Dons' musings about O Fallon Mo : Which do you prefer Blackberry, IPhone or Palm Treo

Which do you prefer Blackberry, IPhone or Palm Treo

With all of the technology that is out there today for use in our profession.  There is the Blackberry [all models], the IPhone and of course the Palm Treo [the one that I currently have].

I am currently looking to change and need some help from you the users of these pieces of technology.  I know that there is speed, resolution and a miriad of other things to take into consideration when changing.

I am sure that there are some out there that would be willing to help and not confuse me any more than I am already.  So please vote and possibly leave a comment after voting.

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As always, Thank you in advance for you help.

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Don Rogers is a licensed REALTOR® in Missouri.  I specialize in St. Charles County Missouri and have called O Fallon MO my home since 1993.  If you are looking to buy or sell or you are relocating to the area and would like information about the St Charles County MO area do not hesitate to give me a call at 314-954-6775 or if you would prefer to send me an email.

 

Comment balloon 33 commentsDon Rogers • September 28 2009 08:35PM

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Hi Don;

I really love my blackberry, I never used an iphone, I am pretty sure that is a great phone.

Posted by Anthony Stokes-Pereira, Realtor (Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty) about 9 years ago

I like that blackberry what I am using now, but I think the key is the big screen.  Unless you are going to a notepad in the future.

Posted by Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com (Real Estate One) about 9 years ago

Hi Don

It took me a couple of weeks to get use to my blackberry but now I wouldn't give it up. I love it. My vote is for the blackberry.  

Posted by Nancy Frantz, Realtor~over 20 years, RE/MAX Results Realty (www.MyNewDreamHouse.com) about 9 years ago

Don - I am a fan of my Blackberry storm... Easy to use, decent camera and video, etc.  Only downside is that it occasionally locks up on me. 

Posted by Ryan Shaughnessy, Broker/Attorney - Your Lafayette Square Real Estate Partner (PREA Signature Realty - www.preasignaturerealty.com) about 9 years ago

I bought the new Blackberry Storm. Really liked the screen. Ten days later I was happy Verizon took it back and bought another Palm Treo! All the junk that would make a teenager happy was in the way of business. The Treo is compatable with Supra lockboxes and no Blackberry has the required infra-red capability. That meant adding another item to carry. I was not happy with the applications either- the Treo uses Windows based Outlook, Excel, Word that works well along with my laptop. If playing games and sending 100 text messages daily the Blackberry is fantastic but for business the Treo beats it hands down!

Posted by John Rakoci, North Myrtle Beach Coastal Carolinas (Eagle Realty) about 9 years ago

I've been using the Palm Treo Pro for almost a year now and, while I'm sure I'm nowhere near using it to it's capacity, I like it very much.  One of the determining factors to choose this phone was that it could be used as an MLS key for our system.  Blackberry can now be used with a fob, but iPhone still doesn't work with our MLS.  It's the first smart phone I've had and I think it's great.

 

Posted by Richard Overall, Your OVERALL Long-Term Real Estate Resource (United Country Premier Properties) about 9 years ago

Don,

For me, its not even close. The iPhone is an amazing piece of technology.

Rich

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 9 years ago

Don...

The buttons are too small on all of them for me, so I use a regular phone and drag my laptop around!

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) about 9 years ago

Don...I use a palm...Have not tried the Blackberry or any other, but I do like what I have!

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) about 9 years ago

Hey Don, if you are bussiness oriented then the Blackberry if you are artsy then the I-phone. I have the Blackberry world edition, When I travel in Europe I conduct bussiness as if I was here in Southern California. I would not want any other phone. Interestingly I never heared complaints from BB users, can't say the same about I-phone users.

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) about 9 years ago

Good morning Anthony,

The IPhone sounds to be pretty nice but I am wondering how well it will meet my RE needs.  Thanks for stopping in and taking part in my little survey.  I am leaning towards the Blackberry

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) about 9 years ago

Russ,

I haven't heard anything bad about the Blackberry but my son is pressing hard for me to go the the IPhone.  Thanks for the help.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) about 9 years ago

Nancy,

I asked the salesperson how long it the learning curve for an "Old Man" would be and she told me about two weeks and knowing me it may take three or four.  I guess I could try a little harder to learn it faster.  Thanks for the help.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) about 9 years ago

Ryan,

I am having the "lock-up" problem with my Palm Treo and have had since I bought it.  I am thinking the Blackberry Curve but I am leaning very hard toward the Blackberry.  It is always good to ask the current users of these different devices tho.

Thanks for your help and I look forward to seeing you in a couple of days at the lake.  Call me when you get in.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) about 9 years ago

John,

The interface with the MLS & being able to only carry one piece of equipment is the reason I went with the Treo.  I am thinking that it is time to move on with the technology that is available.  I too wish that Blackberry had IR capability and for the IPhone I haven't seen anything that would lead me to believe that it will interface with a fob.

