I have a love hate relationship with my T-Mobile Dash because it is in fact a somewhat useful tool to get things done but at the same time the interface is not designed the way I work. Case in point read this snippet from Judi over at Web Worker Daily as she describes what she has to do to sync her Crackberry with a MacBook Pro.
I didn’t want to import/export calendars and contacts, since they are updated often. I wanted a solution that worked in the background as items changed. Here’s how I did it:
1. Sync Outlook calendar to Google Calendar using SyncMyCal ($25 for unattended syncing)
2. Sync Google Calendar to iCal using Spanning Sync ($25 per year or one-time purchase of $65)
Now everything is where it needs to be so MissingSync can do its thing. It works quite nicely for my $100 in software fees, giving me all the benefits of Google Calendar while still having the compatibility of Outlook for working with my colleagues. Eventually, I need to figure out how to sync tasks and transfer applications, but for now I am enjoying hassle-free mobile messaging.
So it only took 3 steps and six hundred bucks to sync a smartphone to her Mac…This I suggest is entirely to many steps! I can send and receive email, browse the net (slowly) and do feeble scheduling on the Dash but the interface looks like it was designed by a bunch of Albanian crackheads and the whole process is just clunky. I have recently moved back to pen and paper to track my to do list and stuff just because it’s portable, simple and it just works.