Sorry. I couldn’t help myself. The political season of distorted messages has worn off on me. My apologies. Yes, you can use an iPhone at work. In fact, iPhones have the lion’s usage marketshare in corporate IT and enterprise groups thanks to ease-of-use and built-in security options.
Simply put, that means iPhones get used in business more than any single Android device, and deservedly so. We can argue that Steve Jobs broke the IT and enterprise wall and instituted BYOD (bring your own device) because of the iPhone. Build it and they will come. Apple built it. And customers want to use iPhones at work.
What makes the iPhone such a good workhorse at work? And why would iPhone 7 be a better choice than an Android smartphone? Alright, there’s all that malware on Android devices (over 98-percent of mobile malware resides on Android) that doesn’t make it to an iPhone.
Here’s my quick list of why the iPhone 7 makes for the best work phone.
32GB Storage – gone is the 16GB minimum on the entry level iPhone. iPhone 7 starts at 32GB as the minimum. That’s long overdue. Of course, IT and enterprise folks don’t want you to load up a business iPhone with games and photos and movies, but 16GB just wasn’t enough.
Water Resistance – yes, you can drop an iPhone 7 into a puddle, wipe it off, and keep on ticking. No, you cannot take it for a swim but I’ve read of people using their iPhone 7 to take calls or check texts while taking a shower.
Microsoft – as much as I may hate to say it, Microsoft’s Office apps for the iPhone and iPad are excellent, and Outlook might be the best email app you can use on an iPhone. Except for spam.
Battery – battery life has improved but more so with the larger Plus models starting with iPhone 6 Plus a few years ago. Bigger is better and I have yet to go a whole day and need a recharge. It’s that good on the Plus. I cannot vouch for the smaller iPhone 7, but bigger is better.
3D Touch & Home Button – the Home button isn’t really a button anymore. It’s a slab of glass that vibrates a bit when you touch it and that makes it feel like a button. It still works with Touch ID, but the button and the screen are those two items that need the most repair. Now it’s just the screen.
Camera – there is little to not like about the iPhone 7 Plus camera. It’s nearly as good as bulky entry-level DSLR cameras but it fits in your pocket. Cameras may or may not do much for business, but we had a plumber visit recently and his iPhone mounted on a selfie stick easily found a leak hiding behind a water heater. ‘Nuff said.
Hey Siri – hands free has improved the past few years thanks to Siri’s ability to understand what you ask, but there still needs to be better integration with apps. Many states won’t allow you to use a cellphone in your hand while driving so having Siri can be a big help.
Apps – this is a no brainer and while Google’s Play Store may have a few hundred thousand more apps than the iPhone App Store, two-million should be enough, and most of those apps are of better quality than Android counterparts, and business users have many tens of thousands of highly usable apps to choose from, but corporate IT and enterprise groups can create their own apps and download to employee iPhones.
What’s not to like?
The iPhone has been the go-to business smartphone of choice for a few years and the total cost of ownership (TCO) works much like the Mac; higher upfront price tag, longer life, better resale value, easier to use and less support requirements, and that results in a bargain product for business.