The best smartphones for business users

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Picking a phone is difficult at the best of times, but when you need it for business, the decision becomes all the more important. With new phones exhibiting larger screen sizes, extended battery life and additional storage, all released this year, there are a number of options on the market that are perfect for business users.

Instead of trawling through individual reviews to work out which handset will best suit your needs, take a look at this round-up of some of the most business-friendly smartphones on the market. It will allow you to compare their features and cut down on time-consuming legwork.

Samsung Galaxy S8

Good things come in small packages with the Galaxy S8, as despite having a relatively small body, its diminutive bezels mean it can still have a large screen size at 5.8 inches. This makes checking your work emails or looking at details sent from clients all the easier. Complete with an SD card slot, high-end processor and enough storage for all your business needs, the S8 is a firm contender.

For such a compact phone, it really packs the features in – from an iris scanner to a top-end camera. And it is all found within a sleek and stylish body. If you do find that you require a larger screen and extended battery life, upgrade to the Galaxy S8+, which has all of the same inducements, but on a larger scale.

OnePlus 5

If ‘time is money’ is your business mantra, you will definitely want to consider the OnePlus 5, the fastest smartphone on the market. Combine this with its streamlined software and solid battery life and you will find it offers a compelling argument. The bottom line with the OnePlus 5 is that it is a solid option that represents good value for money. If you are aware of its limitations – such as simple camera and lack of waterproofing – this could be the smartphone for you.

BlackBerry KEYone

Security is another vital element to consider when contemplating a smartphone for business use. After all, so much is now done on a mobile device and protecting your customers’ data and information is paramount. This is where the BlackBerry KEYone comes in, as it is widely recognised by experts to be the most secure model available today.

Another feature that is likely to be welcomed by business users is the physical QWERTY keyboard. This is something that has simply been lost from most other smartphones, but can be hugely useful for typing up emails and documents on the go.

Google Pixel XL

The main selling point of the Google Pixel XL is the fact that it is Google throughout. This means that not only is the hardware produced by the tech giant, so is the software, making for a seamless experience. The metal body enshrines 4GB of RAM and a 5.5-inch QHD display that looks the part, as well as performing well.
If your business requires you to take pictures or videos then you can also be assured that the Pixel XL is equipped for such work. Its camera is high-end and video footage tends to be smooth, due to a good use of electronic stabilisation methods.

HTC U11

Whatever you have heard about HTC’s smartphones in the past few years you need to disregard. The company has returned to its best with the U11 model, which can give some of the pricier options a run for their money. Encapsulating many recent trends is a shiny glass body, complete with 5.5-inch QHD display.

It has a fingerprint sensor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, but notably, no headphone jack for making private phone calls on the train. Ways of getting around this include using Bluetooth or the USB-C adaptor that comes as standard with the device, but is not as convenient for those who require this functionality on a regular basis.