Recent research has identified that attorneys in America are more likely to use an iPhone over other phones to go about their daily lives as purveyors of justice, whose tasks include storing the names and numbers of clients, judges, and witnesses relevant to their cases; conducting various researches into matters that might have an impact on their case; scheduling events in their personal and professional lives in their calendar; and maintaining communication with their firm.
In fact, the American Bar Association‘s 2012 Tech Survey shows that of the 89% of American lawyers who use a smartphone to facilitate their practice, 31% use a BlackBerry and only 16% use an Android; 49% of them use an iPhone.
Why do American lawyers prefer the iPhone? One factor might be because with other smartphones, one cannot download apps from third-party websites. Also, an app accessed in an iPhone can be used on an iPad and a Macbook, providing the user with flexibility, versatility, and accessibility.
An iPhone’s settings also have the ability to block some of an app’s intrusive processes of gaining personal information from your phone.
An iPhone also has the all-powerful iCloud, which can be pretty convenient when accessing emails or valuable documents, especially if one is in out-of-the-way places and has no time to go back to the office to grab that file. However, like with the BlackBerry and Android, the iCloud requires you to agree to term of service that states that “Apple may access, use, preserve, and/or disclose your Account information and Content to law enforcement authorities, government officials, and/or a third party, as Apple believes is reasonably or necessarily appropriate”, meaning Apple can use your information for reasons they see fit.
Finally, an iPhone has a long-lasting battery life and performance. An iPhone can function up to 10 hours, depending on gravity of usage. To contextualize, the iPhone can play music non-stop for 40 hours and remain on standby for 225 hours. Be warned, though, that heavy browsing quickly drains an iPhone’s battery.
According to Big Momma Apps, it is important that a law firm should have an app that provides information about itself, not only as means for advertisement, but also to perpetuate accessibility and communication continuity with its clients.