I’ve just upgraded to the Sony Ericsson W950i – I like SE phones, because they’re Mac-friendly (with iSync, at least) and the music sound quality’s excellent. So here’s a good example of what the iPhone’s up against – the process of transferring contacts and tunes from your Mac to a w950i.
- Connect phone to Mac via USB. Nothing happens.
- Connect via Bluetooth. The phone isn’t iSync-compatible.
- Manually select entries in Address Book and send via Bluetooth file exchange.
- Open resulting vCard in phone and save to contacts.
That was the easy bit. Now, transferring music to the phone.
- Set up a network between your PC and Mac. You do have a PC as well as a Mac, don’t you? And a network card and ethernet cable?
- Transfer your music to the PC manually via the Finder.
- Install SE software on Vista.
- Discover – at the very end of the installation – that the software isn’t compatible with Vista.
- Restart the PC and boot into XP. You do have a dual-boot PC, don’t you?
- Install the SE software again.
- Discover that a mysterious install error means the install can’t be completed.
- Download a new version from the SE support site. Better hope you have broadband, ’cause it’s 34MB.
- Install the new version of the SE software.
- Watch as a mysterious error stops the install from proceeding.
- Update ActiveSync and reboot the PC, remembering to choose XP instead of Vista.
- Install the SE software yet again.
- Drag and drop the files using the Sony Ericsson file manager.
As you can see, IT JUST WORKS!!!!!
*weeps salty tears of rage*