How to switch from WM to Android: some considerations

    Inspired by this article, he decided to try his luck and earn such a welcome invite to Habré and ... Earned !!!
    Now I have the opportunity to at least help a little people who are puzzled by the transition from Windows Mobile (hereinafter WM) to Android.

    I’ll immediately warn you that the article is not designed for geeks, it does not carry anything brilliant.
    This article is a generalization of my experience using a WM device, and it may be useful to readers, but not to habr writers.

    Throw me eggs (kamens), but for 95% of users it takes only 5 minutes to switch to Android. But for the preparation ... In any case, in my opinion it is simple.

    So, to make it clear why this is simple, I will briefly explain how everything is organized with me:
    Over the 5 years of using WM, I had all possible WM options, I killed (forgive me Green Peace defenders) about 10 animals, and countless firmwares on each of them were tried. Whoever uses WM knows that this is very unreliable (and isn’t that why I really want to quickly jump onto Android, but conscience doesn’t allow me to say that it’s very poppy?

    I had to frequently reflash, hard-reset devices, therefore clear criteria were developed for organizing information WM communicator spaces:
    1. Everything should be as default as possible
    2. Everything should be synchronized and stored centrally
    3. There should be no synchronization over the wire ... That doesn’t suit me.
    4. Everything should be as simple as possible. The fewer types of information, the easier it is to manage. The less software, the less glitches, etc.

    By the way, these criteria also prompted in the end to come to the widespread use of Google services.

    As a result, over 5 years of operation on WM 6.1 on the Glofiish M700 I came to the following (I tried almost all the software that is available for WM Mobile):
    After the next flashing, hard reset, kill, loss of my device, I do:
    1. Installing the latest version of SPB MobileShell.
    2. Setting up synchronization with MS Exchange (Google MS Exchange)
    3. Installing Opera Mobile
    4. Installing Google Maps
    5. Five-minute conjuring with resetting buttons and other little things.
    Total: 15 minutes and the device is completely ready for the next murder of the next active operation (though for this I picked up the correct firmware for a couple of evenings).

    And IMHO for the transition to Android you need to be a convinced and conscious lover of Google services.
    In addition, switching to Android is a good reason to clean up your data and optimize personal information management.
    This is the preparation. If you haven’t done this, then you need to hurry regardless of whether you will switch to Android or not ... You will need to first put everything in order on the BB (Big Brother), and then calmly enter the login and password into the purchased Google Phone and enjoy flight ...

    IMHO The transition plan should be implemented as follows:
    1. We pass to Google services.
    2. We adjust WM phone for them.
    3. Change habits / get rid of excess. (This can take a lot of time).
    4. Press the "big green button" in the newly purchased google phone.

    Next, the voiced plan will go from point 1 to point 2 in terms of content type:

    By the way, the significant advantage of Android over WM (except for G1) is that you can simultaneously synchronize with MS Exchahge and Google services. On WM, this is impossible to do without dancing with tambourines, because By default, WM cannot synchronize two Exchange accounts at once. You must understand that with a WM device, synchronization with Google services is possible only through the MS Exchange protocol.
    It’s a pity: for example, I had to abandon the idea of ​​getting work email on my phone (access via POP3 and IMAP was blocked by evil administrators) in the name of using personal Gmail, by the way, not only because of Gmail itself, but how much out of a desire to centralize the storage of contact information.

    Gmail and that says it all. We do nothing. Although no ...
    Items 4 and 5 still need to be fulfilled !!! If for some reason you do not have Gmail (uh, no son ... it's fantastic !!!), then you:
    2. Follow the instructions to configure the mail collector.
    3. Gmail will suck the contents of your mailbox from another shitty service
    If this is not done, then further content loses its full meaning, however, like the idea to buy Android.
    4. We go here and configure your WM to synchronize via MS Exchange and
    5. Rejoice!
    Note: if after synchronization you still want to set up MS Exchange work mail, take a beer box and ask administrators to open access via POP3. (or configure the rule to forward emails on Gmail - which is generally a wry decision)
    Note2: after you refuse to synchronize via MS Exchange with a work account, you will not have the opportunity to use: work calendar, work address book, global a directory of addresses, and tasks ... Decide ... Details more ...

    Everything is simple here:
    in the event that you synchronize via USB / BT, then you do not need to do anything. Everything has already happened.
    if you synchronize via MS Exchange:
    1. Export from Outlook .
    2. We import the file into Gmail.
    I checked the downloaded data for integrity and the presence of all the data in the fields is solid and I didn’t have any errors ... Photos are lost ((( If you synchronize the

    via USB / BT, you don’t have to do anything. Everything has already happened,
    in case you synchronize via MS Exchange:
    Since birthdays in Google Google are remarkably sucked from contacts, in order to avoid duplication of birthdays it is necessary:
    1. Удалить из адресной книги все контакты (вы же ведь их уже перенесли?). Далее необходимо будет вместо Outlook пользоваться вот этим
    2. Выполняем инструкцию по переносу данных календаря из Outlook

