Interesting...I came upon this string while looking for a good financial app to add to my new cell phone. I'd been a palm enthusiast for many years. When Treos came out, I had 3...each in succession died. My 650 (which I LOVED) died about 2 weeks after the warranty ran out (go figure!) and when I replaced it, I went to the 680. It was A NIGHTMARE! Much as I was comfortable with palm apps and how it synched with my computer, I had constant problems .... despite repeated exchanges of both device and sim card. Finally had a more or less catastropic failure that even hard resets would not resolve. Figured it was time for a change.
I took the plunge and got a BB Bold...more money than I really wanted to spend, but it appeared to have the features I'm used to using (though I hate the additional $30/mo to be able to use my email!!! Didn't have to do that with my treo...web access and email were not a "forced pair".) I'm also finding the trackball a bit challenging. But, having said that, I'm also really enjoying PUTTING IT TO USE.
Frankly, I believe that the best phone for real estate applications depends FULLY on which applications you use. The screen on the bold is FABULOUS. Of course I'd prefer larger, but it is, nonetheless, very crisp and clear. I need to learn the simplest "zoom in" shortcuts yet. I've searched the mls with it, visited numerous sites as a test and have been amazed at how quickly they seem to load compared to my Treo (when I did have web access on it). I'm now synching my BB with my real estate software (Mark-It Advantage XI....which I've been using for about a year now and ABSOLUTELY LOVE...maybe not perfect YET...but darned close!) and have my email setup. BB uses push technology with gets all your email sent to you without your requesting it. I've had it a grand total of 2 days so far, so am very much in "learning mode". Definitely looking for good apps to include in it to make it as great a "sidekick" as possible.
Thanks for the post, Adrian....and for bringing up this subject!