The top smartphones for business people
Go Native compares three of the top smartphones and investigates their business suitability
Smartphones have become a must have for businesspeople around the globe, only the other day a conversation was raging around the office about how people needed to have smartphones to be totally contactable on the move and how simple voice conversations and texts no longer cut the mustard in today’s society.
So with the onus very much on social media, anytime browsing and email accessibility in order to run a successful business, what choices do business people have when looking at smartphones? Go Native has therefore decided to compile a list of it’s top 5 smartphones for business people.
The multifunctioning smartphone with full HTML reading capabilities and useful apps has been born from the original Iphone of 2007. The Iphone 4 is the third reincarnation of this original design and benefits from having a top pedigree and over 100,000,000 users to get feedback from. Just for clarification that is 1.4% of the entire population of the world. This means that the phone is universally accepted, has the highest numbers of developers to make new apps and is also fashionable.
However, with the popularity also comes systems that can be adapted and improved upon by other handsets. A drawback of the Iphone 4 is that it does not have the highest quality camera and the upgradability of it is questionable, and with frequent upgraded models being released (4 in the past 4 years) the model may go out of date quickly.
Another drawback of the popular phone is that it is designed for a multifunctioning client, meaning that it is a jack of all trades rather than a designated business phone like it’s Blackberry rivals. However, especially for business travellers this is not necessarily a bad thing as the multi functionality of the phone negates the need for other multimedia devices.
Blackberry Torch and Torch 2
Blackberry’s have had the business market cornered for several years with their standout phone families the Bold and Curve phones have been gracing the palms of suited office dwellers for years, and for good reason. The Blackberry has a pedigree very much bred towards the business market, with functionality targeting business practices rather than entertainment.
This continues with the torch, which has both the touch screen capabilities that have made the Iphone so popular, but also with the QWERTY keyboard that the brand has become synonymous with, the buttons that look too small to use but are ingeniously designed for quick typing.
The Torch 2 is rumoured to be released by the end of the year and this is likely to have a similar look to the original but with certain items that the Iphone has had since it’s inception such as movement recognition, allowing games that require the phone to be tilted or spun.
However, the limitation of the Blackberry family is that although they do have the entertainment capabilities, these do not compare to the superior qualities of the Iphone 4. Do not forget that this is a business phone however and is unrivalled for its efficiency in that department.
HTC Desire S
HTC are a relative newcomer to the smartphone market, but have had a huge impact on the market in the few years that they have been making smartphones. Although more popular amongst consumers than for businesses, the reputation of the HTC models is growing day-by-day.
The new model of their most popular design, the Desire, is set to be released in late March or early April 2011 and is likely to take a further chunk of the smartphone market. As one of the top smartphones for business people, the HTC Desire S has the internet capabilities of both the Blackberry and Iphone, but as these are relatively untested in the business market it is hard to gauge how effective they will be in day to day life.
The Desire has become an incredibly popular handset, being the second highest selling smartphone behind the Iphone 4, however many still see this as a cheaper alternative to the more popular Iphone 4. This has meant that consumers looking for a bargain have embraced it with open arms, due to business contracts offering Iphones and Blackberry’s for similar prices, the business community are yet to embrace these newcomers in the same fashion as the traditional consumer. However, with the brand steadily gaining a reputation for reliability, affordability and functionality, it will only be a matter of time before businesses start adopting the phones.