Treo, Blackberry, Ipac, Q...which smart phone is the best?

Real Estate Agent with Aloha Coast Realty, LLC

     Blackberry Phone                                        Q Phone                                        Treo 755 


OK, I am in a the next two months I will be in a position to get a new phone...I have a Treo 650 and I love it, but I really like the Treo 700. Now they have the Treo 750, 755, 680, etc...

I know people who swear by the Blackberries, and someone just bought a Q? What about that Ipac? I have looked at the Consumer Report style sites but I am really interested in some real world reports from people who use their phones in similar aspects as me...

I like the calendar program and being able to sync with the computer, i need IR or Bluetooth, I really need the e-mail function, contact management and/or storage is a must, must have a decent camera, video is good as well, being able to customize the phone is great, I need a Qwerty pad for texting, love the ability to surf with it, decent battery is nice but extended time is not necessary, touch pad is awesome and I am ok with either Palm or Windows OS (no experience with anything else) ...I'm not asking for too much am I? :)

The only problems I have with the Treo is its kinda glitchy (that may be the service provider though, Verizon) and the e-mail function is really tough to work with (could be the Palm OS). Maybe the newer Treo's have resolved this or maybe I am just doing something wrong?

I appreciate all the feedback I can get!

Comments (34)


I just got a full size Blackberry. Had the Pearl but couldn't stand the keyboard or the tiny screen. But now I have trouble surfing the local MLS. My nephew fixed it by adjusting Java in the browser. But now it's reverted back to it's blocking of my full MLS again.


How do I adjust the Java Settings and whst should they be set too!



Mar 02, 2008 11:18 AM
Vita Strakhman
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Upper Saddle River, NJ
Bergen county Realtor

Trevella, whch one did you end up getting?  Do you like it?  I am the same crossroads now:)

May 29, 2008 01:07 PM
Don Rider
EZ Rider Home Inspections LLC. - Bossier City, LA
Shreveport Bossier Home Inspector


I just got a HTC 6800. It is wonderfull, It has a slide out full qwerty keyboard. Windows 6.0 mobile, IR, Bluetooth and tons more.

May 30, 2008 01:57 AM
Trevella Williams
Aloha Coast Realty, LLC - Hilo, HI
Realtor, Salesperson, ABR SFR

Aloha! I upgraded to the Treo 700...turned out to not be such a great choice, very glitchy phone/computer. Regularly it will just freeze for 10-20 seconds, randomly turns off, changes my settings, and the lag time is ferocious! I will be texting and notice that the curser stopped moving two lines up! Very frustrating! I have gone online for the patchs and done the updates (none of which are easy or convenient no matter what they say), but the problems reoccur.

My Broker has the new Blackberry and swears by it! He is always doing e-mail and checking efax, etc... while we are in the field. The 700 can do all this as well, it just takes 5 times as many clicks and 5 times as long... So I guess I am going to have to get a Blackberry ;}

In reviewing some of the past post here I remember that one of my concerns was having a camera...the new Blackberries camera is great, good quality and seems easy to use.

One thing that held me back from the Blackberry was my Verizon service and the fact that they offered insurance for the longer! Must have been too many claims... So I am really considering not only changing to Blackberry but changing my service provider as well, another downside to the treos is that they don't get the best reception (I have tried numerous external antenas :( , combine that with Verizons hit or miss reception areas and it's a recipe for disaster...or at least lots of dropped calls!.

So it looks like I am going to have to find my thrill on Blackberry Hill!   Sorry...couldn't resist the cheap pun...;)


May 30, 2008 05:54 AM
Lesley Lambert
Park Square Realty serving Western MA - Westfield, MA
Real Estate Agent - Realtor - Westfield, MA - 413-

I have read these posts with interest because I think I am ready to upgrade to a smartphone and was looking into the Blackberry.  Seems like the right way to go, thanks everyone!

May 31, 2008 05:18 AM
Linda Tremblay
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc, PA License #AB065488 - Doylestown, PA
Associate Broker - Bucks County, PA Real Estate Services

I have a blackberry and love it, but I am going to be upgrading to the Blackberry Curve since it has a camera.  This has just become available through Verizon.  I like the fact that my email comes to me automatically, I do not have to go download it.  It has contact management,calendar and everything else

May 31, 2008 05:22 AM
Richard Byron Smith, NMLS #184479
Mortgage Loan Officer, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation NMLS #2289 - Chattanooga, TN
Mortgage Loan Officer

Do you pick the phone first or the service first? I am thinking about the step up from a cell phone to something more useful - email, texting (still getting used to that being a verb??), video and camera, uploading, and whatever other technology will lead me forward.

I am with Verizon, and was talking with a TMobile salesman. It seemed to me that the phone went with the service - Verizon had the larger blackberry, TMobile had the Pearl, AT&T had something else, and someone else had something other else.

Does the service choose the phone, or are all phones compatible with all services? Which service seems best? I have no problem with Verizon. What about TMobile. It probably depends on the area.

May 31, 2008 06:03 AM
Kimberly Underwood Kostescu
Coldwell Banker Crampsie Realty - Windsor, ON

I love my Treo 755 Palm.  Everything is at my fingertips from MLS to EKey.  I can search a listing from a viewing if my clients have passed another house that looks like it might meet their criteria.  I keep all of my own listings under contacts...make a new folder calling it listings and again, if someone calls me while I'm out and wants information, I have it all ready and downtime!  I can also use the ELoan calculator that comes with the EKey software to quickly figure out or adjust a previous mortgage payment.  It's great !  It has never crashed on me either.  The calender is easy to use.  There is nothing negative about it !


