Are you a PC or a MAC? I loved these commercials when Apple was pitting Justin Long against the PC.
So these days it has now turned into the iPhone versus Android world. Although there are still the RIM and Windows Phones kicking around but the real battle right now is between Android (primary samsung phones) and iPhone’s.
So what type of phone is the best fit for people?
Well according to a few websites out here, here are some characteristics:
You’re probably a big Mac loyalist to begin with so you’ll buy anything Apple branded
You love your “Apps” and love that you can get close to 1 million of them
You want something easy to use
You like the cool factor
You hate being restricted
You much rather make a phone call then play HD games on your phone
You like to tinker with your phone and experiment
You one of Google+’s biggest users
Alright, I was being a bit silly with this blog since it is fun to highlight the humorous side of things when it comes to the whole smart phone market. No matter what you phone you have you likely enjoy defending your phone as much as possible. I think a lot of people do this simply because the cell phone has become so personal since we store so much information on it.
So I’ll be a bit serious from a business owner perspective what phones have the best advantages and disadvantages.
I’ll start with what a lot of business people have, the BlackBerry. In recent years, especially the last, many owners have started to move away from the BlackBerry in favour of the iPhone. This is especially true in our client base. The Blackberry has one thing going for it and that is the keyboard. The security features in a BlackBerry phone is and will likely always be far superior to any other phone but in most situations the security offered by an iPhone or Android is sufficient for what most business owners do.
Next up is the obvious, iPhone. There is no doubt that the iPhone has changed everything for cell phones. The simple concept of having Apps has made it easier to automate business processes and to develop solutions that change the way businesses operate. For us at Eligeo it isn’t uncommon for us to pop onto a server from a smart phone to add a user to a network.
As for the Android platform. It depends on the phone you buy as there are so many different models using Android. The most popular models are from Samsung including the flagship Android phone Galaxy Nexus. The nice thing about Android phones is that they also have Apps but it is much easier to develop apps and get them published on an Android system.
Finally, Windows Phone 7. The current flagship phone in Canada is the Nokia Lumia 800 which runs Windows phone 7. We have this in our office and it works like a dream especially when setting up Office 365 on your phone. SharePoint works great as does contacts, calendar and email. Windows Phone is gaining traction with Nokia on board but it may still take some time. Developing Apps is a lot easier than any of the phones list above as Windows Phone development is very similar to that of building an application on a desktop.
Is there a perfect solution? Not really but there are lots of options available to you. Find a phone that is comfortable and works for you and of course fits in with your business needs. Eligeo supports all mobile devices and can help you connect any of them to your networks with ease.