Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th May 2013 18:06 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless This is the Nokia I remember. The company just unveiled the Nokia Asha 501, which has a completely new version of the Asha software platform. Fast, responsive, stunningly great and simple hardware, and an unbeatable price ($99!). It borrows a lot from MeeGo on the N9, and overall excites me infinitely more than their Lumia offerings. I want one of these so bad.
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RE: This could be my next so much
by Moochman on Fri 10th May 2013 01:32 UTC in reply to "This could be my next so much"
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I think it mostly has to do with the e-mail delivery protocol, which is dependent on what kind of e-mail service (server) you are using in combination with the smartphone OS you are using.

Historically, painless low-bandwidth e-mail was one of BlackBerry's big strengths, largely because it was delivered via a proprietary server platform that compressed e-mails and efficiently pushed them to the device. Now however with BlackBerry 10 they have switched to simply supporting IMAP, POP and Exchange ActiveSync just like everyone else...

ActiveSync is indeed a better-performing option than normal IMAP or POP, but it's usually only supported for corporate e-mail via an Exchange server. Microsoft offers free ActiveSync support for Outlook.com accounts, but they're the only ones I know of offering it for free. They also offer paid enterprise-grade hosted "Exchange Online" accounts for $4/month. Google used to offer free ActiveSync for Gmail, but now they only offer IMAP or push via the native app for free; if you want ActiveSync it costs $5/month for the full Google Apps for Business suite. Yahoo and Apple both offers free Push IMAP for iOS only.

At some point there is supposed to be an open standard for efficient syncing of e-mail, codenamed "Lemonade":
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemonade_Profile
But given that right now even the older Push IMAP standard is almost completely unsupported by everyone, I'm not holding my breath....


To summarize, here is a guide to getting the best mobile e-mail experience depending on which e-mail service and which OS you are using. (I really did my research for this comment! ;) ) If you're using...

-A corporate Exchange server -> use ActiveSync (any device)

-Hotmail/Outlook.com -> use ActiveSync (any device)

-Gmail & iOS -> either use the native app, or forward it to iCloud mail and have it pushed from there, or pay Google $5/month for Google Apps w/ActiveSync

-Gmail & Android -> either use the native app or pay Google $5/month for Google Apps w/ActiveSync

-Gmail & another platform -> pay Google $5/month for Google Apps w/ActiveSync

-Yahoo! Mail & iOS -> use Push IMAP

-iOS & any other e-mail account -> forward it to iCloud e-mail and have it pushed from there

-Otherwise -> pay Microsoft $4/month for Exchange Online, forward your mail to that account and have it pushed via ActiveSync from there.


Hope that helps you! ;)

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