If you want to buy a smartphone for personal use, there are tons of options to choose from. However, sometimes consumer phones don’t quite cut it for business use. Companies may want to have phones that are perhaps more powerful than the average handset or have some special security features. The good news is that there are plenty of smartphones that are well suited for business and enterprise use, and some of them come with features specifically made for those needs. Here’s a list of what we think are the current best phones for business use.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

The latest phone in the Galaxy Note series may be the best phone released for the business user by Samsung. It has some extremely high-end hardware inside. Even if you get the lowest priced model, you still get a phone with a 6.4-inch display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of onboard storage, a microSD slot for even more storage, and a big 4,000mAh battery that should last you at least a day, or perhaps more, on a full charge. You can even get a model with 8GB of RAM and a massive 512GB of storage, which is plenty of space to keep all of your important business files on the go.

However, it’s not just the high-end specs that make the Galaxy Note 9 an excellent business handset. The S-Pen has been revamped, adding Bluetooth LE support. That allows you to use it as a remote controller to open apps, control the camera and more. This could be handy in business meetings if you mirror the Note 9’s screen on a big monitor; you can control the phone hands-free with the S-Pen.

Speaking of mirroring the phone’s display, the Note 9 can also work in a PC desktop mode, thanks to Samsung’s newest version of its DeX technology. You only need to connect the phone to a monitor or TV with a USB-C to HDMI adapter and cable. As we have stated, the S-Pen can be used to interact with the phone’s apps and features remotely, or you can use the Note 9’s display to mimic the use of a PC laptop touchpad or keyboard. This is perfect for the business worker who needs to get some assignments done on the road.

As with all of the flagship Galaxy phones, the Note 9 also comes pre-installed with Samsung Knox. This is the company’s in-house hardware-based security technology that is supposed to be above and beyond what you might find on a standard Android phone. All of this comes at a cost; you will have to pay $999 to get the 6GB/128GB model and $1,249 for the 8GB/512GB model.

 

 

Specs

  • 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with 2960 x 1440 resolution, 516 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 processor (depending on region)
  • 6/8 GB of RAM
  • 128/512 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 512 GB
  • Dual 12 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front
  • 4,000 mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8mm, 201 g

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Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus business use

Following a successful launch of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, Samsung clearly knows what users want in a smartphone. Solid battery life, high-res screens, impressive camera performance and more were all things the company achieved with its previous generation flagships, but the S8 range updated the look with a more modern design.

As with the S8 and S8 Plus, the S9 and S9 Plus include an iris scanner which lets owners open up those phones with their eyes for better security. The fingerprint scanner is on the back, and thankfully is placed below the rear camer on both phones, instead of to the right of the cameras as Samsung oddly decided to do with the S8 line. The phones also come with the Samsung Knox security suite for military level security, which makes them great business phones. There’s also Secure Folder support, so that owners can keep their business and personal data both separate and safe.

The Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus support a new version of the Samsung DeX, the dock accessory that was first introduced with the S8 line. The new version of the DeX still allows the S9 and S9 Plus to connect to a PC monitor, keyboard and mouse, so owners can work on their phones like a desktop computer. However, the design of the second generation DeX allows the phones to lie flat on a desk, and also lets them be used as a virtual keyboard and mouse on a monitor, although some may still prefer the old-fashioned hardware. The DeX dock also now allows the monitor to support up to 2K resolution from the phone, and some apps have been optimized for the desktop experience, including business phone apps from Microsoft and Citrix.

As before, Samsung included a curved screen on both the S9 and S9 Plus, with an increasingly common 18.5:9 aspect ratio that allows for a much more comfortable in-hand feel. Under the hood, these devices come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor in the US (Samsung’s own in-house Exynos 9810 SoC is used in other parts of the world). The standard 5.8-inch S9 has 4 GB of RAM while the 6.2-inch S9 Plus includes 6 GB of RAM. Both have 64 GB of on-board storage, and both have Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.

The biggest difference in the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, compared to both their older models and each other, is in their camera equipment. Both the S9 and S9 Plus have a primary 12 MP rear camera with a Dual Aperture feature that can switch between F/1.5 and F/2.4 modes. The S9 Plus also has a second rear 12 MP sensor and both phones have 8 MP front cameras. Both can also take super slow-mo movies at 960 fps at 720p, and both support Samsung’s new AR Emoji for animated avatars created by the cameras.

All in all, the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are the two best Samsung phones at the moment, building on the highly successful formula of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.

Specs

Samsung Galaxy S9

  • 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display with 2960 x 1440 resolution, 570 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 processor (depending on region)
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 400 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 8 MP front
  • 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm, 163 g

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

  • 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display with 2960 x 1440 resolution, 529 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 9810 processor (depending on region)
  • 6 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 400 GB
  • Dual 12 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front camera
  • 3,500 mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm, 189 g

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OnePlus 6

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The OnePlus 5T is still a solid smartphone by today’s standards, but that’s not stopping OnePlus from pushing the smartphone boundaries even further. The OnePlus 6 is all about refinement, and that’s part of the reason why it might be a great phone for business owners.

