Here are five smartphones to consider the next time you're shopping for a new mobile device for work.
Busy professionals need devices that keep up with their workday pace, and for many people their most essential device is a smartphone. There are many reasons why it may be more convenient to use a smartphone instead of a laptop, such as being away from your desk, working in the field, or not wanting to sit down in front of a larger screen when a smaller, more portable one will do.
If you use your smartphone for work, you need one that's reliable, which is where these five devices come in. Each smartphone on this list has unique features designed for business users who may have different use cases.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20
Samsung's latest Galaxy Note device is practically tailor-made for professionals, with its in-device stored S Pen designed to make note-taking and on-the-go organization a snap. The S Pen in the Galaxy Note 20 is improved over last year's version, and it's redesigned to eliminate lag; plus, it has auto-synchronization with Microsoft OneNote, the ability to turn handwritten notes into text, and note-taking capabilities with the screen turned off.
The Galaxy Note 20 is available for preorder and will start shipping on Aug. 21, 2020. Pricing for the Galaxy Note 20 starts at $999.99, and pricing for the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra starts at $1,299.99.
Caterpillar Cat S61
This rugged Android smartphone is manufactured by heavy equipment company Caterpillar and is designed to stand up to the abuse that electronics in the field inevitably take. It's drop-proof to 1.8 meters, can be submerged in 5 meters of water for up to an hour, and meets the MIL-SPEC 810G standard for device hardiness; it also comes with a built-in FLIR thermal imaging camera, indoor air quality monitor, and laser measuring tool. It's essentially built to be the ultimate device for professionals whose jobs entail tasks that would destroy lesser devices. Caterpillar offers free screen repairs.
The Caterpillar Cat S61 is available now from the Caterpillar site. It is currently priced at $729 USD.
iPhone 12 Pro
If you work in an Apple shop, the iPhone is the de facto device to choose because of the interoperability Apple has baked into its devices; the iPhone 12 Pro gives other reasons as well. The iPhone 12 series is the first line of iPhones to have 5G, and the 12 series also sports a visual redesign, with flat aluminum edges reminiscent of the iPhone 4 and 5 series and the current iPad Pro design.
The 12 Pro also offers several new features, like being the first smartphone on the market to use 5nm design in its A14 processor, LIDAR-enabled cameras, a wide camera that captures 27% more light than the iPhone 11 Pro, and Apple claims it takes 87% better low-light photos. Creative professionals, and those who are looking for the latest, greatest iPhone should definitely put it on the short list.
The iPhone 12 Pro is available for preorders from the Apple site. Pricing for the iPhone 12 Pro starts at $999, and pricing for the iPhone 11 Pro Max starts at $1,099.
BlackBerry KEY2 LE
If you miss the days of smartphones with physical keyboards, the BlackBerry KEY2 LE is the device for you. The BlackBerry KEY2 LE is enterprise ready--it is immediately compatible with MDM solutions and has zero-touch deployment capabilities. It also has dual account support, enough battery life for 22 hours of mixed-use time, and a software locker where secure duplicates of apps can be stored. It's not the newest device, but for those missing the days of tactile typing response, the BlackBerry KEY2 LE is ideal.
The BlackBerry KEY2 LE is available now from Best Buy and other retailers. Pricing starts at $399.
Google Pixel 4A 5G
If you're a developer who works with Android, or just an Android aficionado who wants the newest of everything, this 5G-capable Pixel smartphone from Google should be your choice. Because the device is manufactured by Google, it's usually the first to get the latest Android updates, and they run as close to stock Android as you can get. The Pixel 4A 5G is a solid phone despite being a budget device; it's actually good for professionals because of its flagship-like features, Google Pixel update schedule, and the fact that it's 5G capable without the nearly $1,000 price tag.
The Pixel 4A 5G is currently in the waitlist stage, so if you're interested in preordering once that's available head over to Google's Pixel 4A 5G page and hit the Join Waitlist button. The 4A 5G is scheduled for release in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom in November and is now available in Japan.