The Top 5 Smartphones for Real Estate Agents by Condo.com

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Large screens, zippy processing speeds, and high-resolution cameras and video make these smartphones great choices for real estate professionals - Condo.com selects the top 5 phones based on feedback from agents.

Top 5 Smartphones Chosen for Real Estate Agents

With more than 90% of the U.S. population age 16 and over owning a smartphone, it is clear that this technology is part of nearly everyone's life. For real estate agents in particular, having a smartphone is a critical part of their success. While agents continue to focus on skills and strategies for being effective, such as well-placed listings, powerful open houses and effective pricing - using the ‘right’ smartphone to stay connected cannot be ignored. Condo.com, the number one condominium site on the web, studied a number of feature-rich smartphones that real estate agents find most effective. Of course there are hundreds of products to choose from, however the following 5 smartphones were found to be most suited for residential real estate professionals today:

1. iPhone 5: With the fast A6 processor, the new iPhone5 is known for its high speeds (faster than version 4), large screen and good camera which can take quality photos of listings - all good points for an agent on the go. It's also a nice choice for reading documents such as contracts and other paperwork that would normally be read on a tablet or laptop. Users will find themselves zooming in less frequently because of its large size, and will no longer need to carry a separate camera around as the iPhone 5’s superb quality is plenty enough. The Apple map function offers turn-by-turn navigation, although it does not integrate with public transportation for those who use subways and buses in larger metro cities. And let’s not forget its sleek design, an attractive feature the Apple product suite never leaves behind.

2. HTC One: This streamlined phone's design makes it one of the best-looking Android-based smartphones for real estate agents looking for all-star performance and style. It has excellent resolution on a 4.7-inch screen, a quick quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM and internal storage capability of 32GB or 64GB. Condo.com suggests the larger 64GB for agents who snap a lot of photos as there is no external storage. The HTC One's quickness and battery life rival the iPhone 5. And the UltraPixel Sensor camera provides more than decent pictures even under low lighting, which is useful when agents find themselves in under-lit homes at times when taking listing photos. The HTC One is perhaps the most underrated phone, especially when competing with the marketing powerhouses behind Apple and Samsung branded phones.

3. Samsung Galaxy S 4: With a 5-inch screen and high-end resolution, the new Galaxy S 4 has the strength to meet most all of real estate agents' needs. Its two cameras take great photos and 2GB of RAM provide decent speed. Adding a micro-SD card of 32GB or 64GB for those that need to store a large amount of documents and images, plus its larger battery means a longer life. Check out the video feature that pauses when the user turns away from whatever he or she is capturing, then restarts when facing the phone again. Also, the camera-based translator can take text from a document and store it into the phone, a time-saving convenience for agents who go through a lot of paperwork every day.

4. LG Optimus G Pro: Real estate agents looking to scale-down from a tablet and have just one device for phone, camera and work space should take a look at this large-screen “phablet.” With a 5.5 inch screen, this tablet-phone offers plenty when it comes to viewing and manipulating documents, a feature real estate agents and other professionals alike would appreciate. The large size and 1080 pixel display is also handy for real estate agents who want to show their listings on YouTube when visiting with potential buyers. QuickMemo allows for note-taking with your finger, and VuTalk gives you the ability to collaborate your notes in real time with other Optimus G Pro users. The phablet has 2MB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage plus a slot for a micro SD card to store even more documents, images and videos. Like the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S IV, the Optimus G Pro can also match a super-quick quad-core processor.

5. Samsung Galaxy Note 2: Another phablet for real estate agents who like a lot of workspace on a 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED display. They will also find the S pen handy. For example, say an agent wants to send a quick note about a home they just found, they simply take a photo and use the S pen to jot some information directly on the photo. Think about the power of even writing just your phone number so the person can call you right away. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has 2MB of RAM like most higher-end smartphones chosen for real estate pros - along with a 16GB of internal storage, a quality camera, a fast quad-core processor and a large battery for lots of talk time.

In today's fast-paced real estate world, agents require a mobile office, and the foundation to support that begins with the right smartphone. Real estate portal Condo.com has found that most real estate agents prefer the iPhone and HTC One Android phone - both of which offer confident style, speed, and a screen size of over 4.7 inches. Best of all - the phones’ useful features are easy to use and have been noted as most helpful in meeting their real estate business needs this year so far.

For more information on how to run a successful mobile real estate office and get more leads, please visit http://ad.condo.com/.

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