Should You Choose Apple or Android for Business Mobile Devices?
When it’s time to invest in mobile devices for your team, the first choice you need to make is between Apple and Android. At eSquared, we support both Apple and Android devices as part of our turnkey mobile device management services. The choice is entirely up to you, but eSquared can help you make an informed decision. So, should you choose Apple or Android for business?
The Case for Apple Devices for Business
In August 2022, iPhones represented 57 percent of all smartphones used in the United States. Apple first offered a protocol for using its mobile devices for business in 2010. Since then, it has dominated the enterprise marketplace as the choice for business. Apple’s iOS operating system is known for lightning-fast performance with minimal downtime, since iOS only has to work on Apple devices. Apple keeps its user interface consistent across all of its devices, making it easy to learn and teach new employees. Apple is also known for issuing consistent security updates and having a locked-down operating system, which makes these devices highly secure.
A few years ago, Apple launched the Apple Business Manager tool to make it easier for businesses to manage their Apple devices from a single dashboard. If you’re already using the Apple iOS ecosystem at work, choosing Apple mobile devices creates a seamless work experience when employees move from desktop to laptop to phone to tablet. If you manage a remote workforce or workers in the field, this could give your team’s productivity a boost.
The Case for Android Devices for Business
Apple may dominate the domestic mobile device market, but internationally, Android is king. Seventy-one percent of all smartphones used internationally are Android devices. While Apple has dominated the business marketplace since 2010, Android has narrowed the playing field to become a viable option for many businesses. Google now offers Android Enterprise to make it easy for IT teams to integrate their tools onto Android devices. Samsung also offers a business suite called Knox Mobile Enrollment to help teams manage their devices in real time.
Businesses may choose Android devices for their mobile device programs if they value customization. While Apple keeps a tight hold of its operating system, Android operates on an open platform. This makes it easier for developers to create and deploy custom apps for their companies. Android also offers consistent security updates and other security features, such as two-factor authentication and enhanced app permissions options. Unlike Apple devices, Android devices offer expandable storage through SD cards. If collecting lots of data is important to your business operations, this may be an attractive feature for you.
If your company operates on the Google platform and uses Gmail, Google Calendar, and other Google products to conduct daily business, choosing Android devices may be a no-brainer. Like Apple products, Google products integrate seamlessly across devices, making it easy for your team to take their work on the go.
A Side-by-Side Comparison of Apple or Android for Business
Choosing the right platform for your company’s mobile devices will likely come down to your current technology ecosystem, custom app requirements, ease of use, and price. Here’s a side-by-side comparison of Apple and Android products to help you decide which platform to invest in.
|Hardware||iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch||Hundreds of device options from a variety of manufacturers|
|Security||Consistent security updates. Closed operating system makes security threats rare||Monthly security updates. Open operating system can be more difficult to keep secure.|
|App Selection||1.8 million apps available||2.5 million apps available|
|Microsoft Office Apps||Available||Available|
|User Interface||Intuitive; consistent across devices||Customizable; differs by manufacturer|
|Price||High-end iPhone 14 Pro Max: $1099
Low-end iPhone 14: $799
|High-end Google Pixel 6 Pro: $899
Low-end Moto G Stylus: $299
Still looking for advice? eSquared can help. While your IT team are experts in networks and computers, our professional team members are experts in mobile device management, Apple, and Android devices. Free up your IT department’s time and work with an outsourced partner who can offer turnkey mobile device management services and 24/7 help desk support for your employees.
eSquared can help you decide which platform will be the best fit for your team and your company. Get in touch with eSquared today.