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An Android Aside

Some of you may know I've been struggling with what smartphone to get next. Fact is, I could have gotten a free phone from Verizon way back in March, but I'd have to wait a full two years for another freebie. I decided to wait.  Not for another Blackberry, heck no, but for either the iPhone 5 or the next Windows Phone.

Some of you have suggested an Android device. A couple of my kids have had 'em and they weren't feeling the love. And an unnamed former huge Microsoft exec whose technical chops are impeccable recently complained about not getting his Android phone to fully connect to his Exchange folders. If this guy couldn't get it to work, what hope is there for mere mortals?

Posted by Doug Barney on 09/14/2012 at 1:19 PM

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Mon, Sep 17, 2012 DK

Sorry, but many phones have problems. We have Exchange 2003 and it doesn't play well with most phones, takes a little bit to get it to work. I support BB, iPhone, Win 7 Phones, and different flavors of Android phones. I also manage a separate Exchange 2007 and almost everything works the first time. I've used Touchdown as when my Droid X came out, it wouldn't connect to my Exchange 2003. Motorola found a bug with the Android app and gave me a few license to Touchdown. It worked flawlessly also. Its modern technology, while it seems like they should just work, there are always little glitches. Thats what they pay us for, to overcome those little glitches.

Mon, Sep 17, 2012 Jerry Ohio

+1 for Touchdown for Exchange. My Windows 6.5 HTC Imagio was a painful experience. I would have gone for the Windows phone 7 had Verizon offered some device options to choose from. In the end I went with the Galaxy Nexus. The Touchdown client works well, and I have had no complaints with the Exchange client nor the device.

Sun, Sep 16, 2012 Joe Panama City

Had a Windows phone 6. Could write my own apps, but had to use that POS Activesync. Got the original Motodroid A855 and loved it. Have an HTC Thunderbolt with LTE and enjoying the 4G speed. Wouldn't trade my Android Ice Cream for all of the Apple Kool-Aid out there. My wife got an iPhone 4S and was playing with it. She doesn't show it to me anymore because every time she showed me something about it, I showed her that my Thunderbolt could do the same thing, only faster (including voice recognition).

Sat, Sep 15, 2012

Android on Samsung Galaxy SII for a year. 2 Exchange accounts and Gmail. Bunches of apps. Flawless. Works like a champ every day.

Sat, Sep 15, 2012

+1 for Touchdown for Exchange.

Fri, Sep 14, 2012

I was all in - had one of the 14 or 15 Windows Phones ever sold, a Silverlight tattoo on my forehead, the whole nine yards. Then Scott Guthrie had to flee for the faint hope of Azure, all because Sinofsky and his ass-clowns set out to destroy Silverlight, due to an ill-fated obsession with all things 'Windows' and the quest for a Apple-like consumer play that has a snowball's chance in hell. All of that intensive investment in all things Silverlight, in Windows Phone, pre-Windows 8 boondoggle, and the confidence of my clients in Microsoft all destroyed. Decimated. I'd just as soon use a carrier pigeon than a Windows Phone. I'm out...

Fri, Sep 14, 2012 Louisville, KY

Just saw that DP mentioned Touchdown and that is what I was going to tell you. It works as well as Outlook, with the exception of notes. (not supported) I love my Android (Samsung Galaxy S II) and when I get a full upgrade, will get the latest and greatest in another year.

Fri, Sep 14, 2012 Thomas Borjon United States

My experience with the android outlook client is it's fantastic. I have 30 users on it every day. Including me. We use hosted exchange and have full access.

Fri, Sep 14, 2012 dp

My experience with the default mail client on Android has been less than stellar. Sometimes it works... And sometimes not. I know that there are probably other apps out there but have been pleased with the results from the Touchdown App.

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