It’s impossible to run a business without the proper tools at hand and the right people on board. A good business smartphone is essential for everyone who wants to be productive, connected, and informed. Not all smartphones make good business phones, and not all business phones are fun to use.
Best Smartphones for Business
|Samsung||Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge||504.99|
|Motorola||Motorola Moto Z Force||498|
|Huawei||Huawei Mate 9||449.99|
|ZTE||ZTE Axon 7||429.98|
|Asus||ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra ZU680KL||Check Price|
How to Select a Good Business Phone
First, let’s go over the essentials that make a smartphone good for business:
RAM – You need to have enough RAM to run multiple apps at the same time, including productivity apps, email apps, and antivirus apps. 1 GB is no longer acceptable, and most experts would consider 2 GB the new minimum. Of course, the more RAM you have, the higher the number of apps you can run at the same time is. Some smartphones with large screens even let you run two apps side-by-side, allowing you to have an email app right next to a web browser or a PDF document.
Camera – A great front-facing camera is indispensable for video conferencing. Keep in mind that resolution is just one of many factors that determine the overall image quality. A good camera should capture a reasonably wide angle and cope well even with poor lighting conditions. The quality of the rear-facing camera is just as important, but most higher-end smartphones don’t leave much to be desired in this department.
Battery Life – Sadly, most smartphones can’t last a whole day on a single charge. The battery life of a smartphone depends on the screen size, internal components, software optimization, user’s usage habits, and, above all, the capacity of the smartphone’s battery. 3000mAh should be enough for a day of moderately heavy use, especially if you avoid using demanding apps or games. It’s also worth considering selecting a smartphone with a replaceable battery. That way, you can carry a spare in a pocket and use it when needed.
Storage Capacity – You never want to run out of storage space to save all your pictures, files, and emails. Modern apps and HD video footage can take up every single available megabyte sooner than you might expect, so it’s preferable to select a smartphone with a microSD memory card slot. It doesn’t just make it possible to dramatically increase the storage capacity, but it also helps you easily move files between devices.
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
Samsung has set the bar high with the release of the S7 edge. This elegant smartphone proves once and for all that it’s possible to create a certified water-resistant phone with a microSD card slot, allowing you to add up to 256 GB of extra storage space.
The S7 edge has a luxurious 5.5” Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 76.1% screen-to-body ratio and the resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. The screen is curved on each side, and Samsung uses the two curved edges for shortcuts and various handy utilities.
The smartphone ships with 4 GB of memory—more than enough even for the most demanding users—and either the Snapdragon 820 or Exynos 8890 Octa chipset. The front-facing camera is equipped with a 5 MP sensor with f/1.7 and automatic HDR. Because the S7 edge is waterproof up to 1.5 meters and 30 mites, the battery isn’t removable, but that’s not really a problem. At 3,600mAh, it can easily last a whole day on a single charge, and it even supports the Quick Charge 2.0 fast battery charging technology.
Huawei Mate 9
There’s a good reason why Huawei’s smartphones as so popular: the value they offer is simply exceptional. The Mate 9 is a gorgeous phablet with an impressive screen-to-body ratio of 77.5% and huge, 4000mAh battery. It was co-engineered with Leica, a German premium-segment manufacturer of cameras and sport optics products. Together, Huawei and Leica have created an innovative dual rear camera with a 12MP RGB sensor and 20MP monochrome sensor. The combination of the two sensors allows for breathtaking low-light shots and vivid colors.
Huawei’s next-generation Kirin 960 chipset offers Cat 12 LTE download speeds and Cat 13 upload, as well as support for all commonly used radio frequencies. It’s also ridiculously powerful, just like the Mali-G71 MP8 GPU. And with 4 GB of memory, you can be sure that the smartphone will easily handle everything you throw at it.
ZTE Axon 7 Max
This is how you make an excellent business smartphone. ZTE has hit a homerun both with the Axon 7’s specifications and with its size. As soon as you hold the smartphone, you immediately notice that it’s not as large as you would expect a 6” smartphone to be. That’s because there’s virtually no wasted space, as the display stretches from one border to another. The Axon 7 Max features something ZTE calls the “Naked 3D display.” With this display technology, you can watch 3D content without polarized glasses.
That being said, business users don’t spend their days watching 3D cat videos on YouTube—they get things done. The combination of a 4,100mAh battery, Snapdragon 625 chipset, and 4 GB of memory gives you everything you need to swiftly accomplish everything you set out to do.
Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra
Asus isn’t afraid to follow their own vision of how a flagship smartphone should look like. The ZenFone 3 Ultra is an engineering marvel, with finest aerospace-grade alloy, precision-milled with 0.18mm diamond-cutting technology. But that’s just the beginning. The main attraction is the 6.8” Full HD display protected with the Gorilla Glass 4 technology. The large size of the display makes it perfect for complex apps such as Word or Excel, and the built-in USB Type-C port allows you to transmit your content to any screen with a DisplayPort connection.
The Snapdragon 652 chipset can handle even high-bitrate 4K video content as well as all the latest apps and games. ZenFone 3 Ultra’s SonicMaster 3.0 technology ensures the very best voice quality in VoLTE and provides advanced noise canceling and voice enhancement technologies. The PixelMaster 3.0 rear-facing camera has a resolution of 23MP and features the exclusive TriTech auto-focus technology.
Motorola Moto Z Force
Unlike other smartphones on this list, the Motorola Moto Z Force is a fully expandable platform that you can customize to fit your needs. Motorola offers a steadily growing range of Moto Mods, smart accessories that snap onto your phone using integrated magnets. With them, you can transform your Moto Z Force into a point-and-shoot camera with optical zoom, turn it into a portable projector, greatly increase its battery life, and more.
The smartphone itself is a comparable to other flagship models currently on the market. It comes with the Snapdragon 820 chipset, 4 GB of memory, 21 MP rear-facing camera, AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with the resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels, and the USB Type-C connector. Independent tests have shown that the non-removable Li-Ion 3500mAh battery lasts a whole day with plenty juice left.