When my Blackberry reached the end of its useful life, I switched it up to an Android phone. I didn’t realize before I bought it that Android phones don’t have something similar to the Blackberry Desktop Software to sync my contacts and calendar. To be honest, it never occurred to me that it wouldn’t!
So when I got my lovely new Samsung Galaxy S Infuse home and started setting it up, I was astounded and amazed that there didn’t seem to be a way to sync my Outlook Calendar and Contacts with the phone’s Calendar and Contacts.
Google Calendar Sync
Google’s Calendar Sync is a free app (Windows only) that syncs one Outlook calendar with one Google calendar. You do need to set up a Google account, but you can use your primary email address for this if you want to (in other words, I could use my business email address firstname.lastname@example.org OR my personal gmail address).
Once the app is installed on your PC and connects your Outlook calendar with your Google calendar, you can follow the instructions here to sync your mobile device with your Google calendar.
OneMediaHub‘s website says it “allows you to sync rich media (pictures and video, with music coming soon), files, and your PIM data (contacts, calendar, tasks, notes) from Outlook on your computer to a variety of devices”. You create a cloud-based account that sits as the central repository for all this stuff. No matter which device is the originating source, whichever bits you choose to include in the sync process are pushed first to the cloud and then to your other devices.
I have it installed both on my phone and on my Samsung Galaxy tablet. I only use it for contacts, because I like the Google Calendar Sync for my calendar and already had other apps in place for other types of data. About the only thing it doesn’t transfer is Outlook’s categories: I colour-code like crazy in Outlook, and it would have been nice to see the categories on my phone and tablet, or to be able to choose a category when entering an event on my phone.
My only caution, if you choose to use it, is that their own website says their service is only a demo. What they’re trying to do is get mobile providers to use their sync services, and then you would sign up through your mobile provider. Personally, I NEVER want my info tied that tightly to my mobile provider! While I don’t switch often, I want the freedom to switch carriers without worrying about my cloud accounts.
I’ve been using OneMediaHub for more than a year now, and I’ll probably continue to use it till it goes away. I am, however, always on the lookout for an alternative, just in case it DOES go away!
So if anyone has any other suggestions for syncing contacts, I’d be delighted to hear them!