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    Quote Originally Posted by wtxn
    Incorrect. The W600 syncs to Outlook with the included software. Many other phones have Outlook sync available with the correct software; sometimes it's third party, and sometimes you might have to pay for it. But Sony Ericsson has its own free sync software, and I believe you can use the open source Float's Mobile Agent as well.

    I haven't been able to use Nokia PC Suite yet, but I believe it does support most phones for the PC Sync function. This is free.

    Mobile Phone Tools for Motorola also will do Outlook sync with most Motorolas, but it is not free. (It may be included with some phones; I'm not sure.) In my experience with this program, it isn't that great or easy to use. I like to avoid Motorola in general for various reasons...
    That's cool that the Sony comes with free software. MPT is $30 w/out the cable and $50 with. Do you have any direct experience with any of these? I've been trying to find someone with first-hand knowledge of this stuff FOREVER, with no luck.
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    The W600 comes with the cable and phone; the Z520a does not. Either way, you can download the software from Sony's site and use Bluetooth with either.

    It worked pretty well for Outlook sync, at least for contacts. It synced calendar events too, but I don't use that function very often. I think it may have also synced the todo list; I don't have the phone anymore to check.

    I'd have experience with Nokia PC Suite, but it will not run on my computer. It doesn't want to install right now (I'm running Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition); I'm getting a Yonah notebook when they're available, so I'm not going to take the effort to get it to work right now. Anything I do with it would have to be over Bluetooth, since they have not yet made DKU-2 (data cable) drivers for Windows x64. (This would be on a Nokia 6682, which includes a data cable.)

    My experience with Mobile Phone Tools was not very enjoyable; for that matter, doing anything with a Motorola phone and a data cable was painful. I had a hard time getting Mobile Phone Tools to work at all. When it did work, it was pretty difficult to use and confusing. I never actually did a sync with Outlook, though.

    Windows Mobile is probably the best. While I haven't used a Smartphone, I have used regular Pocket PCs; they all use ActiveSync, which works very well; once the device it plugs in, it syncs. When changes are made and the device is plugged in, they are synced as well. Very simple.

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    OK, cool. I think I have it down to the MPx220 and the SE Z520a. At this moment, I think the SE might be the better choice, but I'm having a hard time discounting the fact that the MPx220 is actually Windows based. It appears that the Z520a actually does a more complete Outlook sync than Pocket Outlook, if you can believe that, and the phone is only $70 thru Cingular! Plus, the MPx has lots of bad reviews.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwhockey
    OK, cool. I think I have it down to the MPx220 and the SE Z520a. At this moment, I think the SE might be the better choice, but I'm having a hard time discounting the fact that the MPx220 is actually Windows based. It appears that the Z520a actually does a more complete Outlook sync than Pocket Outlook, if you can believe that, and the phone is only $70 thru Cingular! Plus, the MPx has lots of bad reviews.
    On Pocket PCs, there are lots of third party applications you can get that syncronize through ActiveSync. I use Pocket Informant on my Pocket PC, which is a full replacement for the contact/calendar/notes/todo software that came with the device. There's similar software for Windows Smartphone as well. So with a Smartphone, you'd be able to add functionality through third party software, while with the Z520a, you'd be stuck with the organizer functions it came with (which, while functional, are most likely less than what the Smartphone comes with.)

    If you're able to give up having a flip phone, the 2125 would be a much better choice than either.

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    I think you should go with the MPx220. I loved mine, and I am really wishing I hadn't sold it, but it wasn't compatible out of the box with Mac. However, they do work wonderfully with windows and Outlook. I also had great reception with mine. One of my favorite features of it was that you could use bluetooth and have realtime sync whenever you are near your computer, even your emails will sync to the phone.

    The Ericsson would be ok, but they are not as good for pop email because it's not made so much for that. They tend to segment your emails and this makes it very painfull to read emails quickly.

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    Motorola's (non-smartphone) phones do NOT synch with outlook. More specifically, they do sync, but only for simple meetings. Recurring meetings fail. anything with exceptions fails. The meeting location field isn't supported. It's basically worthless if you're planning on using it as a pocket outlook. I gave up my V600 (which I otherwise loved) for just that reason. I'm assuming that the same can be said of any symbian OS phone. I know that MS smartphones sync properly. My buddies in corporate messaging tell me that the blackberry's also sync correctly.

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