Do I really need an Ipad, or should I get an Iphone and dump my old blackberry for showing real estate??

Asked by Terry Bell, Santa Rosa, CA Sat Nov 19, 2011

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Don Tepper, Agent, Burke, VA
Sun Nov 20, 2011
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You're comparing apples (or Apples) and oranges with an iPhone vs. Blackberry. Two different functions, optimized for different purposes.

I used to have a Palm and switched to a Droid-based phone (Droid Incredible, then the Droid Incredible 2). So unfortunately I can't specifically compare the iPhone to the Blackberry. But if I were looking for a smart phone now, I'd go with either a Droid or (based on recommendations from some of my friends) an IPhone.

If I were looking for something to do presentations on, I'd look at either an iPad or a Droid-based device. As Dan points out, one limitation of Apple devices is the inability to run Flash. You'd have to consider whether that'd be a deal-killer for you.

Another option is a laptop, depending on your needs. And there are some devices that function both as tablets and (by hooking it up to another device) as laptops. Asus, for instance, makes some with good reputations.

But the first question really is: What are the primary functions you need it for?

Hope that helps.
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Mack McCoy, Agent, Seattle, WA
Sat Nov 19, 2011
I'm really nearsighted, Terry, and I'm going to hold a tablet up to my face just as close whether the screen is four inches diagonally or twelve.

I can count the number of times I've needed to check the MLS from my car; I know my way around town and I'm glad to get my emails and be able to text and receive calls.

So, to answer your question, no, and only if you want to.

All the best,
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Annette Law…, Agent, Palm Harbor, FL
Sun Nov 20, 2011
As Dan pointed out, you need to be aware of the ability to use your LOCAL resources with the iPad.
I've found I iPhone and a laptop, I mean a really, really inexpensive laptop, and cloud computing takes your entire office where every you go.
The most unfortunate result is further blurring of work/personal/recreation boundaries. Going to the iPhone will be like "Waling in the sunshine' for the first time.

Best of success,
Annette
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Allan Erps, Agent, Pearl River, NY
Sun Nov 20, 2011
Blackberry(which I still have for another few months, and is ok but obviously understand the limitations)? I was usung that big two way radio phone from te 80's! Must have missed all that new technology!
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Akil Walker, Agent, Upper Marlboro, MD
Sun Nov 20, 2011
Terry,


As long as you get one of the them you should be good to go. I have both. I like the Ipad more for showing clients MLS info because of the side of the screen. Image 2, 3, 4 people or more huddle around a 2inch wide screen.

The phone and Ipad carry almost idenitical applications so you can not lose. I purchased my ipad first. if I had purchased my phone first, i do not believe I would have needed the ipad but they are great for watching movies and TV while your waiting for you next showing or have some down time.

Good luck
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Tammy Benkwi…, Agent, Somers, NY
Sun Nov 20, 2011
So, you have an "old" Blackberry? Sounds like its time to upgrade and you are deciding which direction to turn. Been there, done that! In fact I wrote a blog post about it last June (before the 4S came out) . I attached the link below.

I dumped BB and moved onto an iPhone and I am very happy with it. One thing I like about the iPhone is that it simply is easier to read because of the larger screen. Plus the BB keys had red on black and very tiny print on some models which made finding the buttons a bit tricky for me and other agents I know.

As far as the iPad goes, agents I know who have them, love them. A rare few will use them for snazzy presentations. Personally, I am going to wait until pricing comes down and the technology improves.

Good luck!
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Brian Rayl, Agent, Dallas, TX
Sun Nov 20, 2011
I would certanily say that the iPhone definitely trumps the blackberry in terms of Real Estate. The number of apps that are available is ungodly and VERY useful. I have an iPad that I purchased for real estate and I use it for presentations and the "cool" factor. It is funny how involved you can get someone when you hand them an iPad, and that involvement builds trust, and that trust builds clients. I would not call it "necessary" but it definitely helps. I would suggest an iPhone first though, so that you can get used to the Apple platform.

