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Best Business Smartphones 2017 (and Why We Love Them)

What do you need in your next business phone? Whether it's a big display, strong security, or just something that fits into your budget, there's a great smartphone for you. Here are our top picks for 2017.

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

  • Best Overall
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    • Price
      $789
    • Display Size & Resolution
      5.1-inches, 2560 x 1440 pixels
    • Ports
      micro USB, microSD, 3.5mm headphone
    • Battery Life
      10:09
    • Size
      5.6 x 2.7 x 0.3 inches
    • Weight
      5.36 ounces
  • Best iPhone
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    • Price
      $869
    • Display Size & Resolution
      5.5 inches, 1920 x 1080 pixels
    • Ports
      Lightning ______________ ______________ ______________
    • Battery Life
      10:38
    • Size
      6.2 x 3.0 x 0.3 inches
    • Weight
      6.63 ounces
  • Best Android Phone
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    • Price
      $649
    • Display Size & Resolution
      5.5 inches, 2560 x 1440 pixels
    • Ports
      USB-C, 3.5mm headphone ______________ ______________
    • Battery Life
      11:11
    • Size
      5.66 x 2.74 x 0.33 inches
    • Weight
      5.04 ounces
  • Best Battery Life
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    • Price
      $449
    • Display Size & Resolution
      5.5 inches, 1920 x 1080 pixels
    • Ports
      micro USB, 3.5mm headphone ______________
    • Battery Life
      13:46
    • Size
      6.1 x 3 x 0.3 inches
    • Weight
      5.8 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 inches
    • Weight
      5.57 ounces

Galaxy S7 Edge

 

 

Samsung's Galaxy S7 is an easy pick for our best business phone. It's one of the fastest smartphones on the market, with a roomy 5.5-inch 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, which lets you view two apps at once. Then there's the improved fingerprint scanner, which provides a good security boost during daily use, and Samsung's Knox security suite, which separates work and personal apps to keep business data private. Finally, the curved Edge Display gives you quick access to frequently-used apps and contacts.

Top features:

  • Fast performance
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Split-screen multitasking
  • Edge Display shortcuts

Click here to read a full review of the Galaxy S7 Edge from our sister site, Tom’s Guide.

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iPhone 7 Plus

The iPhone 7 Plus is the best iPhone you can buy. The 5.5-inch smartphone is just a well-rounded work phone, offering blazing fast performance, more than 10 hours of battery life, and Apple’s excellent Touch ID fingerprint reader for added security. But what really separates the iPhone 7 Plus from other phones on this list is the fact that it runs on iOS 10, which includes an improved version of virtual assistant app Siri, and adds new ways to link your iPhone to your MacBook Computer.

Top features:

  • Fast performance
  • Long battery life
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Siri virtual assistant

Click here to read a full review of the iPhone 7 Plus from BusinessNewsDaily.

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Google Pixel XL

 

 

If you’re looking for a great business phone that offers a pure Android experience, Google’s Pixel XL can’t be beat. The sleek phone provides speedy performance and more than 11 hours of battery life, plus a roomy 5.5-inch display that gives you tons of room to work. And along with the standard Google Pixel, the Pixel XL receives software updates much sooner than other Android smartphones. That gives you access to handy features like the new Google Assistant app, which can help you schedule reminders, book appointments and meetings, perform quick Web searches and more. 

Top features:

  • Fast performance
  • Long battery life
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Timely updates

Click here to read a full review of the Google Pixel XL from our sister site, Tom’s Guide.

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Moto Z Play Droid   

 

 

 

Despite its name, the Moto Z Play Droid is as good for work as it is for play. That’s because no smartphone lasts longer on a charge than this one, which ran for an epic 13 hours and 46 minutes on our battery test. For that reason alone, it’s a great pick for road warriors who want a business phone that lasts through a long business flight or two. The phone also sports a bright 5.5-inch display, a fingerprint reader for extra security, and a unique expansion port on the back that lets you attach special add-ons called “modules.” Those include a projector so you can beam presentations onto a wall, and a battery pack to increase the phone’s already impressive longevity by an extra 7 hours.

Top features:

  • Industry-leading battery life
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Module expansions

Click here to read a full review of the Moto Z Play Droid from our sister site, Tom’s Guide.

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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 Guide.

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Huawei Honor 6X 

Huawei's new smartphone, unveiled at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, looks like a steal for budget-minded business users. The Honor 6X combines a killer deal with a premium design, strong security and a roomy 5.5-inch display. The premium metal design looks sharp, and feels sturdy. A fingerprint reader is built into the back, and will let you log in or swipe through documents. Under the hood you'll find an octa-core CPU and 3GB of RAM. You get 32GB of storage and a microSD card slot, as well as a huge 3,340-mAh battery. Check back soon for a full review.

[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.