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8 Tips When Buying a Mobile Device
for Your Home Inspections

Date Written: 1/1/15

Deciding what mobile device to use can be a time consuming, overwhelming, and at times frustrating process. Below is a list of things to consider when deciding what device to use for your home inspections:

  1. More expensive isn't always better, but cheaper devices are cheaper for a reason - There are tablets available in the $150+ range that are solid devices (others that are not), but once you start to get cheaper than that you have to be very careful with what you're buying.
  2. Read reviews - If you're comparing devices look up some reviews. The easiest way to do this is going to amazon.com.
  3. Be careful of brands you've never heard of and no one else around you has heard of - There are lots of companies making mobile devices these days. When looking at options, be careful about buying something that looks like it's a 'good deal' from a company that you've never heard of and that there isn't much information about online. Of course, all companies start somewhere, but is it worth saving $50 to buy a tablet that may end be being junk?
  4. Understand that the sales person at a store is trying to make a sale - There are a lot of very knowledgeable and helpful people who work at phone and electronic stores that want to help you make the best decision. However, there are also people that work there who are simply trying to make a sale or have an agenda with what they sell based on how their bonuses work.
  5. For iPhones and iPads (and Android phones/tablets), the newer the model the better the app is going to run - We have multiple generations of several devices in our office that we use for testing, and the speed difference between the newest models and older models is huge in some cases.
  6. A device that's two years old, is old - With the rapid rate of development and change with mobile devices, devices become out of date very fast. That doesn't mean you have to buy a new device every year, or even every other year, BUT it's important to recognize that if a device is 'only' two years old that most likely there are two newer generations of the same device, and that by technology standards it is old.
  7. Know whose advice to listen to - When it comes to what mobile device is best there are a ton of different opinions. If you're asking everyone you know for an opinion you may get lots of different answers and be no closer to making a decision. Decide whose opinions matter the most (typically those who know you and what you really need out of a device are the best) and place more stock into what they have to say.
  8. Make a decision and move on - You can spend hours and hours researching and still not have a clear-cut, no-brainer option. That's OK. Just like with other things in life at some point you have to make a decision, not second guess yourself and move forward.

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