Updated for 2017
The battle for the best Android phone for business has heated up in 2017, as more and more business users move away from iPhone and Windows.
Android is now the operating system of choice for millions of business users, many of whom value the opportunity to have greater control over their handset than is offered by Apple. Still not sure about making the switch? Read our guide to iPhone vs Android for business to help you make a decision.
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Now, the range of Android phones for business is big enough to ensure that there’s an option for every user, regardless of the industry you’re in or your specific needs.
So, what’s the best Android phone for business use? Read on to find out.
Samsung Galaxy S8
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is now widely touted as the best Android phone on the market, for both consumer and business use. If you spend a lot of time working on your smartphone, the Galaxy S8 could be a great choice thanks to its peerless display.
It also boasts much higher processing power than its closest rivals, meaning that you can easily switch between business apps quickly – and importantly, it also offers expandable storage viable switchable MicroSD cards. The only downside is the price – although there are good deals to be had on selected networks.
Google’s flagship smartphone could be the handset that brings business users back from Apple.
If you work in Google Drive and G Suite, all of your business applications will plug seamlessly into your handset – no installing extra software. Crucially, the Pixel was built with Google software at its heart, so everything works straight out of the box.
OnePlus aren’t the best-known smartphone brand, but they’re rapidly gaining a cult following thanks to their quick charging times and well-designed interface.
The model 5 is a joy to use, and performs well even with the most demanding applications. The biggest selling point, however, is the price – compared with its rivals, the OnePlus 5 is a compelling choice for a budget business Android phone.
The Moto Z takes a completely different approach to smartphone design, and one that could be particularly attractive to business users that are tied into lengthy contracts.
This handset is designed in a completely modular way, meaning that you can simply take out and replace individual parts as you please without having to upgrade the whole handset. It’s also incredibly thin – but this does come at the cost of lower battery life than some of its competitors.
The Lenovo P2 is a great Android business phone if you’re not a heavy phone user and you value long battery life. With moderate use it should last two straight days on one charge, meaning that you’ll rarely be in the red.
Just as importantly, it’s one of the cheapest decent Android handsets on the market, with selected networks offering the phone for as little as £29 a month with no upfront cost.
Xiaomi are an upstart Chinese phone manufacturer focusing on Android.
The Mi6 is designed for those who already know their way around Android, but if that’s you, this could be a great option for business use thanks to its extremely fast performance. It’s also cheap – or at least comparatively so, running at around half the price of the Samsung Galaxy S8.
The impressive dual cameras on Huawei’s P10 model are its major selling point, and these could be extremely useful if your business operates in the creative industries.
However, it’s not just the camera where the P10 shines – this phone also uses innovative machine learning techniques to understand how your phone is being used and to optimise itself on the fly, meaning that you should also enjoy high quality performance.
What phone do you use for business? Let us know below.