I'm trying to be a good consumer here and do plenty of research before I purchase, unfortunately it seems like either I'm not looking in the right places or the information isn't there. I'm considering purchasing a Samsung Note II or Galaxy III phone.
The problem apparently is that excepting cloud sync or mass storage devices, there's no way to make the Android Phone talk to my Kubuntu 12.04 system to sync calendar and contacts, and various other things.
I'm an eclectic person I scatter out quite a bit and google for all the wonder things it does, is completely useless for me and my particular lifestyle. Obviously I'm in the minority. What I need is (hopefully) someone who's already dealt with this and can provide steps to fix it or to be told to give it up as a lost cause and get either a hated windows phone or see if I can find an old Palm Pilot on Ebay and use my cheap flip phone for just phone calls.
Thanks in advance for any answers.
Thanks for the answers, transferring files is all well and good, but what I really need it to do is synchronize my contact and calendar data when I plug it in to my computer. Apparently unless I rearrange my life to use google contacts and calendar(which I'm not willing to do) this is not possible any longer with new technology, which is kind of sad. For an almost eight hundred dollar phone that does all sorts of wonderful things, the extreme lack of basic functionality is disappointing.