Best smartphone for business users

In the slideshow below we examine the cost, value and security considerations when it comes to selecting the best phone for business users - from the perspective of the IT pro.

These are the best business smartphone offerings for those wanting to kit out their whole team or organisation, or just for IT professionals wanting a new phone with epic business capabilities.

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What to consider

What to consider

There are a few things that business users should consider when choosing a smartphone. Functionality, design and security will definitely influence your decision but there are also a lot of other important factors.

Processing power is very important, and business users should look for smartphones using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 range or equally for Apple users, the iPhone X and 8 will offer one of Apple's latest processors which will have enough power to run a wide range of business tasks.

Phone storage is also a must when considering a phone for business use and this is mostly reflected in its price.

The right operating system is probably one of the first things you should consider when choosing a smartphone. The four main OS' we look at are Windows, Apple iOS, Android and Blackberry. The software in use on your work PC may influence your decision and the security benefits of certain OS’ over others may also impact your choice.

Android

Android

If you want the latest Samsung phone then you could pick up the Samsung Galaxy S9 for £739 or the S9+ for £869.

In the UK, the S9 comes with 64GB storage and 4GB of RAM, while the S9+ has 128GB storage and 6GB RAM. Both sport a 10nm 64-bit Octa-core processor, and offer microSD support for up to 400GB in extra storage.

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ specs are impressive but design-wise the devices resemble the Galaxy S8, which was one of the top smartphone releases for 2017 - so if you've got one of those you might not want to upgrade just yet. The camera and biometrics features on the S9 and S9+ are similar to the S8 as well.

For £609, the Samsung Galaxy S8 offers a great screen, 4GB of RAM and comes with 64GB of storage as standard, not to mention Bixby, Samsung's answer to Siri or Google Assistant. (See here for the hands-on review).

The Google Pixel 2 is also an impressive Android smartphone worth your consideration. For £629, you'll get 64GB, 4GB of RAM, a full HD display and a good battery life, although, it does lack an inspiring design.

Alternatively, the Huawei P10, Sony Xperia XZ Premium, OnePlus 5 and LG G6 are excellent options.

Android continued

Android continued

A recent upgrade from Huawei is the Huawei P20, which offers a high-quality camera and great battery life, and it might just pass for the best smartphone so far in 2018 for the money - with the Huawei P20 available at a reasonable price of £599. The battery, Huawei says, can last for as long as 396 hours on standby. It's got an Octa-core processor with a maximum speed of 2.36 GHz, 4GB RAM and storage capacity of 128GB.

Another Android smartphone to go for is the LG V30, which is a complete upgrade from the LG G6. It offers a balanced design, with added OLED full vision display that supports the new glass lens for clearer and brighter camera pictures.

The LG V30 has 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. It can be purchased for £599.99.

iOS

iOS

The iPhone sets a high benchmark for hardware and capabilities, and with the release of the new iPhone X and iPhone 8/8 Plus, it only gets better.

The iPhone X offers a bigger screen size, coming it at 5.8 inches, designed with Super Retina HD display and OLED Multi-Touch and wireless charging.

Apple’s iPhone X is designed with an advanced facial recognition feature, which supports Face ID to unlock, authenticate and pay using a new TrueDepth camera feature, which Apple says is more secure than Touch ID.

The latest models offer a new iOS 11 operating system, which provides a selection of new apps in a redesigned App Store, lots of augmented reality capabilities and plenty of new navigation options and core features.

The main issue will be the price. The iPhone X remains one of the most expensive smartphones on the market since the release in November 2017, starting at £999 for the 64GB model. For the 256GB model, you're looking at £1,149.

But you don't need to plump for the iPhone X. Previous models such as the iPhone 7/7 Plus, both the iPhone’s 8/8 Plus both come feature-rich, offering touch ID, a 12MP camera and Retina HD display. Prices here.

BlackBerry

BlackBerry

It's BlackBerry. This company invented secure, mobile communication. And if you opt for the BlackBerry Priv or one of the DTEK series, you could have the best of all worlds - BlackBerry security and privacy with Android fun.

The BlackBerry Classic and BlackBerry Passport are still good offerings. As we all know BlackBerry phones are tailored for business use, offering enterprise-level security, hardware keyboards, MDM, emails and the ability to easily edit detailed spreadsheets.

BlackBerry altered its business model from offering phones based only on its own OS to models that run with Android. The idea is that you can get the best of both worlds - good enterprise security from BlackBerry plus all the fun of Android.

The DTEK60, for example, offers great security features and has a very good productivity app called BlackBerry Hub, which old-school Blackberry fans will like.

BlackBerry's latest model, the BlackBerry Motion which has a 5.5in touchscreen, a Snapdragon 625 processor and a notably large 4,000mAh battery. It comes in at £399, miles cheaper than others listed.

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Others

Others

In 2017, Microsoft announced that it has no plans to release new smartphones, after a massive 17 years.

So while we can't really suggest it as the best business phone, Windows phones will most likely still be available to purchase from reselling sites like eBay and Amazon, so if you want to provide your teams with cheap business-focused phones, you can do.

At its best, the Windows Phone does still combine some of the strengths of iPhone, Android and - yes - BlackBerry.

You can centrally manage a fleet of Windows Phones, so you can ensure updates happen and lost devices don't lead to lost data.

And while Microsoft has closed the door on its mobile efforts, it will still continue to support devices via security patches and bug fixes.

So, you can still opt for a Windows Phone, and if you do, there are a couple that stand out. The HP Elite x3 offers high-end specs with nice design features and an all-around good user experience, not to mention an excellent battery life, which for a business user is a massive plus.

The Windows Lumia 950 still provides great functionality and an interface that naturally lends itself to business. What’s more, users can purchase a Windows Continuum which easily connects their Windows phone to a monitor, meaning a PC is not needed to work on a larger screen.

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