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Best Business Smartphones 2015 (and Why We Love Them)

A great smartphone isn’t necessarily a great work phone. Business users need a device with top-notch security, snappy multitasking capabilities and a wide selection of productivity apps. They also need a phone that fits into their budget.

In other words, not every smartphone has what it takes to make you more productive. Extra features like stylus support and split-screen multitasking can go a long way toward turning a basic smartphone into the ideal business companion, and it’s not always easy to wade through the endless lists of new releases.

That’s where Business News Daily comes in. We test every new smartphone that comes across our desk to see which ones are good for work, and which ones should be forgotten.

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 Business News Daily.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 is an exceptional business phone with a really big screen. The 5.7-inch display is good for business users, since it gives you lots of room to multitask – so long as your can handle a smartphone with a bit of extra bulk.Of course, the Note 5’s excellent stylus support is its standout feature. It offers better pressure sensitivity than last year’s model, as well as new tools that make it easy to annotate and share documents using the stylus. You also get a fingerprint scanner for added security, and longer battery life than competing phones (see the chart below).

Key features:

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

Click here for a full review of the Galaxy Note 5 from our sister site Laptop Mag.



iPhone 6s Plus


The iPhone 6s Plus is easily the best work phone for Apple fans, and it also happens to be one of the best overall smartphones on the market. It has a big 5.5-inch display that dwarfs the 4.7-inch screen on the standard iPhone 6s, so it gives you a lot more room to work. You also get blazing-fast performance (check the chart below), long battery life and the new 3D Touch feature, which enables pressure-sensitive touch gestures. Plus, the Touch ID fingerprint scanner embedded in the home button provides a nice security boost.

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 6s Plus from Business News Daily.


Google Nexus 6P


Do you want a pure Android experience in your business phone, without a lot of extra clutter? Google's 5.7-inch Nexus 6P isn't just the best smartphone for die-hard Android fans; it's also packed with productivity-boosting extras for business users. Those business-friendly features include always-listening voice commands and a fingerprint scanner for improved security. And since it's a Nexus device, you'll get updates to the latest and greatest Android software before anyone else. But the best part is that the device costs about $250 less than competing flagship phablets.

Key Features:

  • Early software updates
  • Always-listening voice commands
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Fast performance
  • Long battery life

 Click here for a full review of the Nexus 6P on our sister site Tom's Guide.


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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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.]

Brett Nuckles
Brett Nuckles

Brett Nuckles has been a working journalist since 2009. He got his start in local newspapers covering community news, local government, education and more before he joined the Business News Daily staff in 2013. He graduated from Ohio University, where he studied Journalism and English. Follow him on Twitter @BrettNuckles.