The smartphone has become a vital business tool. While enterprise devices used to be somewhat limited in their functions, today’s devices are faster and more versatile than ever. Here are the top 5 smartphones for business users.
BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930
Despite immense competition, the BlackBerry name is still one that resonates with business use. The Bold continues the BlackBerry legacy in a great way. It has one of the best keyboards you’ll find on a phone; one that’s perfect for long emails. It also implements a touchscreen for easier navigation of the BlackBerry OS 7 interface. On top of this, it’s the thinnest BlackBerry on the market and thinner than a lot of its rivals. For enterprise users, the Bold stands alone at the top of the mountain.
The iPhone hasn’t always been the most business-friendly phone. When earlier models launched, they didn’t have much of a focus on security, and at the time iOS was still totally proprietary. Since then, two critical things have happened. First, iOS has become more business-friendly thanks to more developers bringing their business functions to it, and Apple has added Exchange support. With beautiful touchscreen displays and access to cloud services, the iPhone 4 and 4S have become legitimate contenders in the business arena.
Motorola Droid RAZR
It might seem strange to put the RAZR on this list when Motorola made a phone, the Droid Pro, specifically for business users. But the fact is that the RAZR has much more support from Motorola and runs a more up-to-date version of Android and Motorola’s custom interface. Android’s versatility lends itself well to consumer and business use, so pairing it with the RAZR’s excellent hardware bodes well for an enterprise environment.
BlackBerry Torch 9810
The Torch is has all of the features one loves from a consumer smartphone including a touchscreen, lightweight build, and a 5-megapixel camera with an LED flash. It becomes a great business phone when you factor in that it also has a slide-out physical QWERTY keyboard and the same access to business services with BlackBerry.com that the Bold enjoys. For business users who appreciate a physical keyboard but don’t want it to always be present, the Torch is a great pick.
Motorola Droid 4
The Droid 4 is similar to the RAZR in a lot of ways. It features the same software, a similar screen, and the same access to Verizon’s 4G LTE network as the RAZR. The major difference is that the Droid 4 sacrifices some screen size and instead packs a 5-row QWERTY keyboard. Some business users just don’t want to get rid of their physical keyboards, and the Droid 4 does an excellent job of accommodating them.
Enterprise users are relying more and more on their smartphones. There’s a lot of variation from business to business, and the smartphone world has done a great job of matching this. Whether users crave cutting edge business services or a touch screen display, there is a smartphone that can fit their needs.