In the beginning, back when I had my first Palm personal digital assistant (PDA), a gift from a thoughtful and generous friend, there was Palm software, which worked OK. Then soon Microsoft Outlook became the standard. I don't know why. Outlook worked OK, better than Palm's software.
Then I discovered a free utility from Yahoo that let me bypass Outlook and sync between my Palm and my Yahoo contacts and calendar. I attached my Palm to my PC and started the Palm sync. The Yahoo sync utility was cranky and Yahoo did not support it but I kept it working for years until it finally died. I then had to return to syncing between Palm and Outlook. I had to update Yahoo manually. Not good.
As bad as Yahoo was, at least it tried to sync. Google's gmail made no effort. This always amazed me, especially considering that I could never figure out why the in crowd loved gmail. Threads? They confuse me. Yahoo's integration of mail, contacts and calendar is much better.
However, I am tired of being buried in SPAM by Yahoo's indifference. Plus, in recent months Yahoo has become SLOW. Gmail hums along, especially in google's browser, Chrome. I hope google is not stacking the deck. That would make them evil.
I just want to sync between Palm and my data on a server because I do e-mail using a browser, not by running a user agent program on a PC: Outlook, Eudora, etc. I keep my messages, folders, contacts, calendar events all on a server so that I can get at them from any computer. I also want a copy of my contacts and calendar events on my Palm, currently the Treo 700P smartphone running on Verizon Wireless but without the $30 (plus tax) per month data charge.
I am also transferring my domain from Yahoo ($35 per year) to 1and1 ($9 per year). This is in progress. Then I can choose an e-mail service, probably between Yahoo and gmail.
I did some searching and found goosync. Maybe that will do the job between gmail and Palm. To be determined.