As the owner or manager of a small business, a smartphone is the tool most can’t live without. That portable pocket computer with unlimited search power, hands-free typing, a camera at the ready, and a host of handy apps allows you to juggle your hats as you tackle each task that comes your way.
September 2016 was a busy month for smartphones, with the release of the new Google Pixel and iPhone7.
The iPhone 7 is the next generation in a long line of Apple phone products, whereas the Google Pixel is the first pure Google phone handset. Both starting at $1079, the price of the Google Pixel and iPhone7 is the same, increasing in cost according to size and storage.
So what’s different? As small business owner in the market for an upgrade, how do you decide which phone will serve you best as you go through the varied motions of your day?
In our own quest to differentiate between the two, we’ve highlighted the most obvious differences below. In particular, a number of hardware features have been withdrawn from the new models of each device.
No headphone port for iPhone7
For Apple the notable withdrawal in their latest iPhone was the headphone port. In fact, there is nowhere to ‘plug in’ headphones on the new model, except through an add-on adaptor which plugs into the lightning port at the base of the phone.
This isn’t too much of an issue until you want to charge the battery at the same time. If you are the type of business owner who dislikes the cord hanging down while driving a car or operating anything that requires using your hands, this is worth considering.
No SD card reader for Google Pixel
Google has omitted the SD card reader, which was prominent in previous Android phone releases. Although it was something never released in the Apple phone range, it was a feature the Android community relied on for extra storage of data.
iPhone7 is water resistant
Apple is boasting about being water resistant, something Android phones claimed in the past. So there is speculation on how many new users will jump from Android to Apple based on this feature alone.
Mass data swap made easy on Google Pixel
The major innovation with the Google Pixel is the mass data swap that you can do through USB-C. This was mainly built in anticipation for Apple and other phone users to dump the entire contents of their phone into the Pixel operating system easily.
For a more detailed comparison between the Google Pixel and iPhone7 click here.
According to Apple Insider, “Google’s latest effort to show off its vision for “Pure Android” hardware costs the same as Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus but is half as fast..”.
On the flip side, a reviewer at Android Central reports, “Both of these phones rock a 5.5-inch display, but the Pixel XL itself is noticeably more comfortable to hold and use.”
We’ll leave it to you to weigh up the odds, but if you’re working within the cloud environment and using certain packages, you may want to check if they are available on both iOS and Android. For instance, Xero is available on both platforms, whereas WorkflowMax (job tracking software owned by Xero) is only on iOS at this stage.
If you’re not sure, get in touch and we’ll help you out.