Being a self described geek, picking the Top 5 Smartphones for Business is an easy task. You can find me reading the latest news on new devices and sharing that information with friends. However, when I researched this topic and saw the top 5, I was only surprised with one device that made it on the list.
Here are the top 5 smartphones for business according to Enterprise Mobile Today.
1. APPLE iPHONE 3GS –$199 (16GB), $299 (32GB) AT T;
2. MOTOROLA DROID–$199 VERIZON WIRELESS
3. HTC TOUCH PRO2–$269.99 (T-MOBILE) $349.99 (SPRINT)
4. BLACKBERRY BOLD 9700--$130 (T-MOBILE) $99 (AT T;)
5. GOOGLE NEXUS ONE–CARRIER T-MOBILE–$179 WITH CONTRACT, $529 UNLOCKED
With respect to the list, let’s look at the number 1 device first, the Apple iPhone 3GS.
Apple has done a great job with this device, making it user friendly with a multitude of business applications. iPhone owners become addicted to it because they believe it can do everything a handheld computer would do. The 3GS browser is an improvement over the 3G, critics say the browser is “superb.”
However, my one drawback on the device is that it is more a multimedia device than a phone. The phone experiences frequent dropped calls, and sound quality is poor and the battery drains quickly. But, everything else, the graphics, the video recording, and the apps are superb. I recommend working on the phone element of the device for the next generation of iPhones. As a business owner, dropped calls are unacceptable.
The Droid is the phone that Motorola is betting the store on. With all its financial upheavals at this perennial communications company, the Droid is being touted as the phone that will save Motorola from itself.
In a nutshell, the Droid’s battery life is awesome, no frequent recharges here; and it boasts a huge 3.7 inch high resolution screen. However, I found the keyboard to be cumbersome if you have large fingers. Maybe this keyboard is better for someone with small hands.
Like in previous Motorola phones, the sound quality is lacking. Even on maximum volume, sound quality is average. I’m sure Motorola is working on that problem as I type. The speed in which the Droid responds to commands is lightning fast, so you may forget about not hearing your caller and just keep the phone for the duration of the contract and get the upgrade as soon as it becomes available. As a business device, the one drawback is the sound quality, everything else stacks up to a good device.
My personal favorite is the HTC Touch Pro2. I bought this device because it allows me to receive all my emails, keep track of my favorite social networks, and runs on the Windows Mobile platform. I didn’t know how I would need Windows Mobile Office until I was taking a train trip recently and didn’t have access to the internet.
A client needed a document that was stored on my laptop ASAP, so I merely connected my Touch Pro2 to the laptop, moved the document from the laptop to the phone, and sent the document by email as an attachment. My client was happy, and I got paid. The only thing I recommend about this phone, is definitely buy a vehicle charger. It sucks up battery life really fast! But, other than that, being able to perform a task like making my client happy paid for the price of the device.
Being a former Blackberry owner, I can identify with having ‘crackberry’ syndrome. That is, the occurrence of being addicted to using your Blackberry and never letting it out of your sight. I owned a Blackberry Curve before I jumped to the Touch Pro2 and absolutely loved it. I just got tired of the RIM service outages.
Another dislike of mine with Blackberry is the browser, because RIM chooses to run its own, this short changes owners from experiencing a true web experience. The Blackberry has always been the ultimate business smartphone, however, competitors are spring boarding smartphone concepts that Blackberry started and making them better. The phone looks good, the browser is a little better than before, but RIM needs to get some real creativity going before it loses its core customer base. As a business smartphone, there are better options out there.
Few know that the Google Nexus One is made by HTC. That being said, the phone has a lot of potential, and for this being Google’s first jump into the smartphone/Android fire, it’s a good one. Google also kind of threw out a challenge of things to come to other wireless providers, it offers the Nexus One in an unlocked version, meaning you can buy this phone without a contract and run it on a CDMA network.
Here are a couple of glitches that will probably be resolved in the next generation of Google phones, that is the limited internal memory (the need for a memory card slot is necessary); the media player is just, okay, it doesn’t make you want to use it a lot; you cannot sync your Outlook calendar on this phone, maybe because Google has its own calendar and wants to promote use of that. Also there isn’t any multi-touch or Bluetooth dialing on this device. Oh, and early termination fees hit you double by both Google and T-Mobile. Ouch!
Truly, one day, the Nexus One will become the smartphone that changes the game. But right now, it has to work out some internal difficulties. Maybe when the Nexus ne grows up, it will be the smartphone that changes the game. PR: wait… I: wait… L: wait… LD: wait… I: wait…wait… Rank: wait… Traffic: wait… Price: wait… C: wait… PR: wait… I: wait… L: wait… LD: wait… I: wait…wait… Rank: wait… Traffic: wait… Price: wait… C: wait…