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The Apple iPad and Real Estate and why I'm waiting

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TheAppleiPad and Real Estate and why I'm waiting

The Apple iPad was released this past weekend and I have to say it's phenomenal. It takes the best of what I love about my iPodnano and mymobile phone and put it into 1 great piece of hardware. Now as most of you know who read my blog I love technology, especially how it relates to real estate.
I did not buy the first iPad to the market for a few reasons, I'll discuss them now:

1. Lack of mobile internet access
The new release does not have a true mobile 3g interface. This is VERY important to me working in real estate. I want the ability to search the MLS/Internet from the iPad anywhere I am. Most times it would be on the site of a listing or a showing I'm at and having the ability to access the full MLS via the web would be hugely beneficial.

2. Lack of flash support
The current iPad lacks flash so some if not a lot of the virtual tours, housing showcases and applications currently available might not or will not work.

3. Lack of access to some documents
I won't be able to access some documents I currently use in my real estate practice until more vendors adopt an iPad friendly environment.

4. Apple's application restrictions
Apple currently has an unknown approval process for applications. Real estate should be pretty safe but what if what Apple decides is appropriate is in conflict with what I choose to access and possibly share.

5. Having to be tied to AT&T Wireless
I'm not a huge fan of the coverage of AT&T'sweb browsing with 3g connectivity here in theGreater Boston Area. There are currently quite a few "dead spots" I've found and others have mentioned to me. (I know this may get me some wrath), but Verizon does have better coverage here in the Greater Boston Area. If there could be a Verizon option or AT&T enhances its coverage by a large margin I will immediately reconsider. *As a note of disclosure I am currently a VERIZON WIRELESS subscriber with aBlackBerry Storm 1 with an unlimited plan for EVERYTHING, so $$$ is NOT an issue (I also haven't upgraded to the lower price plan for those who might snicker)

6. Lack ofMiFi access
If I'm going to spend $xxx.00 per month I'd like to have the option of connecting several mobile devices like thePalm Pre does. At the very least I want the ability to connect a printer, phone and browser together.
7. Lack of non-Apple approved peripherals
Concerned about the lack of "approved" Apple connections and also their relationship with current real estate related tools.

The Apple iPad had so much potential to deliver rich content & data for today's real estate professionals


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Chuck Carstensen
RE/MAX Results - Elk River, MN
Minnesota Real Estate Expert

Great info. It sounds like a good product but I am good with what I have now too.

Apr 05, 2010 04:12 PM #1
Scott Nelson
Medford, MA

Exactly, I'm looking to adopt a more Apple friendly world but there are some true obstacles to overcome. If cloud computing/Google can remedy this I'll be on board. There is alot in the air at this point.

Apr 05, 2010 04:16 PM #2
Lynda Eisenmann
Preferred Home Brokers - Brea, CA
Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co

Hi Scott,

Wow, thanks for the heads up on this. Like many others I've seen it demo-ed, yet hearing it from a different perspective really helps.

Apr 05, 2010 04:35 PM #3
Gary Swanson
Century 21 Harris & Taylor - Grants Pass, OR

Hi Scott, very informative post.  The Ipad sounds like a fun toy, but not yet functional enough for the real estate world.

Apr 05, 2010 05:23 PM #4
Mary Kay Hopkins
Mary Kay Hopkins, LLC e-PRO, GRI, CRS, CRB - Lake Charles, LA

Scott, you are on target with every point.  I'd really like an iPAD, but am going to wait for all of the reasons you'e listed.  Good post.

Apr 06, 2010 10:50 AM #5
Andy Chaudoir
Professional Inspection Services - Georgetown, Texas - Georgetown, TX
Your Home Inspection Connection in Central Texas

Hello Scott - I'm in the same boat as you but for different reasons.  As soon as I can run my inspection software on it I will reconsider.  Great post.

Apr 10, 2010 01:54 AM #6
Scott Nelson
Medford, MA

I read a teaser article last nite that RIM might be coming out with a tablet by Christmas 2010. If that's true I'll sign up for that in a minute.


Apr 10, 2010 02:50 AM #7
Phil Leng
Retired - Kirkland, WA
Phil Leng - Retired

Hi Scott,

I am checking out the ipad, so pulled up your article.

Had the check the date you wrote it, because many of your objections have now been met!


Dec 26, 2010 04:35 PM #8
Scott Nelson
Medford, MA

Well, I might hold out for a bit till the next generation iPad. Lack of flash support, lack of dual cameras for video conferencing, only 3g level communications, no easy USB support, forced to use iTunes for all updates, still limited realtor easy access due to either MLS/local board technology, no swappable battery option & NO removable media support (SD, CF, MicroSD, MemoryStick etc.) & still restricted to Apples "approved" world of Apps.

The iPad is phenomenal for the user experience but still wait a few months till either a 4g version comes out, Verizon offers a web package for it, getting you away from AT&T, better Wifi options, removable media support, better USB connectivity, then it'll really be a dominating force for real estate, especially if BlueTooth is integrated for lockbox access & alsofull listing availablity also look into the whole QR scanning issue. If the iPad integrated a cellphone it'd truly be amazing.

If you're an Apple person it can be an amazing adjunct but the additional $25/month tied to AT&T can be limiting. Verizon has a Wifi only version for now. If you have the option look at the Playbook from RIM or the other tablets available that allow tethering & have a more full suite of options available for the next few months if you ABSOLUTELY need to buy. There's some truly amazing tech coming this spring that will blow the current iPad away.

Dec 26, 2010 05:07 PM #9
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