UPDATE 3 May 2005: I have reverted to using a USB cable connection when syncing the Nokia 9500 because I have nearly 150MB of media files to manage and that happens best with the cable, in my experience. The Bluetooth sync works but it often stumbles when I run other things simultaneously, such as streaming media across the Real Player.
CLONMEL -- It feels like I've done 9500 syncs with my Nokia Communicator but in actuality, I have to set an alarm to remind myself to sync the Nokia 9500 to my Dell Inspiron once a week. I'm trying to get into a daily sync habit but the limited space on the laptop gets in the way. This is not a healthy situation because as people know, you can lose your mobile phone and all its data in one quick smack-and-grab on the streets of Ireland.
Synchronising the Nokia 9500 to a desktop over Bluetooth works best for me when the desktop initiates the sync process. The Nokia 9500 is well able to detect other Bluetooth connections and it always finds my laptop even when it's across the room. However, the Nokia 9500 doesn't want to sync after it discovers. It wants the laptop to initiate the process. It's happy to keep its little Bluetooth logo in view but even though it's been accepted by the laptop, the sync won't start until I tell the laptop to begin the sync.
As expected, the contacts shift back and forth between laptop and phone when using the Bluetooth data connection. On several occasions, the sync log told me I backed up all of the phone to the laptop. On some occasions, the back-up was incomplete, stopping just beyond 5 MB of transfer. This is a recurring problem for me and I put it down to the fact that my Bluetooth connection does not run at USB 2 speeds.
On balance, I can reliably back up contacts and calendar data from the Nokia Communicator by using the Nokia 9500 Bluetooth connection. This is a big step forward in the world of SyncML and it provides me a welcome sense of security.