Chandrakant 'CK' Isi
10th Dec 2014
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: 10-December, 2014)
Under Rs 10,000
Nokia Lumia 630
Street Price: Rs 9500
The Lumia 630 is armed with 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 11,000
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 13,200
The Canadian smartphone-maker might have lost its glory in the post-iPhone era, but it is still a go-to brand when it comes to the QWERTY phones. Launched for Rs 25,000, the BlackBerry Q5 is now retailing for Rs 13,200 after heavy price cuts. Similar to the Q10, this BB 10 based phone sports a 3.1" touchscreen with pixel dimensions of 720x720. However, the Q5 packs in a normal TFT LCD as opposed to Q10's AMOLED display. It is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual core Snapdragon S4 chipset. The BB 10 OS is well optimised, so it runs very smooth even with this dual-core hardware. The UI is a mix of touch and type. Other features include a 5 megapixel camera, 8 GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, and 2100 mAh battery. In the budget segment, it's undoubtedly the best QWERTY phone around..
Under Rs 30,000
Nokia Lumia 830
Street Price: Rs 26,000
With its sleek metallic frame, the Lumia 830 is the iPhone of the Windows Phone world. It features an elegant design that makes a clever use of glass, polycarbonate, and metals. To make sure, it appeals to office-goers, Nokia offers the Lumia 925 in white, grey and black. On the software front, you get Microsoft’s well-optimised mobile platform that works without any stutter or lag. The handset ticks the right boxes as far as the productivity goes. You get Microsoft Office Suite, SkyDrive integration, Here Maps+, and Beamer to name a few apps. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 chip isn’t absurdly powerful, but its performance is consistent. Its boasts of a 5-inch HD IPS screen and hard-to-beat camera. Throw good battery life in the mix, and you get an ideal business phone.
Street Price: Rs 27,000
Thanks to the Snapdragon 800 chip, the Nexus 5 is one of the most powerful device in its price bracket. In addition to handing Full HD videos and gaming, the phone is also good at delivering a consistent performance. Its 5-inch IPS screen is incredibly sharp. The phone offers stock Android, so that you don’t have to deal with the bloatware introduced by the most Android manufacturers. Being a Nexus device, future Android updates are guaranteed for this phone. Although the search-giant tries too hard to push Google+ down consumers’ throats, the overall integration of Google services is great. The Nexus 5 sports a clean and simple design, which will go well with the office crowd. Another plus is that it’s a well-built device.
Budget No Bar
Street Price: Rs 53,000
If budget is a non-issue, the iPhone 5s is definitely one of the best phone for business users. For starters, the phone offers an elegant design. Despite its metal-clad body, the device manages to be incredibly light at 112 grams. The 4-inch phone offers excellent fit and finesse. Apple’s iOS not only brings tons of apps, but also delivers a no-nonsense UI. The Apple A7 chipset assures buttery 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 (though it gives me a bad feeling). Last but not the least, the iPhone offers marathon battery life.
Top Smartphones For Business Users
Here's the list of no-nonsense smartphones ideal for official use.
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