Jun 01, 2008 10:09 AM
Jason Lopez
SmartRealty Solutions - San Diego, CA

NOTHING beats the Blackberry!  It was literally made for business and is perfect for real estate.  My two cents worth!

Jun 01, 2008 01:31 PM
Sam Miller
RE/MAX Stars Realty - Howard, OH
Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist

I have been a TREO user for a couple of years.  The 650 worked but once the memory got close to capacity the phone would love up.  I upgraded to the 700p and have had no problems since.  My e-mail comes through my phone, the bluetooth works great, web browsing is fairly quick and the sound quality is much improved over the 650.

Jun 01, 2008 10:45 PM
Trevella Williams
Aloha Coast Realty, LLC - Hilo, HI
Realtor, Salesperson, ABR SFR

Wow! Seems to be a real division in the ranks... "and in the right corner we have the sleek  sexy Blackyberry with it's lighting like connections speeds...while it opponent in the left corner is a power house of capabilities with unequaled experience in this arena! Touch gloves and come out swinging!"

I have never played with the Treo 755 P, is it really that much different than the 700 P?

Interesting point Sam, maybe part of my problems are stemming from my memory capacity? Hmmm...what to get rid off? The birthday party pictures or the listing contract that sold 6 months ago!? :))

Richard & Lesley: I can not imagine not having a smart phone, just the Calender and Contacts management alone is well worth the upgrade! & then when you make better usage of all of the applications (Like Kimberly Does! Wow!) you will truly just fall in love! I am so dependent on my PDA phone it isn't even funny! It's kind of like learning how to fill out contracts & such on the computer/Zip Forms and then having to go back to filling every thing in by hand...feels like a step backwards!

Mahalo for the thought provoking comments!

Jun 02, 2008 06:03 AM
Vita Strakhman
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Upper Saddle River, NJ
Bergen county Realtor

I decided on blackberry curve; both, people in my office and Verizon representative recommended it against Treo since it freezes a lot.  So far, I love it, but have trouble accessing MLS.  Anyone knows how to adjust Java scripts?

Jun 03, 2008 03:36 AM
Rider Realty Group
Keller Williams Realty Lanier Partners - Dacula, GA
Northeast Georgia Realtors since 2004

My treo is terrible and reading everyone's opinion is helping me to decide to get the Crackberry......uh, I mean Blackberry. One thing I didn't pick up on is whether or not the Blackberry will operate the Supra lockboxes? Maybe I missed it.

Supra's website gives a list of all the devices compatible and I don't remember seeing a Blackberry device on that list. Maybe they haven't updated it.

Steve Rider

Jun 26, 2008 06:05 AM
Vita Strakhman
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Upper Saddle River, NJ
Bergen county Realtor

I called MLS; apparently there is a special website for blackberry; now I can do everything on it and love it!

Jul 09, 2008 03:09 PM
Trevella Williams
Aloha Coast Realty, LLC - Hilo, HI
Realtor, Salesperson, ABR SFR

Ok, new update...Blackberry BOLD (AKA: Blackberry 9000) looks like the way to go! But the new Thunder with it's touch screen is very enticing...why can't I get the Bold with the touchscreen keyboard!? Argh! How am I supposed to text message without a physical qwerty keyboard? The kids get really cranky when I don't keep my eyes on the road ;)

Hopefully, it will be available at my local verizon this coming month, if they are even going to support it? (Which brings up the comment Richard made earlier, & how do they decide which company gets what? Maybe they auction it off or something...).

Crackberry said that he bought a 9000 off Ebay, but when I went on Ebay to search earlier they just had attachments available? Why is the company playing so close to the vest about release dates?

I want! ;(

Jul 31, 2008 09:12 AM
Christi Campbell

So, does the Blackberry Bold have the infrared technology to open Supra keyboxes?  That is one of my main interests.  Also, does anyone have a release date?  We are all on hold till it comes out.  I read somewhere that AT&T has exclusive rights to it right now.  Not sure how reliable that information is. 

Aug 07, 2008 07:13 AM
Trevella Williams
Aloha Coast Realty, LLC - Hilo, HI
Realtor, Salesperson, ABR SFR

Sorry Christi, looks like we do not get to open the Supra with our Blackberry, doesn't look like they have a infrared port. Check out this data sheet for the Blackberry Bold 9000   The infrared port isn't as important to me only because our MLS that chose to use the Supra also chose not to offer the infrared capabilities.... I really was looking forward to it because the TREO does have the IR, I would love not to have to keep track of yet one more "little black box".

The word is that AT&T will get the Blackberry in August and every body else in January?! (Please no! say it ain't so!) I have also heard that Verizon will have it in September, so the truth is no one knows (even Blackberry apparently)... But I have seen numerous reports that show many carriers getting it, no long term exclusivity for AT&T.

It is getting very hard to Treo glitched out and doesn't reflect a clients two phone calls, now I have to do damage control! My client thinks  ignored him! Whaaaa :{

Aug 07, 2008 07:45 AM
Rich Quigley
Chicago, IL
I know that Verizon had a lot of issues with the 700p but I got a Palm Centro about a month ago and it is great so far. Palm has sold 2 million Centros and most of the reviews I read before buying were favorable. I have had Palm devices for over ten years and like the intuitive operating system,so I stuck with it. So far, so good. I wrote this on my Centro.
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