|Daytona Beach Realtor, using technology for real estate. Lisa Hill, "The Smart Choice"|
My new Smart Phone and the accompanying drama :P (Of course there had to be some drama)
I was just reading a blog post by Carol Culkin about her new Blackberry. She just got her first one, and it sounds like it's her first Smart Phone! O.o After leaving one of my loooong comments (They're becoming all too common) I decided I should just blog it. So off we go =) Make sure you read Carol's blog about her first Blackberry, and what sounds like her first endeavor with any Smart Phone, Palm Pilot, Pocket PC, PDA or whatever you have or would like to call it.
I got my first PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) about 6 years ago. It was a Toshiba e755 Pocket PC. And I loved it! But I kept wondering why they didn't combine my phone with it ;) It drove me nuts, to have to open the PDA for my contacts, then type their phone number into my phone. (And always carry both.) But yaaaayyy! I wasn't the only one thinking that!
A couple of years later, as SOON as Smart Phone technology was released, I started researching for the one I wanted! I decided on a HP iPAQ 6515. At the time, it cost $500 as it was one of the first generation Smart Phones. (No rebates and I didn't care!)
Now a few weeks ago, I got my second Smart Phone. I looked for weeks and weeks for what I wanted (which was the update of what I already had) but AT&T didn't carry HP iPAQ anymore =( I could buy it on the HP web site, but it's still $500 when you do it that way. So I "settled" for the Palm Treo 750. It took a while to get used to. (I REALLY liked my HP iPAQ!) But I've finally gotten it pretty much figured out.
What's interesting is the way I ended up with the Palm Treo 750. First of all, you have to know that I HATE the Palm platform! I absolutely refuse to use it. And I'm not really into listening to music on my phone, so I was getting fed up with all the "toy" phones. The reasons I wanted the newer version of the HP iPAQ were that it ran on the Pocket PC/Windows Mobile platform, and had the real, pocket versions of Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point, Adobe Reader, GPS, and much more. I actually had a listing presentation that I created in Power Point, then converted to the pocket version on my HP iPAQ!
So after weeks and weeks of searching online and returning to store over and over again, unable to find something I liked, I finally decided I would have to settle for the AT&T Tilt phone even though I didn't really like it. (I should mention that I HAD to get a new phone because my battery was no longer holding the charge) So as I was waiting for the girl to get the AT&T Tilt phone out of the case, I was absently reading the Palm Treo 750 info and noticed that is said it was running on a Windows platform.... Hold the phone! WHAT!?! They now have the Windows platform running on a Palm Smart Phone? I had been in and out of that store several times; each time, ranting that I wanted a Pocket PC (Windows Mobile) NOT a Palm, and telling them I didn't like the Tilt because it's bulky. The employees didn't even know that the Palm Treo 750 had what I wanted! It's pretty bad when the customer's more educated than the employees! The only problem was that the info card said it was running Windows Mobile version 5 and I knew the newest version was 6. But when the girl went into the back room to check and make sure that Windows was in fact running on a Palm Smart Phone, she also discovered that version 6 was on the phones in stock. So I now have my new Smart Phone with all my client info, appointments, notes, tasks, etc., AND the real versions of my Microsoft Office suite and I'm back in business so to speak. So with my start screen customized the way I want it, I am once again a happy Smart Phone camper =) Now I'm just waiting for the new case I bought on eBAY (the stores never carry real leather cases, or choices in style) to come in the mail.
Now I have all my real estate customer and client information with me, wherever I go. My Smart Phone is synchronized with Microsoft Outlook on my computer. Now I never have to worry about not having the phont number of a client, whenever I need it.
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