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Samsung Galaxy Player 4?

by VooDoo_Daddy / December 22, 2011 3:22 AM PST

Reposted from response to another post topic:
I've been looking for a "supported" replacement for my <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LifeDrive" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><font color="#2964bf">Palm LifeDrive</font></a> for a few years now.

I need my contacts, calendar AND task alerts to manage my busy life away from my corporate laptop, which is bulky and slow to boot up. (The Laptop runs Windows 7(x64), which is <a href="http://www.chapura.com/pmstd_details_sysreq.php" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><font color="#2964bf">not supported by the current Palm synchronization software</font></a>.)

Due to the relatively rapid turn-over in cell phones (every 2 years), I don't want phone functionality. So, having it joined at the hip with my PDA is not a viable solution.

The closest I've seen is the Apple iPod Touch or the Samsung Galaxy Player 4. They're both pocket size with a lot of capability and no phone functionality - and they cost about as much as the LifeDrive did when it was new.

<a href="http://www.apple.com/ipodtouch/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><font color="#2964bf">Apple iPod Touch</font></a>

I've been really close to getting an iPod Touch, but the deal-breaker for me is its inability to completely and easily synchronize with MS Outlook/Exchange. Appointments and contacts are easy. But when you ask about alarmed tasks, the Apple salesmen don't have an answer. (Weird)

I ran into this issue with my son's Apple Macbook as well. The concept of setting up tasks that set off an alarm at a pre-arranged time is competely alien to the Apple (and Google too for that matter.) Appointments? No problem.

<a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/mp3-players/YP-G1CWY/XAA#" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><font color="#2964bf">Samsung Galaxy Player 4</font></a>

<a href="http://reviews.cnet.com/mp3-players/samsung-galaxy-player-4/4505-6490_7-35035020.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><font color="#2964bf">CNET slammed</font></a> the Galaxy Player as a poor competitor to the Apple iPod Touch on the grounds that it was a mediocre media player. (I would really like their perspective as a PDA replacement.)
The Best Buy salesman showed me that the Galaxy Player has an Outlook/Exchange communication component to it, but I haven't found it documented in the <a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/support/downloads/galaxy-players/YP-G1CWY/XAA" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><font color="#2964bf">Galaxy Player User Guide</font></a>.

From my research, Samsung has something called <a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/kies/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><font color="#2964bf">"KIES", </font></a>which can be downloaded for free and runs on the desktop. It acts something like iTunes. They use it to move media to and from the Player. This sounds like a reasonable replacement for the Palm desktop application.

Can anyone provide any details on synchronizing a Galaxy Player with Outlook/Exchange?

While on the subject of PDA replacements, here is a list of desired functions that the Android Marketplace seems to address.
- Runs an Encrypted database for passwords etc that synchronizes with desktop (i.e. <a href="http://www.splashdata.com/splashid/android/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><font color="#2964bf">SplashID</font></a>)
- Runs a Units Conversion Application like <a href="http://www.appbrain.com/app/convert-it/com.devare.ConvertIt" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><font color="#2964bf">Convert IT</font></a>.

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by VooDoo_Daddy / December 22, 2011 3:26 AM PST

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not supported by the current Palm synchronization software
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 22, 2011 3:34 AM PST

This is an odd statement. While I know USB SYNC is dead, I continue to use Bluetooth to sync with the old Palm Desktop.

As to your search for "supported" I have to write that what I see today is just as supported as our PalmOS stuff. That is, we had to solve the issues with apps or changing a setting without much help from the support folk.
Bob

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Re: Supported
by VooDoo_Daddy / December 22, 2011 5:11 AM PST

True.

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From memory the LifeDrive has Bluetooth.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 22, 2011 7:45 AM PST
In reply to: Re: Supported

And I have synced with the last versions of Palm Desktop fine. And if I needed, Outlook 2003 on Windows 7 64 bit.

The USB sync is dead.

Now that we know we are on our own we can proceed to an awful discussion about how the calendar and contact apps that come with Android are a downgrade.

Bob (Yes, I wrote and maintain PalmOS apps.)

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Android Calendar and Contact App Deficiencies?
by VooDoo_Daddy / December 22, 2011 8:12 AM PST

Yes. My LifeDrive does have Bluetooth. I don't recall trying it after the USB support failed. (I guess I gave up on a solution too soon. They were frustrating times.)

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You're not making this easy.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 22, 2011 8:23 AM PST

It was bad enough to compare the stock PalmOS contacts and calendar to Android. Now you went up a notch where the poor Android stock apps didn't.

To see what I mean TEST DRIVE Android on the web.
http://downloadsquad.switched.com/2011/03/22/amazon-app-store-for-android-is-live-with-free-app-of-the-day-pr/

http://www.amazon.com/mobile-apps/b/ref=sa_menu_mas2?ie=UTF8&node=2350149011

I went to the amazon link and clicked Test Drive and then the HOME BUTTON and then the triangle on the bottom of the screen and there we can tinker/play with Calendar and Contacts.

All Palm users are pretty miffed what they see.

I'd look at Pimlico's offering closely. And http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/Pimlical/
Bob

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Thanks!
by VooDoo_Daddy / December 22, 2011 9:09 AM PST

Thanks Bob!
You've given me a lot to think about.
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Hope all this helped.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 22, 2011 9:28 AM PST
In reply to: Thanks!

I know I failed to paint a rosy picture of the current Android contacts and calendar native apps but without fail, the PalmOS users expected same or better when they moved. It's only slightly better on those things with the fruit on it.

What I hope I shared was how to get a TEST DRIVE of the standard apps and if there is some contact/calendar apps up on amazon.com how you could TEST DRIVE this without having to go get an android device.

Sorry I can't paint a better picture but I too am a little amazed how it was a step back from where we were.
Bob

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