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9 enterprise-ready consumer smartphones

Sarah K. White | Oct. 26, 2015
If you need a smartphone for both personal and professional use these nine mobile devices serve double-duty.

With the larger display and high resolution, it's easy to keep up on email, read articles and edit documents without reaching for your notebook or tablet. It also features Apple's new 3D touch technology - also found on the iPhone 6S - which is a feature you won't find on a non-iOS device. With 3D touch, you can preview emails, calendar appointments and more just by holding down on an app icon. That way, you don't have to navigate into an app directly to find what you're looking for. The 6S Plus is a great option if you've had your eye on phablets, but want to stay in the Apple ecosystem, especially if you have your eye on an Apple Watch.

Samsung Galaxy S6

Android might be gaining in enterprise adoption, but it's still rare to see a work-issued Android device. Samsung traditionally hasn't marketed its devices as enterprise-ready, but that's changed with the Galaxy S6, which has a ton of baked-in corporate-ready features. And with the birth of Samsung Enterprise, the company is establishing its mobile brand in business. In fact, one of the main features that Samsung touts for the enterprise is the capability to publish custom apps without going through the App Store, which can help companies get enterprise apps up and running faster.

The Galaxy lineup also includes Samsung Knox, a security feature aimed specifically at letting enterprise and personal data coexist on one device. It's a part of Samsung's SAFE offerings, which stands for "Samsung Approved for Enterprise." It's been accepted by government agencies, as well as businesses, and even has the NSA seal of approval. Knox partitions your Android device, so you can toggle Samsung Knox on and off to access your enterprise data. Your personal and corporate data stay separate, which means both can be protected individually. For example, IT can wipe your phone remotely and erase only what's behind Knox, and alternatively, IT can't see anything outside of Knox. Not only will your corporate data stay protected, so will your personal data.

Besides the enterprise features, the Samsung Galaxy S6 also offers some unique options you won't find on an iPhone. Wireless charging, for one, lets you park your mobile on a charging pad instead of tethering it to the wall. And as more wireless charging furniture finds its way into airports and coffee shops, you won't have to worry about your phone battery dying on the go.

The Android operating system also offers more flexibility and customization options than iOS devices, even with Samsung's TouchWiz overlay. TouchWiz's reputation suggests you'll either love it or hate it, but Samsung has made an effort to reduce some imposing features from the Android skin. Android widgets also let you park your to-do list, calendar, emails, messages, weather, and nearly any app you can think of on your home screen, and you can even customize multiple home screens to flip through. It also offers a slightly larger display with a higher resolution than the iPhone 6S, at 5.1 inches and a resolution of 577ppi, so if you aren't ready for a phablet but want a something a little bigger than the 6S, the Galaxy S6 offers it.

 

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