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Which device to buy? Make apps your priority

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SAN FRANCISCO -- If you're going to buy a new smart phone, think apps first, said Max Pigman, vice president of and Top Producer Systems. "It's not about the device -- it's about the applications," said Pigman, who spoke Monday during the one-day Inman News Agent Reboot conference, which highlights business development, technology and marketing tools and strategies for agents. Pigman owns a Droid phone -- which uses Google's Android mobile operating system -- and he also owns an iPhone. He said he recommends the just-released Apple iPhone 4, the soon-to-be-released Droid X, and the Droid Incredible. He pointed to some mobile technology stats that suggest Apple has a 65 percent market share (about 41 percent from the iPhone alone), with Google's Android system starting late but quickly gaining ground, according to data from Quantcast. Android has an estimated 12 percent mobile market share, with BlackBerry at about 9 percent. He said Apple's iPad tablet ...