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Apple vs. Android: Which One is Best for Your Business

Just as you and your employees need to have on-the-go access to the world, selecting the best phone operating system is a top priority for most businesses.

Even though some mobile operating systems are less important, the major operating systems are Apple iOS and Google’s Android. As a business owner, it is your responsibility to decide the best product that will be more innovative and useful for the needs of your business.

Apple and Google have been in constant competition on which has the best operating system. Since smartphone operating systems got popular, both Android and iOS have tried to leverage their international brands to not only market more smart devices but to also be the one that helps businesses organize their operations.

More than ten years of competition may have brought about similarities between the two giant platforms; however, sufficient differences still exist to leave businesses asking one question: “Which one is best for my business?” Deciding between the two major players in mobile technology depends on the most important features and specs of your brand.

Some factors to consider while making a decision include:

• Hardware

When both operating systems first began putting out phones, the designs of their hardware were just as different as their companies, with iPhones making their devices appear very sleek, and Android focusing more on functionality.

Nowadays, most mobile devices almost look identical, having some major variations and attractive outliers. We have long passed the days where small phones were popular. Today, most phones have large screens. This doesn’t mean that you can’t find small-screen phones today, but modern trends have phones having larger, high-definition displays.

Even though you’ll have to choose between having a large display or good battery life, recent advancements in batteries have made it possible for large smartphones to have long-lasting batteries.

One thing Android has over Apple is the freedom to have additional storage. Although a lot of new phones have hard drives that are 64GB, some Android phones make it possible for users to have extra phone storage through micro SD cards.

• Security

Good security is vital for keeping the mobile device you use for your business locked down. So, which operating system is more secure: Android or Apple? There is no definite answer to this.

The security on iOS devices has two major benefits. Apple strictly controls the whole ecosystem, from software to hardware to firmware. This means that the company closely screens every app before it’ll show up in its app store. Doing this will reduce the danger of downloading malicious apps to your device.

Additionally, Apple devices have quality legacy support; this means that older iPhones will keep on getting security updates for several years to come. This ensures that your device will operate on the latest software with the recent security adjustments.

The Android platform on the other hand suffers from device fragmentation; there are a lot of devices from various manufacturers. Every device has a particular version of Android – and in most cases, it’s not the most recent version.

Many Android devices will eventually get upgraded to the most recent version of Android; however, that can take months after the launch of the software upgrade – and this varies based on carriers.

For additional security, all modern Android and Apple devices have fingerprint readers. This is great for people that want to keep their devices locked down without having to worry about a password or PIN all the time. Again, you should ensure that the Android device you’re getting has one.

Both operating systems take varying approaches to security. They both provide strong security most of the time. Sometimes, users discover some security vulnerabilities in one or the other device, making them less secure until the issue is fixed. Generally, your business should be comfortable with either one.

• Productivity

Next to security, you need to consider the applications built into the smartphone and how you can use them for your business needs. For instance, if your business usually does presentations, then you need to be able to immediately build a presentation, save it on your device, and show it through a projector.

There are Pages and Keynote apps found on Apple that enable users to create presentations. Also, Google Play provides impressive productivity applications that people can use to create and present various types of office documents.

Users can connect both iPhones and Android devices to output devices like monitors, computers, TVs, and projectors. You can connect through a USB, HDMI, or video component, depending on the output device and the version of the phone. Both smartphones can be used as wireless remote for presentations on a PC.

• Compatibility

Choosing the mobile device that’ll be suitable for your business is a serious decision that will probably last for a long time. In addition to having security and productive apps, the device has to be compatible with the information technology, communications technology, and networking protocols of your business.

Another vital thing to consider is the upgrade schedule, and both Android and Apple differ here. Apple strictly controls its iOS version releases, and users can upgrade their iOS devices within hours of release. Android devices on the other hand may not be compatible with OS upgrades, and it may take months before you get the latest OS version for your device.

Both Android and Apple systems are suitable for business purposes, but the priorities of your business will determine which one you go for.

• App options

In the past, Apple had this category in the bag. The App Store on iOS had been around for a longer time, and Apple had a larger market share than Android. But nowadays, the Play Store of Google has come a long way to have a robust app option, with almost all important apps available on both platforms.

Even though both devices may be close to equal in terms of apps options, Apple devices still see apps first because app developers can easily tailor their apps for iOS, since there are fewer models of iOS phones. App development on Android devices takes a wide range of screen resolutions and technical specifications into account since the platform is available to a lot of manufacturers.

Conclusion

Considering all factors, there is no simple answer to this question. It is important to pick the device that best suit your budget and business needs. Both devices have their advantages and disadvantages. So, it all comes down to how much you’re willing to spend and the things that are most important to you.