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Restaurant Apple iPad POS vs Android POS

Revel | December 13, 2022 |

iPad POS Technology
Restaurant Apple iPad POS vs Android POS

Choosing the Right POS Device for Your Restaurant

Today's business owners have much to consider when it comes to technology deployment, including the long-term implications of their decisions. Restaurant operators considering cloud-based technology solutions for their restaurant management POS (over the higher-cost, less fluid option of server-based legacy solutions) still have more factors to weigh. 

One of those is whether to choose an Apple iPad POS or Android POS solution. As with any major decision, there are pros and cons to both options. At Revel Systems, we've thoroughly considered these, and believe the Apple iPad POS is the way to go. Here's why:

Five Benefits of an iPad POS vs. Android POS System 

1. Better Security 

Restaurants and retailers are especially susceptible to data breaches, and demand for security has never been greater. A major consideration for Revel choosing to run their POS software on iOS is Apple’s commitment to security. 

Since iOS was released, there have been no major cyberattacks or malware issues with the software. Apple keeps its source code closed which enhances the security and decreases the risk of hacking into it. 

Android devices, on the other hand, are the main target of malware. A report by F-Secure says 99 percent of all malware targeting mobile devices is designed for Android. By extension, Android POS software can leave your business more vulnerable to attack. 

Furthermore, Apple controls all of its hardware and software which allows them to make consistent updates and security enhancements across devices. Android left this up to individual manufacturers, so there is a risk they won’t make these consistent updates and your POS security will be at risk for data breaches and hacks. Revel provides users a secure system with an iPad POS that leverages the inherent security of iOS. Our users can safely process payments, maintain their CRM, and enjoy a set of rich access controls.

2. Seamless POS Hardware and POS Software Integrations

With Apple products—the iPad included—Apple owns both the hardware and the software supporting and powering your technology. The advantage to that is iOS software and hardware work in tandem to help you run your business intuitively, efficiently, and securely. 

An iPad point of sale, like Revel Systems, makes it very easy for your restaurant to integrate with different software and add new POS hardware terminals as your business grows. 

With an Android POS, there are a few more options for tablets as manufacturers. The downside to this is that the POS software may not integrate with each Android tablet on the market. This means that there is a chance you won’t have access to all the POS system features depending on the tablet you choose.

3. Sleeker Design for a Restaurant POS System

Revel works closely with Apple to align the look and feel of our technology with the design that helps Apple stand out from the rest. The sleek design of our iPad POS fits every counter, elevates your image, and helps extend your brand. The familiar interface of the iPad also makes it very easy for employees to learn the POS device and for you to train your employees quickly.  

4. Long-term Cost Savings  

One of the most important factors is the cost. When deciding between an Apple iPad POS vs. an Android POS, price is not as straightforward as it may seem. 

With an Apple POS, the initial investment cost is more expensive. This is because Apple’s hardware is designed to last long-term and can support existing software for up to five years, reducing the need to replace the devices. Apple’s iPad POSresults in businesses saving money in the long run. 

However, with an Android POS system, initial hardware cost is less expensive, but their POS hardware becomes outdated much faster and can stop supporting your POS software. This means you will have to continue to update your POS equipment more often, costing you more money in the long run. 

5. Popular Mobile Payment Method—Apple Pay—as a Payment Option

Specifically designed to work congruently with other products in the Apple ecosystem, iPad POS systems work great with Apple Pay—the most popular method for mobile payments in the market. With Revel’s  iPad point of sale system, your customers have even more payment options at their disposal.

Revel Systems Has Support For Every Stage of Your Business

No matter the technology you use, there is no denying the value of personal service. With Revel, whether you need assistance as you prepare to open a new location or you seek ongoing account management to ensure your business success, our dedicated service professionals are just a phone call away. We offer 24/7 support through phone, email, and chat.

Our assistance doesn’t stop there. You can utilize Revel’s experts—Revel Navigators™— to help you install your POS hardware, position you to ensure your system stays running smoothly, undertake the project management for helping you set up your iPad POS backend, and provide direct support for technical questions and best practices.  

"The installation time and training with Revel is simple and fast. It’s a very easy transition and new employees get it within just a few minutes." Fred Morgan, Co-Owner, Fired Pie

Make the Change Today with Revel’s iPad POS System 

Are you ready to make the switch to Revel's iPad point of sale and dedicated support team? Connect with one of our representatives today to learn more and take the next steps in your journey to business success.