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Jan Milstead, Other/Just Looking in Birmingham, AL

For all the Real Estate Pros - I am looking to buy a NEW Smartphone - currently own a Palm Centro - beams infrared for IBox. Love it but too small

Asked by Jan Milstead, Birmingham, AL Thu Apr 29, 2010

and looking for better email capability. I have been inquiring as to a Blackberry Storm / 9650 or a Palm Treo but have a few concerns as to Palms financial position - HP is looking to acquire them.

I also like the thought of the Apple IPhone but not sold on AT&T.

Any thoughts...

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Well, at least you love your Palm Centro. I really don't like mine. As you note, the keyboard is way too small. And the e-mail ability (as well as its ability to surf the Web) is sorely lacking. If I had it to do over, I'd have gone with a Blackberry.

Today, I'm really intrigued by the phones with the Droid operating system. I'm on Verizon, and there are a couple of nice Droid-based phones . . . and, at least where I am, Verizon provides pretty good service.

Let me know what you decide!
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Don Tepper, Real Estate Pro in Burke, VA
I have been using a Blackberry for quite some time and never had any problems with it.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 29, 2010
Good luck with your Android Jan! I've heard good things about it.

I'm planning on upgrading my 2 year old Iphone to the iPhone 4...hopefully soon.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 24, 2010
As an Update ~ I chose the Android. This is an incredible phone and the features are wonderful ! I am looking forward to Ekey becoming available on it ~
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 24, 2010
Jan - I'm an iPhone user and have had no problems with AT&T. Because my market straddles a couple area codes, I also carry a Verizon phone with a different area code/number (ever put up a For Sale sign with an out of town area code on it? I was severly harrassed by the local agents, even though my office is only a few miles from the property). Where AT&T service quality is poor, I use the Verizon phone and vise/versa.
The iPhone reads PDF documents on-screen right out of the box, but there are apps available for reading and editing all standard MS Office documents.
I haven't that the iPhone will be adding an IR transmitter, but I prefer having a separate lockbox key for security and reliabillity reasons. I don't want to lose my key if my phone acts up, but that's a personal choice.
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I had the blackberry pearl, my main complaint with it is I can't read attachments in my email. I just went in for an upgrade and was thinking about the droid. However, I was told the battery life is not very good. You can not get through a whole day if you are using it much. I went with the Palm pixi instead. I have only had it for 3 days and dropped it today and the screen cracked and it completely locked up. Now I am waiting on insurance replacement. I'm still trying to figure it out, but it seems kind of slow when opening new windows. I do like that I can have several applications open at the same time and switch between them very easily. The battery life hasn't been that great with it. I don't make it through the day. I just make sure to plug it in whenever I am in my car. Keyboard is small, I have to use my nails to type. It might take a few more days to get used to it. I don't know. Still undecided.
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Thank you for the thoughts. I have had a Blackberry before (when they first came out) and hated it - though it may have been more my service provider than the phone itself. The Centro - is user friendly but as Don noted - web and email are lacking. My ekey is on it and it beams the infrared - no more making sure the key is updated or forgetting it.

I have not yet looked at the Droid though it is intrigueing given that I don't know I want to go to AT&T for an IPhone. I love the touchscreen of the Centro - which is why I like the thought of the Blackberry Storm - but as Solomon pointed out - the screen is annoying or other agents say they freeze up.

If anyone has any other thoughts - I have about 3 months to do my research in - and keep hoping something great will happen with technology - but I have a feeling - I will be headed down the Blackberry road again...
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 29, 2010

I see you're from my hometown!

I use the BB Storm, but previously used the Palm Treo. I don't know that I'll go back to the Storm once the contract expires in November. Really hoping to see some other technology soon. The Storm has it's plusses, but the touch screen is annoying. Difficult accessing MLS too.
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