Enterprise-Ready Smartphones: 10 Devices Good Enough to Bring to Work
Apple iPhone 5
The iPhone is becoming more enterprise-friendly each year, and the iPhone 5 is only further proof of that. The device comes with support for remote-device management, which is an essential feature for CIOs, and it delivers both secure software and durable hardware design. Plus, employees feel comfortable using it. Best of all, it's available on just about any carrier with which a company might be under contract.
Not long ago, BlackBerry devices dominated the enterprise. From small organizations to major enterprises, companies were deploying BlackBerry handsets under the belief that those products delivered the best value, the highest level of security and the ultimate experience of any product on the market. That collection of beliefs drove BlackBerry's business over the years and ensured that it would stay atop the corporate world. But lately, things have changed. The bring your own device (BYOD) craze has established a scenario in which consumer-focused products are starting to make inroads into the corporate world. Even more surprising, IT decision makers are increasingly deciding that allowing the iPhone into the office isn't as bad of an idea as they once thought. Meanwhile, mobile device makers are embracing the enterprise like never before. It's not uncommon to find smartphones on the market today that are designed to appeal to both consumers and enterprise users. The once-stark contrast between enterprise smartphones and consumer smartphones has dulled. And now, a host of devices can appeal to enterprise customers. This eWEEK slide show looks at the enterprise-ready devices available today.