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Best smartphone for business use relies on many key factors

Last updated:April 2019

Editor's note

Companies choosing the best smartphone for business use need to consider several issues at times unique to their organization.

Most mobile devices run one of two operating systems: Apple iOS or Google Android. The difference is that iOS runs only on Apple devices, while Android runs on a number of device manufacturers' products. In either case, the device and the OS are inherently connected, so the best smartphone for business use often depends on the ideal OS.

Android provides more flexibility with mobile apps and devices, but what iOS devices sacrifice in flexibility, they make up with consistency. This guide provides insight into the pros and cons of various mobile devices that can help IT professionals and business leaders select the right smartphone for their organization.

1Matching your needs to a mobile device

Before locking onto a smartphone for business use, IT pros and business leaders should ask critical questions: How long will these devices last? What type of mobile UX do I want to deploy? What's the total cost of ownership for mobile devices? Will these devices run personal and business profiles?

2Android devices in the enterprise

Android encompasses an array of smartphones, but the OS centralizes the features and functions of these mobile devices. Read about the UX and management provided by Android devices.

3Apple iPhones for businesses

Apple devices exclusively run iOS, so the choice of an apple device dictates the mobile OS users can run.

4Samsung's place among Androids

Samsung is the leading vendor of smartphones that run Android. Learn about the latest developments in Samsung devices and their business use cases.

5Mobile devices beyond smartphones

Mobile devices include a range of hardware form factors that aren't full smartphones. In some cases, businesses must consider adding IoT devices, tablets, rugged devices and more.

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