Thank you sir for stopping by.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) about 9 years ago

Richard O.,

I too use the Treo for the same reasons and have been using it for a long time.  I see more and more folks changing to the Blackberry and IPhone and see the advantages/disadvantages of both compared to the Treo. 

Thank you sir for stopping in.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) about 9 years ago

Richard I.,

Thank you sir for stopping in. It is always good to hear a different point of view and I am glad that you took part in my survey.  It is always hard when one is thinking about changing from one piece of equipment to another.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) about 9 years ago

RW,

I keep looking at those little bitty buttons too but they just don't make a full size keyboard for these phones.  Darn the luck.

Thank you my friend for stopping in.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) about 9 years ago

William,

I too use the Palm and enjoy it even through the ups and downs of lockups and the like.  I will miss it but I am thinking it is time to move on with something, hopefully, better and faster.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) about 9 years ago

Endre,

Thank you sir.  This is very useful information and I appreciate you taking the time to stop in and comment.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) about 9 years ago

Don - Glad you posted this survey. I am contemplating the same thing. I tried the Blackberry for 3 wks and it drove me crazy. I missed a few calls (they got lost in my voice mail), and it seemed like I had to press far too many keys to make a phone call. I know, there is voice dial, but that always seemed to give me the wrong person. I went back to my old Treo, but I do need to get something new.

Have you decided yet?

Posted by Judy Jennings, Broker - The Lanterns at Warren Woods - Ashland MA (The Green Company) about 9 years ago

Don, We're pretty adaptive by nature if not be attitude, LOL.  I went to iphone and I'm not looking back, but BB has really courted the RE agent market and has developed a strong following with their apps.

Posted by Steve, Joel & Steve A. Chain (Chain Real Estate Investments & Mortgage, Steve & Joel Chain) about 9 years ago

I don't have any of them, but I have been considering moving to one myself. I will have to check out the comments and see what advice I can get as well.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) about 9 years ago

Judy,

I have listened to those that have come before you and to those in my office and elsewhere and I have gone with a Blackberry Curve 8310.  Now all I have to do is get comfortable with it.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) about 9 years ago

Steve,

To listen to the sales folks at your local phone store they are in love with the IPhone.  I am thinking that it is a matter of personal preference.  Thanks for your input.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) about 9 years ago

JL,

I would say get the phone that you are comfortable with and be happy with it.  Thank you sir for stopping in.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) about 9 years ago

Very interesting, my plan has unlimited calls and this messes me up when it comes to trying to texting etc. So I'm interested in this topic as well.

Posted by Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl. (Charles Stallions Real Estate Services ) about 9 years ago

Don - The Blackberry I tried was the curve. Perhaps the 8310 will be better. I hope you will come back and let us know how you are adapting to the new device. I will check back to see, just so you know! Okay?

Posted by Judy Jennings, Broker - The Lanterns at Warren Woods - Ashland MA (The Green Company) about 9 years ago

Don - If you buy the blackberry and need the Supra key fob, we have a couple unprogrammed in the office.  We had already bought the Supra key fobs and then got a rebate for 2 free ones from GE when we updated our phones.

Posted by Ryan Shaughnessy, Broker/Attorney - Your Lafayette Square Real Estate Partner (PREA Signature Realty - www.preasignaturerealty.com) about 9 years ago

Don - I forgot to mention.  The Storm allows me to show property videos, listing presentations, etc anywhere.  I can also search the MLS either directly or though the Supra download.  The Supra download (which is in addition to the key fob) includes the agent directory, showings requests and confirmations, MLS property info, market data, etc.  Only downside is no photos.  Someone mentioned texting and other items for kids above.  I don't regularly text (except text notification of showing requests and confirmations).  However, my clients do so I like the text features.  I also like the logging feature as I can track calls, add notes, and keep a record of conversations with clients as well as with the other agents. 

Posted by Ryan Shaughnessy, Broker/Attorney - Your Lafayette Square Real Estate Partner (PREA Signature Realty - www.preasignaturerealty.com) about 9 years ago

Hello, everyone. I have used a Blackberry 8310 for quite awhile and love it. However, I am leaving the company and my Blackberry. One does get attached to the Blackberry Curve after awhile. I am bidding on a Treo 750 at Ebay. Seems to meet my needs and has the infrared port.

Blackberry/Supra now has the FOB which will convert Blackberry to a GE Supra.

Posted by M. Suzi Woods (Gravenstuk), Suzi Woods, Prior Independent REBroker in MS (NOW Sharing the life and spice of the GC one day at a time) about 9 years ago

Anyone using a blackberry with a key fob?  I'd like your oppinions, likes and dislikes, before I purchase my new phone.  Thanks!

Posted by Becky Dopp, Principal Broker/Owner (Elite Real Estate LLC) about 9 years ago

Becky,

I went to a Blackberry and the fob and it is not as bad as one would think.  I had a concern at first and that was the reason for the post.  I really enjoy my blackberry and would recommend it to anybody.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) about 9 years ago

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