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Bionic Vs iPhone
OK- I know this has been talked to death, but please hear me out before yelling at me for starting yet another thread about the same things.
I am currently a Blackberry (Storm- GAK!) owner via Verizon. The Storm is not very good (and that's being kind), but at least it does make and hold phone calls, email works reliably, and synchronizing my data is easy and predictable.
I can't wait to switch devices, and (as many other Storm owners may feel) I have wanted the relatively reliable, quality user experiance that iPhone users have enjoyed for years. I do not own any Apple products other than an old iPod (which gets minimal use). I don't dislike Apple products, but I'm not in lust with them either. I know a few people with Android phones, and they tend to like them. It seems like they offer a lot of functionality, but reading internet discussions on the topic often (if not always) becomes a polarizing quagmire over who is best, who was first in this or that technology, etc.
I love technology, and look at smartphones as basically a high-tech swiss army knife. I like to use applications (not games so much- then again- you ever see the "games" available in Blackberry App World? Pathetic in comparisson. Maybe that's why...).
I've never used or owned an Android phone, or an iPhone (ok- I've gawked at a few friend's iPhones before, and was amazed at how fluid and solid the OS was, but remember- I'm comparing this to a BB Storm 1)
In reading the specifications for the soon to be announced Bionic, it seems to be everything I want in a smartphone EXCEPT- I have my business set up such that all of my contacts, calendars, and customer notes are through MS Outlook (version 2007). I REALLY want to be able to synchronize Outlook 2007 on my PC with Android (and being able to do so directly via a USB cable would make me feel even better.) However, nothing I have ever read in all of my research has led me to believe that there is functionality in any of the Android versions that will allow that. I have read about applications like "CompanionLink" and a few others, but I did not get the sense that the act of synchronizing using those methods was easy, or without problems.
That is really the only thing keeping me from buying an Android phone. I really don't want to have to depend upon Google (or anyone else) to synchronize my data, and keep it away from prying eyes. Can any of you speak to this? I know I am posting this on a pro-Android forum, so I should receive answers on why buying anythinfg other than an Android phone is foolish, but I've read and been told syncing Outlook with Google Calendar and Google Contacts messes with the formatting of the data, and the data contained in the "Notes" section won't transfer (and I have a lot of data on clients in Notes sections of contacts.)
Thanks for taking the time to read this.