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What are the top Android phones for the enterprise?

With all of the Android phones on the market, it can be hard to tell which ones are good fits for businesses. IT should make sure they can use EMM tools to control some features.

There are plenty of users who want to work with Android phones in the workplace. As a result, companies are eager to know which ones are best for business users.

Perhaps the best way to determine the top Android phones for the enterprise is to see what phones companies are registering across enterprise mobility management (EMM) providers. This list includes the top-selling enterprise Android devices on the market, such as the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, HTC 10, LG G5, Nexus 6P, Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and the Motorola Moto X Pure Edition. 

How IT can stay in control

Samsung offers a plethora of features for administrators who want to control phones and administer policies. Admins should make sure users work with Samsung phones with Samsung for Enterprise, or SAFE, which provides management features through APIs that are not available through other manufacturers' Android phones.

Admins can use EMM tools to control Android phone features, such as the camera, voice recorder, removable storage and screen capture. There are also features available for administrators through Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync that allow them to add and remove widgets and apps and manage download limits. Those are great features for IT pros responsible for minimizing the risk of exposing company data within an organization. 

The appeal for users

For enterprise users, the real value of the top Android phones comes from their specific features. As a result, different Android devices will appeal to different types of users. Workers who travel a lot and like to take handwritten notes will love the stylus on the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. It enables them to write just like they would with a pen and paper, without having to carry extra materials.

Users who need quality images should turn to the HTC One M9 and its 20.7-megapixel back-mounted camera. The camera takes clear enough pictures to capture a key piece of a presentation or an important detail for a worker out in the field. If audio is important to a user, the HTC One M9 -- and most Samsung phones -- has great sound, which comes in handy for conference calls or playing media of any type. Any worker who works around water and has to worry about the damage it can cause should consider the Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge, which are both waterproof.

Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones also works with the Samsung VR headset, a virtual reality accessory, which will have a greater presence in the workplace as more companies develop enterprise apps for it in 2016. 

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