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Jivaro1 Calculating status...
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Oct 21, 2009 12:57 PM
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
  • slash.andy Calculating status...
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    Oct 21, 2009 1:22 PM (in response to Jivaro1)
    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!
    Wish I had a Mac, iPhone OS 3.0.1
  • Anna Sandham Level 4 Level 4 (3,475 points)
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    Oct 21, 2009 1:49 PM (in response to Jivaro1)
    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)
    Advent Laptop, Windows Vista, iPod Touch 3rd Gen
  • slash.andy Level 1 Level 1 (130 points)
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    Oct 21, 2009 1:54 PM (in response to Anna Sandham)
    what anna said!
    Wish I had a Mac, iPhone OS 3.0.1
  • Sam11 Level 1 Level 1 (130 points)
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    Oct 21, 2009 2:14 PM (in response to Anna Sandham)
    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)
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    Oct 21, 2009 2:37 PM (in response to Jivaro1)
    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.
    Windows Vista, Windows 7 RC1 - Ipod 4G, Ipod Mini 2G, Shuffle 2G, Nano 2G, Touch 2G - 3.1.1
  • Anna Sandham Level 4 Level 4 (3,475 points)
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    Oct 21, 2009 2:37 PM (in response to Sam11)
    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.
    Advent Laptop, Windows Vista, iPod Touch 3rd Gen
  • roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10 (89,200 points)
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    Oct 21, 2009 3:10 PM (in response to Jivaro1)
    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.
    powerbook g4, iMac 20, Mac OS X (10.5.1), airport express, iphone, ipod, ipod touch
  • Doc M Level 3 Level 3 (785 points)
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    Oct 21, 2009 3:57 PM (in response to roaminggnome)
    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
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.6), iPod touch 32GB, iTunes, iWork '08, AirPort Express
  • Sam11 Level 1 Level 1 (130 points)
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    Oct 21, 2009 4:32 PM (in response to Anna Sandham)
    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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  • Doc M Level 3 Level 3 (785 points)
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    Oct 21, 2009 5:59 PM (in response to Jivaro1)
    Sort of--I needed something that would handle all those functions and more, and have been happy with the decision.
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.6), iPod touch 32GB, iTunes, iWork '08, AirPort Express
  • David. Level 4 Level 4 (2,145 points)
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    Oct 21, 2009 8:11 PM (in response to Jivaro1)
    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!
    Windows Vista, Windows 7 RC1 - Ipod 4G, Ipod Mini 2G, Shuffle 2G, Nano 2G, Touch 2G - 3.1.1

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