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    I'm considering the purchase of a Samsung Galaxy Nexus after my iPhone 4 took a swim in the ocean. With the iPhone, I kept contacts and calendar in MS Outlook and used iTunes to sync them to phone. What are my options for syncing the Galaxy Nexus to my PC? Must I use gmail? I prefer to keep contacts and calendar on PC so that I can access them at all times even when I don't have an internet connection. Thanks
    Pete
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    When you say contact and calender saved in outlook is there an email id associated with it?
    or is it without email associated and just some contacts and calender in outlook?
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    Quote Originally Posted by still1 View Post
    When you say contact and calender saved in outlook is there an email id associated with it?
    or is it without email associated and just some contacts and calender in outlook?
    No, there is no email associated with them.. I just use the contacts, calendar, tasks, and notes part of Outlook.Those are the items I wish to sync with phone. I use Thunderbird as my email client on PC. I would prefer to use a direct sync and avoid the cloud altogether. It would also be advantageous if I could sync with two different PCs.
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    As an update, I have been searching the internet for Outlook sync software. Android-Sync (Android-Sync | Sync Android with Outlook via USB) seems to meet my needs although it's difficult to tell without testing.
    Pete
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    Quote Originally Posted by flroots View Post
    As an update, I have been searching the internet for Outlook sync software. Android-Sync (Android-Sync | Sync Android with Outlook via USB) seems to meet my needs although it's difficult to tell without testing.
    Pete
    I was about to post you that link!!! It seems to work for many. here is the android counterpart for this app https://play.google.com/store/apps/d..._sync.app.note

    I will give it a try as soon i go home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by still1 View Post
    I was about to post you that link!!! It seems to work for many. here is the android counterpart for this app https://play.google.com/store/apps/d..._sync.app.note

    I will give it a try as soon i go home.
    Thanks. I'll be interested to hear how you make out. I assume you're also using Outlook on a PC. The Android reviews seem to hit the extremes; it's hard to figure!
    Pete
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    I thought I would try it from home(outlook 2013 preview). It might not work with office 2013 since its still preview So, I tried it from work with outlook 2007 syncing all my work contacts to my Nexus.

    I had to follow these steps, took me 10 min for initial setup Quick Start | Android-Sync | Sync Android with Outlook via USB
    but after that its just a click away from sync.

    I only enabled Calender since its easy to cleanup after syncing.
    I disabled contacts and didn't try that at all due to the pain involved in cleaning up.

    No issues for me so far!! It also automatically asked for adb drivers to be downloaded for the device at work. probably wouldn't have prompted at home since i already had the drivers at home PC.

    btw, I tested it with windows 7 64 bit with Nexus Android 4.1/Jelly Bean.
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    Quote Originally Posted by still1 View Post
    I thought I would try it from home(outlook 2013 preview). It might not work with office 2013 since its still preview So, I tried it from work with outlook 2007 syncing all my work contacts to my Nexus.

    I had to follow these steps, took me 10 min for initial setup Quick Start | Android-Sync | Sync Android with Outlook via USB
    but after that its just a click away from sync.

    I only enabled Calender since its easy to cleanup after syncing.
    I disabled contacts and didn't try that at all due to the pain involved in cleaning up.

    No issues for me so far!! It also automatically asked for adb drivers to be downloaded for the device at work. probably wouldn't have prompted at home since i already had the drivers at home PC.

    btw, I tested it with windows 7 64 bit with Nexus Android 4.1/Jelly Bean.
    Great, thanks for the feedback. Did you have to purchase the PC client to try it or is there some kind of trial period? Sounds pretty slick and simple; I like simple! I'm running Windows 7 (32 bit) with Outlook 2010. I do have another question. Does it use the native calendar and contact list on your phone or it built into the app?

    Update: I just installed the PC client. I see that there is a trial version with limit of 20 sync entries? At least this way you get to see if it works.
    Pete
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    its a trial version and i didnt purchase it. :-) who would purchase a software for trying it out??

    As i said before i didnt try contacts but the calender can be synced with the default calendar and i assume the contacts will sync with default contacts as well. at least the screenshot they provide in the website says it is synced with default contacts.

    I think i like this app...i might buy it too but i need to first check if it will work with office 2013 rtm when it releases.
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    Quote Originally Posted by still1 View Post
    its a trial version and i didnt purchase it. :-) who would purchase a software for trying it out??

    As i said before i didnt try contacts but the calender can be synced with the default calendar and i assume the contacts will sync with default contacts as well. at least the screenshot they provide in the website says it is synced with default contacts.

