In 2021, we are spoilt with a fantastic array of smartphones, but how are you meant to decide which one is best for your business? Let us help you…
Here at Avertec, we understand the importance of making the right decisions for our business and our employees; even something so seemingly easy like selecting the best smartphones for your business can come with a lengthy and complex decision-making process.
We are all familiar with deciding what phone we will invest in for our personal use. However, when selecting a smartphone for a business, there are different sets of requirements to consider. Business mobiles tend to be used as secondary laptops and are often needed to edit documents on the go, send emails back and forth, stay organised and in the loop with the team, and so much more. As a result, business mobiles need to be reliable, secure and long-lasting (in both their hardware and their batteries), and they should encourage maximum productivity.
Now with so many different models and opinions in the market, selecting the right business smartphone can get a little bit overwhelming. But that’s why we are here, to give you a helping hand. After scanning a plethora of related blogs, testing models and speaking to our in-house tech experts, we believe that this is the ultimate guide to help you select the right phone for your business.
Key Considerations When Deciding on a Smartphone for Business.
Before we dive straight into the best models of smartphones, let’s break down the key things you should consider whilst deciding on a smartphone for your business.
As previously mentioned, business smartphones are expected to operate as a secondary laptop, a small tablet if you will. As a result, there tend to be three features that hold more importance than others: Screen size, RAM and battery life.
- Screen size is often deemed important. You may want this to be large enough to work on documents and easily read and reply to emails, and you wouldn’t want to be squinting all day long.
- RAM (Random Access Memory) a.k.a the super-fast storage used to hold data from the open applications on the device. The more apps you will be simultaneously running on your device, the higher RAM you will need. You will see that Apple tends to run a lower RAM than Android devices; this is because Apple has optimised the iOS system, components and app handling to perform at its best with only 4GB of RAM.
- The battery is quite an obvious feature, especially when the phone is required to do so much. Regardless of which make and model you choose, it will be expected to go all day and run multiple apps without needing a recharge.
Alongside these three key features, it is important to understand how the phone will be used and what industry you operate in. For example, someone on a construction site will need a much more robust model than an employee with an office-based role. Other considerations to take note of include: your budget, camera quality needs and storage requirements.
Types of Tariffs to Consider.
If it wasn’t complex enough to decide on the make and model of your handsets, you need to consider the type of tariff that will best suit your business needs. Mobile phone tariffs break down into four categories: Pay As You Go, Monthly Contract, SIM-only contracts and bundle deals.
- Pay As You Go: This allows you to top-up your phone with credit in advance and then use the phone until this prepaid credit runs out; handsets are often included in this tariff. This tariff is typically recommended for those who like to have complete control over what they are spending.
- Monthly Contract: Make one monthly payment and include a set amount of minutes and texts. You will be invoiced for any additional usage over this set amount.
- SIM-only: These tariffs operate in the same way as Pay As You Go but without the handset included.
- Bundle deals: Typically offering a single tariff for mobile as well as landline and internet access. These are good for those who require more than just mobiles for their business.
To help you decide on the best tariff for your business there are typically two key considerations. Firstly, the handset you want, more often than not this will dictate the type of tariff you require. And secondly, the intended usage of the phone, by knowing this you will be able to get the right tariff for your business and spend your budget more efficiently. We understand that selecting the right tariff can be complicated with them all being so similar, so if you’re feeling a little bit lost, one of our expert business advisors will be on hand to help you!
The Best Smartphones For Business 2021.
At a Glance:
- Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra – £1199
- Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra – £1197
- iPhone 12 – £783.60 – £930 (Depending on storage)
- Oppo X3 Pro – £1099
- Samsung Galaxy S20 – £649
- iPhone SE (2020) – £399 – £549 (Depending on storage)
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
|Release Date||January 2021|
|Dimensions||165.1x 75.6 x 8.9 mm|
|Resolution||3200 x 1440|
|Storage||128GB, 256GB, 512GB|
|Rear Camera||108MP + 10MP + 10MP + 12MP|
The most expensive option on our list, at £1199, is the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. This handset has the fastest processing power out of all the Android models, yet that doesn’t compromise the battery life of this powerful handset. This phone comes with 12GB RAM and a 6.8″ screen, so if you’ll be doing a lot of work from your mobile and budget is no issue, this is the phone for you. The only negatives that come with this phone are the high costs relative to its main competitor, Apple, and the lack of charging cable in the box.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
|Release Date||August 2020|
|Dimensions||164.8 x 77.2 x 8.1 mm|
|Resolution||3008 x 1440|
|CPU||Snapdragon 865 Plus / Exynos 990|
|Storage||128GB, 256GB, 512GB|
|Rear Camera||108MP + 12MP + 12MP|
Very similar to the Samsung just mentioned, this android packs a punch with its 6.9″ screen, built-in stylus and high-resolution display. Much like its relative model, the long battery life makes it perfect for working on the go, and if your line of work has you taking a few snaps, the 108MP + 2x 12MP rear camera is more than ideal! However, this model is up in the top price bracket, and the curved screen often results in accidental taps and interference.
