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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.

The Nexus 6 comes equipped with encryption by default and multiple-user support with Samsung Knox. Since it includes Knox, you can get enterprise-level security but in a non-Samsung Android device. So if you want to avoid TouchWiz, but love the security Knox offers, the Nexus 6 is a great compromise.

What makes the Nexus devices unique is that they offer a pure Android experience. That means, unlike devices from companies like Samsung, neither Google nor Motorola creates a skin on top of Android to alter it. You can get an Android experience the way Google designed it. It also means that you'll receive the latest Android updates first, so you'll never have to sit around waiting to get the latest software. It's popular with developers, and anyone who needs to work closely with Android. So if you find yourself dealing with Android apps frequently, or testing products on an Android ecosystem, it's a great consumer phone that can work for you in the enterprise.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

If you use your smartphone more than your laptop for taking notes, scheduling meetings, reading articles and reviewing documents, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 might be for you. It's a high-end device that meets both consumer and enterprise needs. It comes equipped with the Galaxy S Pen, which is compatible with a number of apps. It has a 5.7-inch display with a resolution or 518 ppi, so you'll have no problem flying through your inbox or editing a spreadsheet whether you're waiting for a meeting to start or flying cross country. It's also built for multitasking, with an Exynos 7420 64-bit octa-core professor and 4GB of RAM.

You'll get all the same security features you'll find on other Galaxy devices, including Samsung Knox, wireless charging, Samsung Pay, multi-window capabilities, split-screen apps and more. It's also optimized for the S Pen, so if you love using a stylus, it will not disappoint. The S Pen is also handy if you find yourself regularly signing documents or contracts, since you can do it directly on the screen using the stylus pen. You won't have to wait to get back to the office.

There's also the optional keyboard case if you're nostalgic for the dedicated keyboard on your old Blackberry devices. The only difference is that you can remove this keyboard or move it to the back of the device when it's not in use. And if you're on the road and need to rely on a sturdy charge, the Note 5 should last you all day with a 3,000mAh battery cell. It also supports quick charging, just like the S6 devices, so you can get the most out of just a 20- or 30-minute charge. You'll also have access to SideSync, which is available across all of the latest Galaxy devices.


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