IPhone vs. Palm vs. Blackberry

Real Estate Broker/Owner with MetroPointe Group LLC.


I was up tonight checking my emails as usual on my IPhone. I realize how much technology is part of our lives now. I can't not live without my Iphone by my side. Case and point. I was showing a home the other day to my client, while drivng down the street they asked about a home that had a sign on it. Now usually, I would have had to go back to my office and pull all the information on the home from our local MLS. But now, all i do is pull out my handy IPhone and connect to the MobileMLS and instantly I have the info for my clients! My clients are so impressed with my level of service.

Using Your Keyboard

Do you feel the same about your mobil device? And those who use Palm, are you happy with the level of technology that it gives? I do know that Palm devices have the capability to use as a EKey (one of the biggest draw back of the IPhone). But I have to admit, when you could use your touchscreen vs. a stylist, I don't know if there really is a competition. But again, since I don't use Palm please let me know what is really the advantage.

As far as the Blackberry goes, I don't know too many people that are realtors that use Blackberry. However, if you are one of those special "elite" that uses the blackberry. Please let us know how you like the technology and if it helps your real estate business. One thing I know that blackberry has I really like is the GPS system built in.

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Miriam Bernstein, CRS
Rochester, NY
I love the Blackberry 8800.  Perfectly syncs with Outlook, calendar and address book are what you would want fo a business phone.  The program is well thought out.  The emailing is great, keyboard easy, quick connect to MLS as well. 
Feb 28, 2008 09:29 PM #1
Dennis Swartz
Full Circle Property Management - Columbus, OH
MBA, GRI...experience counts!
I have a blackberry, but I need to spend some alone time with it to learn its features. I am hoping that I can download my contact manager program on it and have my contacts. That, alone, would be worth the price of admission
Feb 28, 2008 09:29 PM #2
Midori Miller
Talk 2 Midori, LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Online Marketing For Real Estate Professionals
I love my palm and would never ever have just an ordinary phone...I love the fact I have all this technology at my fingertips...My palm is new to me so I still have lots to learn.
Feb 28, 2008 10:05 PM #3
Marvin Thomas
Allegiance Mortgage Corparation - Fayetteville, NC
I have the palm device and I love it.  I do like the iphone features as well.  I'm waiting for the price to drop some more, more software is made for it, and cell phone carriers to get it.  I don't want to change phone companies to get it.
Feb 29, 2008 12:17 AM #4
Sharon Wager
Hunt Real Estate - Camillus, NY
"Your Blue Jean Agent"

I have the 8525 Pocket PC, and love it! 


One of the best features is the WiFi (cuts down on the data package I need to pay for), and I can use it as my ekey.  I swear it is the ultimate communication machine, able to sync multiple email accounts and text and multimedia messages.  The pictures are a little too grainy for use on the MLS, but they'll do in a pinch.  I can also sync it with a pc or laptop that has infrared (no cord needed!). Before I go show properties, I download disclosures and addendums from the MLS onto a pc, then beam it to my phone (because our mobile MLS is rather limited in it's details).  No worrying about looking for packets of paper in every house, and if my buyers want a hard copy, I can instantly email it over to them.


As much as I love my phone, though, I'm already looking ahead to the June when I can upgrade again, and wondering what to get.  It's like an addiction!

Feb 29, 2008 01:00 AM #5
Patrice Estess
PB APPRAISALS - Kerhonkson, NY
I am going to bookmark this as I am nearing the end of my phone term and want to upgrade to something more advanced (in a few months)...apppreciate any input I can get as a computer dummy!!  thanx and keep it coming!!
Feb 29, 2008 02:40 AM #6
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Max, I have a Treos 650 (Palm) that I purchased when they first came out. It syncs perfectly with ACT! I put a financial calculator called powerOne(tm) Finance on it and I am good to go. It definately makes life easier when you can do everything from one device.

Good Post!

Feb 29, 2008 02:58 AM #7
Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor


I have a blackberry but the network I am on has limited choices for me. i am on the Nextel network and own and use a 7520. I have had 2 of these in the last 3 years and would not switch from Blackberry because of the e-mail being "pushed" automatically without me having to go after it.

Feb 29, 2008 03:25 AM #8
Deserie Fitch
Wyndham Vacation Ownership - Panama City Beach, FL

Hey Max, I have the iPhone and I love it! I had the Treo, I definately like my iPhone better. It is amazing to me that I lived without it. LOL

A friend of mine has a blackberry, I really am not that impressed by it. It even feels kind of flimsy. She is not very savvy when it comes to technology so she rarely uses the all of the functions that it is capable of but she calls me at least once a week with a problem.

