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Breaking In A New Phone: Droid Pro

Droid Pro: Mike in Tucson, Mortgage LenderI finally gave up my Blackberry, after having been a fan for two generations of that business-focused phone.

I had been considering the I-Phone.  My choice of the Droid Pro gives me a business phone that incorporates the best features of Apple's phone and RIM's Blackberry.

It was our Information Technologies guy Ron Spiegel who made the recommendation of the Droid Pro, and I couldn't be happier with my choice.

Business Related Improvements

These are the business related improvements over the I-Phone and the Blackberry from my point of view:

1. Hard Keyboard and touchscreen combo.  (This is what killed the IPhone for me.  I was so used to the Blackberry's hard keyboard.) 

It's a blend of touch screen technology and a hard keyboard.  Motorola's keyboard is re-designed with ridges on the keys.  It's a subtle thing that makes it easier to type on the keyboard.

2 1/2 year old India browsing the photos on my Droid2.  Multiple Email accounts push automatically to the Droid Pro as they did on my Blackberry.  Does the IPhone do that?  I don't know.

3.  PDF documents from Title are much easier to size and read than they were on the Blackberry, and then it's a breeze to forward them to my REALTORs and clients.

4.  Apps and Widgets.  The strong point (IMHO) of the IPhone is the library of applications.  Blackberry missed the boat on the importance and usefulness of applications, and while my Droid Pro doesn't have the library of apps that Apple offers, it has what I need.

5.  Last, and not least, the Droid Pro locks with the swipe of a finger across the screen before I put it in the holster.  No more annoying female voice directing me to "Say a command..." 

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I'm Mike in Tucson, your preferred Tucson Mortgage Lender.

NMLS #223495

SUNSTREET MORTGAGE llc ~ Correspondent Mortgage Bank
Offices (AZ) Mesa, Tucson, Sierra Vista, Nogales, and Albuquerque, NM.

Comment balloon 17 commentsMike Jones • December 04 2010 09:38AM

Comments

Mike, Great post!  I am hoping Santa brings me a Droid this year.

Posted by Jeremy K. Frost, Associate Broker, ABR, CNE, CRS, ePro, PSA, SRS (Keller Williams Realty) almost 10 years ago

I hear you on that "say a command" voice.  When I had a Blackberry Storm I used to get so tired of hearing that.

Posted by Steve McCoole (Mortgage Alliance Group - San Diego, CA - NMLS#305667) almost 10 years ago

Nice, I'm looking at Droid as well, but which one the X, 2 or HTC ????

Posted by David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct (DMK Real Estate ) almost 10 years ago

I love my Droid.  Have a 1st generation but it's still great !

Posted by Denny and Denise Rockwell, Real Estate Professionals, Staging & Design (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties) almost 10 years ago

Contemplating my options for new phone right now - I think I'm either going to go with the Droid Pro or X.  Thanks a bunch for your review of the Pro!

Posted by Rhonda Abbott, Wadsworth & Greater Akron, OH (Howard Hanna) almost 10 years ago

Thanks for the input. I've been contemplating a change from my Blackberry Pearl to the Blackberry Torch. It looks like it may be pretty much the same as the Droid. Waiting for input from other users before taking the plunge.

Posted by Dennis Puckett (Adams,Cameron & Co.) almost 10 years ago

Dennis,

You're welcome!  That's what I did too.

Rhonda,

You're welcome!

D&D,

My first experience with a Droid was one of my realtor friends calling it the "Dreadful Droid."  I haven't found that to be the case.

David,

Don't know!  Good luck with your choice.  I love the Pro.

Steve,

You and me both!

Jeremy,

Thanks for being the first to comment!  Write Santa a nice letter...  :)

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 10 years ago

Mike  - I think the choices of phones are fantasic right now, and I am always interested in the results of this type of change. I switched from a treo to an Iphone two years ago and I thought the lack of a keyboard would be an issue. I was wrong, within a few days, you couldn't pay me to go back. One of the pleasant surprises was the durability of the iphone, and after replacing my previous phones several times due to a damage, I was expecting the worst. It didn't happen, One of my mortgage vendors gave me a rubberized skin for the back, and after 2 years of being dropped many times, It still looks new, and works every time.

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) almost 10 years ago

Hi Mike,  Still holding out on the Droid.  I love my blackberry.  Usually I opt for the latest technology but not this time.  I will keep it in mind.

Posted by Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker (Realty Executives Boston West) almost 10 years ago

Mike - aren't new phones a lot of fun? I have a new iPhone and can no longer imagine life without it!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 10 years ago

Howdy and afternoon to you Mike

Mike, usually I get into the high end technology stuff, but have not when it comes to cell phones. I still use a regular ole cell phone. Have fun with and enjoy your new one.

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire
 

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) almost 10 years ago

India took about five minutes to understand how to browse the photos on my new Droid Pro: Mike in Tucson, mortgage lenderIt took India all of five minutes to figure out how to access, view, and browse the photos on my new Droid Pro.  She's 2 1/2!

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 10 years ago

Mike, I just recently upgraded to an Android; the Sprint epic.  I LOVE IT!!  Like your droid my epic also has the slide out keyboard. To begin with I had to downgrade my MLS key to upgrade my phone.  I was soooooooooo happy this week to find that the app was in for my android and I was able to connect my ekey to my phone once again.  WOO HOO!

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) almost 10 years ago

Mike

The new Droid Cell-phone are great and I have one as well and also would highly recommend the Droid.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) almost 10 years ago

Lou,

I expect that there are sites dedicated to Droid users ~ a forum, so to speak.  I'll google that.

Marchel,

It just makes life a little nicer when you can consolidate.  WOO HOO!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 10 years ago

I got a new iPhone while in DC last October. I waited until I was there so my son (who has owned an iPhone for a couple of years now) could be my instructor and help set it up. It was a great experience and now I can't imagine life without my iPhone!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 10 years ago

Barbara-Jo

Ain't it the truth!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 10 years ago

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