In today’s competitive smartphone market, the Android and iPhone (News - Alert) platforms are constantly being compared to one another. While both boast unique features that make them two completely separate entities, one thing is for certain – they’re both reliable, functional and widely used for business e-mail.
As a leading Microsoft (News - Alert) Exchange hosting provider, Intermedia certainly has the ability to measure and judge which of these smartphone giants is the most widely desired among users. Based on the number of ActiveSync-based smartphones activated by its customers out of its 32,000 hosted Exchange e-mail accounts, Intermedia (News - Alert) has found that business professionals prefer the iPhone over the Android (News - Alert) platform.
The results may come as a surprise, as many recent reports show the Android beating out the iPhone in terms of preference, but Intermedia’s numbers reveal different. According to findings, Intermedia’s ActiveSync was found on 61 percent of iPhones, 22 percent on other devices, and a mere 17 percent on Android.
The most current stats from April show that the iPhone remains in the No. 1 spot for business usage and has even risen to sharing 64 percent of ActiveSync activations. However, Android seems to be catching up, taking its share to 33 percent.
Also widely used by business professionals, the iPad tablet made up almost 100 percent of new tablets activated by Intermedia customers during April, with only a tiny fraction using the Samsung Galaxy and Motorola (News - Alert) Xoom. In fact, Intermedia reports that approximately 300 new iPad tablets are activated each month, with 900 and 1,200 having been activated this March and April, respectively.
“Professionals want to sync and manage their business e-mail, contacts, and calendars across their computers, smartphones, and tablets,” said Jonathan McCormick, COO, Intermedia. “They also want to use the brands of their choice. Supporting these options can strain an IT department accustomed to managing only one type of device – or an entrepreneur with no IT staff to help with set up. E-mail services like Intermedia’s deliver these productivity capabilities with the click of a mouse and back them up with 24/7 support from certified professionals.”
Tammy Wolf is a TMCnet web editor. She covers a wide range of topics, including IP communications and information technology. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Jennifer Russell