Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 might be the best business phone money can buy.
Picking a smartphone for daily use isn't easy. Picking a smartphone to help you run your business is even trickier. With a seemingly endless slate of smartphone releases, each packing unique hardware and features at a dizzying array of price points, it's hard to know which one to pick.With that in mind, here are five great smartphones from 2013 that will make you more productive in the New Year.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
If you can handle the bulk, the Galaxy Note 3 is near the top of the heap for business users. The phone is bigger and faster than most other handsets, while being notably slimmer and lighter than its predecessor, the Note 2. Its large screen is perfect for multitasking, and its cushy battery life will let you stay productive on the go. Business users might benefit most from the Note 3's S Pen stylus and intelligent note-taking software. All those premium features come at a premium price, though; the Note 3 can be had for $299 with a two-year contract on Verizon or AT&T.
Motorola Moto X
The Moto X packs powerhouse software, even without powerhouse hardware. It offers a smooth, uncluttered Android experience with handy features that will make you more productive every day, including Motorola's trademark touchless controls. And small business owners will appreciate that this phone is relatively affordable compared with some other flagship handsets. Power users may prefer a phone with beefier specs or a bigger display, but the Moto X is a compelling choice for most small business owners.
Apple iPhone 5s
The iPhone 5s, Apple's new flagship handset, packs a fingerprint sensor for extra security and uses iOS 7, an operating system update with plenty of business-friendly features. It's one of the fastest and sleekest smartphones ever made, and it remains the first and only smartphone with a 64-bit processor. The phone comes with a revamped version of Apple's iWork mobile office suite pre-installed; the included apps are fully integrated with the desktop iWork programs. All of that comes on top of this phone's most compelling feature for serious business users: Apple's App Store, which has the most mature ecosystem of business and productivity apps available anywhere.
Nokia Lumia 925
The Nokia Lumia 925 is easy to overlook, but for business users, it offers great bang for your buck. It has a relatively small display compared with those on newer models, like the Lumia 1520, but it is thin, light and easy to grip. It's not as fast as some other phones, either, but its dual-core processor still provides speedy performance and responsive multitasking. A relatively low price tag makes it a great value proposition for small business owners, and its sleek aluminum sides help make it the most professional-looking Windows Phone on the market.
The LG G2 is a powerhouse Android phone with a long battery life, a roomy 5.2-inch display and handy software features for business users. LG is one of the few smartphone makers who are packing in true multitasking functionality; the G2 "QSlide" function lets you open multiple apps on the home screen in separate windows, and the phone's quad-core processor ensures you can switch apps in a hurry. And the G2 remains one of the longest-lasting smartphones on the market, lasting between nine and 11 hours in tests that include continuous Web surfing. So you know you can keep working on the go.
Originally published on BusinessNewsDaily.