My beloved wife got me an iPad for Christmas. I know. A new one is coming in a few weeks and I should return it, but I just can’t do it.
In two days, I have already seen how it will transform how I interact with clients and my work/life flow.
For my buyer clients, the ability to have MLS sheets without needing to print them out is simple and brilliant. MLS on Mac > PDF > Dropbox > iPad. Sweet.
For my (potential) seller clients, being able to have a conversation about the listing process with the iPad as the facilitator will be simple and functional.
Within a day, I realized that everything had changed:
Top 5 Observations:
1 – I’ll be able to leave the Macbook at home. Eventually.
2 – The Cloud is crucial. Google sync, Dropbox and Evernote between all my devices. Brilliant. I just hope the interwebs never go down.
3 – I don’t foresee getting rid of the laptop anytime soon. For involved work – real work – property analysis, video, photo editing, writing and assembling well-researched blog posts – the laptop is (so far) irreplaceable.
4 – There’s an app for that. Usually. And the .99 add up. Quickly.
5 – The iPad has changed how I work. And I look forward to evolving with it.
Update: Engadget has a great post covering some of the best apps and accessories. I’d love to see a study showing how much revenue the iPad generates in ancillary and accompanying purchases. They’ve created an economy.
(Update:Â I hate AppleÂ -Â they are preparing three versions of the iPad 2).
For those of you interested, these are some of the first apps I have installed:
– Google Mobile – Must have
– Dropbox – Must have
– Docusign – Must have – if I could mark up Contracts on this, it would be nearly perfect. Alas, I still need my laptop. Unless I’m missing something
– Zillow – Must have
– 1Password – – Must have
– Realtor.com – Must have
– WSJ – a freaking brilliant app. I can’t get morning print delivery where I live, so this makes my annual subscription worthwhile.
– Friendly Plus (for Facebook)
– Angry Birds
– Star Walk