Enterprise Mobility: 10 iPhone Alternatives for Enterprise Users

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2010-04-07 Print this article Print
10 iPhone Alternatives for Enterprise Users

10 iPhone Alternatives for Enterprise Users

by Don Reisinger
Whenever smartphone owners have discussions about their favorite devices, the talk almost always turns to the iPhone. Apple's smartphone commands the kind of respect and admiration in today's mobile market that no other device can come close to mustering. It casts a huge shadow that can't easily be overcome, especially in light of the promising new iPhone OS 4.0 being unveiled April 8. But that's the consumer market. In the enterprise, the iPhone isn't enjoying the kind of success Apple might have hoped for. The reason why is quite simple: Enterprise customers aren't yet sold on the iPhone's touch screen or its functionality. A removable battery is a must-have for many road warriors and the iPhone, unlike so many of its competitors, doesn't boast one. Enterprise users are also suspicious of the iPhone OS and whether it can support the level of productivity they currently enjoy using other devices. Plus, the iPhone is only available to AT&T customers, which leaves out companies in contracts with any other carrier. In short, the iPhone can be a tough sell for enterprise users. So this slide show will present 10 iPhone alternatives that might suit enterprise users quite well. Some devices are certainly better than others, but in any case, they deliver some features that should suit the corporate world's fancy.
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.

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