Getting off Apple and going all Google has increased my respect for both companies. I've come to realize that the very best mobile experience right now is built on a foundation of Google services on Apple hardware. I wish only that these two companies could get along better, and that Apple will allow more Google integration on the iPhone.
New Zealand Police buy 10,000 iPads and iPhones
The iPhone is the smartphone of choice for New Zealand police.
Apple has secured a deal with the New Zealand Police to provide 6,000 police officers with iPhones and 3,900 of those officers with iPads.
A report by The National Business Review outlines the details of the ten-year contract that could cost the New Zealand Police AU$159 million (US$163 million). The police claim the investment will provide productivity benefits of AU$305 million (US$314 million) over 10 years, however.
The New Zealand officers apparently preferred the Apple products to the Blackberry, Microsoft, and Google options they were presented with.
New Zealand Police chief information officer Stephen Crombie told NBR: "Based on frontline officer feedback from the trial (over 100 staff in four districts trialed smartphones, laptops and tablets over an 11-month period) the preferred devices are the iPhone as smartphone and iPad for the tablet. The approach used to develop the applications means Police can move to other devices with relative ease as technology changes."
Vodafone won the deal to provide the contracts.
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