It is the eternal discussion at birthdays and parties in the 21st century: are you team Android or are you team Apple? Apple iOS users are soon referred to as fanboys or fanatics, while Google Android users are dismissed as people who want to sit in the front row for a dime. However, a lot of prejudices about both operating systems have become obsolete over the years or simply simply not true. This does not make it easier for (starting) entrepreneurs to make an informed choice when business mobile telephony must be arranged. Switching from iOS to Android or vice versa at a later stage is not easy. So what is the best thing to take? We have three practical choice tips for you.
Tip 1: Forget the prejudice about price
Apple is expensive and Android is cheap, right? Not completely true. The most expensive smartphones of the moment are the foldable models from, for example, Samsung. For example, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is sold for more than 1,100 euros. And not everything from Apple is automatically very expensive: affordable iPhones like the iPhone SE are really no more expensive than Android devices with comparable specs and cost less than 500 euros. Yes, there are more different Android devices available than iPhones, so the spread in costs is also somewhat larger, but an iPhone is not necessarily expensive.
Many entrepreneurs choose Android purely based on their prejudice about the supposedly high price tag that sticks to iPhones. Don't fall for that trap. Take a substantive look at the devices and systems. iPhones are also available in all shapes and sizes, and price categories.
Tip 2: Determine the expectations of your device (s)
Are you only going to buy something for yourself, or do you have to arrange devices for dozens of employees? Are there certain business apps you want to use? Would you like to develop your own apps, now or in the future?
These are all things to sort out before you make any decisions. Growing companies often want to develop their own apps for internal use, for example. This is a much more complicated affair via Apple than via Android. Knowing this in advance can save you a lot of headaches in the long run.
Do you want to arrange telephones for your entire company, consisting of several or even tens of employees? Let them think along too. If your employees' 80% prefers iOS, it's best not to come with a box full of Samsungs.
Tip 3: Freedom of choice or privacy?
Both? Unfortunately, in smartphone country you can not eat from both walls. Yes, of course you also have some freedom of choice on an iPhone and Google also considers privacy legislation (in its own words) of paramount importance. But these are just two prejudices that are true: on Android devices you have more freedom of choice, but iPhones are safer and handle your privacy better.
Here's the thing: Android is one open operating system that different manufacturers work with and where everyone can and can write software for. This promotes innovation and freedom of choice, but also ensures that, for example, a lot of malware circulates. You have to be careful about what you install on an Android device. On an iPhone, you can't make that mistake: Apple checks everything and you can only use software from Apple's App Store. That has a downside: the choice is not exactly huge.
Regarding privacy: Google is simply a company that makes money with ads, search engine results and other user data. Privacy and Google's business will always be at odds with each other. Take your Android, be aware that you hand over your data to Google. You can measure the extent to which this happens limitbut it never gets 0.
The best choice for you?
Apple iOS or Google Android, what will it be? Everyone must make that choice. Hundreds of blogs can be found with all kinds of excellent arguments as to why one system would be better than another. The truth is that many Android users are very happy with their Android phone, and many iOS users are very happy with their iPhone. Think of it as the pizza Hawaii of the digital world: preferences simply differ.