I am sure this has been discussed at length, but I'm hoping to get the latest info. I am a longtime BlackBerry user looking to switch to the Droid. I use only POP3 email accounts and use Outlook for one account, and all of my contacts and calendar. My question is can I USB sync my Outlook calendar and contacts to the Droid? This is a must for me. I have heard you have to purchase an app for this, is this true? Also if anyone has this app, how convenient is it. Thanks all...
You are correct, it has been discussed at length and, at least for the Moto Droid, you have to have a third party app. I use Touchdown with an Exchange server, but it has an option for direct USB connection to Outlook 2003/2007. I have not tried it though.
I believe that there are other apps that will allow USB sync to the Droid, but I have not used any of them. Depending on what email service you are using, there is also the option of having gmail "pull" emails from your other POP3 accounts or directly connecting to those accounts through a 3rd party app or the native email app. That will not help with your contacts and calendar though.
Here are the steps to sync Outlook with the Droid:
If you use Microsoft™ Office Outlook™ on your work
computer, your phone can synchronize emails, and
events with your Microsoft™ Exchange server.
Find it: Menu > Settings > Accounts & sync > Add account > Corporate
1 Enter your user name (firstname.lastname@example.org),
password, email address, and server details
including domain name and security type (server
address is the same URL you use to access your
company’s email using the Web on your computer).
Note: Contact your business IT department for
2 Touch Next.
3 Set up your sync options: select email, contacts, or
4 Touch Save & sync.
Brittney's instructions are only if you are on an Exchange server and syncing is still spotty because of Droids incomplete Active Sync implementation.
If you're on Desktop Outlook connecting with personal email accounts, you will need a 3rd party app to sync. This was, imo, a big mistake from Verizon &/or Motorola.