iPhone to Android

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  1. Wicked1 macrumors 68040

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    How complicated is it to port all my sons Calendar and Contacts to his Google phone calendar and contacts. I know he has a gmail account but is there a way to port iCal and Addressbook stuff to Google? He is looking at the new Motorola phone coming to AT&T. I personally do not like the Android stuff because I prefer not to have a Gmail account and if you do not have one you can not access the Market Place which is not fair in my book.
     
  2. bozzykid macrumors 68020

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    You just need to go login to Google Calendar and under settings import the calendars you want to import.
     
  3. countrydweller macrumors 6502

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    Has he looked at the new android phone coming to AT&T, kind of a lame phone if you ask me. A Nexus one dumbed down.
     
  4. brandonshough macrumors regular

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    Don't even bother trying to use an Android phone without a google account.
     
  5. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    To import his calendar, address book, etc. you might want to take a look at Missing Sync. I use this for syncing my iMac with my Windows Mobile phone and it works great.

    Edit: It looks like calendar sync is coming in a future update. Sorry, I should have read the page I linked to.
     
  6. ViViDboarder macrumors 68040

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    For calendars you can export them as ical files and import them to google. For contacts there is an app called AtoG which does it nicely I believe.

    Then you can even set up iCal with CalDAV to have 2 way sync with Google.
     
  7. djdl macrumors newbie

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    From memory if you are running any OS prior to Snow Leopard you can set up iCal to automatically sync with Google Calendars.

    If you are on Snow Leopard you need to download software to do it for you.
    I use a program called Spanning Sync and it does the job just fine.

    If you go to Google Calendars Help there are details on how to set it all up
     
  8. bjb.butler macrumors 6502a

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    For calendar, you can simply export the calendar(s) that you want, and import into Google Calendar.
    For contacts, it's the same thing: Export them from address book, and import it into Google Contacts (gmail).
     
  9. Penguissimo macrumors 6502a

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    Just as a heads-up...the Android phone coming to AT&T will apparently not be running the standard open version of Android, but a version with features removed at the request of AT&T. I can't remember all of the differences (or find the link to the article I'd been reading) right now, but at least one removed feature was the ability to install apps from sources OTHER than the Market.
     
  10. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    That kinda sucks.
    So you need a Gmail account to use the phone or most its features?
    Why not use your existing email address?
     
  11. bjb.butler macrumors 6502a

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    You only need a google account for the initial set up. You can add any POP / IMAP email account to the email client. HTC's phones with sense phones support exchange calendars out-of-the-box, and if you have an android phone without exchange, their are several apps in the Market that will allow you to sync.
     
  12. kevinofa macrumors newbie

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    Sorry but that is not correct. I set up my wifes android phone last night and it gives you a choice when you set it up to sign up/sign in to google. I skipped it (the skip button) and set up a mail account on an exchange server.

    Phone works just fine without a google account.

     
  13. bjb.butler macrumors 6502a

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    Nice.

    What phone does she have? Is it an HTC phone with Sense UI? Only some android phones come out-of-the-box with exchange support.
     
  14. kevinofa macrumors newbie

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    Its a new nameless HTC handset (I am testing it for an operator) - gave it to my wife as see beats the helll out of most phones.

     
  15. Merkie macrumors 68020

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    Could you give more info on this phone? Specs, looks?
     
  16. ViViDboarder macrumors 68040

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    Most likely HTC Desire or Legend. Those are the two that are trickling around now with Sense UI. You can check them out at Engadget.
     
  17. NJMetsHero macrumors regular

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    I've heard endlessly the Backflip sucks really bad...
     
  18. Madmic23 macrumors 6502a

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    Normally, I would say something about Android phones not being that bad, or it's nice to have some new ideas or different ways of doing things, but, you're right. The Backflip just looks like a stupid idea.

    For those of you who haven't seen it, the keyboard is always exposed on the back of the phone. It "backflips" to be positioned underneath the screen. The idea being that the touch screen is always usable, but then you flip out the keyboard. The stupid part is the keyboard always being out on the back. It just looks dumb and uncomfortable to hold.

    On a side note, I played around with a Motorola Milestone (HSPA version of the Droid) the other day. The screen is amazing, but the physical keyboard is garbage. There is a trackpad to the right of the keyboard which makes the keys not line up in the centre of the screen, which makes it a pain to type on. The virtual keyboard is really good, I just wish it didn't have the physical one.
     
  19. bozzykid macrumors 68020

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    No, you just need a Google account. You can create a Google Account using any email address you already have. Then you can setup the phone to use any email you wish. It just so happens that most people use their Gmail account which is also a Google Account.
     
  20. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    I see.
    Thanks for the info.
     

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