Now, with the netbook phenomenon hitting the technology world, what's your best choice for a real estate mobility solution? Keep in mind that cost really is no longer a consideration, with netbooks running about the same, or even less than fancy cell phones. You say you can get your phone subsidized by the cell provider? True, but now they're doing the same for netbooks. AT&T and Verizon began the process with $99 netbooks for a two year contract.
Now, let's consider a nine or ten inch screen to that tiny two inch cell screen. And, with many of the 10.1 inch screen netbooks sporting 90%+ size keyboards (compared to notebook computers), we're back to our old standby touch typing. Sorry, but there's simply no comparison in my book. Speaking of my book, here's what I'm carrying, and what I'm doing with it:
- HP Mini 2140 Netbook with 10.1 inch screen, 92% notebook size keyboard, 160 GB drive, and 1 GB RAM.
- All of this is in a sub-3 pound package, and sports a realistic 6+ hour battery life with the 6 cell battery.
- Using WiFi or my cellular broadband modem, I'm in range virtually 100% of the time, and able to work on the Web or do email at broadband speeds.
- Using a Webex WebOffice with custom real estate databases, I'm able to do contact management, prospect management, lead, listing and transaction management from anywhere.
- In my consulting, I use the built-in VGA camera for video chat, as well as using online screen sharing for instruction.
- I am writing this article from the HP Mini, and my typing is every bit as fast as on my desktop full size keyboard.
- I search the MLS, display listings to clients, and print them out with a bluetooth connection to my HP 460 printer.
There is no comparison to functionality on the Web. The netbook takes you to a whole new level, with continuous Internet access, and the screen and keyboard necessary to do real work out of the office. Oh, I don't even use the office much anymore, preferring to work from coffee shops, or even in the car when it's convenient and I'm waiting on that buyer late for appointments.
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