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0320fb37abcb6039784f6195f0bc2b07You’re hearing all about the new google phone, Nexus One and you’ve heard about the iPhone for years and you’re still using a Palm Treo 650. It’s okay, you’re not alone. You’re also not alone in your quest for shopping for a new phone because you’re tired of being restricted to a terrible phone simply for the infrared technology that opens doors for you.

You’ve decided that you’re going to free yourself (as AG Founder Benn Rosales has been begging you to do for many years) and just put the stupid giant brick of a MLS lockbox opener in your glovebox and buy whatever phone you want. But you have to shop first. And you might have to change carriers even though you’ve been with Sprint since you were in high school and enjoy insanely low rates (or maybe that’s just me).

There are features you may not even know you wanted or should care about, but the easiest way to organize your thoughts about switching, upgrading or simply buying the new shiny toy on the market is to chart the features. Instead of going out and doing all of that on your own, today, BillShrink.com has done it for you. So in your quest to techify yourself, take time to be educated about it (and don’t switch just because you saw your daughter’s iPhone cover and now you want a pink zebra phone holder too so you want to switch to Apple).

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23 Comments

23 Comments

  1. Ken Brand

    January 7, 2010 at 8:17 am

    Nice comparison. I’m thinking when iSlate(?) drops, I might lose my iPhone. I’ll use the iSlate for apps and stuff and pick up the Google Love phone for calls, etc. Of course it all depends on the what the new gadget does, what it costs and how many closings take place between then and now.

  2. Thomas A. B. Johnson

    January 7, 2010 at 9:03 am

  3. Rich Gaasenbeek

    January 7, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Interesting that the biggest smartphone of all in terms of marketshare and sales – RIM’s BlackBerry – isn’t even on the list. Any thoughts on why? The agents I know use Blackberries more than all the others combined. Are we seeing the beginning of the end for BB as a smartphone contender?

  4. Paul

    January 7, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    I think Rich had a great note. What about the BB? I think, although other smartphones are good the BB will always have a place. The comparison was nice, but it didn’t show the actual logistics of usage. What are each of these phones actually capable of doing. Battery life is good, I suppose, but in the grand scheme of things, is it really important? Don’t we all have car chargers now?

    Nice attempt, but a little more relevant info would be appreciated next time, and don’t leave out the tried and true just to highlight the new.

  5. Greg Cook

    January 7, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    I was watching GMA from the Consumer Electronics Show and they demonstrated a phone (I think it was Nexus One) and it had voice recognition software. They spoke George Stephanopoulis name into the phone and it performed a Google search. Huge implications for Realtors and consumer home searches.

  6. Charlie

    January 7, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Nice phone snapshot, but not very broad…

    Regarding the iSlate comments – what’s the big deal? Tablets are great, but have been here for some time?

  7. 4BostonOfficeSpace

    January 7, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Hi Lani,
    Thanks for the chart. The first sentence of your post is me to a tee. I’m still tied to my Treo because none of the “do it all” phones seem to have it right for me yet. Because I’ve been using it for so long (3 600’s, 4th 650), I’m very touch screen oriented for navigating but also love the Treo’s physical keyboard. Most importantly, the call quality of the phone itself has always been exceptional. At this point, the choices are dizzying, but the Provider Network is a major determining factor for me. Because my cell is my defacto primary communication channel, I have to be on Verizon here in Greater Boston (and Maine coast in Summer). With fat fingers, I just can’t rely on a purely virtual keyboard. I thought the Droid would finally be the answer, but the flat keyboard just feels too strange coming from the Treo. If someone could just take my Treo shell and install a speedy processor, add a ton of memory, put in a servicable browser, add WiFi, I think I could be happy. Till then, I’m still looking.
    Mike Giles
    Giles Commercial Realty Group

  8. Kris

    January 8, 2010 at 10:50 am

    What absolutely ABSURD to me, is that NO ONE has created something compatible with these newer phones (aside from a Bluetooth Dongle that may / may not work with your phone). Does GE security not realize they are going to lose out on 10s of thousands of customers if someone beats them to the punch. There are millions of $$$ at stake in this REALTOR game alone!

