Small and medium businesses prefer iPhone and iPad over Android, WP or BlackBerry

Small and medium businesses prefer iPhone and iPad over Android, WP or BlackBerry
The guys from Intermedia, who are providers of cloud services to small and medium businesses, have been curious to know what kind of mobile operating systems their customers are using, and the data that came out showed that Apple's iPhone and iPad are still the undisputed leaders in this space.

Although Android has owned the lion's share of the market as a whole, when it comes to the number of activations, it turns out that if we only take a look at the business, we'll see that iOS is still the preferred platform. The survey made by Intermedia covered 500,000 accounts of their customers, all of which working for small- and medium-sized businesses. You'll probably be surprised to know that of those 500k accounts, 68.2% have been using iPhones, while only 25.1% have had Android smartphones.

Still, Intermedia notes that since the survey was done in the period of September to November, the iPhone might have had a bit of an unfair advantage, due to the launch of the iPhone 5, which has brought a significant boost in iPhone sales. Even if it wasn't for the iPhone 5 launch, however, it is believed that the iPhone would still have accounted for the biggest share.

Actually, after iOS and Android, it's as if the other operating systems are represented by only a handful of devices. For example, the third place is taken by BlackBerry with 4.1%, followed by Windows Phone at 2.6%, both of which used to be very strong players in the business field. Their paltry shares now come to show how drastically the landscape has changed in just a few years.

Switching our focus to the tablet, side of this survey, we find an even greater gap between Apple's representative and the competing platforms. Here, the iPad is the ubiquitous choice for businesses, as it seems to be the preferred tablet computer for an enormous 92.6%. Surprisingly, Android isn't even second, as the that place belongs to the BlackBerry PlayBook, which accounts for 5.3% of the market. For now, Android tablets will have to put up with the third place in this category and the unsatisfactory share of 2.3%. The poor performance by Android as far as tablets go is explained with the low number of quality tablet applications, especially when it comes to productivity. There's been some movement in this space recently, but it's been mostly gaming titles that have gotten optimized for bigger screens. Although Google is putting a lot of effort into popularizing Android as a tablet platform, usually by offering well-equipped devices at very low prices (Nexus 7, Nexus 10), the tablet market seems to remain beyond its reach for now.

While the study conducted by Intermedia covers small and medium businesses, it is said that Apple is currently holding leading positions with large enterprises as well.

Small and medium businesses prefer iPhone and iPad over Android, WP or BlackBerry
Small and medium businesses prefer iPhone and iPad over Android, WP or BlackBerry

via: Electronista

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25 Comments

1. redmd

Posts: 1877; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

cloud services and non expandable storage. does it take an analyst to figure this out.

4. akbar

Posts: 62; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

Also I would guess the Android users are more tech savvy and can arrange their "cloud"/NAS storage by themselves.

10. sithvenger

Posts: 371; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

Lmao excuses excuses.

25. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

Coughin's wat I doin'!!!!!

22. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

yup these analysts are often unnecessary coz all they do is point out the obvious :) and then demand a lot of pay! but seriously if these charts are true which i doubtt then how come almost everyday i read on PA about android's growing market share and Apple's sliding market share? And even the sales figures prove this year that Apple has been second to Sammy (PA Article) so whats the catch here?

2. marinbuyukliev

Posts: 13; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

this is a big fat LIE

11. sithvenger

Posts: 371; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

Excuses excuses

3. wendygarett unregistered

Well too bad I own an android phone and android tablets too make sure I can get Google experience... To avoid Apple get rid of for the upcoming ios lol

5. wendygarett unregistered

"Surprisingly, Android isn't even second, as the that place belongs to the BlackBerry PlayBook, which accounts for 5.3% of the market. For now, Android tablets will have to put up with the third place in this category and the unsatisfactory share of 2.3%. The poor performance by Android as far as tablets go is explained with the low number of quality tablet applications, especially when it comes to productivity. " As much as I love my nexus 7, I found out that this sentence is quite true... The reason I love it is because it has a great experience on gaming lol, and I don't think the CEO loves that... But let's hope it has Microsoft office apps next years otherwise they rather pick playbook instead lol

6. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

first thing that came to my mind is that, these people don't have the time to learn how to navigate and operate an android phone/tablet. Let's be real here. The first time I used my android phone, I got lost on how to do such things. That won't happen on iOS devices for the fact that iOS has the simplest UI/experience on mobile world. Another reason is that, unlike us that are much aware that android is not really housing too much malware, these people think that android is.

8. wendygarett unregistered

And most businessman dont have time to spell "customisation" because it's too long LOL

16. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

true that. But don't get me wrong, if I were to choose, I would love to pick a Gnote branded phone(note 2, or OG note, or even note 3) anytime. It's what businessmen needs. SRSLY.

7. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

well they do business, and they wasn't to keep it simple...so i guess apple just give that need...

9. rajagopalan.k

Posts: 35; Member since: Dec 17, 2012

yeah as the article says SMALL and MEDIUM businesses are HUGE fans of IDEVICES but i sadly think that LARGE businesses must be going with ANDROID otherwise the article would have mentioned "the over all business class"! and also may be that's the reason why these businesses that prefer IDEVICES are small and medium because they might have lost their platform with LARGE customers!

12. wendygarett unregistered

I'm sorry to say that forbes listed company prefer blackberries lol

24. jaoowolabi

Posts: 201; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

Yea and to be honest i would think android would be at the bottom for large companies, because who needs that much customization just to make calls, check emails and configure appointments.

13. rudlie

Posts: 205; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Read again carefully, android beaten in business purpose because of poor performance, poor quality apps, not because Small-Medium size. It just an alibi, in fact, android must be more suffer for enterprise size usage

14. christumaini

Posts: 27; Member since: Oct 25, 2012

its not so surprisingly as most of idevices have limited storage space (unlike others who have options of expanding their devices memories) therefore i-users are forced to rely much on the cloud storage instead

18. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

well seeing as most new flagships also lack expandable memory, your just finding excuses. n4 and DNA both in the same boat as the iphone in that area. there users are as you say ''forced'' to rely on cloud storage

15. GodKnowsAll

Posts: 21; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Wait For Upcoming Blackberry 10.

17. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Android tablets aren't even good. The iPad is a much better tablet, but any phone is better than an iPhone.

21. prakesh

Posts: 92; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

because they'r busy people,so they don't have enough time to explore the functionality of their phone if they choose except than apple product they just do call call call text e-mails :-P

23. monkeytown

Posts: 125; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

wheres the surprise?

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