Is the iPhone or BlackBerry Best IT Smartphone?
Apple's iPhone continues to make inroads in the enterprise, while Research in Motion's BlackBerrys still dominate workplace market share. Meanwhile, Google's mobile OS Android is entering the mix on the heels of several smartphone releases such as the Droid. In the context of what works best for IT, we highlight the strengths, weaknesses and best mobile enterprise apps of the iPhone 3GS, BlackBerry Bold 9700 and Droid. The year 2009 was a dismal one for carriers and handset vendors alike. Sales were down, replacement cycles were way up and the trend of voice services (be they fixed or mobile) becoming a commodity continued unabated. Yet, in the worst economic climate since the Great Depression, the mobile market had one piece of encouraging news: smartphone adoption spiked.
According to Gartner, smartphone sales were way up in 2009, representing 14% of the overall mobile market, an increase of 24% over 2008. Gartner believes that adoption will continue to trend upwards, culminating in smartphone sales surpassing PC sales by 2013. While problems such as security and expensive data plans may well bedevil the space, the fact remains that for IT the time to start planning for smartphones is now. With that in mind, we surveyed the smartphone landscape with one question in mind: which smartphone is the best one for IT? Heres what we found: