iPhone X….yes or no?

So to be clear, I’m not an Apple worshipper. I’m an iPad owner and think it’s great but I’ve never had an iPhone. Largely because I was one of those heretics that loved his Blackberry, and keyboard. And when Blackberry was swamped by the consumer commercialisation of Android and iOS to the extent that they lost nearly all their market share, I moved to Android. And actually I quite like Android. Even more so with the phones that Huawei were making at an extremely competitive price, with stacks of features that often exceeded some of the Samsung offerings.

So I was intrigued at what the iPhone X could bring to the market that would rival the original iPhone introduced 10 years ago (yes, it really is that long ago).

But I’m disappointed…..a depth sensing camera (which allows facial recognition), an all glass case (for wireless charging), a larger screen area and no home button. It looks good but is it worth $999? Or £999 in UK (can someone explain why it costs 30% more in the UK?). I’m not sure.

I am sure that Apple fans will rave about it, but apart from aesthetic virtues I can’t see the extra value and it sure doesn’t disrupt the market like the original did……but then I’m quite likely at the end of my current contract to move to a SIM only contract and not refresh my phone as it does everything I want, but maybe that’s just me.



Riding the mobile wave

SAP clearly has had enterprise mobility at the forefront of its plans with a range of announcements in the last few weeks promoting SAP as a tool for the mobile enterprise.

SAP CIO Oliver Bussmann recently stated that about 50% of tablets and 30% of all smartphones are already used for business purposes, and certainly the ability to use SAP applications whilst on the move is becoming increasingly attractive for a number of organisations.

With enterprises mobilising more key business functions and allowing employees to work at any time and from anywhere via mobile devices, managing and securing these environments has never been more critical. It is therefore welcome news to hear that SAP has unveiled a partnership with Samsung to make its Android devices safer to use as corporate tools. The Samsung partnership will support secure use of SAP business applications on Samsung mobile devices to help promote crucial enterprise mobility.

Aligned to this, SAP has also announced updates to its Afaria mobile systems management tool to help organisations better manage the increasing number of mobile devices their employees are bringing into the enterprise. The Afaria update alongside the Samsung partnership shows that SAP is looking to ride the tide of consumerisaton, and provide an increasingly consumer-like mobile experience.

Of course here at the User Group we’ll keep you informed of the all the latest SAP mobility news, so please regularly check out our website and  follow us on Twitter (@SapUserGroup).