There are disadvantages to syncing Q10 with Outlook or any other mail client:-
- BlackBerry has no control over data formats of Outlook or others. Others don't care to match BlackBerry formats. Data may be lost when formats change without warning. So syncing is unreliable and risky as a design strategy.
- My new windows7 PC does not have Outlook. Instead "windows live email" is offered as part of essentials. Blackberry link does not provide an interface to manage contacts or other data. All it does it does is backup and rely on other software vendors. An import/export mode is needed.
- Managing mail or other data on a desktop PC is relatively easy and convenient. Not so on the small form factor of a mobile device. So sending email to a phone seems clumsy and inelegant.
- Syncing with Gmail worked but it scrambled my contacts because of different formats.
So, for me, it would be better to have a text or BBM notification for some urgent item. Do email on a PC or netbook later.