While Apple and Samsung continue for the the No. 1 smartphone maker spot, the world leaders seem to be biased to the older devices that come from a long lineage of BlackBerry and iPhone. To start with, world’s most powerful leader, Barrack Obama is known to steadfastly operate his beloved BlackBerry. He has been using BlackBerry even before winning the elections and has made his choice very clear when he said, “I’m still clinging to my BlackBerry. They’re going to pry it out of my hands.” reported CNET. However, quite recently TheVerge did indicate that the President may opt for an Android soon. But, UK’s Prime Minister David Cameron won’t give up his BlackBerry, reported thenextweb.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, dubbed the world’s most powerful woman, appears to mix classic with the new, but keeps its experimental. While she is still rocking a Nokia 6260 Slide, Merkel is also known to use BlackBerry’s Z10. The BB OS 10 device, besides being protected by BlackBerry’s default encryption, is further secured with an encryption chip by Secusmart. Speaking of the Z10, even the Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, evidently uses one. Incidentally, Merkel’s Nokia 6260 was allegedly (Translation needed) broken–into by NSA.
The French President, Francois Hollande, is a fan of Apple and uses the latest iPhone 5. While the Italy’s Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, is more than just an iPhone user. He is considered an Apple devotee who equated Steve Jobs to the Italian Polymath Leonardo da Vinci, saying, “[He was] the Leonardo da Vinci of our time” on the innovator’s Facebook page.
From the first world, to the developing world, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, may have been spotted to use multiple variants of iPhones and other devices from Samsung, but he still loves his trusty old BlackBerry Bold.
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra appears to spread her love equally between not one or two, but 5 smartphones, including BlackBerry, iPhone and Nokia Lumia 920.
World Leaders Prefer Apples and BlackBerries, As Their Choice Of Smartphones
President Barrack Obama Uses BlackBerry
US President Barack Obama uses his BlackBerry or similar device as he walks to the Oval Office after returning to the White House in Washington, DC, January 29, 2009, after attending a performance at his daughter's school. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
UK Prime Minister David Cameron Uses BlackBerry Bold
Prime Minister David Cameron takes a photo with Olympic volunteer Anita Akuwudike on her Blackberry phone, as he met some of the huge volunteer workforce at the ExcCel venue in Docklands east London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 8, 2012. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
German Chancellor Angela Merkel Uses Two Phones: Blackberry Z10 & Nokia 6260 Slide
German Chancellor Angela Merkel holds a tapping proof BlackBerry mobile device at the stand of Secusmart as she tours the CeBIT high-tech fair during the opening event of the world's largest computer expo on March 5, 2013 in Hanover, central Germany. Poland is this year's partner country of the fair running from March 5 to 9, 2013. AFP PHOTO / JULIAN STRATENSCHULTE GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read JULIAN STRATENSCHULTE/AFP/Getty Images)
Francois Hollande Uses Apple iPhone 5
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra Uses 5 Smartphones
While there appears no one that has been using devices running Google’s Android, Samsung is vying to be the smartphone supplier to the political leaders and people in the upper echelon of power. However, the most preferred alternate to BlackBerry is still Apple’s iOS sporting device; the iPhone. The company has been strongly promoting the security aspects of its devices.
Ever since Edward Snowden revealed the wide spread espionage by USA’s National Security Agency (NSA) that included many of the world’s elite and powerful among the masses, companies have been busy infusing higher standards of security and encryption within their devices. While Apple and Samsung continue to lure world leaders, a company that goes by the name of Blackphone, has announced a device by the same name which has been developed with the primary intention of safeguarding mobile communications from all possible spying attempts.
Interestingly, there are still quite a few world leaders like India’s Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Sing and his Canadian counterpart Stephen Harper, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese equivalent Xi Jinping who still don’t use any smartphones. Could these be encouraged to adopt?
PS: Here’s an Interesting Infographic that explains why BlackBerry is still the most preferred device of the political elite.