I've been eyeing a replacement for my 1st generation iPod touch for some time. After much asking on forums and visiting vendor shops, I pretty well decided on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro...this was about half a year ago, so the PDA/smartphone landscape may have changed. The driving consideration was that there were apps to directly synch the standard PIM data (Notes, Calendar, Contacts) with Outlook, that it had a landscape-orientation real keyboard, and the feel of the keyboard when I tested the shop versions. What has kept me from actioning this decision was a conversation with an acquaintance who is positioned fairly high up on the technical side of RIM. He explained that the user agreeement for Android phones gives permission to Google to access PIM data (Contacts, Notes, and Calendar -- I didn't care about email because Google already has access to my gmail) even if don't go through the cloud. I haven't been able to find anything on the web to corroborate this. However, a friend who has an Android said that it was quite difficult to avoid using the cloud when using an Android phone. What are the experiences of Android users at large? Does the user agreement actually give permission for Google to access PIM data even when not using Google cloud services for to manage this data? I mean, irrespective of whether they actually access the data. Also, as a second question, is it actually difficult to avoid going through the cloud for PIM data? I was going to use local apps that maintain such data resident on the device and directly sync locally with the laptop.