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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.

What sets the Lumia 950 apart is Microsoft's Continuum, which lets you hook the smartphone up to an external device, keyboard and a mouse with the Microsoft Display Dock. It's a small square hub that features a USB Type-C, HDMI and DisplayPort as well as three full USB ports. Since Windows 10 is more or less the same across devices, you can enjoy a near full-desktop experience on your phone. This is an appealing option if you're on the road a lot and want to travel light.

The desktop experience is a little different from the native Windows 10 desktop, and your Start menu will still be there, but it will include all of your mobile tiles. Every Windows 10 PC app that you use on your desktop will look the same on your mobile device, so Microsoft Office, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote will be the same in Continuum.

Lumia 950 XL

Lumia 950 XL has the same Windows 10 features as the 950, but with a 5.7-inch Quad HD display, 551 ppi resolution, and octa-core processor. Microsoft even advertises the device as a "phone that works like your PC," letting you sync across devices. It has the same high-resolution display as the Lumia 950, but the processor is a little faster, which will come in handy if you plan to use this device with Microsoft Continuum. The biggest decision you'll have to make between the two options boils down to size, since both offer a premium design and build.

LG G4

The LG G4 is another appealing Android option for the enterprise. Featuring a 5.5-inch display, a resolution of 538 ppi, replaceable battery, expandable memory and a replaceable back, it offers a level of flexibility not found in many currently available devices. LG also announced in August that the LG G4 passed the NSA's National Information Assurance Partnership test and earned its security certificate. That means the LG G4 meets government security requirements, so it should be on par with most enterprise security measures.

It achieves this security thanks to LG Gate, which offers platform security, network security, application security and mobile device management. It also supports Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, so you can keep your corporate email on your device and feel assured that it's secure.

Beyond its high-end security measures, the LG G5 also offers some options that will appeal to consumers looking for a sleek business-ready phone. You can swap out the back plate for alternate colors and different textures -- even leather. It features a curved design, which is designed to fit nicely in your hand as well as reduce glare outdoors.

Nexus 6

The darling of Android purists everywhere, Google's Nexus 6 device, designed by Motorola, is a 6-inch smartphone that boasts some impressive features. The phone's size places it in the phablet category. Motorola made great use of the screen real estate, however, with a thin bezel and a resolution of 493ppi.

 

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