"sync well with the Calendar and email application native to Vista."
Let's be clear here. Microsoft shows no signs of fixing that. They need to upsell to Outlook, Office and Exchange Server. Again, do not count on that working well.
I had a smart phone with Windows Mobile until a year ago (I can't remember which version, now. I bought it in 2006, I think). When I bought a new laptop with Vista, I had problems syncing info with the smart phone. Vista didn't come with Outlook, and Windows Mobile wouldn't sync well with the Calendar and email application native to Vista. I dealt with it for a few months, then inadvertantly drove over my phone, and that ended that problem. As punishment to myself, I got a regular phone. It's a year later, and I'm ready to go back to a smart phone. I have AT&T, and get really good reception, and have no reason to leave them.
So my question revolves around which mobile operating system will work seamlessly with my laptop. I don't mind spending several hundred dollars for this small computer (which is how I think of a smartphone), so price is less of an object than compatibility. My hesitation about the IPhone is ITunes taking over my computer (I use a Zune, and am very happy with it). Of course, if my phone has enough memory, I'll probably use that primarily instead of my Zune. I do want the phone to have GPS, and be able to use google maps on the go. This is only for personal use, not business use, so while I do want to be able to view my email, I don't have to worry about a corporate email server. I realize I'll need a data plan - most of the time I want something on the web, I'm out and about, so I don't want to depend on available wi-fi only.
So is the newest version of Windows Mobile better at connecting with Vista? I use google's calendar now, will that sync? The actual phone itself is secondary to the best operating system for my needs.
Thanks for any advice in advance!