Mobile Apps Aren't Quite There Yet

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

SmartPhone StuffI like living in reality when it comes to technology. And despite 300,000 or so mobile apps for the iPhone and 100,000 for the Android I have concluded

Mobile Apps Aren't Quite There Yet.

They tell us to optimize our web sites for mobile use. The apps ARE USEFUL, so much cool stuff. Two problems I see in the SmartPHONES at least.

Screen size: A laptop or iPad/tablet computer screen is much easier to maneuver.


Network speed: Face it, the cellular 3G speed STILL is not fast enough. WiFi is ok of course but you have to stay in their ZONE so how mobile is that? 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) cellular networks will fix this with blazing networks over the next two years.

My conclusion, the simpler apps are fine, but the more they program functions into them with small screen size a full laptop does a better job on a LAN, or WiFi, or an iPad. We are GETTING there, just not there yet. If anything MANY mobile apps are so ANNOYING on the small screens and ESPECIALLY with the slow networks. Painting the screens, response times, glitches, hung software, TAKE ALL mobile APPS today with a grain of salt and if you CAN have a larger screen and FASTER network TODAY go that route.

Two years from now maybe SLIGHTLY larger screens than a phone and BLAZING networks we will be there FINALLY.


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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Great post!  I appreciate your level of knowledge on the subject.  I haven't gotten started on them, although I did try to ready my smart phone for Goomzee and for QR Codes.  I'm light years behind you!

Aug 31, 2011 12:31 PM #1
Robert and Lisa Hammerstein -201-315-8618
Keller Williams Valley Realty - Hillsdale, NJ
Bergen County NJ Real Estate

Gary - Still waiting for a good QR code reader for my BB. I'm sure it'll happen soon though.. Till then I'll be waiting on the sidelines...

Aug 31, 2011 12:34 PM #2
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Gary  i am so glad you posted this .. I agree small screen and not quite quick enough for me

have a great night


Aug 31, 2011 01:10 PM #3
Carl Winters
Canyon Lake, TX

Amen: I'm beginning to believe phones should be for dialing, talking and hanging up.  Not worth the frustration. Have you noticed everywhere you go folks just sit and look at their phone, wonder what they are thinking.

Aug 31, 2011 01:14 PM #4
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Gary, I like my laptop just fine and have been thinking about a tablet. They're nice and compact and perfect for presentations. What good would be having apps on my phone if I couldn't see well enough to read them? 

Aug 31, 2011 01:42 PM #5
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Gary - I'm right there with you - the screens are so small (although I can't see anything since turning 40) and am thinking about taking the plunge and buying an iPad. It is perfect for my staging company when I want to show my portfolio - Smartphones just don't cut it.

Aug 31, 2011 01:44 PM #6
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

I think the thing with the screen size isn't even SEEING them, it is just using your fingers, there is not enough real estate to maneuver around on them. The current tablet screens are a good compromise, a little bigger and mobile. The networks still are poor though other than WiFi.

Aug 31, 2011 01:48 PM #7
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Gary, I have fat fingers plus bad aim. So the smart phone is OK, but for a phone to have the sort of screen size that I need, it would just be too large to be practical.

Aug 31, 2011 02:11 PM #8
Teral McDowell
Referral Patners LLC - Murphy, TX

I have tried most everything on the droid and like you said it's just not there yet to deliver the customer service we need on the spot; thanks Gary.

Aug 31, 2011 02:43 PM #9
Deb Brooks
Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas - Wichita Falls, TX

Gary, I agree. There is still a long way to go before I feel good about it. They are not large enough for my eyes! Especially in the TX sun...great post. Deb

Aug 31, 2011 02:49 PM #10
Sharon Paxson
Compass - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach Real Estate

Hi Gary - I agree with you. It is much easier to use an iPad, which I love and think is amazing technology!

Aug 31, 2011 02:55 PM #11
Kathy Schowe
California Lifestyle Realty - La Quinta, CA
La Quinta, California 760-333-8886

I agree... we aren't there yet.  But there are some that make my life so much easier.  Love my suprakey app--and it is pretty complicated!  Kathy

Aug 31, 2011 03:17 PM #12
Sondra Meyer:
Star View Real Estate - Colorado Springs, CO
See It. Experience It. Live It.

Hi Gary, good point!  Sometimes, I can't even read the pages I pull up on my Blackberry because they are so small.  Of course, I have an even bigger problem in that network connections in the more rural areas is frequently very sketchy. 

Aug 31, 2011 04:47 PM #13
Jeanean Gendron
The Address Realty - Redding, CA
Specializing in Selling Unique Properties

Gary, I have to agree. I can't stand the apps on my Android....too tinyand useless. I bought a tablet and it is much better. In the field, I do need it to check email and to get MLS showing instructions on the fly. So much better! Good post!

Aug 31, 2011 06:03 PM #14
Allison Stewart
St.Cloud Homes - Saint Cloud, FL
St. Cloud Fl Realtor, Osceola County Real Estate 407-616-9904

GARY- I have taken a backseat to technology waiting and watching- Your point about the speed issues, compounded with small screens and functionality is excellent.  I think having bluetooth technology integrated with a tablet would be the best of both worlds for us Mature Folks!

Aug 31, 2011 10:43 PM #15
Mike Yeo
3:16 team REALTY - Frisco, TX

Gary - you are absolutely correct. The mobile world is not there yet for all businesses. Some may and some may still have a long way. We'll see what happen in the next 2 years.

Sep 01, 2011 03:53 AM #16
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Gary, My iPad is so much faster than my 3G iphone. The iPhone 4 is way faster than the iPhone 3 and more reliable than the previous phone. My iPad is so much faster than even my desktop Mac. But the iPad still have limitations with the MLS's around the US. We don't get our iPad ap here in SD until November at the earliest. But it is coming and other MLS are not there yet. I would think yo are right about the timing though. So far, I think the iPad is the winner in the challenge of being able to use technology for real estate needs in a timely and efficient way.  Glad you are in the group!

Sep 06, 2011 05:08 AM #17
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

Just got my iPad, and I'm still trying to figure out the best way to do real estate forms on the iPad.  However, I LOVE my iphone 3GS with the update for 4GS.  Maybe the difference is expectations... I don't expect to do forms on my iPhone... I expect to check my bank balance, play solitaire, do email... and I can look up listings, when I'm on the road.  I'd never rely on it for all my MLS efforts.

Sep 13, 2011 01:37 AM #18
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

I was just lamenting the slowness of my blackberry uploads tonight! I can't wait for more speed and a bigger screen.  Soon, very ver soon.

Sep 22, 2011 02:42 PM #19
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