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Best phone to sync with Outlook?

by anna_99 / December 4, 2011 10:51 AM PST

Hi, I run a business where I need to use an appointment book. I want to move from a paper based book to a compuer calendar. I want to be able to check messages remotely and book appointments on to the calender using a mobile phone, and then have those appointments automatically appear on to the work computer without me having to plug the phone into the computer (so that the other staff in the office are automatically informed etc.). I would also need the reverse to happen (be able to book an appointment on the computer and have it appear on my phone).
I have looked at google calendar and Outlook and decided Outlook is most suitable, now I just need to purchase a new mobile phone for the business... will the iPhone do this for me? Or do I have to get an Android/Windows phone for this to work? I would appreciate any advice, thank you.

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Clarification Request
best mobile phone for huge Outlook file (many categories)
by gasepe / April 7, 2012 3:46 AM PDT

Windows Mobile 7 DOES NOT SYNC to Outlook. How ridiculous that they don't support their own files?

I lost lots of data when I tried using Windows Live Hotmail account.

Any other phone platform that will syn without losing category data for over 1000 contacts?

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Not yet.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 7, 2012 6:39 AM PDT

It appears someone will need to write a better contact app. I see the Android stock contacts is a step backwards in this area.

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It's not the phone, it's the apps.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 4, 2011 11:04 AM PST
http://www.markspace.com/ gives you a look at the sync app, and a calendar widget.

But I fear you want to pay someone to tell what you want and then have it done. It's a shame that calendaring is still a mess.
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In my opinion
by birdmantd Forum moderator / December 5, 2011 4:08 AM PST

It's not as much of the applications as the operating system of the phone that will be the deciding factor for the OP. I suggest looking into a Windows Mobile phone to ensure the easiest integration between the phone and Outlook.

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I wrote apps for Windows Mobile.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 5, 2011 4:51 AM PST
In reply to: In my opinion

That platform was taken out back and buried by it's maker. Sad because it was very very close to what some needed (after you installed SBP shell).

There are some discussions about Windows Phone and it's not pretty.

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I thought...
by birdmantd Forum moderator / December 5, 2011 6:29 AM PST

that there was a new generation of Windows Mobile devices coming to the market, but I guess I was mistaken.

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Ever walk the plank?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 5, 2011 7:30 AM PST
In reply to: I thought...

I almost had to after we used Windows Mobile for a new system. Android showed up 6 months later and now this.

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blackberry is the best for you
by Cola56 / December 18, 2011 12:06 PM PST

as we know,blackberry can be work well for business ,its BBM is very good.and it can easily sync with outlook.

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I see a possible plank in your future.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 18, 2011 12:09 PM PST

RIM's excesses last month were in the news. And AFAIK continue to alienate developers. After all the trouble they put us through they are about to pull the plug and let the playbook have Android.

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Outlook = Microsoft = Windows Phone
by meteoricone / February 5, 2013 4:06 AM PST

Windows Phone(s) sync perfectly with Outlook (I've owned 3). Don't be fooled by all the members of the Appoid cult. If you want fun and games, go with iphone or Android. If you need to take care of business, go Windows Phone.

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Must be nice to go through life with those blinders on, eh?
by Pepe7 / February 5, 2013 11:22 PM PST

I always love posts like these. You know, the one's that reek of B.S.

FWIW, there are plenty of firms who utilize iPhones (various models, btw) to sync w/ Outlook/Calendar/etc. Windows Phone? Not so popular in the business world.

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