 I found the following website for Unlimited downloads and it is well worth the $50. Enjoy!


Deserie Fitch


Feb 29, 2008 06:42 AM #9
Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645
I have been using Palm for a long time.  I like the software that is available.  I deceided a long time ago to not use it for e-mail.  The screen is too small and I get way too many e-mail spams that I need Outlook to filter them first.  I use a Sprint Card on my laptop for internet and e-mail.
Mar 01, 2008 11:27 AM #10
Roger Smith
Real Living Advantage Realty - Fort Worth, TX
I have used palm os based products for years and I will be honest, I loved them and could not live without them.  I have only been in real estate for a couple of years now, my first career was 20 plus years as a paramedic. Well I was begining to feel like the "rookie" paramedics we made used to make fun of.  I found myself carrying a cell phone, a palm pilot, alpha pager and a supra key all the time. Not to mention a laptop and briefcase.  We used to joke that you could tell the rookie by how much "stuff" he carried on his belt.  Well deciding to downsize was not hard.  I chose the blackberry and I love it.  When I switched there just wasn't a lot of solid based phone/palm os technology out there. It is a good solid phone and organizer.  The web works great on it and I can access the info I need in a hurry for those drive by listings my clients want to know about.  The photo tools are not always the greatest, but I am ok with that.  As to the being a member of the elite because I carry a blackberry. . . . I don't think so.  Lets face it the blackberry is cheaper than most of its competitors not and a lot less fashionable than the iphone by apple.  
Mar 06, 2008 03:07 AM #11
Angela Clark
Tony Clark REALTORS - Owensboro, KY
CRS, Realtor, Broker
Max, I bought the Treo 750 in June 2007, and I wonder how I lived without it. I chose the Palm Treo 750 over the iPhone because of what you mentioned, the ekey feature. However, Supra's software has a glitch with the Treo 750, and I have been unsuccessful in using the ekey function.   
Mar 09, 2008 03:40 PM #12
Julie Heyer
Right Home Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Gilbert AZ Realtor

Great post, just what I am looking for. I'm just about to buy an iphone and wanted to see the REALTOR input. I like the BB Curve too, the GPS and email push are nice, but the software fixes currently and shortly available for the iphone level that playing field.


Julie in sunny AZ

Mar 25, 2008 04:21 PM #13
Steve Harless
Blue Diamond Realty LLC - Las Vegas, NV

The "Crack Berry"  Rules.... I can get MLS listings sent to me if I forget paperwork from the office.

Its nicknamed the crackberry  Because it is so addictive! I ABSOLUTLEY LOVE THE BLACKBERRY and cannot function in the field with out it!

Mar 25, 2008 04:36 PM #14
Eric Egeland
RE/MAX SUBURBAN - Libertyville, IL
I have the ATT 8525 made by HTC...it has a lot of great features but I've been experiencing problems.  I'll get the iphone when our local Mobile MLS is compatible w/ the iphones browser.
Apr 08, 2008 09:22 AM #15
Jon Boyd
Home Buyer's Agent of Ann Arbor - Ann Arbor, MI
Ann Arbor Real Estate Buyers Agent


I've been a Palm phone user through three generations and currently have a Centro. I need something to do the EKey function and the Palm phones have done that for me for ~6 years.

And, about 6 months ago I bought an iphone. For answering emails and web browsing there is no comparison. The iphone is dramatically better, even though I think the data speed on my Sprint Centro might be faster.

With the popularity of the Apple Software Development Kit released in March, programers are going crazy with the iphone now. If the June release for the iphone 2.0 is close to what the rumors suggest, the iphone will probably capture more than 50% of the smart phone market in the next 2 years. It is really an exciting product.

May 15, 2008 01:59 PM #16
Bo Buchanan
Kettley Realtors - Oswego, IL

I've been a blackberry user for about 2 years.  The biggest reason I use it is because I can have a dedicated email for my phone.  When someone sends an email to that address - I get it in real time.  So all my lead generating tools use my mobile email address.  Not sure how the iPhone handles email.   But most of the phones I've looked at don't have that "push" email feature, they all need to go out and "pull" email off the server on some sort of schedule.  Until I can get a phone with instant email - I'll stick with the blackberry

May 20, 2008 05:51 PM #17
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