I’ve just taken delivery of a new phone – a Sony Ericsson P910i. Why that one? Well, the Treo 600 I’ve been using for the last 12 months or so has given up the ghost – that horribly designed stubby aerial that only an American phone needs has started to wobble, making call quality poor. The Treo 650 isn’t going to be around until Mid-March and I needed a phone. I’ve had a P800 and a P900 before, so this seemed a good stopgap until the Treo 650 makes landfall. I actually wanted a sexy V3 from Moto, but the software quality on those is not great and with 500 addresses, the contacts function is too slow to use.
What I don’t get it why SonyEricsson haven’t figured out that Apple is a cool place to be. Syncing with the Mac requires a degree in Computer Science. SE should be partnering with Apple and providing great software that works out of the box. Here’s how I have to sync (thanks to Lozishere):
First step: Go to /system/library/application support/syncservice and then find a file in /501 called SymbianConduitDefaults.plist. Drag this file to the desktop. Now delete all the folders contained in /system/library/application support/syncservice/. They will be called things like 501, 508 etc.
Second Step: Open and then quit iSync.
Third Step: Open the file you just dragged to the desktop. Open it in textedit if it asks you for an application. Delete the file’s contents and replace it with the following:
What on earth is all that about? What happened to plug and play? Or cradles and hotsync buttons? God knows how this guy figured out what needed to be done. Apple cannot go mainsteam until two things are sorted:- (i) easy interfacing with multiple supplier devices and (ii) proper rendering and interoperation of major websites (there are still too many,e.g. HSBC online banking, Parcelforce etc that don’t work properly – the business case is not there for them).
Tomorrow’s task is going to be to follow the instructions above and see if I can make it work. I happen to know that getting a Moto V3 to sync, even to a PC is hard though – for whatever reason they decided not to support Outlook (!!?) and so you have to export all your data to a text CSV file, reformat the fields to map to Moto standards and then import again. Doing that the other day took 6 hours for a friend!
I’m all for integration, but first I want interoperability and interconnectivity. No scratch that. Actually, I don’t really care about integration. I’d like interop first, we can worry about photo ipods some other time.