In July of 2015, I wrote about my new Motion R12 (R12) tablet and how I had agonized between that purchase or waiting for the yet to be released Surface Pro 4 (Pro 4). In my view, these two are the best options for appraisers looking for one computer to be used in both the field and office with no need to sync between applications or to purchase, learn, or maintain multiple devices. For those who like to use an Apple or Android in the field, do what works for you. I am just happy to see any appraiser who is mobile.
Fast forwarding to the present, the Pro 4 has been on the market for about six months and I purchased one for a new employee to use. After a couple weeks of testing, I now have a better idea of the pros and cons between the R12 and the Pro 4. Here is some background on the models that I tested. The R12 purchased has a Core i7 1.7/2.9 gigahertz processor, 256 GB hard drive, and 8 GB of RAM. The Pro 4 purchased has a Core i5 2.4/3.0 gigahertz processor, 256 GB hard drive, and 8 GB of RAM. After field testing, I note the following key differences.
After testing both computers, I am sad to say that the Pro 4 clearly beats my R12 for use by real estate appraisers. If I was purchasing today, I would buy a Pro 4 but I would miss the R12 docking options, ruggedness, pen storage, and swappable battery. With the Pro 4, I would gain a faster, lighter, and more responsive computer with a price low enough to replace twice as often.
The following is a silly drug commercial parody video that we released this week to promote our home measurement services, but it also shows clips of me using my R12 in the field.Did I leave anything out or do you want to join in the conversation? Let me know in the comments below.
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