With its responsive touch screen and portable computing power, an iPhone can be a lifeline for small-business owners, providing constant availability for employees and clients through email, text, social media, voice communication and videoconferencing, However, the iPhone's many business advantages are accompanied by some drawbacks. Deciding whether an iPhone fits your business needs requires weighing some important pros and cons.
Sleek and lightweight, the iPhone provides exceptional mobility, enabling you to take your business with you wherever you go. Having such a direct business connection with you at all times may make it difficult to leave work at the office and enjoy your personal life. In addition, the iPhone's lightweight frame may cause you to forget you're carrying it, which increases the odds you'll misplace it.
The iPhone's processing power, internal memory and extensive array of apps combine to create an invaluable business tool, keeping you constantly connected and in control. However, all the same features that enhance productivity can also promote distractions. Having such easy access to personal emails, social networking and games may prove far too tempting. A phone with fewer options may not distract you from business.
Having an iPhone is definitely a status symbol. Displaying an iPhone at a business meeting sends a subtle message about your professionalism and your technological prowess. Your status symbol loses some of its glow when it is damaged. The iPhone 5 features a stylish aluminum body that is susceptible to scratching. Your iPhone won't impress anyone if it has a cracked touch screen or visible dents and scratches. The cost of replacing a damaged or lost iPhone may strain tight business budgets.
Conducting business through your iPhone may pose some potential security risks for you and your employees if you don't activate the security password on the device. Losing an unprotected phone can expose your important business secrets to the world, compromising contacts and sensitive documents. The ease with which users can take and share photos with their iPhones can be another unwanted risk. One accidental photo shared on the Internet can ruin a product reveal or, if the image is of an unflattering personal nature, even tarnish your company's reputation.
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