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April 16, 2014updated 22 Sep 2016 11:18am

Top 5 mobile devices for business use

We take a look at the best handsets for use both in and out of the office.

By Vinod

Mobile working has become extremely common these days, with many companies actively encouraging employees to use personal or business devices when out of the office. But if you’re in the market for a new work phone, the choice can be overwhelming, so to help you out, here are five of our top choices.

iPhone 5S calendar

Apple iPhone 5S

The iPhone has been the phone of choice for business users for many years, and it’s not hard to see why. Offering a smooth, simple interface for users to check and compose emails, as well as quick and intuitive calendar integration, the iPhone 5S is currently Apple’s best business device.

Now powered by the latest iOS 7.1 operating system, featuring an improved calendar function allowing you to colour-code appointments so you don’t lose track of your daily actions, you can also team it up with an iPad or iMac to accompany your presentation, using it to scroll through the slides or as a useful handheld reference.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3

However, if you are looking for something a bit bigger, then the Galaxy Note 3 may be for you. Its bright, 5.7 inch full HD Super AMOLED display allows smooth multitasking whether in the office or on the move, providing a fuller view of important documents or presentations which you can edit or create using the accompanying S Pen stylus.

It’s also one of the most powerful devices available at the moment, boasting 3GB of RAM and a 2.3GHz processor, all packed into an impossibly slim 8.3mm thin body weighing just 168g.


BlackBerry Z30 BlackBerry Q10

BlackBerry Z30 & Q10

The BlackBerry name is synonymous with business, having revolutionised working on the go over the past decade. However the company has fallen on tough times recently as the mobile market has become more crowded, and has undergone somewhat of a transformation in the past year. This included a break from tradition with the release of several new devices featuring touchscreen controls, with the Z30 (pictured above left) the high-specification model around.

Featuring a 5in screen supported by 2GB RAM, there is more than enough power to handle multi-tasking, and also features crisp sound quality thanks to BlackBerry’s Natural Sound technology, meaning it is ideal for conference calls too.

If you’re still hankering for the ‘classic’ BlackBerry feel, then the Z30’s sister device, the Q10 (pictured above right), released last year, features a QWERTY keypad backed up by a powerful 1.5GHz processor to deal with your business needs.

Nokia Lumia 1520

Nokia Lumia 1520

The most advanced Lumia device on the market at the moment, the 6in 1520 offers the latest version of Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS as well as built-in Microsoft Office, meaning you can view and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint files without losing any original formatting.

Apps such as Microsoft Exchange, Office 365 and Lync are also provided as a given, so you can remained connected even when far away from the office, and Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud system also allows you to save and edit files whenever it suits you.

HTC One M8

HTC One M8

HTC has thrown a lot of its weight behind its latest flagship device, and it’s safe to say that the effort has more than paid off. The One M8 builds on the hugely successful HTC One smartphone released last year to offer a bigger screen, better performance and lots of new features.

This includes tweaked Mail and Calendar apps which allow much quicker and smoother access to your work schedule, meaning you’ll always be on top of the day’s activities. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, the One M8 also features a 2600mAh battery which should keep you powered up all day long.



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