Instead of carrying an iPhone, U.S. President Barack Obama remains a BlackBerry user. And it’s simply because his BlackBerry is superior to Apple’s handset, at least when it comes to security.

“At a meeting with youth on Wednesday to promote his landmark healthcare law,” Reuters reports, “Obama said he is not allowed to have Apple’s smart phone, the iPhone, for ‘security reasons.’”

Obama has been a BlackBerry-toting POTUS since he assumed the top position in the U.S. government in 2009. He managed to persuade the Secret Service then to let him keep his BlackBerry amid security concerns.

Indeed, the platform on which BlackBerry runs is known to be more secure than that of Apple’s popular smartphone, iOS, and even more so than its other popular rival, Android. This is evidenced by the predominant use of BlackBerry in the U.S. Department of Defense, where as many as 470,000 BlackBerry devices have been reported to be in use, as opposed to just 41,000 iOS devices and 8,700 Android devices.

But while Obama doesn’t use an iPhone, he does still use Apple’s popular tablet, iPad. Also, his daughters, Malia and Sasha, are said to be avid users of Apple’s popular smartphone.

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