If you're in the market for a new smartphone that you can also use for work, there is more to consider than form factor, specs and design. For example, in addition to workplace productivity, you need to consider security. Bringing your own device to work creates a number of security risks, and companies have increased their focus on BYOD now that more than 40 percent of employees use their own devices at work. If you have a device that already offers some safeguards, it can make IT's job easier.
So what phones excel in the workplace? Here are nine consumer smartphones that are also enterprise-savvy.
Apple iPhone 6S
Nearly every generation of the Apple iPhone has made the list of top consumer smartphones, and that hasn't changed with the iPhone 6S. But the 6S isn't just a consumer smartphone, it's also a good choice for the enterprise. Apple's acceptance in the enterprise is a relatively recent occurrence, especially compared to Blackberry's former hold in the mobile enterprise. Much of Apple's rise in the enterprise relates to its perception as a high-end and user-friendly device. As more people adopted iOS, and subsequently started bringing their iPhones to work, Apple started to include more compatibility with common corporate software, like Microsoft Outlook.
The iPhone makes a great enterprise smartphone for many of the same reasons it makes a great consumer smartphone. Not only is it an attractive and well-built device, it's hard to get into too much trouble with malware from sketchy apps thanks to Apple's tight hold on its App Store. Apple also built in a number of security features beyond the passcode and biometric fingerprint scanner. It features Apple Pay, encryption, data protection, network security, app security and the capability to remotely wipe a device clean. You can find more details at the iOS security guide.
Besides the tight security measures built into the iPhone 6S and iOS 9, the phones features Apple's A9 chip and a 4.7-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 326 ppi. If you have a PC at work or at home, you can also download cross-platform apps to keep you in sync, no matter what computer you're working on. Alternatively, if you have a Mac for work or personal use, there are many compatibility features between iOS and OSX, which let you access many of the features of your smartphone on your computer.
iPhone 6S Plus
iPhone 6S Plus has the same features as the 6S, but in a larger package. You'll get the same security measures, biometric fingerprint scanner, Siri voice assistant and access to the Apple App Store with the iPhone 6S Plus. Where it shakes things up is with its 5.5-inch 1080p IPS LCD display, which boasts a display resolution of 401ppi. A phablet can be a great option if you like to travel light for work -- rather than carry around a tablet, notebook and smartphone. With the iPhone 6S Plus you can stick to one easy-to-use device.
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