iPhone, BlackBerry, Droid: Top Smartphones for IT Pros

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Smartphone sales for personal use continue to grow, despite the global economic crisis that began back in 2008; but businesses have had to cut back on spending and perhaps sacrifice purchasing that new batch of phones for their employees.

Now that there’s a glimpse of better economic news on the horizon – however small – many companies are looking to put more money for technology in the budget. Datamation has just broken down some of the top smartphones for IT managers to consider, including the BlackBerry, the iPhone and the Motorola Droid.

BlackBerry continues to lead the pack, the site says, because it is simply known as a device for business. But it goes beyond mere reputation. The Wireless Technology Forum recently commented that the BlackBerry is best in many areas, including e-mail platform, keyboard, battery life and e-mail platform. Sure, its browser and operating system can’t line up toe-to-toe with Android and the iPhone, but the aforementioned strengths compensate for the shortcomings. IT managers who want to buy the best BlackBerry should consider the Bold 9700, Datamation says, despite the lack of a touchscreen. All four major carriers carry the Bold.

Many IT pros are starting to turn to the iPhone, despite its reputation as a more consumer-friendly device. One IT manager quoted by Datamation says device consolidation was his reason for making the switch – he wanted one phone that could do it all. But he wasn’t sure if it’s the perfect match for everyone in his office. Its lack of a central management portal is holding it back. The site says Apple lacks anything like BlackBerry’s Enterprise Server, which is known for security.

The Android OS is seen as the up-and-comer. The IT managers that Datamation talked with are watching it carefully and considering a switch to the platform. So far, the Motorola Droid seems to be the frontrunner for their attention. The major concern at this point is that the platform is “relatively untested” for business use. But that’s bound to change quickly as more enterprises begin to adopt it.

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