which operating system is right for my business?

ANDROID

Best for:

  • Widest choice of handsets
  • Easily customised
  • Most free apps

Overview
An incredibly flexible system that’s easy to customise and has the most free apps available. It also has ‘Widgets’ for many apps that can be placed on the homescreen, displaying a variety of up-to-the minute information such as weather, sport and news.

Why is it good for business?
It’s so flexible. Businesses have access to hundreds of apps for free, or can even create their own apps for specific purposes. Tailoring Android to the needs of your business is easy.

Choice of devices?
There are devices from HTC, Motorola, LG, Samsung and Sony, so you’ll be able to find one that’ll have the functions you need, and will fit your budget too. 


APPLE IOS

Best for:

  • Largest app selection
  • Easy and intuitive to use

Overview
Created with one thing in mind; to be as easy and intuitive as possible. It’s designed for use with touchscreen-only phones. Very little training or support is required for users to be comfortable with iOS. There’s also the ‘App Store’, which is the biggest of its kind, with the largest selection of apps.

Why is it good for business?
It’s very easy to get to grips with. There’s the added bonus of FaceTime, which lets compatible Apple devices, such as iPads and iPhones, video call one another for free (over Wi-Fi). Plus, the best choice of upgrades and feature add-ons.

Choice of devices?

All iPhones use the operating system iOS. The most current devices for iOS are the iPhone6, iPhone 6  Plus, iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c.


BLACKBERRY OS

Best for:

  • QWERTY keyboard users
  • Email technology

Overview
A long established business favourite. It’s simple to use and is famed for its email ‘Push’ technology that works quickly, easily and with little setup needed. Now BlackBerry 10 is here on two new flagship devices the Z10 and Q10.

Why is it good for business?
Push email is a particular strength. BlackBerry 10 is the new operating system which has an all new messaging hub, smart all touch keyboard (on Z10) and new peek and flow touch screen technology to keep you moving. BlackBerry Balance allows you to separate work and play on one device.

Choice of devices?
Legacy BlackBerry 7 devices are still available or go for the new BB10 range to benefit from the latest software developments. 


WINDOWS

Best for:

  • Those who use Microsoft products and want full, easy integration

Overview
A smooth and attractive looking operating system made by Microsoft. It has Live tile icons that update with relevant information, such as weather, news items and pictures. It incorporates a wide variety of programmes that integrate perfectly with Microsoft’s PC programmes, such as Microsoft Office and SharePoint 2010.

Why is it good for business?
If you use a lot of Microsoft products in your computer systems, a Windows® Phone will be incredibly useful. Microsoft Office 365 is built-in and lets you edit and create documents such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.

Choice of devices?
HTC and Nokia produce state of the art touchscreen smartphones that run Windows® Phone.