I am about to take the plunge and start using Google Calendar to sync my Outlook 2007 calendar with my Droid ThunderBolt. I have had too many frustrations with HTC Sync and need to dump it before I become a full blown alcoholic. For those who have successfully used Google Calendar Sync (I know there are many who have not), can you tell me: 1) how far back can Google Calendar Sync go with appts? For Example, if I want to keep a year's worth of appt going forward and going back on my phone, but want to keep many years worth of appts on my Outlook, is there a way to set Google Calendar Sync (GCS) to do that? 2) I have heard nothing but bad stuff about using GCS to sync contacts. Is this something I should avoid and if so, what would be the best way to sync my contacts that are currently in Outlook? (I hear duplication is one of the worst problems with contacts in GCS). 3) I have purchased and like to use Pocket Informant as my main calendar viewing/input app on my Droid. This is considered a 3rd party calendar app, I believe. I had heard that this is a no-no when using GCS, and that third party apps should not be used. Is this true? I hope not, as I feel that the default calendar app on the HTC Droids really does suck! 4) How much do I need to worry about my appts, contacts, etc and privacy, if I start using the "clouds" to sync my data between my Droid and my desktop? 5) I have a gmail acct soley because I think I needed to set one up to start using my Droid device. I have a gmail email acct that I never use, rather, I use my comcast email account and have it the emails pushed to my device. Is there any reason I need to change that now if I start using GCS? Thanks for your help in answering these questions. I have used the Seach feature here to try and get some answers to these specific questions but with no luck, so I appreciate your assistance before I take the leap. Here's to saying freaking "GOOD-BYE" to HTC Sync and USB syncing altogether!