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Best Business Smartphones 2016 (and Why We Love Them)

What do you need in your next business phone? Whether it's a big display, a built-in stylus, or just something that fits into your budget, there's a great smartphone for you. Here are our top picks for 2016.

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

  • Best Overall Phone
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    • Price
      $749
    • Display Size & Resolution
      5.1 inches, 2560 x 1440 pixels
    • Ports
      micro USB, microSD, 3.5mm headphone
    • Battery Life
      8:43
    • Size
      5.6 x 2.7 x 0.3 in.
    • Weight
      6.52 ounces
  • Best Big-Screen Phone
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    • Price
      $696
    • Display Size & Resolution
      5.7 inches, 2560 x 1440 pixels
    • Ports
      micro USB, microSD, 3.5mm headphone
    • Battery Life
      9:35
    • Size
      6.0 x 3.0 x 0.3 in.
    • Weight
      6.03 ounces
  • Best iPhone
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    • Price
      $649
    • Display Size & Resolution
      5.5 inches, 1920 x 1080 pixels
    • Ports
      Lightning, 3.5mm headphone
    • Battery Life
      8:16
    • Size
      6.2 x 3.1 x 0.3 in.
    • Weight
      6.07 ounces
  • Best Android Phone
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    • Price
      $449
    • Display Size & Resolution
      5.5 inches, 2560 x 1440 pixels
    • Ports
      USB-C, 3.5mm headphone
    • Battery Life
      12:25
    • Size
      6.3 x 3.1 x 0.3 in.
    • Weight
      6.2 ounces
  • Best Budget Phone
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    • Price
      $199
    • Display Size & Resolution
      5.5 inches, 1920 x 1080 pixels
    • Ports
      micro USB, microSD, 3.5mm headphone
    • Battery Life
      9:22
    • Size
      5.96 x 3 x 0.32 in.
    • Weight
      5.57 ounces

Samsung Galaxy S7   

Samsung's Galaxy S7 is an easy pick for our best business phone. It's one of the fastest smartphone on the market, with a gorgeous 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. Then there's the improved fingerprint scanner, which provides a good security boost during daily use. 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 S7 from our sister site, Tom's Guide.

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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.

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, 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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Huawei Honor 5X

Starting at just $200 unlocked, Huawei's Honor 5X is a steal. The low-cost handset is packed with features that business users will love, including a roomy 5.5-inch display, long battery life and snappier performance than other phones in this price range. Plus, a fingerprint scanner gives the device a nice security boost. The best part is that the Honor 5X sports a metal design that makes it much more attractive than other budget-priced smartphones.

Key Features

  • Long battery life
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Affordable price
 

Click here for a full review of the Honor 5X from our sister site Toms

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iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

 

Apple’s new iPhones are getting a bunch of new work-friendly features. For starters, the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus are both water-resistant, so they can survive a dunk in the pool or sink. They’re also getting a nicer 7MP front-facing camera, which will make for crisper videoconferencing sessions. Plus, you can expect the usual slate of hardware upgrades, like faster performance, longer battery life and a bunch of small software tweaks.

Key features:

  • Fast performance
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Split-screen multitasking
  • Long battery life
  • Water-resistance

 

 

 

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

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.