|Release Date||October 2020|
|Dimensions||146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4 mm|
|Resolution||1170 x 2532|
|CPU||Apple A14 Bionic|
|Storage||64GB, 128GB, 256GB|
|Rear Camera||12MP + 12MP|
We couldn’t make this list without including the iPhone 12. The easy to use and secure operating system is one of the main reasons iPhones’ are so popular amongst both regular and business users. If your business uses other Apple products, then it should be no question whether you should have iPhones as your business mobiles. The integration between their products is second to none and makes document sharing so quick and easy. Not to mention the super-powerful A14 Bionic chip giving this latest model a boost in performance. Priced at £783.60 – £930 (depending on your storage requirements), this iPhone is a good mid-range model. However, like most devices, there are some drawbacks: the iPhone 12 has a much smaller battery than the other big players in the market, which we have mentioned before to be a key feature of business mobile phones.
Oppo X3 Pro
|Release Date||March 2021|
|Dimensions||163.3 x 74.0 x 8.6 mm|
|OS||ColourOS 11.2 (Based on Android)|
|Resolution||3216 x 1440|
|Rear Camera||50MP + 50MP + 13MP + 3MP|
If you’re looking for business smartphones that aren’t Samsung or Apple, the Oppo x3 Pro is a great alternative. With high performance and no lag when opening/running multiple apps simultaneously this device is a perfect business mobile phone. Although, when compared to other models, the battery life isn’t as good. That being said, you can still get an average of 15 hours usage before needing to recharge the battery, and with the super fast charger that comes in the box you have the ability to go from 0% to 100% in less than 30 minutes! And finally, let’s talk about the operating system, ColorOS, it’s own, unique operating system based on Android 11 with added customisation capabilities.
Samsung Galaxy S20
|Release Date||March 2020|
|Dimensions||151.7 x 69.1 x 7.9 mm|
|Resolution||3200 x 1440|
|CPU||Snapdragon 865 / Exynos 990|
|Rear Camera||12MP + 64MP + 12MP|
Once again, another Samsung. There is no denying that when it comes to business smartphones, Samsung knows what they are doing. Even with the Samsung Galaxy S20, the most affordable of their line-up, they have created a powerful, 5G ready smartphone with a top-end processor. As the operating systems are pretty much the same across their devices, there isn’t too much of a difference except this one is a little bit smaller, lighter and cheaper, perfect for anyone who wants something to work as a tablet but does not feel too much like a tablet. The main downside to this model is the erratic fingerprint sensor that isn’t as accurate as other fingerprint sensors.
iPhone SE (2020)
|Release Date||April 2020|
|Dimensions||138.4 x 67.3 x 7.30mm|
|Resolution||7600 x 1334|
|Storage||65GB, 128GB, 256GB|
Last but by no means least, we have the iPhone SE (2020), the smallest and most affordable of our lineup. This model used the same A13 Bionic chip from the iPhone 11, making it more powerful than its predecessor but more conservative in battery life. Although the screen size is smaller than other smartphones used for business, this model is great for general day to day admin. Starting at £399 this small but powerful device will still allow you to run a range of different business and productivity applications, reply to emails and record 4K videos (if you need to); it really is the best standard smartphone (in our opinion)..
A Final Thought…
It is very apparent that the market is an Android vs iOS battle; the winner of this battle comes down to nothing more than preference. Both have been developed with business in mind and allow for maximum productivity and functionality, making it a fairly level playing field. However, when it comes to security, iOS comes out on top due to its closed nature and heavy application screening.
Regardless of these factors, there is no shortage of great smartphones for businesses, it all comes down to what is right for your business and your team. We hope this breakdown of the best mobile phones for business helps you in your decision making, and as previously mentioned if you need a helping hand one of our expert business specialists are ready and waiting to assist you.