All, I was hoping that there are other “business users” out there which use Android phones to manage Outlook Contacts and Calendars and can advise me. I have been unable to find how to synchronize my Outlook Contacts and Calendars (not Email) with my new Droid Bionic. I do not have a Gmail account – nor do I want one. I don’t want to synchronize Outlook with Gmail to then synchronize Gmail with my phone. I just purchased the Android Bionic from Motorola and have found “some” products such as CompanionLink out there to synchronize – but they are expensive - $50! Why should I after spending $300+ for a phone pay an additional $50 in order to synchronize my phone contacts. Synchronization between an industry standard product such as Outlook and should be readily available since a phone is pretty much useless without contacts! I will continue posts here if I find anything to synchronize – otherwise I will be returning my phone. I would also caution anyone from purchasing Droid phones for business purposes. If you want a phone to watch movies, play games, etc. then fine – but I am getting the feeling that I would be better off with a BlackBerry or (I hesitate to say it) a Windows phone. If anyone can provide guidance or additional information – it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! EDIT: Summary findings after all discussions posted below. BACKGROUND I began this thread with the simple request to find the best way to synchronize my new Android phone with Contacts and Calendars on my standalone PC running Outlook. I do not use Outlook for anything other than Calendar and Contact management and utilize other options for Email. I also do not use Gmail as my Email system. SUMMARY OF FINDINGS If you want to sync your Outlook Contacts and Calendar with an Android phone (for the vast majority of phones - since I have not tested all) you will need to purchase a third party application such as CompanionLink (which is relatively expensive after purchasing a $300 phone with a contract) in order to synchronize the data. There are other options which I think I have listed below: 1. GMAIL CLOUD: The first option that is the one most often referenced which is to create a Gmail account and then synchronize up to Gmail and then back down to your phone. <Pros>: (1)Obviously the most convenient since Android is a Google product and therefore it is relatively straightforward. This can be done by various methods which can be found below – wirelessly, etc. (2) It is the most technically straight forward method. (3) You can access your information everywhere. (4) It is free. <Cons>: (1) You need to upload information to the “Cloud” which is the Gmail environment. Some folks have concern of loading information up to this environment – this will be a risk decision which each will need to make but this decision should not be taken lightly. Increasingly this environment is a prime target for hackers since the amount and type of data available if penetrated. Therefore be aware. (2) Not all Contact and Calendar information will be uploaded to the Cloud and then downloaded to your phone. There is only a subset of Outlook Contact and Calendar fields which will be synchronized. It has been detailed below in some posts. (3) You must create a new/utilize an existing Gmail account. 2. THIRD PARTY SOFTWARE: Utilize third party software to synchronize between Outlook and Android phone. <Pros> 1. Works relatively well. Some applications are better than others. The best I have found so far is CompanionLink even though MyPhoneExplorer has been mentioned as well. <Cons> 1. Some can be costly upwards of $50 – others while initially inexpensive – require a monthly fee. 2. Some are very unstable and can wipe out your original Outlooks data. Back sure to backup all information from Outlook prior to attempting. Even if you simply File-> Import Export->Export to a File…. IN CLOSING While many folks advocated the use of Gmail and the Cloud, etc. – I must point out that this is not for everyone. As I have mentioned people have different levels of risk acceptance based on the type of information they are loading up to this environment. I work in the security industry and am well aware of many failures in these environments. This is obviously not solely a Google issue - but there have been many breaches (some which have not been made public to date) and this environment will continue to be a high priority target by criminal organizations both domestically in the U.S. and abroad simply because of the nature of the information being stored there (but I digress...) Lastly, I want to point out (in my opinion) an obvious flaw in Android. When I purchase a phone you would think that (1) The most important thing on that phone would be the contacts which will be utilized to use the phone (2) Why would you not synchronize out of the box (without the requirement of purchasing additional software) with the "industry standard" in contact and calendar management - Outlook. (3) Why must I load my sensitive contact information up to Gmail in order to get it on my phone. (I think I know the obvious answer - but still wanted to post it one more time). I would like to finish by thanking all that have joined in the “lively” discussions on this thread for their great input and advice. Hopefully the information below (and that which will continue to be discussed) will be beneficial to others. Cheers!