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Best Work Smartphones of 2017

Your phone is your window to the world. With your smartphone firmly in your hand you can connect with clients, post to social media to increase brand awareness, process payments, share your point of view, travel the world and grow your business. If you have a fantastic work smartphone and passion for what you do nothing can stand in your way. 

Here are our top three choices for the best work smartphones of 2017.

Best Overall
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  • OS
    7.0 Nougat
  • Display Size
    5.8 inches
  • Resolution
    2960 x 1440 pixels
Runner Up
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  • OS
    Android 7.1 Nougat
  • Display Size
    5.5 inches
  • Resolution
    1560 x 1440 pixels
Best iPhone
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  • OS
    iOS 10
  • Display Size
    5.5 inches
  • Resolution
    1920 x 1080 pixels

Samsung Galaxy S8 

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 is a rare example of a product that lives up to the hype. The newest phone on our list, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is best known for its stunning, high resolution, 5.8-inch Infinity display, but it also boasts some serious business features. The S8 has biometric scanning (facial recognition, iris scanner and a fingerprint reader) for the ultimate in modern business security, and like other Samsung smartphones it has a built-in system called Samsung Knox, so your business secrets stay on a need to know basis. 

The fast S8’s fast performance (thanks to the Snapdragon 835 CPU) and generous amount of screen space makes it easy to run and use two apps at the same time, which is ideal for multitasking. No matter how you look at it the Galaxy S8 feels and performs like an upscale business device worthy of a CEO. The Galaxy S8 even comes with expandable storage, so you can customize it to meet your exact specifications.

Click here to read a full review of the Samsung Galaxy S8 on our sister site Tom’s Guide. 

Runner Up

Google Pixel XL

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The Google Pixel doesn’t quite top our list only because it lacks the flashy Infinity screen, and you can’t expand the amount of storage on the device. However, both the S8 and the Pixel XL come with 4GB RAM, and the Pixel’s 5.5-inch display is nearly as high res as the S8’s. Like the Galaxy, the Pixel has a secure fingerprint unlock, two camera lenses and excellent battery life (more than 11 hours). 

The Pixel is a little cheaper than the S8, and depending on your choice of provider it can be a lot cheaper to operate. Since the Pixel is a Google phone you can opt for service through Project Fi, which is a no-contract (for real) service that charges you based on data usage. The entry level plan starts at just $15-$20 a month, and there’s no penalty if you go over your data plan. You just pay $10 per GB no matter what (and there’s a pre-loaded app for tracking usage on the phone). The Pixel is also loaded with Google Assistant, which is by far the best phone AI assistant on the market.  

Click here to read a full review of the Google Pixel XL

Best iPhone

iPhone 7 Plus  

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The major benefit to choosing the iPhone 7 Plus as your business phone is brand cohesion. If you’re intent on keeping all your products in the Apple family and you want the familiarity of a Mac OS, the iPhone 7 Plus will deliver that in a pretty Cupertino-designed package. The reason the iPhone 7 Plus comes in third is because it’s expensive, but unlike other picks on our list it doesn’t have the specs to support such a hefty price tag.  

Like the other two phones on our list the iPhone 7 Plus has a fingerprint scanner, a speedy processor and a long battery life (more than 10 hours). This smartphone also has a 5.5-inch screen, but the resolution is significantly lower than on the Galaxy S8 or Pixel XL. The iPhone 7 Plus is also lacking in the port department; it only has one Lightning port, so if you want to say charge your phone and plug in your headphones at the same time, you’re out of luck (or you need to buy an adaptor). On the plus side, the iPhone 7 Plus has a familiar interface, offers reliable performance, and easily syncs with other Apple products. 

Click here to read a full review of the iPhone 7 Plus on Business News Daily.  

Mona Bushnell

Mona Bushnell is a New York City-based Staff Writer for Tom’s IT Pro and Business News Daily. She has a B.A. in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College and has previously worked as an IT Technician, a Copywriter, a Software Administrator, a Scheduling Manager and an Editorial Writer. Mona began freelance writing full-time in 2014 and joined the Purch team in 2017.