Chandrakant 'CK' Isi
06th May 2015
In good old days, buying a business phone was easy. You had to choose between a BlackBerry and a BlackBerry. However, with the rising popularity of touchscreen devices, the Canadian phone-maker failed to keep up with the likes of Android and iOS. Currently, we have multiple platforms ready to cater to the business users. Technically, all smartphones can be business phones. But, only a few of them offer the straightforward UI and reliability — both are critical factors when choosing a business phone. Based on this criteria, we’ve provided a list of handsets ideal for business at various price points. (Last Updated: 06-May, 2015)
Under Rs 10,000
Nokia Lumia 630
Street Price: Rs 5000
The Lumia 630 is powered by quad-core Snapdragon 400 chipset. It runs Windows Phone 8.1 out-of-the-box. The phone sports a 4.5" IPS screen with 480x854 pixels. The internal storage is 8 GB, and you get an option to bump it up by as much as 64 GB via a microSD card slot. Microsoft’s mobile platform integrates seamlessly with Exchange, Lync, and SharePoint system. You get a full-fledged Office suite to work on documents and spreadsheets on the go. Those on frequent company trips will find the HERE maps useful as it offers offline voice guided GPS navigation for free. Last but not the least, the platform is stable and lag free.
Under Rs 20,000
Street Price: Rs 12,000
The Z3 is BlackBerry's first budget full-touch handset. Its sports a 5-inch screen with 540x960 pixels. The device ships with the latest BB OS 10.2, which runs smooth on the dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8230 chipset coupled with 1.5 GB RAM. The Z3 offers the "pure" BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) experience. Plus, you get the tried-and-tested BB email service. Other features include a 5 megapixel rear and a 1.1MP front camera, 8 GB internal storage, microsSD card slot, and 2500 mAh battery.
Street Price: Rs 19,000
Street Price: Rs 19,000
When it comes to writing emails, many still prefer the good-old QWERTY keypad. The BlackBerry Q10 offers that and more. At the time of launch, it wasn't received well due to its absurd 43k price tag. But now for Rs 19,000, you get a great deal. You get a 3.1-inch square AMOLED touch screen. Blackberry 10.2 OS runs without an issue on Q10's dual-core processor and 2 GB RAM. The phone's 2100 mAh battery easily lasts for two days.
Under Rs 30,000
Street Price: Rs 24,000
The Z30 is one of the best phones from Blackberry in recent times. The phone comes loaded with BB OS 10.2, which can be upgraded to 10.3. The Blackberry Hub take care of all your messaging needs. The phone has a 5" HD AMOLED touchscreen. It is powered by Qualcomm's dual-core Snapdragon chip with 2 GB RAM. Internal storage is 16 GB. You can add another 64 GB via the microSD card slot. Nobody buys a BlackBerry phone for camera, but still Z30's decent 8 megapixel camera is a good addition.
Budget No Bar
Apple iPhone 6 (64 GB)
Street Price: Rs 53,000
If budget is a non-issue, the iPhone 6 is definitely one of the best phone for business users. Why not iPhone 6 Plus? Well, it is too big. Despite its metal-clad body, the device manages to be incredibly light at 129 grams. The 4.7-inch phone offers excellent fit and finesse. The Apple A8 chipset assures smooth performance. Both Microsoft and Google services are available for Apple’s platform, so you don’t have to worry about missing out on any mail client or cloud service. The Touch ID is a good addition to the existing security options. Last, but not the least, the iPhone offers marathon battery life.
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