In this week’s AG Flash Poll, we studied smartphone technology preferences as they pertain to real estate professionals. With the rapidly changing smartphone scene, we find it fascinating to closely watch what your thoughts and feelings are on the topic.
People outside of the industry may believe Realtors to be behind the times, but at AG we know better. In fact, we have found the foot soldiers of the real estate industry to be among the earliest adopters of technologies as independent agents are able to take more risk than a corporation on how they steer their ship.
For example, a year ago, we asked what cell phones you were all carrying and even back then, 43% were packin’ iPhones and almost no one was using an old fashioned flip phone.
A year later, we are not surprised to learn that Androids have taken a lot of the market share and this is certainly not the end of the trend toward a shifting smartphone sector.
Here’s how you responded to the AG Flash Poll:
How do tablets impact your plans?
We asked “How does the rise of tablet technologies impact your mobile phone buying plans?” and the answers were intriguing. There is no longer a Mac/PC culture, there is an iWhatever/Android culture and when we asked about opinions on tablet, most indicated that they intend on (or already do) own a tablet in addition to their current or future smartphones.
The affinity for Android is astonishing- many respondents implied they will be buying an Android tablet this year having already purchased an iPad. As we’ve been predicting, vendors will have to deal with this third technology (mobile, internet and now tablet) and your opinions confirm this. A lot of people are iPad and iPhone fans but there is a lot of anticipation in the real estate industry regarding tablets running on Android, so a lot of people are actually waiting to buy their next phone based on their tablet purchases- technologies are improving so quickly, many indicated fear of their technology being outdated quickly.
We believe this to be a great sign in the industry- can you imagine in 1990 being told that you would be wrapped up in whether or not your technology use was cutting edge or three months behind or that you’d worry about 4G/3G or HTML5/Flash and the like? We’ve come a long way!