Possible Droid user

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    Hi, all!

    I am in the market to replace my MotoQ on Alltel with the Verizon Droid. My contract is up in about 45 days and have been researching the Droid for awhile now. Kind of one of those "wait and see how it really works" periods.

    I found this forum several days ago and have been reading with interest. I've been a Windows Mobile user for about 8 years or so through a regular PDA. The MotoQ caught my eye as the phone and PDA combined and have enjoyed using it for 2 years. Now I'm at a crossroads where I am ready to move to the next level phone. I've glanced at Blackberry Storm, iPhone and now the Droid. I love what the Droid has to offer and it looks cool as heck.

    I am not a Google or Gmail user, and honestly, I'm not a big fan of the idea. I have had Outlook "control" my life for a long time and it is my tool of choice. I'm not interested in instant e-mail to the phone as I can simply use the mail server access to do that if need be. I am interested in having my contacts and calendar update daily between the phone and Outlook, preferably by USB and not over the air or through the internet.

    I've been reading on here about various options and alternatives. I'm hoping that I can get the straight scoop here before I decide on which phone to get. I want an excuse to get the Droid and have it do what I need, simply because it looks like the best of the bunch.

    I need you experienced users to help a prospective newbie out! Thanks!
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    I never thought I'd give up my Blackberry and now that I've had my Droid I can't believe I ever put up with the BB for as many years as I did. I don't have a Moto Q background so someone else will have to guide you between those differences but I know a lot of Q owners are now Droid owners.
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    Wow, well, to me it sounds like you need another WM phone. The Droid is optimized to sync with Google, and it does it VERY well. That's not to say you can't set up your phone with other email providers, its just that the functionality is not as comprehensive. Syncing with outlook is somewhat of a chore, and I'm not sure how you would sync your calendar without using Google calendar sync.

    If you're using an exchange server, everything I just said is probably invalidated though. From what I gather, the Droid does pretty well with exchange though I'm not familiar with it's functionality as far as calender syncing.
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    I'm educating myself and learning what I can and cannot do with the Droid. Yes, I know its a Google based phone. No, I'm not the only one who does not wish to use Google as a conduit to information. I'm looking for alternatives to the out of the box setup with Google. I'm prepared to do that if need be, but would prefer a USB only method shring data between my computer and me. I do not use Exchange nor do I plan to. My post did say this wasn't for e-mail purposes, mainly calendar and contacts only. Thank you for the feedback!

    Vulcan, I am a Wing rider. Counting the days until the snow is gone! Thanks for the feedback as well.
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    Right! And what I'm telling you is that based on your requirements, the Droid is probably not the phone for your needs. That's just my $.02, take it or leave it.
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    I got to go along with the other guys. In my case I've been using gmail and calendar for sometime now. I got rid of Outlook at least 3 years ago and have been quite happy with my gmail and google calendar.

    If those are things you don't want to deal with then probably it's not a good match for you, however if you're willing to open your mind to new possibilities and acceptance that there is something out there beyond Windows, then I would say give it a try.

    Matter of fact, give it a try anyway since you're approaching your renewal date. You've got 30 days to try it out, if you don't like it get another phone.
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    Yep, good point. You'll never know unless you try.

    I don't want to say that there is NO WAY to sync via USB with your outlook calenders and contacts, but I haven't seen one yet.
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    $40! Yikes!! I'm happy with Google.
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    Thank you for the information. I did find your product on other threads and I've been looking over the progress of your product's development. I like what I see and to me, $40 is a drop in the bucket, if it gives me peace of mind. My data may be insignificant to everyone except me, price won't matter if your product will meet my needs. I've been having discussions with other professional colleagues and there is interest in a viable solution for the Droid's use with Outlook. If I go with the Droid, your product will be the first thing that I acquire.

