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April 24, 2014

2012 Smartphones: What Your Peers Say

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2012 Smartphones: What Your Peers Say

Here are the devices other practitioners use, and how they’re using them.

“Making the Change Work”

Earlier this year Alex Pendygraft, sales associate with Prudential Realty Group of Indianapolis, traded in her HTC Android EVO smartphone for Apple’s iPhone 4S. A smartphone user since 2006, she’s not yet convinced any single platform has all the answers.

“I like the iPhone for its seamless integration with my Mac,” she explains. “But I preferred the EVO’s larger screen size and easy compatibility with some of the other tools I use for real estate.” The Sprint subscriber hasn’t been too impressed with Siri, the iPhone’s voice-responsive digital assistant, but she’s confident she’ll remain an iPhone user for a while.

“My smartphone is one of the most important tools I have,” she says. “The one feature I would like to see them add is a micro projector, so it would be easier to share things with clients from my phone.”

“The Google Way”

Sam White is a believer in all things Google: Google Docs and its cloud services, Gmail, Google Voice, Google Maps, and Google Reader. So when it came time to upgrade his smartphone, the Google-branded Galaxy Nexus with the latest version of Android seemed the logical choice.

“I’m not one of those people who has to be first with new technology, I’d rather let someone else work out the problems.” says this residential sales associate with Keller Williams Bryan College Station in College Station, Texas. “But as soon as the new generation Galaxy Nexus became available, I was ready.”

It’s not that White hadn’t considered other options. Late last year, he worked up a shopping list of what to look for in an Android smartphone: 4G compatibility; a 1 GHz processor with minimum of 512 MB RAM; four-inch screen; and 5 MP rear facing camera. The Galaxy Nexus hits all points. “I’m very happy with my new Android phone, and the way it’s completely integrated with Google Docs and Google Voice,” he reports.

“On Hold With the Bold”

If vendors would heed the concerns of people like Joan Lefkowitz, SRES, with Lang Realty in Boca Raton, Fla., they might sell even more smartphones to real estate professionals. “I do all my work about my clients inside Outlook” on a computer, explains this owner of a Blackberry Bold 9700 smartphone.

“I’ve not yet been able to find any other phone that syncs my Outlook data as perfectly as my Bold,” Lefkowitz reports. “I tried a couple of Android phones, but they just didn’t work for me.”

She especially likes the Bold’s ability to switch over to Wi-Fi where regular cell service is spotty. “Many houses here are made of concrete, and that can interfere with the cell service,” she explains, “But as soon as I walk into my house, the phone immediately switches to its Wi-Fi mode and connects with our router.”

Until and unless a superior solution appears, she’s sticking with the Bold. “The only feature I’m not crazy about is the size of its screen,” she admits.