Choosing the Best Smartphone for Business
Finding the best smartphone for enterprise use isn't as easy as it used to be even three years ago. Apple's iPhone and Android-powered handsets are improving rapidly on the mobile security and mobile computing front as they begin to encroach on BlackBerry market share. Read our evaluation of all the top contenders to see which smartphone suits your enterprise needs best. Determining the best smartphone for the enterprise has prompted little debate, until recently. For years, BlackBerry has owned the North American enterprise smartphone/mobile messaging market. While BlackBerry still has a firm grip on the market, that grip is loosening. Apple with its iPhone is turning its attention to the enterprise, while the Android smartphone looms on the horizon. Other smartphone options -- Symbian (a leading platform overseas, an afterthought in North America) and Palm (where do I even begin with its problems?) -- have done little to woo enterprise users. Still other platforms, such as LiMo (Linux Mobile), Nokia-driven Maemo and Samsung-sponsored bada have their proponents, but few are in the North American (N. A.) enterprise market.
As of Q1 2010, BlackBerry owned 42.1 percent of the N.A. smartphone market, according to comScore MobiLens, well ahead of Apple at 25.4 percent and Microsoft at 15.1 percent. Google and Palm came in at 9 and 5.4 percent, respectively; however, Palms share represented a 1.8 percent drop (on the heels of a 2.2 percent drop from Q3 2009), while Googles translated into a 5.2 percent gain.
The smartphone market is undergoing wild change each and every quarter, in consumer and enterprise sectors alike. Below are the platforms best suited for the enterprise today, as well as analysis of what each is doing to either stay on top or climb up the ranks.
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