    To MNTNBKR: I appreciate you trying to offer your opinion, but your remark towards this gentleman's response to my query does not offer anything of substance. I started this thread to get information. You gave me your opinion. Thank you, I'm now leaving it.
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    Whatever floats your boat buddy! My "remark" toward clcto was in no way meant to "offer anything of substance to *your* inquery". I was done with that after my first post... get off you'r high horse dude.

    What my remark was intended for (since clcto directed his post AT ME *even though his quote window mistakenly said hookbill*) was to simply state that I believe $40 is a bit high for this product for the average user (I believe I'm fairly representative of the average Droid user) since most of what their product offers can be done for free using Google and wireless (which *most* people aren't afraid of).

    But maybe I'm wrong. Maybe everyone but me has restricted, highly classified, super top secret information that they don't want to have floating through the air.:icon_ devil:
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    Good afternoon gentleman. I would like to remind everyone here that falming or bashing isn't welcomed here. So remeber to be polite if possible.
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    Thank you for your intervention.
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    My apologies...I'll try to be more sensitive next time I offer feedback to the new members.
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    As an update, I purchased the Droid on Saturday. One of the first things I did was to download and install a copy of CompanionLink. Easy to setup and get it going, and I love the fact that contacts are sorted by LAST name. I have elected to use Google Calendar for that function due to it's ease.

    I purchased the software and am looking forward to seeing what new features and enhancements will be coming. Very nice product!
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    Congratulations. You have now officially been assimilated.:)
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    Assimilation will bring peace.

    I wasn't at all offended at MNTNBKR's post on product price (and apologize for misapplying the quote). I'm always listening to what people say. But it doesn't make sense to me. A Droid phone costs $200 and comes with a Verizon Voice/Data account which runs like $80 per month. It comes with a minimum two year contract. That's $1800 total plus taxes and service fees.

    After the free 14 day trial, which you can use for one-time data transfer, CompanionLink sync costs $40 one time fee. For the Droid, this is 2.2% of the outlay for the phone. CompanionLink will outlive your phone because you can use it with any other phone, and probably with whatever comes next. This product has been out for 14 years, and is continuously updatable to the latest phone. We never have an update charge and there is always free telephone technical support which is very rare in the App world.

    Overall I think that's a good price point for most business people.

    But we're still listening. I'd like a way to satisfy people like MNTNBKR and yet also continue to give real world salaries to our US based programmers and techs. I recently download an Android App that is paid using AdMob Adware. What do people think of that? Should we make Adware supported sync?

    Wayland Bruns, CTO
    CompanionLink Software, Inc.
    www.companionlink.com
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    As a fellow WM user for ~5 years I can tell you there is VERY little I miss. The only thing really would be MyMobiler (and there is a program that allows this interface, but it's still early in the development). Other than that the Droid is FAR better for daily use. I used to cook ROMs for WM and even a 'stripped' 6.5 ROM is far slower than the stock Droid (and my most recent device was the Tilt2 which is/was one of the most powerful WM device currently offered by US carriers).

    There are a few things it took me a while to get used to but after only 2 weeks or so (got mine Dec 30) I'm more than happy and have no intention of going back to WM.
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    Off topic,.... but..... great image in your signature KZI. LOL
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    In deciding to purchase the Droid (and corresponding data package), I forced myself to justify all of the additional costs above and beyond a typical dumb phone. First I cancelled my TXT plan because I can now use data for that. Then I cancelled my Sirius Radio subscription in favor of Pandora. Those two items justified the $30 data plan. Then, being that the Droid has built in turn-by-turn GPS, it justified the extra cost of the phone itself.

    I understand that there are companies that have restrictions / policies in place regarding data security, and I completely respect that (contrary to my sarcastic comment above). I think $40 is a reasonable price for those folks who MUST have hard wired sync.

    For me, there is no way to justify the extra $40 since, (as far as I can tell) the software doesn't provide any extra functionality that I NEED. Syncing via cable would be nice though, and I might even use it occasionally if it were free (Adware or not).
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