    Тут все не так просто:
    К сожаление ГуглоСинкExchange пока не поддерживает синхронизацию по этиму типу данных c Gmail поэтому можно сделать проще:
    1. Заходите в Outlook
    2. Выбираете нужное представление (можно Вид=>Текущее представление=>Активные задачи)
    3. Убираете ненужные столбцы=>Ctrl+A=>Ctrl+C
    4. Затем заходите в Gmail=>затем => Ctrl+V
    5. And then with the pens we transfer the completion dates from the task name to the term field. If you do not have 200 active tasks there, then it will not take more than 15 minutes. At the same time, there will be a reason to get rid of "forgotten" tasks.
    By the way. At first, I didn't like the tasks from Google at all. But then I tried and abandoned Remember the milk in the hope that Google would soon be introducing sharing tasks. (I did not like the implementation in the RTM Google Calendar ... A checkmark hangs and you need to point it at it and wait until it loads ... I need to see everything on one screen at once). In fact, tasks from Google are very convenient ... It's just that there are a couple of points that need to be finalized with a file ...

    Being a fan of Google Readera (especially recently, when they hung social chips there and added Gears, i.e. offline), I think that there are no alternatives to this. Therefore, it is not advisable to use third-party software on the mobile, because then you will never distinguish what and where you already lamented, and even load the lists of rss after the next kill of the animal is laziness. Therefore, I added Reader to my bookmarks and read it in Opere. Everything is centralized and convenient (except for the metro). Although the news between the stations, for example, is loaded quite well ...

    Books, Music, Video
    So far I have copied part of my library onto a USB flash drive on my phone and read it when the opportunity arises ...
    I rarely watch music and videos ...
    When DropBox appears on Android and WM will universal happiness)))
    There is an option, of course, to use Google Docs for storage of books, but you yourself know that you can’t load books larger than 10 megabytes into it, and you won’t even read it in the metro, because Gears is not yet implemented on the mobile version of Reader.

    I use picasa. It's comfortable. So I don’t have to do anything to upgrade to Andoid.
    How do I transfer pictures without a wire?
    Picasa setup has a function: send photos by email. Indicate the desired "secret address" and do not forget to send photos from the phone to this address.

    Due to the frequent crashes of WM, I’m tired of backing up sms separately and I'm just used to not storing important information in them. I immediately write down the phone numbers, addresses - into contacts, etc. - copy-paste to the mail ... Therefore, they do not matter to me, but dear% username% I can offer you the following elegant solution:
    1. Download the Jeyo utility . (it’s free - it’s possible to use it for 15 days, but it’s enough for us an hour;) (It’s possible, in theory, to fly to MS sync live or something like that, but I haven’t tried it. It’s unlikely to be faster)
    2. Install it in Outlook
    3. Connect device via ActiveSync. Synchronize with Outlook
    4. Forward to Gmail
    5. And then everything is like people’s: what’s in the contacts, what’s in the task, what’s the label, what’s the asterisk ... SMS is important to you either as information or as a memory of a person, an event, and not because it is stored on your device in the SMS folder?
    Unfortunately, I never had black lists of SMS, because there has never been a problem with SMS spam ... Strange ... Can you suggest a solution?

    With notes I have the same thing ... I don’t use them ... (requirement No. 4 - notes are not synchronized via MS Exchange) I
    developed a habit in myself if I need to take a note, I will send a letter to myself. ;) And then everything is like people’s ... An additional type of content (note) - an additional hemorrhoids in managing this content

    On BB (big brother) previously used Google in FF (Firefox), then with the advent of bookmark synchronization on Chrome I switched to chrome, and, accordingly, to their new bookmark synchronization service (which is reflected in Gdocs). Unfortunately, these services duplicate each other ... Do not tell me the solution?
    When I used Google Bookmarks, there were no problems ... I made this page the main one in Mobile Opera (it loads quickly) and that’s it. And now, so far, there are no ideas how to properly implement this in WM.
    There is a cool service For one dollar per month (mere pennies) you can get a Premium account and then it will be possible to synchronize with mobile devices ... I have not tested it yet, because this service does not support Chrome (we are all waiting for the Chrome API for extension stable), but it’s already not like looking at the mozilla (once again beat me with eggs). Therefore, as soon as LastPass announces an extension for chrome, I will definitely buy a premium, and I will test it, and I will report to you.

    Now, point 3 of the plan : We

    get used to it ... I wrote an article and realized that it doesn’t match the name a little (it describes the transition to Google services more), but this makes sense ...
    My opinion is to build such a personal information management system that will be simple and multi-platform;) And thank you very much for Google allowing me to do this.

    And now the 4th point of the plan :
    We buy a google phone and press the “big green button”

    PS All the above voiced are not a panacea for all ills ... This is just my vision.

    PS Fly in the ointment: I do not have Androyd yet, so the article does not have my opinion on the convenience of using this or that on Andoid. In statements about Android, the author took information from open sources. And also the author sincerely believes that all Google services on Android are supported much better than on WM. I only have to implement the fourth point of the plan;)

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