Enterprise Mobility: Zio Android Smartphone Challenges as Cost Cutter
The Zio Android smartphone on the Sprint network is challenging handsets based on the Google mobile phone OS by coming in cheap-under $100. The Zio is made by Kyocera for Sanyo and poses no threat to the more powerful Droid X or the soon-to-be-released Droid Pro phones made by Motorola for Verizon Wireless or the HTC Evo on Sprint's network. The Apple iPhone on AT&T's network and the RIM BlackBerry are also safe from the Zio. Those phones have faster processors, and some are capable of using 4G networks and usually offer better and larger display technology. What the Zio does is open the front to cost-conscious consumers who want a cheap smartphone. The Zio comes with Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, thereby increasing the likelihood that the handset will end up on a corporate network. The Zio is also Sprint ID-ready and able to accept up to five of the newly minted Android interface overlays that bundle together ringtones, widgets and apps that users can download and change to quickly move from a social to work context. Using the touch-screen virtual keyboard is sometimes a challenge, but the overall call quality, text and messaging capabilities, and the battery life under moderate workloads make the Zio a workable alternative for consumers who want an Android smartphone at a bargain price.