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Real estate gets mobility

New devices keep brokers, agents on the go

Since response time can mean the difference between winning and losing a sale or purchase, real estate agents continue to look to wireless technology as the answer. Mobile options abound, including tablet PCs, mobile phones, Palm-like devices and handheld printers. The trick is to find technology that meets a particular need, but is still relatively simple to operate. Here are some of the newest options: Tablet PCs The newest tablet PC models, which resemble high-tech clipboards more than they do standard computers, use special stylus pens that allow users to take notes and have their handwriting transferred into typewritten text. Accessories include external drives, magnesium housing to protect against day-to-day bumps and scratches, and access codes that obstruct unauthorized access. In January Fujitsu introduced a tablet PC designed for professionals who spend a majority of time on the go. The Fujitsu Stylistic ST5010 weighs 3.4 pounds and has a 12.1-inch display. In addition...