But when I read "won't let me choose the items I need" I was hoping to see what those items were.
But your question "What smartphone will work :out of the box" with Vista?" is easy to answer. It's none.
How can I answer this? I'm an author of PDA and now smart phone apps from PalmOS, Windows Mobile and now Android. At the office I get to use many models and can see what does and does not work.
Not a single phone worked out of the box with any version of Windows. And the issues of Active Sync (which is not used in 7 or Vista, see WMDC) are legendary.
==> Can you reveal what you need to sync? If you write all then there is nothing "out of the box" that does that.
I am looking for an unlocked gsm smartphone that will sync to my Office 2010 Outlook. I am not interested at this point in a contract because I need few minutes and don't need data support (I have a wireless network st home and wifi is readily available. Would like option to add later if desired) I have a Dell Studio 1537, 4gb memory, 64 bit laptop, I am running Vista Home Premium (2007) Service Pack 2, 32 bit. I have tried 2 phones, A new (but oplder) T-mobile Dash (not a 3g) and an HTC Wizard and neither will work and I have spent countless hours on the phone with Microsoft; downloaded new / old Activesync - won't let me choose the items I need, Mobile Office in various versions and NADA - I want to scream. I have researched this on the web and all I seem to learn is that Vista is cursed.
1) What phone work with my set-up?
2) If none, what do I need to do to get a decent phone to sync? (ie: upgrade to Win 7?) and what phones would you recommend.
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