, phones, tech annoyances

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