This phone has the latest and greatest specs available: a Snapdragon 845 SoC, 6 or 8GB of RAM, and up to 256GB of storage. That’s plenty of performance and storage space for mobile workers. It has a large 6.28-inch display, which always comes in handy for work purposes. The OnePlus 6 also comes with Dash Charge for its 3,300mAh battery, which allows for the phone to be fully charged up in just over an hour, which is very helpful for the on-the-go business user. Also, this is probably one of the first devices that will receive Android P when it launches.

Finally, the OnePlus 6 is still a bargain compared to other flagship devices with the same specs; you can get it for as low as $529. For the business phone user who want high-end hardware at a lower price point, the OnePlus 6 may be just for you.

Specs

  • 6.28-inch Optic AMOLED display with 1,080 x 2,280 resolution, 401 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • 6/8 GB of RAM
  • 128/256 GB of storage
  • Dual 16 and 20 MP rear cameras, 16 MP front-facing camera
  • 3,300 mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 155.7 x 75.4 x 7.8 mm, 177 grams

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Motorola Moto Z3

 

The recently launched Moto Z3 is one of the best phones for business for a couple of reasons. Like the other members of the Moto Z family, it supports Moto Mods, accessories that connect magnetically to the back of the device and add new features or improve existing ones. Two of the best for business users are the insta-share projector and the turbopower pack that adds an extra day of battery life to the handset.

The other big reason is that, in early 2019, Motorola will sell a Moto Mod for the Z3 that will add 5G wireless connectivity to the phone, via its exclusive carrier Verizon. We don’t know how much this 5G Moto Mod will actually cost, but if you are a business owner or worker, and use Verizon, and are also in a city with the carrier’s 5G support, you might want to consider getting both the Moto Z3 and the 5G Moto Mod when they launch, as real 5G phones will be few and far between next year. You can get the phone from Verizon for $480 without a contract.

Specs

  • 6.01-inch Super AMOLED display with2,160 x 1,080 resolution, 534 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB GB of onboard storage, expandable up to 256 GB
  • Dual 12 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front camera
  • 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 76.5 x 156.5 x 6.75mm, 156 grams

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BlackBerry Key2

Blackberry Key2

Remember when using the term “CrackBerry” meant that you were addicted to using your BlackBerry phone? While those days have come and gone, the classic BlackBerry name and phone design recently came back in the form of the KEYone. The phone, made by TCL Communication, now has a successor in the BlackBerry Key2.

The QWERTY physical keyboard that returned with the KEYone comes back with the Key2. TCL decided to increase the size of its keys by 20 percent compared to the ones on the KEYone, which should make it easier to use for business users. There’s also a new “speed key” feature which will let you launch your app shortcut no matter which screen or app you happen to be using. It should make using the Key2 much quicker.

The Key2 has a large 3,500mAh battery, which TCL claims will last up to two days of normal use on a single charge. The phone also includes a new Power Center app. This will give business phone owners more control over which apps use up battery life on the phone. 

Speaking of software, the phone comes pre-loaded with BlackBerry’s own DTEK security app. It is supposed to help monitor any malware issues that might crop up in apps or even in the Android OS. This is, of course, highly important for business users. Also, the Key2 has a new private locker, which allows you to drop apps, pictures, or video inside it securely. You can only access that locker, and anything that’s inside it, with a password, PIN, or your fingerprint. If you place apps with shortcuts on your home screen in the Key2’s private locker, you will still have to go through the private locker’s security measures to open the app after tapping the shortcuts.

All of these features, along with improvements like dual rear cameras, doubling the RAM to 6GB and doubling the storage to 64GB, makes the BlackBerry Key2 one of the best and most secure business phones ever made.

 

 

Specs

  • 4.5-inch IPS LCD display with 1,620 x 1,080 resolution, 434 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor
  • 6 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 2 TB
  • Dual 12 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front camera
  • 3,500 mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 151.4 x 71.8 x 8.5mm, 180 g

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

While no longer the latest Note, the Note 8 is still a great phone. It has a few security options on board including a fingerprint scanner, an iris scanner, as well as facial recognition. But it’s better to stick with the first two because they are more secure.

The Note 8 also supports Samsung Knox and is compatible with the DeX station that turns the phone into a PC-like experience. What makes it different from the S8 series is the addition of the S Pen that’s great for business users. It allows you to translate text, make notes on the screen while it’s turned off, and much more.

Samsung’s phablet has a large 6.3-inch display, making reading documents, sending email, and performing other business-related tasks a breeze. It also packs the latest hardware that can handle just about anything you throw at it.

Because of its large screen, many security options, top-of-the-line specs, and the S-Pen, the Galaxy Note 8 is one of the best phones for business you can get. But it’s also one of the most expensive ones with its price tag of $950.

Specs

  • 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,960 x 1,440 resolution
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895 processor (depending on region)
  • 6 GB RAM
  • 64/128/256 GB of on-board storage, expandable up to 256 GB
  • Dual 12 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front-facing camera
  • 3,300 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm, 195 g

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Best phones for business use – Conclusion

As usual, the smartphone ecosystem changes nearly every day, so if any new devices pop up that we think would be good for business customers, we will update this list with the latest and greatest. In the meantime, which phones for business do you think should be on this list? Let us know your opinion in the comments!