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Best smartphones for work: Top business mobiles in the UK 2017

A short gathering of all the best phones on the market now for business users

If you’re looking for the best smartphones for business use, then you’re in luck. We’ve listed the top business smartphones – which all act as excellent mobile phones in their own right.

In no particular order, here are the top smartphone picks for business use and business users.

1. OnePlus5

The lesser known OnePlus 5 is a cheap, affordable handset that offers one of the best Android phone experiences on the market at the moment, especially when it comes to supporting a mobile workforce. The best thing about this handset is that it delivers top-of-the range business capabilities alongside an affordable price tag. It provides phenomenal, fast performance, a premium business design and a long battery life. It’s said to last 28 hours between charges with no power-saving modes activated, whilst being used for browsing, using apps for several hours with hundreds of push emails, gaming in-between, and listening to several hours of music via Bluetooth earbuds; this is pretty good going.

FOR:

  • Affordable

  • High storage options available

  • Phenomenal performance

AGAINST:

  • Significantly more expensive than its previous models

  • No microSD support

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2. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Samsung has tweaked and adapted the design from the S6 and made some significant improvements, it hasn’t reinvented the wheel, but it has listened to customer feedback. The S7 is packed with high-end, future-proof technology, which hasn’t decreased in the space of a year now there’s a new model out. This version is just as powerful as the S8, with a smaller price tag. It looks sharp and feels reassuringly expensive and robust in the hand, making it the ideal gadget for any business person. The base model is 32GB going up to a full 64GB – this can also be expanded via an SD card which makes it perfect for storing documents, images, notes and as many apps as you’d like.

FOR:

  • Waterproof

  • SD slot

  • Fast performance

AGAINST:

  • Expensive

  • Screen is easily breakable and expensive to replace

  • 32 GD internal space

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3. Apple IPhone 7

Apple’s iPhones are always popular options with a simple user interface and a wealth of quality business apps. The IPhone 7 is faster and water-resistant – however, besides it’s higher price tag, that’s where the major difference end. The IOS10 update is very visually appealing, with a new version of iMessage, a new version of Siri (that can be extended by third party apps), better integration with smart home devices and a much-improved control centre. Apple have always been strong on the integration front and having an IPhone, Mac and IPad that are all linked and integrated is ideal for any remote worker. The IPhone has always been a popular choice for a work phone, however the new model just doesn’t hold as many improvements as we’d like for the price point.

FOR:

  • Waterproof

  • Integration with other products

  • Fast performance

AGAINST:

  • Expensive

  • Very similar to previous model

  • Low battery life

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4. Blackberry Priv

It’s good news for the data conscious business person, BlackBerry have finally decided to embrace Android and re-introduce their signature keyboard in this model. BlackBerry has pushed out the Android Marshmallow update for the BlackBerry PRIV, and the update brings many new features, as well as improved security, which is ideal for anyone with sensitive information contained in their device. Priv includes ongoing security patching, a DTEK security application that lets you know when your advice could be at risk, a secure boot process you can trust and a default encryption of data. It also includes a doze feature, which improves battery life significantly through better power management when phone is not in use – this is a feature valuable to everyone.

FOR:

  • Waterproof

  • Great security features

  • Battery Life

AGAINST:

  • Lacks premium build quality

  • No Fingerprint Sensor

  • QWERTY Keyboard – phone is heavy for size

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