The Best Business Smartphone of 2013

So what do you look for in a business smartphone? It has to be absolutely practical, reliable and extremely functional from a work perspective. The three phones that I am about to recommend below also happen to be three of the best phones in the market at the time of writing. They all have their own unique strengths and weaknesses, which again is heavily dependant on your priorities and expectations. Here is a list of three of the best business smartphones that money can buy.

The Google Nexus 5  © google.com

The Google Nexus 5 © google.com

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3

One of the most important smartphone features for a business executive is email. Thanks to its gigantic 5.7-inch screen, the experience of reading and typing emails on the Galaxy Note 3 is far more superior than that found on any other phones. The larger screen allows more email content to be viewed without scrolling and it also accommodates a larger keyboard that makes typing texts that much easier.

The Note 3 also surpasses any other business smartphone models when it comes to stylus features. The stylus allows you to take notes on the phone like how you would on a regular notepad. If you feel like it, you can also use the stylus to input messages and emails. In terms of reliability, you can definitely count on the battery on the Note 3 to last throughout the day with plenty to spare. Thanks to its larger size, it houses a larger than average battery pack. It is rated to provide up to 25 hours of talk time and 530 hours of standby time. In reality, some tests have shown that the phone can last up to 10 hours of continuous, non-stop use (with both wi-fi and 3G) on.

The biggest advantage of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is also its biggest weakness for many. As you would already know by now, the Note 3 is a large phone, although it would still fit snugly into your trouser pocket and handbag. If you can look pass this, it is hard to flaw it as a business smartphone. Check out the full review of this smartphone here.

The iPhone 5s

If the Note 3 proves to be too bulky for you, you can consider getting an iPhone 5S. Apple is the pioneer when it comes to making smartphones and this is evident in all their phone models. The iPhone 5S is a very powerful and feature rich phone that will prove to be more than adequate for the average business executive. This is true especially if you already have a Mac ecosystem at home (i.e. if you own an iMac or MacBook). The system integration between Apple devices is legendary, so if you entire office runs on Apple devices, you should definitely get an iPhone for convenience sake.

The email features on the iPhone is not groundbreaking, nor as versatile as those that you will find on Android devices, but there is one new feature that sets it apart from the rest. The new 5S comes with a biometric scanner that allows you to unlock the phone by scanning your fingerprint on it. Since security is also a vital factor when it comes to smartphones, this added security feature is definitely worth mentioning. The iPhone’s user interface is also a little more intuitive and user-friendly compared to Android and Windows devices, making it perfect for first time smartphone users and also those that are less tech savvy.

One big downside to the iPhone 5S as a business smartphone is its screen size. Measuring in at a measly 4-inch, this dimension is below average by today’s standards. Judging from sales figures, consumers have already showed their unequivocal preference for larger screens and it is shame that Apple is taking their time to respond to this (if at all). Another weakness on the iPhone is its operating system. Compared to Android phones, the iOS operating system is still living in the dark ages when it comes to customization. IPhones are just nowhere near the versatility of Android devices when it comes to personalization and usage. Check out the full review of the iPhone 5S here.

The Google Nexus 5

The recently released Google Nexus 5 is the phone to get if you are looking for the ultimate, pure Android experience. The learning curve to master an Android smartphone is a little steeper than an iPhone, but it is totally worth the extra trouble. Android phones are highly customizable. For instance in can install and make use of widgets that allows you to access a variety of features right there on your phone’s home screen, without the need to launch an app. They are also extremely versatile where the data on the phone can be easily accessed by any computer without any software (unlike iTunes that can only be used with a PC through the iTunes software).

The Google Nexus 5 is currently one of the most powerful phone in the market (at the time this was written) thanks to its quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor. Currently it is the only phone in the market that runs on the latest Android 4.4 KitKat, which is much more resource-efficient, translating to an improved battery life and improved performance when paired together with the powerful specs. Despite packing in a larger 4.95-inch display, it is actually slimmer and lighter than its predecessor. The combination of set of powerful specs, excellent operating system, and good design makes the Nexus 5 an excellent smartphone, whether it is for business or for play. Check out the full review of the phone here.

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