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.
Apple iPhone 4S
Apple's iPhone 4S might be the underpowered alternative to the iPhone 5, but it's also the first Apple smartphone to dramatically increase the company's market share in the enterprise. That was due to the value enterprise customers saw in the device. That alone makes it a worthy consideration for any IT decision maker looking to deploy smartphones in the office.
The BlackBerry Q10, which should launch in the next month or so, is the epitome of what made BlackBerry successful in the enterprise. The device comes with secure software and a physical keyboard, and supports BlackBerry's enterprise services. Look for it to be a popular option for old-school enterprise buyers.
The BlackBerry Z10's touch-screen might make some believe that it's designed with consumers in mind, but it actually could appeal to enterprise customers. The handset has a big 4.2-inch display, and comes with the same software in the Q10. As a BlackBerry product, enterprise users can expect strong security and high-quality corporate-focused features.
Samsung Galaxy S III
The Samsung Galaxy S III is Apple's chief competitor in the mobile space and also the device that put Android on the map in the enterprise. The handset has a huge 4.8-inch screen and the version of Android it runs is both secure and intuitive enough for any employee to understand. The Galaxy S III's popularity in the enterprise exemplifies the impact BYOD has had on the corporate world.
Samsung Galaxy Note II
The Samsung Galaxy Note II might be an even better option for enterprise users looking to bring a consumer-friendly smartphone into the office. The Galaxy Note II supports the same Android software found in the Galaxy S III, but adds support for a stylus. What that means is employees can easily tap out notes and get clients or customers to sign for invoices from their handsets. It's something all enterprise users should consider.
Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD
Although Motorola has tried to break into the enterprise with its Droid Pro, the company's Droid Razr Maxx HD might just be its best option for corporate users. The handset is big and beautiful, and now that Motorola has Google's backing, CIOs should feel reassured that they're investing in a company that isn't on the ropes. The Droid Razr Maxx HD isn't the best handset in this roundup, but it's certainly a strong competitor.
HTC One X+
Although HTC was once a major player in the Android ecosystem, the company lost its way in 2011. In 2012, it tried to reestablish its foothold with help from its flagship One X+. That device includes a 4.7-inch screen and support for near-field communication—a key feature for enterprise users going forward. The HTC One X+'s performance has also been celebrated as one of the best in the mobile space.
Google Nexus 4
Google has jumped into the smartphone market with its Nexus 4 handset. That device comes with a 4-inch screen and the latest Android flavor, Jelly Bean. Because the handset is branded with Google's logo, it comes with all the extras Android users would expect, including near-field communication support, 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) and much more. The Nexus 4 is easily one of the best Android-based handsets on the market.
Nokia Lumia 920
Looking for something that isn't running the iOS, Android or BlackBerry 10? If so, then the only option is Nokia's Lumia 920. That handset, which is running Windows Phone 8, is the best smartphone on the market for those seeking Microsoft's operating system. However, Windows Phone lacks the kind of developer support one would expect from Android or iOS and doesn't come with BlackBerry's enterprise features. Still, it's the best option out there for companies that want to stick with Microsoft.