A press release given by Intermedia revealed that the iPad and iPhone are dominating among small and medium-sized businesses. The company, responsible for hosting over 350,000 Exchange e-mail accounts, identified that 78% of their customers use Apple devices. This conclusion is based on a review of the ActiveSync smartphones and tablets activated to sync their email, contacts and calendars the showed 57% of users choose to use an iPhone and 21% using an iPad.
Activations for iPads are continuing to soar, with a rise of 102% since May when it was reported by Intermedia that the device was already the decided leader. This surge means that more users are choosing to use a tablet for their mobile computing needs than ever before, and in doing so turn to the iPad. The data analyzed shows that the the number of iPad activations is now second only to the iPhone.
While these results may not be surprising, it is interesting to look at the manufacturers that fall into the next most popular slots. While reviews and media coverage would have you expecting to see Samsung lead the pack, it is Motorola with 9% and HTC with 8% coming in next. LG, Nokia, Palm and Samsung devices combine to make up a measly 4% of activations.
The bad news for these competitors is that when it comes to being adopted by the corporate world, it is usually easier to stay on top than it is to climb to the top.
The business world of today had professionals needing to get connected and stay connected, whether they are in their offices or not. This means blurring the line between the office and home, and choosing a device that best serves that dual purpose. Results like these would seem to indicate Apple has this appeal.
Intermedia offers the largest hosted Exchange environment used by small and medium-sized businesses and boasts being a global leader in cloud services. Next week, Intermedia is expected to announce the availability of a mobile app allowing for remote management of Microsoft Exchange platforms.
Note: These results only include ActiveSync devices, which excludes BlackBerry.