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FreeBSD is an excellent choice to continue using older hardware and have it perform, it is a great choice for a UNIX based development environment. Although I haven't used it as a server, it is most suited for this - it would make an excellent, secure and robust server for and I would love to start using it for this as well.
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iOS works well when you want solid control over institutionally-owned devices. This generally works best when you play by Apple's rules and buy through them and use Apple School/Business Manager - so if you're going for a BYOD model, this probably isn't the way to do [it]. There is a wide variety of management tools, but bear the costs of each in mind.
Read full review Pros Performs really well, even on older hardware Secure Robust Package manager (pkg) is excellent Large collection of ported software from Linux Documentation is excellent (FreeBSD Handbook) Read full review Extraordinary compared to other OS on the lookout for the mobile devices. In the event that somebody needs an ad free and secure insight. Apple iOS give you heaps of inbuilt elements by which there is no need of any outsider applications. Read full review Cons Installation can be tricky for first timers You need to be comfortable using a command line terminal most of the time Read full review Replacing the battery is hard and shouldn't be. I know it is for security, but the ability to remote control iOS and help users would be great. Security can be tight with the iCloud and passcodes and you can brick a phone if you are not careful. Read full review Usability
In all likelihood, common users will either already have experience with iOS on their iPhones, or will pick it up quickly. The UI is generally simple and mostly visual. Power users, on the other hand, may feel constrained by the inherent limitations built-in. Root access, terminal commands, and deep customization are not really to be found here.
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Lots of help articles online for just about everything under the sun. I have never personally had to engage Apple's support team to comment on their helpfulness.
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FreeBSD was the only operating system out of many I tried to install easily on older hardware and to run in a very performant way. For example, I had a lot of trouble trying to get Ubuntu to install on older hardware and when it did, it was too slow to use. FreeBSD installed quite easily and even after installing a desktop such as XFCE - it still run surprisingly fast. I was very impressed with it's performance, which it seems is a goal of the FreeBSD project.
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The software updates have a wide coverage for iPhone models and I love updating software for additional features and/or improved software stability. It has also genuine feel of the phones they offer. Easier to set up and use. It helps me do more productive tasks. If I have the latest phone model, I would have additional software advantages that are already included in my OS.
Read full review Return on Investment As FreeBSD is free - the ROI is at least the cost of some commercial Linux or Windows based OS (which can be very expensive) Allowed the re-use of older hardware that would have otherwise been disposed No cost development environment Opportunity for a no cost server setup also Read full review Positive as far as cellular usage, phone tracking, and security for our users. Negative as far as battery replacement on older phones. Costs would be similar to android phones so security/simplicity is our main point here. Read full review ScreenShots