Top 5 business smartphones

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The term "business phone" has become somewhat antiquated with the convergence of features in smartphones today. To describe the best phone for business users is often to describe the best phone for a photographer, music lover or social-networking junkie.

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BlackBerrys used to be the easy option. The combination of the excellent BlackBerry design, paired with the company's security-focused data servers and IT administration tools, made these handsets a must-have in every suit or briefcase pocket. These remain strong reasons to choose BlackBerry, especially if your company still uses the BlackBerry Enterprise Server system, and so we've included the latest Bold in this collection.

If you have the option to bring your own phone to work, then you'll need to be sure it can fit in with your company's IT infrastructure. Beyond this, you'll need to consider which device suits your style of work best. Will you type a lot of texts and emails? Perhaps a physical keyboard would be best, or a phone that makes use of the excellent Swype virtual keyboard software.

How about a big screen? If you don't mind holding a larger handset, a bigger-than-average display does give you a larger canvas to work with, showing greater detail on websites and longer lists of unread email messages. Creative professionals might also consider buying a tablet computer to showcase work, but in many cases a larger screen would be sufficient, and would save you on the cost of having to buy a second device.

Also, keep connectivity in mind. A phone with an HDMI-out port can be used in certain presentation environments to display photos or PowerPoint presentations. Data speeds are also an important consideration. Do you work in a 4G zone? Will you use your phone as a portable modem or Wi-Fi hotspot? If so, you'll want the best and fastest connection around.




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BonitaM posted a comment   

Here he has not explained properly he just given the good and bad reasons instead of his he makes a chart where he can write down the features and mark it whether the specification is available or not in that phone.Thanks for your article.
Business Phones

 

Office Drone posted a comment   
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This page displays Page 1 of 5 - a review of 1 of 5 phones. There is so much advertising and "like" junk, that I can't see where to turn the page. That is ridiculous.

 

bob posted a comment   

my dad has the HTC HD 2 and he thinks its absolute rubbish. My family is very up to date with technology and this phone just does not deliver

 

GHW posted a comment   

I'm on my third crackberry in under 2 years. The first two failed because of the dodgy trackball so I got a Storm and it's absolute rubbish. Cramped keyboard virtually always hits the wrong key, slow and cumbersome and (as with all Blackberrys) pathetic browsing.
I give up, my wife's iPhone 4 dumps on these rubbish phones from an enormous height. Bye bye crackberry and good riddance.

 

Alain posted a comment   

I didn't have to even ready the story. I knew CNet would put iPhone 4 last (I went straight to page 5, and sure enough...). That's because they are anti-Apple patsies of Microsoft, RIM and Google. Balanced discussion story-NOT! Same crap, different week,

 

Fotografa posted a reply   

get overself fan-boi.... They put it last because it sucks as a BUSINESS phone. especially when you consider it is not very durable. I drop my blackberry once a week, and it work perfectly. You'd have to constantly replace you pretty little bauble iphone if you dropped it once.

 

Fotografa posted a reply   

also... just stop and think for a second mister whinger... they didn't rate it last, they rated it 5th out of ALL smart phones.
Personally I would think it's a compliment to be rated anywhere in the TOP 5 phones. But hey, most apple fan-bois aren't happy unless they feel that they have to defend their silly little brand. So funny really. Must be because they are used to defending it almost every day when a new issue is reported about the pootly made (by slave labour) tripe that apple is serving up the masses that are like lemmings... so, so funny.

 

TharakaW posted a reply   

im sorry but you are a keyboard warrior

 

Fotografa posted a reply   

also... just stop and think for a second mister whinger... they didn't rate it last, they rated it 5th out of ALL smart phones.
Personally I would think it's a compliment to be rated anywhere in the TOP 5 phones. But hey, most apple fan-bois aren't happy unless they feel that they have to defend their silly little brand. So funny really. Must be because they are used to defending it almost every day when a new issue is reported about the pootly made (by slave labour) tripe that apple is serving up the masses that are like lemmings... so, so funny.

 

CampbellS posted a reply   

iphone sucks I wont be buying one. 4s or 5


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