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Best “Enterprise-Savvy” Smartphones for Business Users

Best “Enterprise-Savvy” Smartphones for Business Users

These 9 Mobile Devices are Ideal for Both Office and Personal Use

November 11, 2015

It’s a new age of BYOD and smartphone integration into the workplace (see The Effects and Results of Enterprise BYOD), and the best devices are the ones that can smoothly transition from between an office setting and personal use. With these developments, as well as the huge increase in LTE smart devices available lately, it’s easy to see why enterprises and users are having trouble choosing the right smartphone.

That’s because identifying the best device involves understanding today’s mobile environments. More specifically, it involves pinpointing the problems with mobile business environments – most of which can be categorized with one word: security.

When choosing an “enterprise-savvy” smartphone, according to CIO.com, enterprises and users must consider security as the highest priority (in addition to more common considerations, such as productivity features and design). As mobile environments have advanced and BYOD has been increasingly accepted in the business world, the problem of enterprise security has grown (see Making the Case for Enhanced Mobile Security). Although network teams are discovering ways to address enterprise security, cyberattacks and information breaches still run rampant – and no company is safe.

With this issue of security in mind, experts recommend these smartphones to protect company information while also performing everyday personal tasks.*

And in addition to choosing the right smartphone, we must also change the way we think about mobile security. Enterprise security depends on employees to eliminate these common mobile security mistakes.

 

The Best Enterprise Smartphones

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Apple iPhone 6S and 6S Plus

Apple iPhone 6S and 6S Plus


BUSINESS PROS
  • More compatibility between iOS and common corporate software (e.g. Microsoft Outlook)
  • Cross-platform apps for more flexibility in the enterprise

SECURITY
  • Apple has an overall great reputation for resisting malware or cyberattacks thanks to iOS (addressing the issue of faulty security in the business world)
  • A secure App Store with many restrictions for app publishers, preventing apps with malware
  • Notable security features including encryption, data protection, and remote device wipe capabilities

SPECS
  • iPhone 6S: 4.7-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 326 ppi
  • iPhone 6S+: 5.5-inch 1080p IPS LCD display with a resolution of 401ppi

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Plus


BUSINESS PROS
  • Samsung Sidesync: Allows users to access their phone directly from your computer to answer calls, share files, text, receive notifications and even screen-share between your PC and phone
  • Samsung Knox (details below)
  • The ability to publish custom enterprise apps without going through the App Store (see The State of Enterprise App Development)
  • Wireless charging and quick-charge capabilities

SECURITY
  • Samsung Knox: As part of Samsung’s overall SAFE program (stands for Samsung Approved For Enterprise, complete with an NSA seal of approval), it separates enterprise and personal data on a device. Partitioning this data means that both personal and corporate data can be protected individually; for example, IT can wipe your phone remotely of all corporate data, but they can’t see anything outside of Knox.
  • Samsung Pay: Uses Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to process payments at tap-to-pay terminals and Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) when the phone is held against older registers. The phone emits a magnetic signal that simulates the magnetic strip found on the back of a credit or debit card.*

SPECS
  • Galaxy S6: 5.1-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 577ppi
  • Galaxy S6+: 5.5-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 401ppi, plus its signature curved screen (lets you manage notifications without having to unlock your device), and more RAM

Lumia 950 and 950 XL

Lumia 950 and 950 XL


BUSINESS PROS
  • Microsoft Continuum: Allows users connect the phones to an external device, keyboard and mouse using Microsoft Display Dock
  • Windows Hello (details below)

SECURITY
  • Windows Hello: Offers security across all Windows 10 devices with fingerprint scanners or front-facing cameras that can recognize a user’s face and iris

SPECS
  • Lumia 950: 5.2-inch OLED display with a resolution of 565 ppi
  • Lumia 950 XL: 5.7-inch Quad HD display with a resolution of 551 ppi

OTHER

LG G4

LG G4


BUSINESS PROS
  • Compatible with Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync – Users can access corporate email via their device
  • Replaceable battery & back
  • Expandable memory

SECURITY
  • LG Gate: Offers platform security, network security, application security and mobile device management*
  • This August, LG announced that the G4 earned a security certificate from the NSA, and is thus up-to-date with most enterprise security programs

SPECS
  • 5-inch display and a resolution of 538 ppi

Nexus 6

Nexus 6


BUSINESS PROS
  • Receives the latest Android updates first, keep your device up-to-date
  • Beneficial for working with Android apps or testing products in an Android environment
  • Samsung Knox (details below)

SECURITY
  • Programmed encryption and multiple-user support
  • Samsung Knox: As part of Samsung’s overall SAFE program (stands for Samsung Approved For Enterprise, complete with an NSA seal of approval), it separates enterprise and personal data on a device. Partitioning this data means that both personal and corporate data can be protected individually; for example, IT can wipe your phone remotely of all corporate data, but they can’t see anything outside of Knox.

SPECS
  • 6-inch display with a thin bezel and resolution of 493ppi (technically a phablet)

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Samsung Galaxy Note 5


BUSINESS PROS
  • Samsung Sidesync: Allows users to access their phone directly from your computer to answer calls, share files, text, receive notifications and even screen-share between your PC and phone
  • Samsung Knox (details below)
  • Galaxy S Pen is compatible with a number of apps and lets you easily take notes, edit spreadsheets, and sign documents, etc.
  • Wireless charging and quick-charge capabilities
  • Multi-window capabilities and split-screen apps
  • Optional keyboard that users can remove or move to the back of the device when not in use

SECURITY
  • Samsung Knox: As part of Samsung’s overall SAFE program (stands for Samsung Approved For Enterprise, complete with an NSA seal of approval), it separates enterprise and personal data on a device. Partitioning this data means that both personal and corporate data can be protected individually; for example, IT can wipe your phone remotely of all corporate data, but they can’t see anything outside of Knox.
  • Samsung Pay: Uses Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to process payments at tap-to-pay terminals and Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) when the phone is held against older registers. The phone emits a magnetic signal that simulates the magnetic strip found on the back of a credit or debit card.*

SPECS
  • 7-inch display with a resolution or 518 ppi
  • Exynos 7420 64-bit octa-core professor and 4GB of RAM (great for multitasking)

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*White, Sarah. 9 enterprise-ready consumer smartphones, CIO.com. CXO Media Inc (a subsidiary of IDG Enterprise).