Android vs iOS vs Windows vs Blackberry! Who will reign supreme?


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Let’s compare size: you know that size sometimes does matter.

According to a Gartner, a leading information technology research company, Android OS phoned finished 2013 with a 78.4% market share, Apple’s iOS accounted for 15.6 %, Microsoft Windows phones were at 3.2%, Blackberry at 1.9 %, and other operating systems came in at just .9 %. So if size matters, then Android is the way to go. Check out the pretty chart:

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So here is my take on the whole situation:


  • I have an Android phone, currently Samsung Galaxy s3.  Aside from the fact I like the virility of the operating system, I really like the phone hardware. I will be upgrading to a Galaxy s5 when it comes out later this year.
  • Majority of the apps are free, and Android has the second largest app market, behind Apple (but you have to pretty much pay for everything on Apple).
  • Good advantages for remote management and has very good integration with Google Cloud and other cloud products.
  • Overall I find the Android OS to be the most well-rounded for both personal and business uses.
  • Android is a really cool name.

 Apple IOS: 

  • My wife has an iPhone 4 or 5 ( not really sure).
  •  If you own various Apple products you’ll have easy integration with them.
  • It has the largest app market, but you pretty much have to pay to play anything good (in my opinion).
  • If you are looking for some bells and whistles but still want grandma to be cool, this is it.
  • I am biased on Apple products. While I think they are great, they can be challenging for integration as well as management in a business environment.
  • It seems all the kids on the playground (and their grandparents) have iPhones nowadays.

Windows Phone: 

  • I am going to buy my parents a Windows phone, due to some very low cost of entry on certain models. Also the fact the tile screen icons are huge and easy on the eyes.
  • I do not think this is ready for business, it really gears towards multimedia and connecting to the web. If you are in the social media space I would really recommend to check it out.
  • Great integration with Office 365, Skype, Facebook and other mainstream cloud products.
  • Small app market, but there are huge pushes already in progress to close the gap.
  • I am a fan of the hardware on some of the phones but I get really annoyed by the Tiling feature of the OS.  Think Windows 8, but on a mini-screen.


  • I have some old relics and I plan to keep them. When I did have the old Blackberries I loved them: they were fast, light, had a great battery, and the keyboard was just great. I could respond to an email on the phone at the same speed it would take me on my laptop keyboard.
  • It has the best security and integration if you have a Blackberry Enterprise Server.
  • Fastest handle time from when an email gets sent to its delivery on any phone I have seen.
  • Some of the phones that have recently been introduced are not really that great.
  • Blackberry’s app market is not really good. I was on it one time, and I just gave up.
  • Right now there is just no reason to go with them unless you are in banking, government, or really need specific security requirements.

Keep in mind that these are just my personal thoughts. The best way to decide for yourself is to play with the operating system to see what your personal preference is and go from there.

RIM deploys a new name, new Blackberry phones, and a new operating system to boot!



At the end of January, Research In Motion, the troubled Canadian mobile technology giant, announced a new company name, two brand new handsets, and a new operating system to run on those handsets.

To start off, the company name has changed from Research In Motion (RIM) to BlackBerry. This just simplifies things and I think we can move on to the good stuff.

The two new handsets are the Z10 and the Q10. The Z10 has a 4.2 inch touchscreen with a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels, for a density of 356 pixels per inch. It looks very much like an iPhone but it has a microSD slot so you can add up to 32GB of storage. The Q10 has a 3.1 inch touchscreen with a resolutiq10on of 720 x 720 pixels, for a density of 330 pixels per inch. If you’re looking for a physical QWERTY keyboard, the Q10 is your handset. Both have 8 megapixel rear cameras, dual core 1.5GHz processors, and micro USB and micro HDMI connectors. The Z10 is expected to be available in March 2013 and the Q10 is expected to be available in May 2013.

The new operating system is called BlackBerry 10 and it is a major leap in terms of features and capabilities. You can read an extensive review of BlackBerry 10 running on the Z10 here at The Verge. BlackBerry has also announced that all PlayBook tablets will be upgraded to BlackBerry 10 when it is available.

Do you have questions about integrating new mobile devices into your corporate fleet? Call Everon today and our engineers will help answer all of your questions.

Five Smartphone Apps You Can’t Go Without



Finding great Apps for your smartphone can be a dizzying process. Here’s five worth checking out for increased home and business productivity:

Siri- A personal assistant app that does it all. Using voice activation, location data, and site reviews Siri helps you find, plan, and make reservations for lunch or dinner. Just say what you want, “I want dinner for two at an Italian restaurant” and Siri will search using your location, bring up multiple results, and even book a reservation all from your phone in a matter of clicks.   Platform: Iphone

Stitcher- Like podcasts? Stitcher allows you to listen to podcasts on demand-without downloading. Perfect for the drive to work when you don’t want to listen to the radio, but haven’t updated your favorite podcast in itunes.  Platform: ALL

Evernote- This all in one app let’s you save all you productivity in one place and then access it from any device. Save web pages, emails, notes, calendar entries and almost all other media and easily find it in one place synced anywhere.  Platform: All

Traffic Check- Ever leave the house and miss the traffic report? Now you can check live traffic from your phone and avoid trouble spots as you drive. Using Traffic Check can help keep you on track during your busy day without being de-railed by unexpected traffic.  Platform: Iphone

Remember The Milk- An excellent to-do list tool. Remember the Milk, like Evernote, syncs with your other devices and services, like Twitter, Facebook, Gmail and others and follow the tasks you need to complete.  Platform:All

What are your favorite smartphone apps?

Stay tuned for an upcoming smartphone webinar hosted by Everon Technology!

Your Smartphone Questions Answered!


Confused about Smartphones??  Which to choose, what they are, how they work, what apps to download?  We’ve heard your cries and help is on the way!  Send us your questions for our upcoming “Summer of the Smartphone” webinar series!

It’s hard to go into any business today where you don’t see a Smartphone on every desk.  Smartphone’s have become integral to the success of most businesses with the innovation in communication technology and integration with our day to day software and applications.  The options seem to be endless and the debates are heated.  Are you a loyal iPhone fan?  Will you defend your Android to the finish?  Do you know the difference?

 This summer we’ll be running a “Summer of the Smartphone” webinar series to help answer all your burning questions on mobile technology and your business.  We’ll be covering how the use of a Smartphone can help your business stay connected, the differences between the many different platforms and sharing our favorite apps.

Reply to this blog with all your Smartphone issues and questions and it will help us make sure our webinars give you the help you need!

Stay tuned for upcoming webinar dates and times…

Tired of pulling your Blackberry battery? Get this app!


Any Blackberry user who has had their phone for long enough knows the necessity of occasionally shutting down the device, removing the battery door, pulling the battery, and then putting it all back together again. They know how annoying it is and how impossible it is to avoid it.

At least it used to be impossible…

There’s a fantastic application available called QuickPull from SteelThorn Software which frees memory quickly by simulating this battery pull. It’s easy to install and use, and it also gives you the option to schedule a daily soft reset so you don’t have to think about it.

I’ve put it on my Curve, and it works just like a regular soft reset… except I didn’t have to fumble with the case or the battery. It was great, and I plan on keeping it around.

Ways to download:

Blackberry App World on device

CrackBerry Forum

Kristin Mott
Network Engineer Team Lead
Everon Technology Services