I am getting used to my Blackberry 8900 Curve, small keyboard and all. My service has long been with T-Mobile, but their system seems slower than others. I envy my colleagues who have the newest I-Phones. For example, I pulled out my trusty HP Financial Calculator at a recent seminar. The guy next to me said, "I think there's an app for that." He got a two week trial and downloaded it to his I-phone on the spot. It did everything mine did, only faster. Another colleague told me today that his I-Pad (which weighs a lot less than my laptop and does almost everything I need) now has a hack available that lets him make calls from it. Our MLS is fully accessible from an I-Phone or I-Pad, but on the Blackberry, I get a stripped down mobile version that doesn't give me all the data. By the time my laptop finishes booting up, or my Blackberry loads the map I want, the other guys have their info and are done. That experience is going to cost me money.
Technology seems to have merged computing and telephony into personal information devices that happen to make calls, too. You may think now that you don't need the Bells and Whistles now, but the pace of innovation in our industry is accelerating, and those Bells and Whistles give us amazing mobility and connectivity.
I consider myself pretty tech-competent, but just last week, I told a colleague I didn't see the need for electronic document signing - "just a tech gimmick" I think I said. This week THREE clients told me they could receive and read docs on their I-phones, but had no printer and no way to sign and return them, so there would be a delay. So, I am learning about electronic signatures.
I spend the morning with Stefan Swanepoel of RealTrends (http://www.retrends.com/). His discussion of what's coming in our industry was both scintillating and daunting. I have some new tricks to learn.
We are also in Don's identical situation and will be paying close attention to responses to this post.
It helps to hear the voices of those in the trenches!
Clearly it is the phone and not the service or the reception.
Droid or Blackberry will be just fine.
Blackberry is being replaced now by smart phones from Apple and or Google.
Verizon should be coming out with an iPhone soon.
Goodluck and best regards.
If you need to use a verizon based phone, Droid. Blackberry's are ok but they are dying out. Droids will have the apps to support it as developers have more time to get them out there.