    I think i like this app...i might buy it too but i need to first check if it will work with office 2013 rtm when it releases.
    I have more good news. I wrote an email to them with a few questions and they have already answered. It's always nice to learn that there is some degree of support. I learned that a single license will allow the program to be installed on both of our PCs and used in conjunction with multiple devices.
    Pete
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    MyPhoneExplorer (free) syncs to Outlook and Thunderbird.

    https://play.google.com/store/search?q=myphoneexplorer
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rukbat View Post
    MyPhoneExplorer (free) syncs to Outlook and Thunderbird.

    https://play.google.com/store/search?q=myphoneexplorer
    Thanks. I looked at that briefly, but couldn't make head nor tails out of their website. Apparently most details are in German. I did notice there is a discussion forum with an English section so maybe that's how you learn to install and use it? I do have a few basic questions:
    1. With respect to Outlook, does it sync calendar, tasks, contacts, and notes?
    2. On the phone, does it use the native Android calendar and contacts or its own?
    3. Does it work with Outlook 2010 and Android 4.1?
    4. Which phone are you using it with?
    Thanks
    Pete
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    I use Deja Office and it's companionlink software to syn outlook to my phone. It uses it's own contact / dialer and can sync notes, tasks, calendar, contacts, etc. It take some getting used to and some settings to figure out so you don't end up with duplicate contacts. I'd make a back up copy of outlook contacts before I started messing with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by still1 View Post
    I thought I would try it from home(outlook 2013 preview). It might not work with office 2013 since its still preview So, I tried it from work with outlook 2007 syncing all my work contacts to my Nexus.

    I had to follow these steps, took me 10 min for initial setup Quick Start | Android-Sync | Sync Android with Outlook via USB
    but after that its just a click away from sync.

    I only enabled Calender since its easy to cleanup after syncing.
    I disabled contacts and didn't try that at all due to the pain involved in cleaning up.

    No issues for me so far!! It also automatically asked for adb drivers to be downloaded for the device at work. probably wouldn't have prompted at home since i already had the drivers at home PC.

    btw, I tested it with windows 7 64 bit with Nexus Android 4.1/Jelly Bean.
    As a near term solution I just exported a CSV file of calendar from Outlook 2010 and then imported it into Google calendar. In the longer term I hope to avoid using Google for contacts, calendar, etc. Anyway, the reminders didn't come through. The only reminders in Google were the defaults which apply to all events. Could you please tell me if the reminders came through in your test? This would be a make or break for me since I rely heavily on specific event-by-event reminders. Thanks
    Pete
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    My Samsung Galaxy Nexus is scheduled to arrive tomorrow so I'd like to get more feedback. So far I have investigated the following programs in a preliminary way (best is first):

    1. Android-sync: USB only interface; uses native calendar and contacts on phone: nice website; trial version available; 60 day money back guarantee; responsive support; license includes 2 computers and multiple devices; no Google cloud required; cost $29.95
    2. MyPhoneExplorer; USB, WiFi, and Bluetooth interfaces; German website; uses native calendar and contacts on phone; excellent reviews; cost: Free
    3. gsyncit: Syncs Outlook to Google cloud; Limit one computer/license; trial version available; 15 day money back guarantee; not sure about Google cloud incompatibilities; cost $19.99 X 2
    Pete
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    Quote Originally Posted by flroots View Post
    Thanks. I looked at that briefly, but couldn't make head nor tails out of their website. Apparently most details are in German. I did notice there is a discussion forum with an English section so maybe that's how you learn to install and use it? I do have a few basic questions:
    1. With respect to Outlook, does it sync calendar, tasks, contacts, and notes?
    2. On the phone, does it use the native Android calendar and contacts or its own?
    3. Does it work with Outlook 2010 and Android 4.1?
    4. Which phone are you using it with?
    Thanks
    Pete
    I use MPE with an HTC Vivid on ICS (unrooted) to sync with Outlook 2003 on my PC to the stock calendar and contacts. Works great.

    What you install on the phone is just a client in order to connect via USB or WiFi. You run the sync from the PC and it's fairly self-explanatory.

    Here's the English site: www.fjsoft.at/en
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    Quote Originally Posted by bruce7373 View Post
    I use MPE with an HTC Vivid on ICS (unrooted) to sync with Outlook 2003 on my PC to the stock calendar and contacts. Works great.

    What you install on the phone is just a client in order to connect via USB or WiFi. You run the sync from the PC and it's fairly self-explanatory.

    Here's the English site: FJ Software Development
    Thanks for the feedback. Do you know if it can also sync Outlook tasks and notes? Also, when you sync the calendar do the reminders come through correctly? I ask because when I exported the calendar from Outlook to Google via CSV file, it lost the reminder values. I will try MPE first since it's free and has received tremendous reviews at Google Play. The reasons I put Android-Sync first is:
    1. Great support via email
    2. Syncs Outlook contacts, calendar, tasks, and notes
    3. Good online documentation
    4. License covers two PCs and multiple devices

    but of course, if I can figure out how to install and use MPE then that could be a winner
    Pete
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    Quote Originally Posted by still1 View Post
    btw, I tested it with windows 7 64 bit with Nexus Android 4.1/Jelly Bean.
    Is your phone the Samsung Galaxy Nexus? If so, where did you find the USB drivers? I went to the Samsung site, but couldn't find the correct model?

