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Touchdown Versus Roadsync

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by MikeekiM, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. MikeekiM

    MikeekiM Well-Known Member
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    Hi All,

    I have an HTC Incredible, and for some reason my Exchange ActiveSync has problems syncing my Calendar... Contacts and Email get synced just fine... Due to this issue, it got me to start shopping for alternatives...

    I was just about to pull the trigger on purchasing Touchdown... The reviews are fantastic, and the application is great...

    But then I heard about RoadSync (by DataViz - Same guys that publish Documents-To-Go)... And guess what? The reviews are fantastic, and the application is pretty great as well!

    I kind of like that RoadSync directly syncs exchange contacts with the Android People application, whereas TouchDown seems to maintain a separate database which merges into the People app...

    If you have not pulled the trigger on the paid version of either of these, I would strongly recommend trying both out and posting your impressions here...

    Honestly...I am still up in the air on this decision... I just uninstalled Touchdown and am running RoadSync to give it a test drive... So far, I like it a lot!

    Any opinions/feedback are much appreciated!!!

    Mike
     

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  2. steelersmb

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    I have been using Touchdown for about a week now and like it a lot but saw RoadSync today. I am going to give it a try to see which one I prefer. I would like to know other people's thoughts as well.
     
  3. morden

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    I was just looking at the reviews of this and lots say there is huge battery drain with this app.

    Touchdown syncs about 25 folders for me and it sits at 3% battery all day long. I'd say stick with Touchdown, I'm going to buy it when my trial expires.
     
  4. A.Nonymous

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    I tried RoadSync and it doesn't work for me because ActiveSync isn't enabled on my server. TouchDown still works. I can set the sync interval to 1 minute and it's close enough to having push e-mail.
     
  5. lexluthor

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    Very happy Touchdown user here. Roadsync looks interesting, so I'm curious what others here think.
     
  6. A.Nonymous

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    After looking at RoadSync, I do think I like it's interface better. I don't know if it's as robust as Touchdown is though since it doesn't work with my mail server.
     
  7. MikeekiM

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    I like the UI better too (at least that is my initial reaction)...

    My company has activesync enabled, so for me, both touchdown and roadsync are viable options for me... Sounds like that is not the case for you...

    Still on the fence though... Anyone have any inputs that could push me off the fence to one side or the other? :D
     
  8. steelersmb

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    I did notice though that RoadSync is lacking an email widget. I do like the combined widget for Touchdown.
     
  9. MikeekiM

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    Another interesting learning on RoadSync...

    To save batteries, you have the capability of specifying a "Peak" and "Off-Peak" timeframe, and you can have push/realtime synchronization during Peak, and then something less than realtime (and as extreme as "manual") during off-peak...

    Nice feature...
     
  10. A.Nonymous

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    You can do the same thing in Touchdown.
     
  11. MikeekiM

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    Update: Been using RoadSync for 2-3 days now, with no issues... I really like it... But I think it may be time to switch back to Touchdown and re-familiarize myself with it too...

    The only thing that I wish is that RoadSync had better widgets...they are pretty boring, and limited to appointments and tasks. In order to get to email, you gotta open the app (which is not such a bad thing since it is easy enough to put an app icon on the desktop)...

    Anyone else actively making this decision between RoadSync and Touchdown? I'd love to compare notes with you!
     
  12. takeshi

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    Haven't looked at RoadSync but I'm always up for checking out the Exchange client options. Being able to customize email notifications is a must for me as I don't want notifications for every single email. I know Touchdown offers this via rules. I don't see anything in the specs for RoadSync. I'll just have to give it a shot.

    Have you looked at Moxier as well?
     
  13. steelersmb

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    I looked at RoadSync but the lack of widgets took me right back to Touchdown.
     
  14. paulcooper

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    I have been using Roadsync for 48 hours now and have not had a single problem, even my peak on.off times are working.

    Would like HTML emails displaying but I can live with that.

    I tried touchdown but it would not sync my contacts to the people widget so therefore was useless
     
  15. paulcooper

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    What lack of widgets are you on about?
     
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    I am using the stock email (exchange activesync) on my Captivate, however I am not getting HTML email like I did on the 3gs.

    Is Touchdown the only one that supports HTML?
     
  17. ranova

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    my exchange server would not allow roadsync to connect. Touchdown did work (but its so damn ugly)
     
  18. RJonesUSC

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    I agree. The widget is too clumsy. I've stuck with the out of the box Anctivesync integration for now. I do like the functionality of Touchdown but the layout makes it too awkward to use IMO.
     
  19. hokieinidaho

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    Was enamored with the pretty interface of Roadsync, but in the end it lacked features and support to that of Touchdown. In the end, I uninstalled Roadsync (it didn't remove the DB, mind you) and bought Touchdown. Roadsync didn't seem to do much more than my native apps, and lacked some of the meeting details just like the native client, whereas TD had them for me. This is something I can't overlook when I need to be in a meeting.

    + I really like the attention to customer support TD gives. Nothing
    else like it
    + TD doesn't require global lock on phone
    + TD is able to do tasks (but so is Roadsync), as well as notes (with Beta & Exch2010)
    + TD has "availability view" with Beta & Exch2010, although it could use some improvement
    + TD calendar stays where you put it when you use "go to date" -
    native calendar returns to current date after viewing an object
    + some meeting invites won't show phone numbers correctly in native
    calendar - wants to map them instead of provide link-to-dial - TD does
    this better; Roadsync shows an even cleaner view in some cases
    - TD doesn't have a default reminder setting
    * - none of the calendar apps seem to deal with notifying meeting
    attendees of cancelation
    * - none of the calendar apps seem to deal with deleting an instance
    of a recurring series
    - I like the native email app's ability to filter on calendar invites
    - I don't see an option for that in TD's filter option. I like the
    native apps filter icons at the bottom, readily available vs. the
    funnel button with TD
    + native email app doesn't always show me the "when details" for
    invites - TD handles the functionality more consistently.
     
  20. Allan1977

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    * - none of the calendar apps seem to deal with deleting an instance
    of a recurring series

    Roadsync is able to edit and delete individual instances of recurring appointments in calendar. That's why I need Roadsync.

    TD is able to deal with reminders on tasks. That's why I need TD.

    I already have Roadsync, it comes with my handset, the X10 mini pro, but I will probably buy the TD and then run with both.
     
  21. gepner

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    I'm looking at touchdown vs roadsynch also. The native mail client does not show me all of my subfolders, let alone synch them. My issue is that some of the subfolders have a small number of old emails which I need to refer to at infrequent intervals. The mail clients will filter them out if they are older than the setting you have made. With touchdown I can search the server and bring in those old emails when I need them. I don't think roadsynch has a similar feature for android.
     
  22. jimdibb

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    I like td but I've never tried rs. No reason too. I really like that it doesn't require a global lock on the phone. I make use of peak and off peak. Dont really care about people widget integration as I prefer work and personal separated.
     
  23. eZinex

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    Has anyone done some checkouts on the CPU usage on RoadSync? I have been using TD for about a month and when using it, the CPU fires up to almost 98%, causing a mayor lag on the rest of options (checking tasks and composing emails under TD). I'm using it on a Samsung Vibrant T-Mobile T959) thas has a Cortex-A8-class 1 GHz Hummingbird processor (I cant imagine using it with a slower CPU) :thinking:

     

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