How to Pick an Android Phone for The Gig Economy
If you are considering doing full or part time driving or delivery work you will get around to considering how to pick an Android phone for the gig economy
What Do You Need?
When you join Amazon Flex and many other Gig economy driver or delivery schemes such as Deliveroo and Uber you will need a vehicle and an Android or an iOS phone to a minimum spec and memory. Your device is likely to need to have a camera with a flash and GPS Location Services.
Most opt to go with Android over iOS devices based on affordability, a variety of rugged phone options and better device management connectivity.
7 Reasons to Use a Separate Smartphone
Yes you can use your private phone. But is it Rugged enough? The phone will likely get a lot of wear and tear especially if you end up being very busy day after day. Inevitably you will drop the power jack may well become worn and the weather could take its toll.
This is a really important tool for your Gig life your success may well revolve around this.
- Longer Battery Life. Typically purpose built devices have higher capacity batteries than a standard smartphone.
- Pick something more Rugged and sealed. Purpose built devices are typically tested to multiple 4 foot drops.
- Longer life cycle. Enterprise grade devices tend to remain the same for longer therefore making repairs less costly.
- Lower cost extended maintenance plans.
- Out of the box value added features such as device management.
- High performance durable construction and components.
- Longer life vehicle mount options. Better quality components so they last longer.
Driving Heath and Safety
If your Gig requires higher than average rates of barcode scanning make sure you pick a device with a dedicated scanner. You will be pleased you did. If you are just scanning a few codes per day, use a scan through the camera app, we can help you pick one.
Tax For Gig Economy Workers
In the UK the Vast majority of Gig economy drivers are self-employed. As such you are responsible for paying your own taxes and National Insurance contributions. This means completing a self-assessment tax return each year. Good news is that you do not pay taxes on all your income only your profits. This means you can deduct your business expenses from your total earnings. Learn More
Our Unitech Rugged Android Handheld Bundle
Our Unitech EA500Plus EA510 and PA760 are fully featured enterprise grade handhelds that has a huge array of accessories and value added features. A typical user will have this device in service for around 5-6 years. This is the sort of device that major delivery and field service organisations are using for long term sustainability.
At our shop you can pick up a device use the coupon GIG21 to get 10% off. Delivery is free in the UK and flat rate into other countries in EMEA.
How to pick an Android phone for the gig economy get in touch by phone or use web chat to talk to our team about equipment specification your mobility deployment project leasing and device management.