    Did you need to download any special drivers for the PC? My phone is scheduled to arrive today so I want to be ready Thanks
    Pete
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    Quote Originally Posted by flroots View Post
    Thanks for the feedback. Do you know if it can also sync Outlook tasks and notes? Also, when you sync the calendar do the reminders come through correctly? I ask because when I exported the calendar from Outlook to Google via CSV file, it lost the reminder values. I will try MPE first since it's free and has received tremendous reviews at Google Play. The reasons I put Android-Sync first is:
    1. Great support via email
    2. Syncs Outlook contacts, calendar, tasks, and notes
    3. Good online documentation
    4. License covers two PCs and multiple devices

    but of course, if I can figure out how to install and use MPE then that could be a winner
    Pete
    Tasks, no. Reminders and notes, yes. You can also transfer files and backup your phone and SMS. I think this app is one of the best deals out there. I'm a huge fan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flroots View Post
    Is your phone the Samsung Galaxy Nexus? If so, where did you find the USB drivers? I went to the Samsung site, but couldn't find the correct model?

    Did you need to download any special drivers for the PC? My phone is scheduled to arrive today so I want to be ready Thanks
    Pete
    the software will download the drivers for you. you dont have to look for drivers . just connect the phone. the drivers are generic Nexus drivers from sdk i believe.
    mine is samsung nexus s
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    I've just started evaluating MPE V1.8.4 with my Windows 7 PC running Outlook 2010. The problem that has surfaced so far is that calendar reminder values are not coming across. For example, an event might have a 3 day reminder in Outlook, but it says Other in MPE following the sync. Has anyone observed this issue and if so, is there a fix?
    Pete
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    My Samsung Galaxy Nexus arrived yesterday. I started out by evaluating MPE primarily since the reviews are good and it's FREE. I noticed that the Outlook calendar reminders show up on phone as 'Other' rather than a specific time such as 1 hour or 1 week. I don't know the significance of 'Other'. I'm assuming it means that the reminder value was not transferred to phone. This kills the app for me, if true. Also I had trouble loading the USB driver so my testing was done on WiFi only.

    I then uninstalled MPE and installed Android-Sync. I purchased it knowing that there was a no questions asked, 60 day money back guarantee. Boy, is this software slick; it's simple, intuitive and does just what is claimed. There were no problems with USB driver; it found it and installed without my involvement. Calendar reminders are correctly transferred. I've been running it on both of our laptops so now everything is in sync. This is probably one of the most elegant pieces of software I've seen. It doesn't do everything that MPE claims to do, but it does do what I need.
    Pete
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    Quote Originally Posted by flroots View Post
    I've just started evaluating MPE V1.8.4 with my Windows 7 PC running Outlook 2010. The problem that has surfaced so far is that calendar reminder values are not coming across. For example, an event might have a 3 day reminder in Outlook, but it says Other in MPE following the sync. Has anyone observed this issue and if so, is there a fix?
    Pete
    Not sure if I understand this. I created a test reminder in Outlook and synced. It showed up on my phone as expected and notified me. I didn't look at MPE after the sync, but I'm not clear on why it would matter if it's listed as Other or not. I'll have to check it out again.

    I use WiFi only, so I don't have to fool with USB drivers (I had a hell of a time with HTC Sync because of this) which is why I switched to MPE.

    Anyway glad you got it sorted. It's all about what works for you. BTW, what's the cost of Android-Sync?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bruce7373 View Post
    Not sure if I understand this. I created a test reminder in Outlook and synced. It showed up on my phone as expected and notified me. I didn't look at MPE after the sync, but I'm not clear on why it would matter if it's listed as Other or not. I'll have to check it out again.

    I use WiFi only, so I don't have to fool with USB drivers (I had a hell of a time with HTC Sync because of this) which is why I switched to MPE.

    Anyway glad you got it sorted. It's all about what works for you. BTW, what's the cost of Android-Sync?
    When I have time I'll go back to MPE and investigate the significance of 'Other'. In the meantime, I did post the question on the MPE forum. The cost of Android-Sync is $29.95 which includes a license for two PCs and multiple devices.
    Pete
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    Quote Originally Posted by flroots View Post
    I'm considering the purchase of a Samsung Galaxy Nexus after my iPhone 4 took a swim in the ocean. With the iPhone, I kept contacts and calendar in MS Outlook and used iTunes to sync them to phone. What are my options for syncing the Galaxy Nexus to my PC? Must I use gmail? I prefer to keep contacts and calendar on PC so that I can access them at all times even when I don't have an internet connection. Thanks
    Pete
    Those of us using Outlook are a dying breed....

    I use an app called gSyncit that syncs my Outlook store with Google hosted applications on my domain. Took a few days to get the kinks worked out. If you don't have hosted apps perhaps just sync/combine with your Gmail account?

    Nice thing about gSyncit... it syncs Calendar, Contacts, Notes, Tasks. Notes and Tasks, it syncs with several services. Worth the bucks imho.

    I hate hate hate the other "solutions" that require you to use their own calendar app. $LAME

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