Enterprise Mobility: Zio Android Smartphone Challenges as Cost Cutter

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2010-10-18 Print this article Print
Zio Android Smartphone Challenges as Cost Cutter

Zio Android Smartphone Challenges as Cost Cutter

by Cameron Sturdevant
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.
Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at cameron.sturdevant@quinstreet.com.

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