Best Business Smartphones 2015 (and Why We Love Them) Credit: Laptop Mag/Jeremy Lips

Whether you need a big display, stylus support or just something affordable, there's a great business smartphone for you. Read on for our top picks for 2015.

 

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Best Overall Business Phone

Samsung Galaxy S6   

 

Samsung's Galaxy S6 edges out last year's model — the S5 — to claim the title of our best overall business phone. The S6 is an easy pick; it's the fastest smartphone on the market (check the chart below), with a brilliant display and a premium glass-and-metal design. But what makes it such a great business phone are productivity-boosting features like split-screen multitasking and S Finder, which helps you quickly locate files and folders kept on your phone's internal storage. Samsung also added a better fingerprint reader to improve security; it's now as reliable as Apple's Touch ID scanner on the iPhone 6. Finally, Samsung's Knox security suite separates work and personal apps to keep business data private.

Key features:

  • Fast performance
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Split-screen multitasking
  • Long battery life
  • Samsung Knox

Click here for a full review of the Samsung Galaxy S6 from our sister site Laptop Mag.

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Best Big-Screen Business Phone

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

 

Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 is an exceptional business phone, but a device this large isn't for everyone. The phablet has a huge 5.7-inch display, which really comes in handy for using Samsung's split-screen multitasking feature. The Note 4's other standout feature is its excellent stylus support. Just pull the stylus from its slot to access the Action Menu, which lets you quickly jump to one of several handy note-taking applications. The pen even has a pressure-sensitive tip, to make writing on the screen feel more natural and accurate. And like the Galaxy S5, the Note 4 has a fingerprint scanner embedded in the home button. Plus, the Note 4 is one of the fastest phablets on the market (check the chat below.)

Key features:

  • Fast performance
  • Large display
  • Built-in stylus
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Split-screen multitasking 
  • Expandable storage
  • Removable battery
  • Long battery life

 

Click here for a full review of the Galaxy Note 4 from Business News Daily.

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Best iPhone for Business

iPhone 6 Plus

 

If you love iOS, Apple's mobile operating system, then the iPhone 6 Plus is the best business phone for you. It sports a big, 5.5-inch display that dwarfs the cramped, 4-inch screen on other models, including the 4.7-inch standard iPhone 6. That's good for business users, since a large display gives you more space for screen-intensive tasks like viewing and editing large documents. The phone also offers blazing-fast performance and an excellent selection of business apps in the App Store. The Touch ID fingerprint scanner embedded in the home button is also a big perk for security-minded business users. Plus, it has better battery life than any other iPhone model (check the chart below).

Key features:

  • Fast performance
  • Large display
  • Thin and light design
  • Long battery life
  • Fingerprint reader
  • iOS 8 operating system.

Click here for a full review of the iPhone 6 Plus from Business News Daily. 

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Best Android Phone for Business

Motorola Moto X (2nd Gen)

 

Want a pure Android experience in your business phone, without a lot of extra clutter? Motorola's 5.2-inch, second-generation Moto X isn't just the best smartphone for diehard Android fans; it's also packed with some productivity-boosting extras that other phones lack. That includes always-listening voice commands, so you can save a note, set a reminder or add a calendar appointment without ever touching your device. I also like Moto Display, which lets you view and act on alerts straight from the lock screen. But the best part is that the device is pretty affordable next to other flagship phones: just $99 with a two-year contract. And while it's not quite as fast as the latest flagship smartphones, it keeps up with other devices in its price range (check the chart below).

Key features:

  • Fast performance
  • Thin and light design
  • Touchless controls
  • Stock Android
  • Long battery life

 

Click here for a full review of the Moto X (2nd Gen) from Business News Daily. 

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Best Battery Life Business Phone

Huawei Ascend Mate 2

 

If you absolutely need a business phone with the longest battery life available, Huawei's Ascend Mate 2 is it; the device lasted an epic 15 hours in our battery life test. But be warned: This is a seriously bulky device. Its monster 6.1-inch display makes it one of the biggest smartphones ever. On the bright side, that gives you tons of screen space to work on. The Ascend Mate 2 is also a relatively affordable phablet; you can buy it off-contract for under $300, with no need to sign a costly two-year agreement through a major wireless carrier. But the real highlight might be the No other smartphone currently offers that kind of longevity.

Key features:

  • Large display
  • Long battery life
  • Expandable storage

Click here for a full review of the Huawei Ascend Mate 2 from our sister site Laptop Mag.

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Best Budget Business Phone

Motorola Moto E (2015)

 

Motorola's second-generation Moto E smartphone proves that you don't have to spend a lot of money to get a great business phone. The device offers a compact 4.5-inch display, fast performance and good battery life. Plus, it gives you gives you a clean Android experience, without a lot of useless extras. And you'll get all that for under $100 off-contract, with no need to sign a pricey two-year contract. Motorola's Moto G is another good choice; it offers a roomier 5-inch screen, but its performance and battery life lag behind the Moto E (check the chart below.)

Key features:

  • Good performance
  • Long battery life
  • Stock Android
  • Affordable price point

Click here for a full review of the Moto E from Business News Daily.

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[For more information on how we test mobile devices, visit our testing methodology page.]