So after almost a month of owning my Razr Maxx (having converted back to Android from Blackberry) and going through the ICS update, I am still trying to get a once and for all handle on exactly how all of the assorted contact apps work with one another.
It seems that Verizon, Google, Gmail, and all of the various contact lists, email apps , backup programs, etc. are competing for the same real estate on your phone. It is no wonder that one becomes inundated with duplicate contacts, not to mention the issues of sync with this, make sure that you click off that, etc.
I feel that I am fairly computer literate, however the process of keeping my connections nice and clean has really gotten the better of me.
As of now, I have just gone into my Gmail account and wiped out every contact and group. Zip, all gone. I have done the same thing with Backup-up Assistant Plus on the website. On my device, I painstakingly deleted each of my contacts one by one. Under Accounts & Sync, the master switch is turned off. If I put it back on, only my two gmail accounts are set to sync.
I have always been a dedicated Outlook user. I do not plan to change. My business email has it's own domain name, so my "gmail" account is used for let's say unofficial business and entertainment.
I have exported my Outlook contacts (which were synced with the Linked-in Social Connector) into a csv file and I can import that into gmail again. BUT... before I pull the trigger and sync again, I want to ensure that I am not duplicating efforts with the following apps on my phone:
Backup Assistant Plus
DejaOffice (which happens to be my favorite for syncing with Outlook. Plus the calendar is far superior to the built in calendar).
My Backup Pro
My Phone Explorer
And let's not forget about Gmail, Accounts & Sync, People, and all of the other places where contacts may show up on the phone.
What would be really nice is if someone can put together a simple flow chart that shows how all of these connections come together. What should stay, what should leave and what conflicts with what? I am open to suggestions.