Iphone or BlackBerry - who wins?

Real Estate Agent with sales representative : Keller Williams Experience Realty

Not having owned either, the decision to invest in one or the other is troubling me probably more than it should. It's more than a product decision, this is a marriage decision as I will be locked into this relationship for at least the next three years with my provider. Iphone looks good by my side when I walk into a room with her and feels good to the touch. She promises to surprise me with new applications to keep me entertained.

On the other hand rumor has it that Blackberry is reliable and faithful with more stamina. As for price I am unaware of the monthly costs as I guess will be determined by how much time I spend with either. If I learn that I cant keep my hands off if her, Iphone will likely be the more expensive choice.

Who amongst us here has tried both. Which is best suited to a realtor for contact management, scheduling, and email/text access?

Which of the two proves to be more expensive in terms of data use? Until then its me and my Razr flip phone but at this point we're just going through the motions.

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Terry Miller
Miller Homes Group - Tyler, TX
Miller Homes Group and Tyler Apartment Locator

Blackberry, they also have a better warranty and replacement policy. I love mine.

Aug 17, 2009 02:41 AM #1
Edward Bachman
Your Kingwood TX Realtor

I use the Blackberry Storm.  Love it for real estate and it is capable of more than I will ever discover.....I also prefer Verizon for my area.  I phone users however swear by them so....I think this is a comparison that will go on ad nausea.

Aug 17, 2009 02:47 AM #2
Chip Jefferson
Gibbs Realty and Auction Company - Columbia, SC

Personally I have went back to my Palm. After using blackberry I just like it more. Probably because Im use to it. I think all 3 are great tools but the I phone plan is more expensive to use.

Aug 17, 2009 02:48 AM #3
Brian Madigan
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto) - Toronto, ON
LL.B., Broker


I will watch this post carefully. A few people (3) I know have switched over from blackberrys to iPhones, and been happy.

I have a blackberry and now need o upgrade. The BOLD is the preferred product of choice

With 5 kids, I have bought my far share of iPods over the years, at least 3 per person. The first ones all were quite vulnerable to breakage.

I have dropped my blackberry several times onto concrete, and it still keeps working.


Aug 17, 2009 07:30 AM #4
Sylvie Conde
Sutton Group-Associates Realty Inc., Brokerage - Toronto, ON
Broker, Toronto Real Estate

I have a Blackberry Curve, I love it, and I will never to go the iPhone.  I know many people who tried it, because of all the 'gadgets', but they are now thinking of switching back.

I don't think we need all the bells and whistles that come with either one, but I know I have a great contact list, which I back up to my computer every night (if I add anything to the blackberry during the day); I can sync with my computer, and make sure the contacts/appointments are the same on Outlook as well as the Blackberry.  If I need a GPS, I have it; if I need to go online, I can.  I get all the email I need and more, immediately, without a second's wait, and you can have your regular email address, or set up others ... etc.  After dropping it several times, it's still 'new' and hasn't missed a beat.  It's a great phone.  I've had it for a few years, and have no desire to change - not even to one of the newer Blackberries.

I get all my messages paged to me as text messages, and/or email messages, and I can get fairly cheap data packages from my provider (they start at $25, which is more than I'll ever need, although I do know people who pay $100 just for the data package). 

So ... good luck choosing. :)


Aug 17, 2009 07:40 AM #5
Christine McInerney
Great Life RE - Knoxville, TN
The McInerney Team, Knoxville TN Homes For Sale

I too have considered the same thing....I currently have a Palm Treo 800w and am up for an upgrade

Aug 17, 2009 08:03 AM #6
Toronto, ON

Mike - I've had my current Blackberry 8700 for 3 1/2 years and it is on the EDGE network which is slow in today's world.  I recently started to look into updating it since much has changed since I bought it.  For real estate purposes, the critical issue you must be concerned is that e-mails are pushed to your device.

