Hi everyone -
I followed the other thread to it's bitter end and think we need a new one. This thread is for people who DO NOT use microsoft Exchange and are looking for solutions for offline syncing with Droid.
Please, no debate over why this is necessary or whether it is a defect that the phone doesn't already have the functionality built-in. Let's just all accept that some people need it and it's not currently there.
I believe the old post referred to three possible solutions to this, all in development with the first expected in December. If anyone would like to share what they know about them, or other alternatives, I (and several others are all ears).
For now, my personal workaround is:
For calendar: Google Calendar Sync on my laptop which pushes my calendar out to Google which then pushes to my phone.
For email: No Sync. I can read new mail via pop off my email server (with a copy left on the server for my laptop to later pop permanently) and I can send mail to my smtp server from my phone with a bcc to myself so that I can add it to my Sent mail on my laptop at a later time.
For contacts: I exported my contacts to a .csv file and imported them into google (which then pushes to my phone). There is no auto sync right now between my computer outlook and google, but my contacts don't change that often. I plan to re-do the export weekly and have not tried it yet, but am really hoping I don't get duplicates in the process.
For tasks and notes: I have no current solution. I can live without tasks on my phone anyway, and I'm learning to put notes on my phone instead of in my computer outlook that way they're always with me. I believe there are some notes apps with encryption that are mentioned in another thread. I haven't tried them out yet personally but I plan to and will comment in the thread that refers to them
I realize these won't work for everyone, but they're working for my needs until a better solution is developed. Any other workaround ideas would be great. That's what forums like this are best for.
Mods, if someone has already created a thread like this and I missed it, feel free to delete.