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This isn’t exactly a full review, as much as it is huge Kudos to Mark/Space for their killer software, Missing Sync. All the cell phones I’ve owned have been good enough to connect with my Macs right out of the box. Bluetooth on, and BOOM! Good […]

This isn’t exactly a full review, as much as it is huge Kudos to Mark/Space for their killer software, Missing Sync.

All the cell phones I’ve owned have been good enough to connect with my Macs right out of the box. Bluetooth on, and BOOM! Good to go. It’s been a luxury I’ve certainly taken for granted. So when my Razr began showing its age, and my company decided to go the way of Windows Mobile for our email on the go, I opted to upgrade to the hot new Samsung Blackjack. This phone completely rocks – Windows Mobile and everything.

I actually fought getting the WM phone, and considered the Nokia E62 with the Symbian OS. The Symbian Operating System is really nice, and I figured it would have a better chance at near painless connection with my Mac, as I’d become accustomed to. Unfortunately the sluggishness of the OS was more than I would put up with. So here I am today, with a MacBook and a Windows Mobile OS smartphone. Quite a predicament.

So my first connectivity test was getting Bluetooth to pair my phone and notebook. While it paired, there were no services what so ever that would allow the two new buddies to do anything together. Bummer. So a weak second try with the included USB cable obviously yielded a big fat nothing.

While I’d heard of Missing Sync in the past, I’ve never had a need to use it, and had thus forgotten about its important existence. A little Googling brought me to the door step of Mark/Space and Missing Sync. Missing Sync comes in 3 flavors – Windows Mobile, Palm OS, and Sony PSP. I’m surprised there’s a Palm OS connection need, as I’d assumed Palm OS and OS X played fairly nicely with one another. But I suppose I’m behind the times on that. Anyhow. The Palm and Windows connections will run you $39.95 each, while the PSP is a bit less at $29.95. Seems a bit steep at around 40 dollars, but if you’ve absolutely gotta have the connectivity – as I clearly must – then it’s the price you pay.

So I’ve only been running Missing Sync for a couple days now, but so far it’s worked brilliantly. I can connect via both USB cable and Bluetooth, and the software makes available every inch of my smartphone’s inner workings. I love that. I even get daily reminders to sync back up – which for now is a welcome blip on my screen. Though I could see that getting old after a while, will have to look into turning that off possibly.

So if you’re a Mac-toting member but your phone runs Windows (or Palm, or you’ve got a PSP), don’t despair because Mark/Space has a great option for you to look into.

By Nick Santilli

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  1. Nick, and what about PocketMac ?

    I do also have a Windows Mobile 2003 device and was trying to decide on what software to purchase between the two companies.

    PocketMac seems less graphically appealing to me, but more complete. Also, having written a request of infos to MarkSpace and having get back zero feedback i had a bad impression of the company.

    So, i’d love to read a software comparison in these pages if possible … will it be possible ?

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  2. Well PocketMac doesn’t currently support Windows Mobile 5 – which is what my phone is running. So I didn’t consider their offering.

    One thing I dislike about both options is that neither company offers a trial copy. It’s buy it or don’t. With the price tag as I mentioned being a bit steep in my opinion (pocket mac is $41 btw, for the Pro version), I’d at least expect like a 15 day or 1 sync trial or something. but didn’t see anything to that effect.

    Maybe once Pocket Mac starts supporting Windows Mobile 5 I’ll see if I can snaggle a trial copy or something so I can do a compare/contrast with Missing Sync.

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  3. I’ve just recently converted to the Windows Mobile 5 platform with my new HTC Hermes from SoftBank in Japan (one hell of a deal too!). And while I did so with similar “religious” concerns, the Missing Sync has been 10% short of perfect for me. It syncs everything flawlessly, albeit slower than iSync did with my old Nokia 6680. However, the ability to actually USE my phone for everything I want to, without having to reboot the phone for every action makes it golden.

    Now if they’d only fix the issue I’m having syncing to the included Notebook app…

    However, I can heartily endorse the Missing Sync for anyone wanting a better phone experience. It only adds $40 to the cost of the phone, which is a drop in the bucket considering what these phones cost.

    And as to the PocketMac issue, after looking at their site, they don’t seem any more feature complete than Missing Sync is…

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  4. This is great, i also own a windows mobile 5 device and wanted to be able to sync with my mac at work.
    This, albeit a bit expensive is great.
    The fact that it also syncs with osX apps like ical and the adress book is great.

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  5. One of the question I asked @MarkSpace was on the ability given to me to install (and run) the software on my MacBook and iMac … it can be useful and a factor to evaluate for me.

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  6. Nick,

    Are you able to tether to the Blackjack via USB using Missing Sync? I know it’s possible to do this with the Blackjack by switching USB to modem, but maybe it could be done with Missing Sync while in ActiveSync mode and thus being able to charge while you surf.

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  7. HectorV – Hmmm, I haven’t noticed if it begins charging when tethered. I’ll have to look into that and get back to you.

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  8. Hey guys, I’m looking into buying a pda, downloading the “quickbooks” synching program that I can do billing on it, and sync to the notebook…HOWEVER i have a mac, and have quickbooks for mac. Do any of you know if I buy a windows based pda, put this software on there, it will sync with the mac?
    thanks!
    Dan
    and you are right, markspace should not bother putting a question/contact section since they DON”T.

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  9. anyone have a coupon code for missing sync they can post here?

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  10. well, i bought a copy and it won’t get past the registration screen. sent an email to support but no response yet.. also posted on their forums but no reply there either..

    will give it a few days but looks like a troublesome app, at least for me here.

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