Blackberries can monitor up to 10 e-mail accounts.  The blackberry system checks your e-mail accounts on a regular basis and forwards the e-mails to your blackberry WITHOUT any ongoing action on your part.

I've started to look at IPhones.  My limited understanding at this time is that IPhones can have up to 8 e-mail accounts.  However, I understand, based on talking to one person only at a store, that you must manually check your e-mail accounts from your IPhone rather than it automatically being pushed to you.

Another critical issue is that the blackberry's battery can be removed and a new one easily inserted.  For the IPhone (as well as the IPod), the battery is built in.  I specifically asked at an Apple store in Toronto how one replaces the IPhone battery since I was aware it was an issue ever since IPods first came out.  I was basically told that you had to book an appointment, wait for a diagnosis and it seemed that they would then replace your IPhone and transfer the data to another IPhone.  They don't seem to simply replace the battery.  This process can take a couple of days or more which would be disastrous in the real estate field.

Based solely on those two issues, I and someone else I know are not considering the IPhone for the next device.

That being said, some people on the internet have said that they own both a blackberry and an IPhone.  I can see why.  Both have different features and are better at doing certain things better than the other.

Aug 17, 2009 04:46 PM #7

I'm getting some good first hand insights from you guys, thanks. It doesn't seem that long ago , watching the movie Wall Street the first time, Michael Douglas walking the beach in front of his waterfront home with a phone the size of Shakil O'Neil's left shoe and me thinking this guy was on the cutting edge.

Aug 18, 2009 03:08 AM #8
Art Hotes
Transaction Realty - Medina, OH

I've owned both... the Blackberry 8800 and the iPhone 3Gs (now).  I used to be a "crackberry" addict, but now I've gotta say that I love my iPhone and the multitude of Apps that are available for it!!

For Real Estate, having email on your phone is vital, but I don't think it's necessarily the primary tool for sending & receiving emails.  More importantly is the ability to get onto the internet and the various sites that are instrumental in conducting our day-to-day business.  I love having the ability to get onto my local MLS to search properties while on the road or in a particular neighborhood.

In short, although the Crackberry is a Great Tool... I have to say I prefer the iPhone simply because of the Apps and the functional internet.

I hope this helps...


Art Hotes ~ RE/MAX Classic

Aug 18, 2009 03:11 PM #9
Robert Schwabe
EXP Realty - Orange Park, FL
Orange Park Real Estate

Mike - I can't help you here. I still have a palm treo. I think that the next phone will be one with windows mobile.

Aug 19, 2009 02:23 PM #10
Brian Griffis
Realty Choice - Springfield, MO

Windows mobile is O.K., but way overpriced.  If you want the best, you want the MyTouch on T-Mobile (read my post).  It is an Iphone killer, is totally customizable, has better battery life, a trackball (which I love) and most importantly, is MUCH cheaper per month than the Iphone.  T-Mobile plans simply can't be beat, and they roam on ATT for free, so it's just like you have ATT service anyway, only with better customer service.  Oh, and you can get an extended warranty on the MyTouch for only $1.99 a month.  I plan to have mine for many, many years.  It is THAT good.   

Aug 19, 2009 03:52 PM #11
Denise OnullDell
Santa Clarita Mobile Notary - Santa Clarita, CA
Mobile Notary Public/Real Estate Agent

No one has commented on this blog about blackberries since Aug. 09.  A lot has changed since then.

I absolutely loved the iPhone and was so bummed when I had to return it. I was getting a lot of dropped calls because I'm in an area where AT&T doesn't really work. I'm with Sprint and considering the Blackberry Curve 8530, but Sprint said in about a month they're going to be coming out with a new BB similar to the AT&T Blackberry Bold which I hear is awesome. I'm not sure if I should wait a month for the "Bold," or just go ahead and get Sprint's 8530 now. It does have a lot of good reviews. I don't know how I've managed without a BB all this time and would like to get one soon so I can get up to speed.

May 07, 2010 11:13 AM #12
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