The iphone 3g is an amazing little device and while I’m not thrilled with Apple about how they run their business, I’m definitely fond of their phone. Just a couple of issues.. How to make it more usable for a power-user such as me? I need my contacts, calendars, and notes synchronized so I thought I’d share my experience.
Keep in mind, I’m not a fanboy or an apple fanatic. I’m just someone that uses technology for business and I’m all about data backup, redundancy, and accessibility. So the tips I provide in this article all allow access to the data in more than one place. Via the iphone, the web, and outlook.
Syncing Contacts: I use funambol.com as this allows me to sync my contacts wirelessly with my outlook contacts. It seems to work better, but talk about a battery drainer. I’d rather have my info updated just in case the thing gets lost or damaged though. For me, the device is a commodity; it’s the data that’s important.
Syncing Calendar: I use Google Calendar and since the iphone is so lousy at syncing calendars, I found that using the nuevasync.com to sync my google calendar to my iphone. It works, but there is still one issue that I don’t like and that’s the inability to invite participants via the iphone calendaring application. I have a web icon to google mobile for that on my iphone home page as well.
Notes: Wow.. How can we miss such a simple issue? Syncing notes!!! Yikes. Well, it’s easily solved with a wonderful app from the guys over at evernote. This is how notetaking should have been for the iphone. Audio, Text, Photo notes.. All synced in real time.
Well, that’s it. All these services are free, but I believe that if you find use of these services, you should definitely support them. Send them some money or subscribe to their services.
Leave me a comment if this article helped you. I’d be interested to know how many people read this.