14 Replies Latest reply: Oct 21, 2009 8:11 PM by David.
Jivaro1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I currently have a phone that receives email and calendar wirelessly -although somewhat unreliable. I also have a Nano that I love. Here is my question..
I am thinking of upgrading to the Ipod Touch and getting my email and calendar assigned to it. I use Windows Outlook and really do not want to change that. Is it easy to use and does it wirelessly work?
Thank you
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    slash.andy Level 1 Level 1 (130 points)
    it is very easy to use and seamlessly integrates with outlook. however, you are not going to get a very unbiased opinion on the official apple support board... lol. i love my ipod touch!
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    Jivaro1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    If I want to have the Outlook on my Touch, do I have to subscribe to another service?
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    Anna Sandham Level 4 Level 4 (3,475 points)
    no, you will use the native ipod touch calendar, contacts, mail apps, but they will just sync up with outlook on your computer.

    bear in mind, you'll need outlook 2003 or later. i have 2000, and while my notes sync, nothing else will, and i have no idea where those notes are! (i know they are syncing because when i had to restore to backup, they returned to my ipod)
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    slash.andy Level 1 Level 1 (130 points)
    what anna said!
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    Sam11 Level 1 Level 1 (130 points)
    I'll also vote for getting the touch, it's a wonderful device that gets more useful for me everyday because of the app store.

    And to Anna: On a Mac, notes sync to the Mail app, I don't know where they end up on a PC (if they sync at all). Your experience described a backup, not a sync. The difference being that a backup retains your information, but not in a way that's usable from your desktop. For instance, if you had app data on your ipod, that would have been restored from a backup as well, even though there might not have been a desktop version of the app to sync with.
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    David. Level 4 Level 4 (2,145 points)
    Bummer on Outlook/Touch. I use Google calendar which syncs in less than 7 seconds both ways with the internal calendar on the Touch. Create something on google calendar and see it appear on your touch in 3-7 seconds. Create an event on the Touch and see it online in a few seconds. Amazing and easy to set up, using the Exchange ActiveSync service on the Touch (no fees involved). I had my Touch for more than 6 months before I knew about this super simple sync service between the two apps. I'm finding out today if I can do the same thing on a Blackberry but it doesn't seem as though it will work seamlessly like it does on the Touch.

    BTW, I'm not inclined to convince you to buy a Touch. I'm not on commission for Apple.
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    Anna Sandham Level 4 Level 4 (3,475 points)
    Hi Sam, (sorry for slightly hijacking this thread)
    they DO sync, rather than backup. i get messages asking if i want to sync when changes have been made. and before 3.0 and Note syncing, i've lost notes by following the same process. like i mention before, they are supposed to sync to Outlook, (this is the only option for note syncing that comes up in itunes), but they are not obviously found within outlook, whether this is because i have an old edition or not i don't know.
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    Jivaro1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    So, bottom line is that the Itouch has most all of the same features as the Iphone, just missing the phone?? Apps and all?
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    roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10 (90,755 points)
    You can look at Apples website and see what the ipod touch does. You can get Apps on the ipod touch.

    The iphone has phone, gps, camera.
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    Doc M Level 3 Level 3 (785 points)
    I bought an iPod touch FOR the calendar, calculator, and e-mail functions; I travel far and wide and have needed something like this.

    The music is a nice addition as well, as is the note app.

    Would I get an iPhone? Only if they were available on a different carrier.

    Either way, get one with as much memory as you can afford. (I wish they'd have had the 64 GB model when I got mine....)

    Doc
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    Sam11 Level 1 Level 1 (130 points)
    Hi Anna, (Also apologies for the thread hijacking)

    If itunes is asking about syncing, then the notes are syncing. My quibble was with the logic you used in your first note ("I know they're syncing because they came back after a backup"). That's only evidence of a successful backup, not a successful sync. Earlier versions of the OS didn't backup app data (I don't know when the change happened exactly, I think it was prior to 3.0), so that's why you lost notes before.

    Here's a thread on syncing with Outlook
    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2043241&tstart=0
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    Jivaro1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for the info. So you use yours like the Palm Pilot used to be? I would get an Iphone too if Verizon was the carrier!
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    Doc M Level 3 Level 3 (785 points)
    Sort of--I needed something that would handle all those functions and more, and have been happy with the decision.
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    David. Level 4 Level 4 (2,145 points)
    My big fear is that the iPhone might make it to Verizon and mess up their awesome data network--clogging it up with frivolous usage like has happened to AT&T's admittedly weaker network. Let AT&T KEEP the iPhone. Bring on the Androids!