The Best Smartphones for Business Use

Finding the right business smartphone can be tricky. Every day we are bombarded with ads for the latest gadgets, all promising to revolutionize the way we use technology. The reality is that smartphones represent a large financial investment for the consumer, and the productivity of your business may depend on how well they function. Here is a helpful list of the best smartphone options for your business use: 1) Apple iPhone 3GS (AT T;) ($199.99 for 16GB, $299.99 for 32GB)* Highly popular, the latest generation iPhone makes large strides into the business phone world by adding support for Microsoft Exchange, allowing access to calendar, email and contact lists. Additionally, Apple’s App Store provides access to thousands of business and personal third-party applications, many of them offered free of charge. Other features include the ability to easily switch between 3G and Wi-Fi, and the large amount of internal memory for holding media content. When considering the iPhone 3GS, you may want to consider that 3G access is still spotty in many areas, and that iPhone call quality is still widely considered subpar. Also, there is concern that a device such as the iPhone may be loaded with too many features, making it more appealing for personal, rather than business use. 2) RIM Blackberry Tour 9630 (Sprint: $99.99)* The latest Blackberry Tour continues to bring the legendary Blackberry business-capabilities to the Sprint Network. Notable features for the Tour are its Dual-Mode CDMA/GSM capabilities for seamless world travel, a high-resolution display and a user-friendly QWERTY keyboard. The Dual-Mode capability is particularly useful for Sprint customers who have previously experienced an inability to make calls overseas. The Tour 9630 does not allow for Wi-Fi connections, which would be a nice benefit in poor-coverage areas. Also, applications downloaded to the Blackberry Tour cannot be stored on a memory card, but rather must be stored on the device’s limited internal memory. 3) Motorola DROID (Verizon Wireless $79.99)* If you want to try something different, the Motorola DROID may be for you. Some features of this new line of smartphones include access to a full suite of Google apps, a touchscreen, both a touchsceen and sliding keyboard and an estimated 385 minutes of talk time on a full charge. A drawback for phones with the Android OS is somewhat awkward feature which requires you to access the phone functions through the display from the home menu. Dual-mode functionality is also missing for world travelers. 4) RIM Blackberry Bold 9700 (T-Mobile: $129.99)* The latest Blackberry Bold offered through T-Mobile gives customers a more sleek and powerful device than previous models. It has an array of features, including Wi-Fi, quad band world roaming and GPS. One interesting features is support for UMA (unlicensed mobile access support), which for a monthly fee allows you to make and receive calls through a Wi-Fi connection without using up valuable phone plan minutes. The Bold 9700 has a smaller display and keyboard than other Blackberry models. Another drawback is the poor function of the web browser, considered inferior to web browsers offered by Google’s Android and Apple’s iPhone OS. 5) HTC Imagio (Verizon Wireless $199.99)* Up and coming in the world of business smartphones is the HTC Imagio, featuring a bevy of features, such as support for Verizon’s V Cast Mobile TV, Wi-Fi, GPS, world roaming capabilities and numerous productivity applications including Microsoft Office Mobile. The device is appealing to the user as it has a large, vibrant touch screen, a 5-megapixel camera and an antenna that doubles as a kickstand to hold the device upright. Known drawbacks at this point are few, but they include occasionally choppy call quality and a Micro SD card that is awkwardly placed behind the battery cover. * Prices are valid with a 2-year subscriber agreement. Other conditions may apply. Sources tag;=mncol;lst

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