Choosing the best business phone can be difficult, as the tasks that it will be used for are different from everyday consumer use. In this article we will look at the best business phones for 2012, from manufacturers such as Motorola, HTC, Blackberry, Apple and Samsung.
I've selected these phones after having considered many different specifications and the feature set of each phone. As someone who manages businesses themselves I feel that a good business phone needs to be able to keep the user productive on the move. Because of this I believe that a good business phone will be powerful and have a very high spec, but I would strongly recommend that you examine several different phones in a shop as they all differ in ergonomics and functionality, when choosing your business phone for 2012.
Apple iPhone 4S
The new iPhone is one of the premium business handsets for 2012. It started off as a consumer device but recent generations have added more and more business features. It offers a high-speed dual core processor combined with excellent cameras and connectivity. The recent addition of more e-mail support and iCloud combined with new document applications means that Apple is looking at greater competition with the conventional business phone companies such as BlackBerry, and I think it's highly likely to win. The killer feature is likely to be Siri, which offers a virtual assistant allowing you to add new appointments, to do’s and reminders with extreme ease by voice.
The new iPhone 5, which is likely to be launched in Q3 2012, may add a larger screen and even more powerful processor, making it an even better productivity device. The iPhone 4S is already one of the best business phones for 2012, but if the iPhone 5 adds even more functionality than it is likely that it will take the crown for the best business phone for 2012.
The BlackBerry torch comes with a 3.7 inch display but will probably be upgraded in 2012 to keep it competitive with the continuous influx of new Android and Windows phone devices. BlackBerry offers some of the best services for business users, but recently has been losing market share to other smart phone devices. An upgrade of the BlackBerry Torch would keep it competitive with the others on this list, combined with the new BlackBerry OS, making it potentially one of the best business phones in 2012.
Motorola RAZR and ATRIX 2
Motorola will launch some of the most powerful handsets it has ever offered in 2012. We are going to focus on the Motorola RAZR and ATRIX 2 which will most likely be the handsets that you want to use in a business environment. Both of these phones come with Android which is has now caught up to Apple's iOS in terms of quality and breadth of applications available.
The RAZR will have a dual core processor combined with good camera and Android. It may have a screen of up to 4.5 inches which will offer excellent productivity by making it easy for e-mail and other business tasks. The ATRIX possesses similar specifications but offers the unique ability to dock and convert itself into a laptop. I would expect that in 2012 a quad core processor would be added to this phone to boost its capabilities. Both of these phones could be contenders for the best business phones for 2012.
Sony Ericsson Nozomi
The Sony Ericsson Nozmomi is supposed to be its flagship smartphone for 2012. The specifications include a 720 p 4.3in touch screen, dual core processor, HDMI port and a stylish design. These specifications will make the Nozomi a good business phone for 2012, although there is much competition in the 4.3 segment.
LG Nitro HD
The LG Nitro HD is similar to the Sony Ericsson phone but has a 4.5 inch screen with a 720p resolution combined with a dual core processor and a planned upgrade to version 4 Android OS. It will also come with HSDPA connectivity capable of 21 Mb per second download. The slightly larger screen and high-speed Internet would be useful features for business use as the larger screen size helps with productivity applications.
The HTC Edge is expected to come with a 4.7 inch display, 8 megapixel camera, quad core processor and the latest version 4 Android OS. It will be a competitor to the Samsung Galaxy note (below) which is offering a phone/tablet hybrid experience. This extra screen size may allow it to be more productive and useful as a business device. HTC has a tendency for high build quality making them reliable which could make this phone one of the best business phones for 2012.
Samsung Galaxy Note
The Samsung Galaxy Note is enormous with a 5.3in super AMOLED display. It will come with a stylus allowing easy input to applications such as calendars, to-do lists and note taking. It is a competitor to phones such as the HTC Edge and the HTC Flyer tablet. Phones such as these are so big that you definitely need to look at them to see whether they were oversized for your needs. I personally like these phones but retain a second smaller phone for use at weekends. From strictly a productivity standpoint, and my own opinion, the massive screen size makes these the best business phone for 2012.
This is not an exhaustive list and as more phones are released in 2012, I will continue to update this list and so you should check back regularly. I will add that you should check out the phones for yourself, and take special care with the ergonomics which can make a massive impact on how much you enjoy the device.
What you think will be the best business phones for 2012? Would you choose business phones on different criteria? Please feel free to write a comment below.