IOS or Android for Lawyers?

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When it comes to smart phones, there is a lot of hype regarding the ‘better’ OS or operating system. Some lawyers prefer Apple’s iOS while others insist on Google’s Android. If you haven’t made up your mind yet about the two, here is some useful information on both iOS and Android.

Apple iOS

Many lawyers use Apple products because of the easy tech support features, battery life and iOS applications. Here are some other things to consider when looking at the iOS.

Interface

Apple uses a lightning connector to charge and sync with PC.

Text and Data Entry

Data entry is one of the more important features that lawyers use extensively. Apple uses a single keyboard.

Screen Size

An iPhone 5 has a 4-inch display. An iPad has a 9.7 inch display and the iPad mini has a 7.9 inch display.

File Attachments

Apple can send file attachments via their application or a third-party app.

Security

Apple ensures security by constantly updating operating system updates.

Applications

Apple has around 800,000 applications to choose from.

Google Android

Google Android is feasible for lawyers who are heavily dependent on Google products/services like Gmail, Google Drive, etc. Another thing that lawyers like about android is that it is easily customisable, unlike the iOS. Here are some more facts on Google Android.

Interface

Android uses the standard micro-USB ports for charging, file synchronisation, etc.

Text and Data Entry

Android users can install third-party keyboard application such as Swype, among others.

Screen Size

Android is the operating system of many smart phones and tablets today. For instance, some mobile phone manufacturers that incorporate the android OS are Samsung, LG, Motorola and Sony Ericsson. Screen sizes would range from 2-inch mobile phones all the way to 10-inch tablets.

File Attachments

File attachments can be sent directly from mobile emails.

Security

Android is susceptible to application re-packaging which can provide risks to mobile security. The easiest way to prevent security breach is by being careful with applications installed to mobile or tablet.

Applications

Google Android also has around 800,000 applications to choose from.

Both operating systems have their strengths and weaknesses. With this being said, deciding between iOS and android is entirely up to you. If are okay with what iOS offers, Apple it is. If you would like to take advantage of the variety of applications that Google Android has in store, an android device would do you just fine.

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About the Author: James Vickery is the founder and CEO of I Know IT, a transformative IT services provider. James connects law leaders to their strategy through technology with a firm belief that lawyers must re-enter their profession as innovators, thinking and acting as technology companies do in order to survive, compete and prosper in a digital economy.

James enables this new way of thinking and executing through consulting, coaching and delivery of technology solutions to Australian and international organisations. .

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