As a Microsoft Exchange hosting provider we are constantly looking for the best system to access our calendars, contacts and email on Android smartphones.
Having multiple Android devices we are in the fortunate position to try and use a variety of software programs. The built-in email app offers basic functionality but lacks the ability to transfer tasks.
We have been using Touch Down software for quite a while to connect to our Exchange Server. Touch Down offers many settings for customization. We were finding that ActiveSync was not working properly between Exchange and Android. Additionally when we ran side by side tests using Samsung Fascinates, there was a significant performance hit on the phone running Touch Down. Touch Down also created a second set of contacts which could get confusing.
Next up was RoadSync by Dataviz. Using RoadSync we have not seen a performance lag. To-date there have been no synchronization issues discovered. One feature lost using RoadSync is the ability to categorize tasks and calendar entries. Also some functions such as the privacy setting requires an additional step to engage.
At the current time RoadSync appears to be the best solution for connecting Android smartphones with a Microsoft Exchange Server.
This article was written by The Boss of HITman Services, a computer and IT company serving the Albany, Troy, Schenectady and Saratoga Counties of New York.