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iPhone 5 Pros And Cons For Real Estate Agents

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iphone 5 pros consReal estate agents have been slowly embracing technology to help them run their business over the years. As the iPhone continues to be upgraded, real estate agents are finding it to be an integral part of their business. The latest version of the iPhone, the iPhone 5, has sparked mixed reviews among agents in the real estate industry. There is no doubt that a smart phone such as the iPhone 5 can be helpful, but many realtors are starting to questions just how helpful this version of the iPhone actually is. Here is a look at some of the pros and cons associated with the iPhone 5 according to real estate agents.

Pros

Larger Screen – One of the things Apple got right with the iPhone 5 is the larger screen. The iPhone 5’s screen is a half inch bigger than its predecessor, the iPhone 4S. The larger screen makes it a lot easier for real estate agents to read contracts while out in the field without having to zoom in on the document they are reading.

High Power Camera – Another nice aspect of the iPhone 5 is the 8 megapixel camera that comes with the phone. This high powered camera is perfect for taking detailed, clear listing photos. Now, there is no reason to have to carry a digital camera when you go out in the field as the camera built in to the iPhone 5 is more than powerful enough to provide you with clear pictures of your new listing.

Faster – The iPhone 5 makes use of an A6 processor which provides twice the computing power of the iPhone 4S. While the iPhone 4S was not a slow smart phone, the iPhone 5 is noticeably faster. This can have a positive impact on your business when you need to quickly look up a piece of information for a client as he or she will be impressed with your readiness.

Cons

Maps – When Apple released the iPhone 5, they included their own mapping software known as Apple Maps. This new map program replaced Google Maps, and has been the subject of scrutiny among all iPhone 5 owners. Apple Maps is not as accurate as Google Maps, which obviously could be a problem for a real estate agent who uses their phone as a GPS device.

Battery Life – While the iPhone 5 was supposed to have a longer battery life, this is turning out to not be the case for some users. Depending on which applications you use and how frequently you use your iPhone 5, you may notice the iPhone 5 battery does not last as long as the iPhone 4S. If you can use a charger throughout the day, this may not be a problem, but for those who do not have that luxury the shorter battery life can be an issues.

App Integration – With the iPhone 5 screen being a half inch larger than the iPhone 4S’s screen, some apps do not work as nicely as they once did because they have not been updated for the new device. The larger screen could cause some issues with your favorite apps until they are updated, which is an annoyance to some real estate agents.

The iPhone 5 is receiving mixed reviews within the real estate community. Carefully considering all of the pros and cons associated with this smart phone will help you determine whether or not you should spend the money on the upgraded device to help your real estate business.

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