Midmarket: Affordable Android Smartphones for Small Businesses

By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2011-03-24 Print this article Print
Motorola Droid X ($149.99)

Motorola Droid X ($149.99)

From Verizon Wireless, this smartphone sports a large widescreen in the full 16:9 format, high-definition camcorder and the Android Webkit HTML5-based browser.
While Apple's slick iPhone continues to make a huge impact on the consumer market and Research in Motion's Blackberry devices remain the darling of the business world, Google's open-source Android mobile-operating system offers small and midsize businesses many of the same features and functionality without sticker-shocking prices. Top handset manufacturers like HTC, Motorola and LG all offer Android-powered devices from major network operators like Verizon Wireless, AT&T and Sprint Nextel. Android smartphones offer a variety of features to increase productivity and communicate with business contacts, but keep in mind that many of the best deals require a two-year contract and additional discounts through online sales. The Android operating system took 29 percent of U.S. smartphone market share in January, breaking a statistical tie with Apple's iOS and BlackBerry platforms in growing 2 percentage points from December. However, Nielsen data also noted that while Android handsets might have a slight edge over the iPhone and BlackBerry-powered gadgets, RIM and Apple lord over other device makers, "since they are the only ones creating and selling smartphones with their respective operating systems."
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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