Mobile IT Buyer's Guide: Choosing the Best Smartphone
The handheld device market is experiencing unprecedented growth, with a slew of new smartphones that are so powerful that they perform more like handheld computers than as mobile phones. But with so many choices, it can be hard to know how to narrow the list and select the best smartphone for your business. Here we offer a guide to doing just that. When it comes to conducting business on the go, smartphones are becoming an increasingly popular supplement -- and often alternative -- to notebooks. In fact, a recent Gartner Research report predicted that by 2013, there will be more smartphones in use than PCs, making smartphones the most common type of Web access device. Though theres no standardized definition of what constitutes a smartphone, its generally understood to be a phone that also offers mobile Internet access and has the capability to handle tasks that are normally performed on a PC such as accessing e-mail, browsing the Web or viewing and editing documents. In a nutshell, its a pocket-sized computer. Arming your employees with smartphones can give them a real productivity boost, but choosing a one isnt quite as straightforward as deciding on a desktop or laptop. Read on to learn what factors you should consider before purchasing the best smartphones for your small business.