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Ordered my Nexus One and should be getting it on Monday. I am switching over from years of blackberry use and need some suggestions on the best way to make the transition as efficient as possible. After reading through the forums I have discovered that "Touchdown" is the best way to have full syncing capabilities with my Exchange server. Any other tips or suggestions you guys can think of for someone coming over from the blackberry world?

Thanks in advance!
 

Rusty Shackelford

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For contact transfer I would download "google sync" to your berry, create a gmail account (if you don't have one), and sync all your contacts to gmail. Log on to you gmail account after and make sure the contacts and info are how you want them. When you get your nexus, add your gmail account for syncing and presto, you have all your contacts automatically in your phone ready to go.

My favorite part about this method is that you can add pictures directly from your computer to your gmail contacts and the pictures are attached to the contacts through syncing so they just show up on the phone.

I came from blackberrys as well and found the themore google services I used/familiarized myself with, the more I loved my android.

Good luck. Enjoy.
 

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rusty's response was perfect... + a major 1 to his post.

One thing I would add, Blackberry is not very "linked" to any one particular email account. Android devices are. Your "talk" account (think BBM) your latitude location (on google maps), your market account (where you download and pay for apps) - they're all linked irrevocably to one particular gmail account.

I was NOT a gmail user prior to getting my Droid. When I was in the store buying the Droid the salesperson asked rather casually, "do you have a gmail acount?". I remembered I DID have an old one from an old job. I hadn't used it for years and no friends or family had it. I remembered the password and he set it up for me. Within a week I got tired of using that old email address and made a new one -- tough luck. There is no switching. I had to do complete wipe and factory reset, in order to "link" it as the primary bemail address - what a pain.

So, my advice: take your time and set up a really good gmail address you'll be happy being married to for a loooong time.
 

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Enjoy your Nexus One! Blackberry and Android have some similarities, you should enjoy Android a lot!

rusty's response was perfect... + a major 1 to his post.

One thing I would add, Blackberry is not very "linked" to any one particular email account. Android devices are. Your "talk" account (think BBM) your latitude location (on google maps), your market account (where you download and pay for apps) - they're all linked irrevocably to one particular gmail account.

I was NOT a gmail user prior to getting my Droid. When I was in the store buying the Droid the salesperson asked rather casually, "do you have a gmail acount?". I remembered I DID have an old one from an old job. I hadn't used it for years and no friends or family had it. I remembered the password and he set it up for me. Within a week I got tired of using that old email address and made a new one -- tough luck. There is no switching. I had to do complete wipe and factory reset, in order to "link" it as the primary bemail address - what a pain.

So, my advice: take your time and set up a really good gmail address you'll be happy being married to for a loooong time.

Weird, I'm pretty sure you can remove your Google account in the Settings>Accounts page.

Wiping your phone isn't a big deal if you plan for it a little. I backup my apps to my sdcard regularly using Astro so I don't have to go looking for the apps I like.

I don't know how many dozen times I wiped my G1 and I've already wiped my N1 several times...I guess that comes with being a ROM whore :p
 
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Got the phone, it's pretty amazing...

Two things. I'm using an exchange server (not with Touchdown, I hate the UI) and can't figure out how to search through my email on the phone.

Also, how do I mark all the emails in the inbox "read" at once (I've been having to do it individually)

Thanks again!
 

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Got the phone, it's pretty amazing...

Two things. I'm using an exchange server (not with Touchdown, I hate the UI) and can't figure out how to search through my email on the phone.

Also, how do I mark all the emails in the inbox "read" at once (I've been having to do it individually)

Thanks again!

Congrats! Enjoy!
 

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Got the phone, it's pretty amazing...

Two things. I'm using an exchange server (not with Touchdown, I hate the UI) and can't figure out how to search through my email on the phone.

Also, how do I mark all the emails in the inbox "read" at once (I've been having to do it individually)

Thanks again!

I'm chiming in a little late, but transferring contacts into Gmail is unnecessary if you are currently using Exchange and will continue using Exchange. The Droid can link directly link to Exchange for the purpose of pulling in and syncing contact, calendar, task, and emails. Using Gmail as a proxy, or instead of Exchange doesn't provide any value in this scenario.

In regards to Touchdown, my reaction was the same when I first installed it. However, you are not required to open the full screen Touchdown interface each time you want to read your email. Instead, create a shortcut on one of your homes screens, that directly opens your email inbox via Touchdown. From there you can manage your inbox, read messages, and even mark multiple emails as read, which you cannot do with the stock mail app.

Here's an example of a filter I've applied to show all unread messages. I have checked the boxes next to the messages I want to mark and then I will choose the mark as read option in the menu.

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Touching is the worst looking, sh!ttiest interface i've ever seen on an app... I'll never use it... I hope that Google's gets their head out of their @$$ and provides better Exchange support out of the box... iphone and palm webOS both do..... they'd be stupid not too... but I can see Google being stubborn about this as they want businesses to use their full gmail/enterprise setup.... which I think is way too far from being mature enough for most businesses....