Five of the Best Smartphones for SMBs
All businesses are different, but in this digital age they’ll have one thing in common: the need for connectivity. Being able to communicate internally, action tasks, engage with customers and react to real time events forms the basis of all good sustainable business operations. And smartphones, with sharp displays, fast processors and a multitude of apps, help you do just that.
Here are some of the best smartphones on the market:
Samsung Galaxy S5
A lot of the documents you work with on a daily basis are confidential, so it makes sense that your smartphone offers top-notch security. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is one of the first Android smartphones to feature a fingerprint scanner, meaning no-one but you can access your files. The scanner can also be used to confirm payments via PayPal, which is great for purchasing goods and services on the go.
One of the biggest worries businesses have when making the leap to a new device is getting to grips with the interface – particularly if they’re used to a traditional PC desktop layout. With the Samsung Galaxy S5 though, the multi-window feature means you can run two apps at once in a split-screen view, so you can take notes while reading a document, or even write an email while watching a video.
And you needn’t worry about these features draining the battery. This smartphone comes with a special ultra power-saving mode built in, so you can work on the train, in a coffee shop or even from your sofa without worrying about finding a plug socket.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is available to buy from O2 here.
HTC One (M8)
You’re busy, so you need a device that adapts to you, not the other way around, and the HTC One (M8) is a great example of why smartphones are so smart.
HTC’s Motion Launch™ technology means you needn’t even press a button to answer a phone call. Simply lift the phone to your ear and start talking – perfect when you’re on deadline.
And who has the time to trawl through news updates, social channels and trending topics? HTC Blinkfeed pulls in everything you need to know and presents it on your home screen every time you turn your phone on – saving time while keeping you organised.
At the end of a long day, kick back and enjoy the BoomSound™ feature and front-facing speakers while watching a movie, listening to music or video-chatting with friends. After all, a good business recognises the importance of work, rest and play, and the HTC One (M8) caters to all three.
The HTC One (M8) is available to buy from O2 here, and is now also available in Red, here.
The HTC One Mini 2 is now also available, building on the technology of the HTC One model, this phone features two cameras from the front and back, and an additional front facing speaker.
Sony Xperia Z3
The Sony Xperia Z3 is a perfect choice for those working in industries where accidents can happen (or even those who are just accident prone!). It’s tough and durable exterior protects it from bumps, and it can even be submerged in water for as long as 30 minutes, with the abilty to take .
It’s great when you’re on a work roll – you’re in the ‘zone’ and rapidly getting through your to-do list. The Sony Xperia Z3 helps you stay there uninterrupted with internal and external noise cancellation, allowing you to compete a number of tasks in peace or conduct a call without disruption.
It also offers a variety of shortcuts so you can spend more time on the task at hand. Smart call handling means you can answer or reject calls with mere hand gestures, for example, and simply double tapping the screen wakes up your device.
Half the hassle of getting a new handset is transferring old content, whether that’s emails, contacts, memos, you don’t want to be stuck spending precious time laboriously transferring files from one device to another, so it’s reassuring to know that old content can be easily transferred using the Xperia Transfer app.
The Sony Xperia Z3 is available to buy from here
Nokia Lumia 930
The Nokia Lumia is an excellent device with four high performance microphones and surround sound recording to supplement its high quality camera.
The device is also perfect for entrepreneurs and busy professionals on the go who need to be able to keep projects and communications ticking over on the go – the device gives you access to everything Windows has to offer, including Office, Skype, Xbox Games, and for those that like to whistle whilst they work, ad free streaming is also available.
Handily, the phone’s Map facility is also available to function even when the phone is offline, meaning if you ever get stuck in area with poor reception, you’ll always be able to find your way, especially useful when you are running late for those all-important meetings.
Nokia Lumia 735
The wide video screen is perfectly suited for professionals who take regular video conference calls over Skype.
The phone also features the future of business support with a phone fully integrated with the virtual assistant application Cortana. Technologist predict that in years to come virtual assistants will become deeply entrenched in our living and working lives, and Cortana is a slice of that future. A programme designed to learn your interests and needs the programme not only helps you to organise your day, but the sophisticated tech anticipates your needs head of time too.
Another model offering everything that Windows has to offer with Word, Office and Powerpoint programmes fully enabled alongside games for those moments when you might have some downtime ( perhaps that’s wishful thinking?) to relax your brain before the next task needs attention.