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The Fantastic Four: Which Phone Is Best For The World Of eCommerce?

  • Written By Livie
  • Posted April 7, 2016
  • 4 minutes Read Time

Media Lounge isn’t just the team you turn to for Magento eCommerce development, oh no, we have got lots of other advice to offer, and this time we’re talking phones about your business. The chances are, like most of the majority out there, that you have an iPhone, but is that necessarily the right choice if you’re in the world of eCommerce? Whether it be that you’re an entrepreneur, you have an established business, or you’re working on a startup, there are several factors to consider when it comes to having the right phone to get the best out of what it offers in terms of business benefits.

Firstly, you need to know that you need a phone that can assist in your work on the move, as well as a device that gives you the freedom and ability to work across multiple devices AND to secure your data. Going on those points alone you want to seriously be considering owning a BlackBerry or a Windows Phone, but let us talk a little more and see what you think.

Let’s start with the iPhone and go from there:

iPhone

We’re all well aware of how Apple’s smartphones remain unsurpassed in terms of build quality, that is undeniable. However, they’re not leaps and bounds ahead of the rest. Pick a high-end Android phone or almost any Microsoft’s Windows Phones and you’ll find that they can live up to the iPhone’s build quality.

Performance is another area the iPhone is impressive, but again, it’s closely followed by the top spec Android and Windows Phones.

The operating systems for iPhone are arguably its best feature; smooth and reliable, just like all Apple products, you know what you’re getting and if you use other Apple products then the pairing of all your files and information is pretty seamless, but slightly trickier if you have other non-Apple desktops, for example.

The only thing that lets down the iPhone is that, as we touched on, if it isn’t Apple, it won’t work on your iPhone. There are no storage expansion capabilities, and there’s no USB port. Also, you cannot remotely lock down your data. The iPhone is a great phone with lots to offer, but it’s always worth taking a look to see what else is available to you, and we have three options for you here:

Android

If you’re not talking to an iPhone owner, then you will realise that the top-end Androids are up there with the iPhone in just about all areas. Phones such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 offer a better quality of the display, the option for expandable storage, as well as compatibility with anything taking a USB powered cable. You can also find access and compatibility with Google Docs, along with every other Google tool, including essential services such as Analytics, or Google Drive, for example.

So why not just pick an Android? The long and the short of it is that not all Androids are made on par with one another. Pick a cheaper one and you’ve lost all the benefits and stuck yourself with a poor choice of phone. You’ve also got to consider the fact of potential security risks from using a more open system. Furthermore, when it comes down to the nitty-gritty, Android is not really made for business, so you remotely managing a colleague’s phone is a no-go.

BlackBerry

BlackBerry, remember those? Well, they are still on offer, and they’ve moved on from just being known for the cool tracker ball thing they had! The two most recent ones – the BlackBerry Classic and BlackBerry Passport are some nice options that are really quite good. In all honesty, BlackBerry phones are based on only being good for business, but that’s ok. The hardware, keyboards, security that is simply unrivalled, topped off with fleet management, email, and spreadsheets, all account for a top-notch business phone. Just don’t expect to have the other perks that, say, the iPhone does.

Windows Phone

Last but not least, we come to the, largely lacking in love, Windows Phone. Now, the Windows phone might not get the love and be the one that flies under the radar, when in fact it is ideal for small business, even more so if you work on Windows 10, Office 365, Skype, et al. Here we have a Blackberry, but with aspirations to take you forward. Currently, there is a gap in the market in terms of app support, but you can be sure to find support for all the big apps. The phones don’t carry much appeal and allure as far as aesthetics are concerned, but if you can bypass that then it’s a wise option.

Just to add some more wood to the fire of thought, Windows 10 for mobile offers decent compatibility with a range of other Microsoft software, as well as super security features, and the ability for a system administrator to take care of a fleet of the same phones from anywhere. It might go against the grain, and it might not be what you want per se, but these phones might just be the phone your business needs.