When Choosing A Mobile Device For Your Business

Your company may already have a flexible mobile device management place, such as BYOD or CYOD, but as OEMs release new models and consumer/employee preferences shift, it's never a bad idea to research which mobile devices are the most suited to your needs.

When it comes to enterprise mobility management, Apple's mobile platform iOS has long been ahead of the competition, but Android has recently caught up, especially with the advent of Android Enterprise.

Mixed environments with Apple iOS and Android devices are also prevalent, although each platform has its own set of benefits and downsides when compared to the other.

purchasing a big number of devices, it is highly suggested to first purchase a small number of devices and test that they are suitable for the company's business needs. What works effectively on a single device may not scale with multiple device models. Even well-known manufacturers are failing to meet the requirements they claim to provide.

Let's have a look at the advantages and disadvantages of each platform.

  1. iOS

  2. There isn't much diversity in how they handle device management features because Apple makes all iOS devices. The features are supported are largely determined on the iOS version of the device.

    Apple still supports older Apple models and provides frequent iOS updates, making them acceptable for corporate use. As a result, in business settings, the lifecycle of Apple devices is usually longer than that of Android devices.

    iPhones and iPads can be treated the same way in terms of device management.

    A corporation can join Apple's Device Enrollment Program (DEP), which makes it very easy to deploy company-owned devices and gives them a lot more control. Most crucially, once a device is DEP-enrolled and supervised, the end-user can never remove it from the remote management system.

    As a result, the corporation is required to purchase all Apple devices from Apple authorized resellers. The disadvantage is that employees cannot readily use their personal iOS devices for work because they can never be DEP-enrolled.

    However, Apple Configurator may be used to enable supervised mode for privately owned devices, which enables most remote management functions. However, this requires wiping the device first, and even after that, users can always remove a supervised device from the management system if they like.

    Another need for using Apple Configurator with iOS devices is that you have a Mac computer and a cable.

    Apple's environment isn't as open as Android's, which could make it difficult to integrate with other systems.

  3. Android

    Android provides essentially the same device management benefits as Apple's DEP. Android, on the other hand, may make managing personally owned devices a little easier for some. As a result, Android excels in BYOD contexts.

    Users of Android devices understand how to manage their device's dual-use (personal and professional). Users can quickly view what data and applications are included in the secure container for work usage, as well as what data and applications are available for personal use outside of the work container. This aids in the separation of work-related applications and data from personal use.

    On Android 7.0 (or newer) smartphones, you can even password-protect the entire work container. This is a useful feature if the user's children use the same device for gaming because they can't mistakenly access the password-protected business apps. On the iOS platform, customers can't see whether apps have been manually installed or through the company's management profile, so they can't know what would be lost if the management profile was deleted from the device. Also, on the iOS platform, some specialized apps cannot be password-protected.

    Many OEMs produce Android devices, and some lesser-known manufacturers may be risky because the devices may have identical IMEI codes or other serious flaws. Android devices from Google or other well-known OEMs are the safest options.

    Aside from these manufacturers' flagship models, some devices may have a much shorter lifecycle, with limited support for Android updates.

    When selecting an Android smartphone for your business, sure it is at least version 6 and not older than that. This is due to the fact that many of the newer device management solutions are not supported by earlier Android variants.

  4. Windows Phone

    Because the platform's future is unknown, as reported by the international smartphone OS share, the Windows Phone platform is not recommended for commercial use.

    To summarise, choosing between Android and iOS can be a difficult option. Some of the elements that can be considered include, but are not limited to:

    • The ability to perform platform and security updates
    • The necessity of separating a user's personal and professional apps
    • A BYOD, CYOD, or company-owned device setting
  5. It may, however, come down to a matter of personal preference. Fortunately, you may combine the best of both worlds and utilize both gadgets for distinct purposes side by side.