A few weeks ago, Apple kicked off “Tablet Season” with its introduction of the iPad. A breathtakingly beautiful device, the iPad evoked strong responses from both sides of the discussion. After researching the iPad, and digesting its potential in the Real Estate space, I came away unimpressed, for a variety of reasons.
But there is HOPE for the tablet in Real Estate.
As documented by CNN, DELL computers is set to unveil its tablet offering to consumers “…in a couple of months.” The “Mini 5″ tablet will be the first of a set of Tablet PC offerings from the computer-maker, and boasts many technical advantages over its counterpart from Apple.
I think these key differences set it apart as a business-class machine, with tremendous potential for Real Estate application – on the Agent side:
- Cameras – two of them (as documented on CNN): “The Mini 5 will sport a 5-mega pixel camera on the back, a separate front-facing camera that can be used for video conferencing, a standard 3.5-mm headphone jack, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1-GHz processor.”
- 16:9 Resolution: The Mini 5 will be HD-riffic, with an aspect ration designed around HD video’s 16:9 ratio as opposed to the standard analog aspect ratio of 4:3 offered by the iPad. (This is not critically important, but certainly is a point of differentiation for a device in this day and age – actually it should be a point of STANDARDIZATION in this day and age…)
- Inclusion of Flash: MRIS and Keystone require it. You need it to upload listing information, photos and virtual tours. Apple doesn’t support it. Enough said.
The Mini 5 is said to operate on Google’s Android OS, which one would think would have the tablet integrate seamlessly with the ever-expanding Google-verse. DELL states that they hope to create a business-class machine made for much more than entertainment applications; rather, they aim to create a tablet-class of machines designed to be a workhorse for business productivity.
With HP and Lenovo also rumored to have tablet devices in the design hopper, there should be plenty of business-class machines for Real Estate to select from, and in some cases, drool over. More to come as the “Year of the Tablet” continues marching forward…