Best of luck to you!
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Dan Tabit, Agent, Issaquah, WA
Sat Nov 19, 2011
Terry,
I won an iPad a few months ago. It's helpful, but not critical. I find I use less paper, can look things up on the fly if I want to and it can entertain some kids when they get cranky.
There are some limitations however. No Adobe Flash programs work on an iPad. Our MLS uses flash for county records search, so there are times I wish I had a laptop instead. The keypad is smaller than a laptop and the connection speeds off WiFi are slow.
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Fri Nov 25, 2011
Any "Smart Phone" should be able to download apps for your real estate needs.

Happy funding, Rudi
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MJ Olsen, Agent, Rockport, TX
Fri Nov 25, 2011
Terry... get an Ipad... I have actually replaced my laptop with an Ipad. I still have my phone an HTC EVO. I use my Ipad not just for listing presentations but when out showing homes. It is amazing ... I was showing homes and buyer just did not care for the floor plan of the home but did not like the curb appeal of another and just did not want to go in... but I knew that it had the floor plan... before we left the area I pulled up the home on my Ipad and showed them the pictures of the home... and yes we did go end up going inside the home after all. It's fabulous for listing appointments... because I can back up my presentation with showing them some of the marketing & advertising with an Ipad. I have even done an eflyer to send out. It is the best investment I made this year.
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John Souerbry, Agent, Fairfield, CA
Thu Nov 24, 2011
I prefer to show real estate in person on the property, electronic "showings" aren't ever quite as effective. When taking clients on the road, I prepare a notebook they can add/delete pages from and make notes on during our search, which could take months.
When it comes to using an iPad, iPhone or any other electronic device to give directions when driving clients to properties, DUMP IT!!!
Using an electronic device for navigation tells clients that you don't know your way around a neighborhood that you are supposed to be an expert on. This may seem nit-picky, but it's the details that differentiate the pro from the amateur. Better to preview/recon the properties and drive to them with confidence.
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Carmen Brode…, Agent, Scottsdale, AZ
Thu Nov 24, 2011
I usually leave my ipad at home when showing homes to clients. My iphone can do it all!!
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Agnes Tabor, Agent, Naples, FL
Wed Nov 23, 2011
Hello Terry,

Have had my iPhone for over 2 years and it has worked well for me. With all the problems that Blackberry has been having, I could not imagine being without my phone for 1 day let alone the 3-5. I have actually dumped my laptop for an iPad and would not be without it, still on learning curve but the curve is up every day; so many options and it weighs nothing. Oh, I did just get a new desk top and am amazed at it's capability.

Good Luck to you!
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Linda S. Cef…, Agent, Franklin, WI
Tue Nov 22, 2011
I think I am in the majority here as well. I traded my BB for Iphone. Love it! Would never go back. I have an Ipad on my wish list, but with the Iphone I'm doing fine. I get my emails immediately and there are more apps than you can imagine.
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Dominique Br…, Agent, Buford, GA
Tue Nov 22, 2011
Terry,

I personally own an iPad, an iPhone, and a Blackberry Torch. I initially started with an iPhone years ago and continuously updated it until last year when I decided to try a Blackberry Torch. The ONLY reason I wanted a Blackberry was because of the ability to receive emails instantly and it is truly a great device for that reason alone. However, I felt like using the Blackberry was like going from a CD to a cassette tape...in other words...BACKWARDS! I recently switched back to the iPhone 4s and could not see going any other way. There are so many apps available to assist you in the field and I personally think it's more convenient to have the phone and apps combined on one device versus carrying the iPad and a phone on showings. Keep in mind the iPad is pretty much the same thing as the iPhone with just a larger screen minus the phone of course. Being an owner of all 3 devices, I encourage you to dump the Blackberry and get an iPhone. The iPad is not necessary.
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The Stephen…, Agent, Portland, OR
Tue Nov 22, 2011
You'll love the iphone or even the andriod phones over the Blackness.
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