This edition of the mobile phone buying guide is a bit of a tough one. We’re entering a period that I like to call “upgrade limbo”. What is upgrade limbo? It’s when we’re in between major phone releases making it difficult to suggest or recommend different handsets. However, this is a phone buying guide, so here are my suggestions if you are in the market for a new device.
As usual, 2014 was a busy year for mobile. Apple released not one, but two bigger iPhones, Amazon jumped into the market with the Fire Phone, Android and iOS continued their dominance, mobile payments got a huge boost with Apple Pay, and mobile phone car integrations got a huge boost with Apple’s CarPlay and Android Auto.
I don’t expect that 2015 will be any different. There is still a lot of opportunity in mobile. It’s a dynamic market with rapid technology advancements making it hard for anyone to keep up. That being said, here are some trends that I’m watching the rest of this year.
I’ve been an Android user for the last five years. While my first attempt with a My Touch 3G in the fall of 2009 only lasted two weeks, I haven’t looked back since getting a Nexus One at the beginning of 2010. I’ve had numerous Android devices since then and have been happier with each new device I’ve owned.
However, for testing purposes, we needed to purchase an iPhone 6 for the office. I decided this would be a good time to try out the iPhone and see what all the fuss was about. For years now, loyal Apple users told me I was missing out no matter how much I protested. I was told the iPhone experience was amazing and that it just worked better than an Android phone. If I used one, I’d never go back to Android, or so I was told. I spent October finding out for myself.
While we may not like to discuss it, the fact of the matter is that there are risks involved in being a real estate agent. Agents are often called upon to show vacant homes to strangers, conduct listing presentations at a stranger’s house, or host open houses alone. Recent events involving Arkansas Realtor Beverly Carter who was kidnapped and killed showing a vacant, bank-owned home to a stranger and a California real estate agent who was assaulted while securing the lockbox on a new listing have put safety at the top of everyone’s mind.
In this article, I’d like to show you a couple of tools available on your phone that you can incorporate into your safety strategy.
Since we all the know that the big news over the last month was the iPhone 6 release, this month’s buying guide will have plenty of information about choosing a new iPhone device. There are also recommendations for choosing a new Android device, and a few interesting off-contract Android devices to keep an eye on.
We are pleased to announce the availability of the Riskin Associates mobile application. Based in Montecito, CA, Riskin Associates has been the top selling Santa Barbara real estate team for the past decade. The award-winning team lists some of the most coveted estates on the south Santa Barbara coast. We were engaged by them to create a mobile application that would add to the services they provide their buying and selling clients that have made them a market leader. Here’s a look at the approach, goals and results of our design efforts to produce an application that raises the bar and places them a cut above others in their market.
It may not have been the best decision I’ve ever made, but I chose to pre-order an iPhone 6 on September 12th. It was my first time participating in the iPhone purchase process. As those who know me well, I’m not a big fan of the Apple ecosystem and have been using an Android device since the release of the original Nexus device in 2010. I figured it was time to truly understand how the other half lived.
The device arrived last Friday, and I’ve been using it extensively over the weekend. Here are my thoughts and first impressions, which are going to decidedly biased since they are coming from an Android users point of view.
While last year’s iOS 7 update was the biggest visual design overhaul in the operating system’s history, iOS 8 is most likely the biggest functional design update. iOS 8 adds features such as third party keyboards, continuity between Apple devices, extensions, widgets, manual camera controls, family sharing, enhanced notifications, and more. It catches iOS up to Android in some areas, and in others, it pulls it ahead. Quite frankly, the number of new feature can be overwhelming.
So, instead of trying to cover all of the features here, I’ve created a collection of useful articles that you can reference to get more out of your iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, or upgraded iPhone 5/5c/5s that is running iOS 8.
We are pleased to announce that the Surterre Properties mobile application is available for download in the App Store and Google Play. Based in Newport Beach, CA, Surterre Properties is Orange County’s leading luxury real estate brokerage. Surterre strives to provide their clients the best of both worlds. On the one hand, they employ experienced, successful, locally based agents who are dedicated to delivering personalized client service and results. On the other hand, Surterre possesses the strategic vision, marketing acumen and global reach one would expect to find at a much larger company. We worked with their in-house marketing and design team to package and add native mobile features to the mobile web presence that we developed for them earlier this year.
With the release of the iPhone 6, iPhone users finally have a choice to make when purchasing their next device. Should you choose the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, or the 4-inch iPhone 5s. Here’s a guide to help you make the choice.