    And REALTORs that are using a Treo, need to throw that POS away and stop using that archaic solution. Force the manufacturers to create something for the year 2010.

  9. Lilly

    January 8, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    I don’t like multi function devices that much, be it phone or printer, because when one of the devices go, you are without them all so no Treo door opener for me. I have a Blackberry. I’d be very hapy with the BB if it were touchscreen and there MORE apps for it. When I change next time I’m planning to go the Iphone because of the many apps and the larger screen. Like one of the other comments, I don’t care about batter time. I want the features compared, like dimensions especially screen size.

  10. Walter

    January 8, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    instead of the Palm Pre from Sprint – why not use the HTC Hero, which would be a better comparison since it is an android and would compare alot more favorably.

  11. Ben Thomas

    January 9, 2010 at 9:35 am

    the thing that really gets my goat is how none of these phones sync BOTH contacts and categories with your work computer or web based contact management apps, as far as i know. for example, google contacts will not do this yet, and from what i have found is phones like blackberry will do this a little bit but seem to be very buggy and hard to figure out. i am sure if i paid enough money i could find a way, like everything else.

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Austin tops the list of best places to buy a home

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(REALUOSO.COM) – Let us first express that although we are completely biased about Texas (we’re headquartered here, I personally grew up here), the data is not – Texas is the best. That’s a scientific fact. There’s a running joke in Austin that if there is a list of “best places to [anything],” we’re on it, and the joke causes eye rolls instead of humility (we’re sore winners and sore losers in this town).

That said, SelfStorage.com dug into the data and determined that the top 12 places to buy a home are currently Texas and North Carolina (and Portland, I guess you’re okay too or whatever).

They examined the nerdiest of numbers from the compound annual growth rate in inflation-adjusted GDP to cost premium, affordability, taxes, job growth, and housing availability.

“Buying a house is a big decision and a big commitment,” the company notes. “Although U.S. home prices have risen in the long term, the last decade has shown that path is sometimes full of twists, turns, dizzying heights and steep, abrupt falls. Today, home prices are stabilizing and increasing in most areas of the U.S.”

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(REALUOSO.COM) – In a survey from the Department of Housing and Urban Development American Housing Survey (AHS), the median age of homes in the United States was 35 years old. In Texas, homes are a bit younger with the median age between 19 – 29 years. The northeast has the oldest homes, with the median age between 50 – 61 years. In 1985, the median age of a home was only 23 years.

With more houses around 40 years old, the National Association of Realtors asserts that homeowners will have to undertake remodeling and renovation projects before selling unless the home is sold as-is, in which case the buyer will be responsible to update their new residence. Even homeowners who aren’t selling will need to consider remodeling for structural and aesthetic reasons.

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Newer homes cost more than they used to. The price differential between new homes and older homes has increased from 10 percent traditionally to around 37 percent in 2014. This is due to rising construction costs, scarcity of lots, and a low inventory of new homes that doesn’t meet the demand.

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Are Realtors the real loser in the fight between Zillow Group and Move, Inc.?

The last year has been one of dramatic and rapid change in the real estate tech sector, but Realtors are vulnerable, and we’re worried.

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Why Realtors are vulnerable to these rapid changes

(REALUOSO.COM) – Corporate warfare demands headlines in every industry, but in the real estate tech sector, a storm has been brewing for years, which in the last year has come to a head. Zillow Group and Move, Inc. (which is owned by News Corp. and operates ListHub, Realtor.com, TopProducer, and other brands) have been competing for a decade now, and the race has appeared to be an aggressive yet polite boxing match. Last year, the gloves came off, and now, they’ve drawn swords and appear to want blood.

Note: We’ll let you decide which company plays which role in the image above.

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