Selecting the Best Device

 

With millions of new iOS and Android based devices being poured onto the market, many home and enterprise users question which is the best device for me? Which is the most secure? How much should I spend? Would a larger or smaller device fit my usage? While we may ask all of these questions and then some, this blog will only attempt to answer a few of them. To start, there is no “one size fits all” device for every situation due to the variables such as intended use, available apps, budget, and experience. Even once you decide on an operating system platform, there is still the daunting task of deciding on the model of the device.

 

Security

Most people consider security a very important if not the most important part of the selection process. It’s so convenient to pay bills or check accounts today, but which is the safest when doing so?

 

If we were to look at security one dimensionally, iOS would be the clear winner. According to the US Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis, Android ranks highest for mobile malware with 79% while iOS is at the bottom of the list with 0.7%. As I said, only looking at security from one angle may make your mind up for you. But what causes this drastic difference?

 

Apple requires all developers to go through an approval process before apps can be made available to the public. Google only makes Android apps go through a similar process when releasing them through a store like Google Play. This is a nice, but also dangerous, feature of Android and no doubt is one of the leading reasons for the 79% of all mobile malware.

 

Android has made notable advances in securing their platform in the last few years, but obviously they have room to improve. I read somewhere that since Apple sold their first iPhone nearly eight years ago, there hasn’t been any major malware infections on non-jailbroken devices. Android does have several antivirus apps that help keep the device secure, always researching an app before installing or using is advised.

 

Available Applications

Another major question is related to how will you use the device? According to statistics collected from leading app stores for the month of May 2015, Android devices have 1.5 million apps while iOS devices have 1.4 million apps available. This begs the question, is Android a better option because it offers at least 100,000 more apps? The answer is ‘it depends on how you will use it.’

 

For most users, hearing “there’s an app for that” becomes very literal for both platforms. That’s not to say that some specialty companies may only have resources to support a single platform. So check up on any apps before making your decision.

 

At Creative Foam, iOS is preferred 3:1 over the Android platform. It has nothing to do with the business of die cutting or molding foam. The company provides a no-penalty option and the reasons offered were perception of quality, status, and perception of security.

 

To summarize which is the best device, it really boils down to each person individually. Each operating system has strengths and weaknesses. Ease of use is subjective to each person. Costs have become very comparable between the devices and both platforms come on a variety of sizes. While iOS has a proven track record for being secure Android offers more flexibility for apps. Which will you choose?

 

 

Sources

US Dept of Homeland Security report

Statista

Apple Review Process

Google Play Review Process

Android Antivirus

 

Submitted by Aaron Hardin