If you are in business these days it is almost essential to have a smartphone. With all the mobility of a…er…mobile, and all the handy application usefulness of a computer, they go with business like bread and butter. They are particularly valuable for small businesses and can act as an entire office for some one man companies. If they could find somewhere to keep the mugs in a smartphone they would no doubt do coffee too.
Every month it feels like there is a new development in the smartphone market, with the iPhone 4 not long out, regular upgrades to operating systems opening new avenues and new handsets popping up all over the place, how do you know what to get if you are looking to buy? Well here are what I can tell are the top dogs of the moment and a taste of what they have to offer people in business.
Positives: For starters there is no denying its iconic status and the element of prestige that make people fork out those extra few pounds to pull this out when in envious circles is certainly a positive factor. The new iPhone 4 with iOS4 has multi tasking, a multitude of business friendly apps and speedy browsing all of which make for a great business-use smartphone.
Negatives: Possible problems with the antenna on the new phone have been well documented but supposedly are due to be solved with a software update.
Positives: Using the Android operating system, new HTC smartphones such as the Desire and HD2 provide a very fast and user friendly experience with a very fast processor, multi tasking and a personalsable home screen. This along with a platform which allows you to create and upload your very own apps makes this a very versatile smartphone.
Negatives: A few missing areas of built in functionality but which can easily be plugged with the multitude of apps, plus some have said it has an inferior battery life. However, in practice it seems to be no different to the other smartphones of this generation.
Positives: Has been the first choice for many business professionals for a long time and now even the Queen has one after being given a Blackberry as a gift after touring the Canadian headquarters of its maker, Research in Motion. Blackberries have multi-tasking skills and a great battery life to allow for lots of emailing and status updating.
Negatives: A limited application store choice in comparison to the Apple app store and relatively slow browser when compared to its competitors.
Any one of these amazing smartphones will be a massive asset to any business professional but the question is: do you buy now or wait a few months for the next amazing innovation to be announced?