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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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  • Price
    $724.99
  • OS
    7.0 Nougat
  • Display Size
    5.8 inches
  • Resolution
    2960 x 1440 pixels
Runner Up
BUY
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  • Price
    $649
  • OS
    Android 8.0.0 Oreo
  • Display Size
    5 inches
  • Resolution
    1920 x 1080 pixels
Best iPhone
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  • Price
    $799
  • OS
    iOS 11
  • 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 2

The Google Pixel 2 is our choice for runner up in the best work smartphone race. While the noticeable bezels are a bit old fashioned, when you compare the price of the Pixel 2 with the dazzling built-in functionality, it's clear that this phone is a winner. The updated Pixel sports the same Snapdragon 835 processor as the Galaxy S8 (and the same amount of storage space), but in other areas, it breaks the mold completely.

Innovative features, such as Active Edge, allow users to access the Google Assistant by simply squeezing the sides of the phone, which is not only cool in a futuristic sort of way but also a serious bonus if you already have Chromecast, because it makes integrating all your hardware and software (in the home and in the office) seamless.

The stunning OLED screen is easy to use in high or low lighting, and the stellar battery life (11:07) and always-on display (which shows time and notifications at a glance) are ideal for business users who are constantly on the go. The built-in Google Lens feature is a serious bonus for world travelers who want to use their smartphone camera to identify landmarks, capture text from any format and translate more than 100 languages.

Click here to read a full review of the Google Pixel 2.  

Best iPhone

iPhone 8 Plus  

The major benefit to choosing the iPhone 8 Plus as your business phone is brand cohesion. If you're intent on keeping all of your products in the Apple family and you want the familiarity of a Mac OS, the iPhone 8 Plus will deliver that. While some users feel the aesthetic of the iPhone 8 Plus is a bit stale, due to the bulky bezel width and physical home button, the improved (i.e., more durable) glass chassis and impressive speakers (they're 25 percent louder than past incarnations) are certainly welcome changes.

Like the other two phones on our list, the iPhone 8 Plus has a fingerprint scanner and a speedy processor. This phone also has the longest battery life of any device on this list, at 11 hours and 16 minutes. All around, the iPhone 8 Plus has a pleasingly familiar interface, offers reliable performance, has the same great cameras as the iPhone 7 Plus, and easily syncs with other Apple products. 

However, unlike the Galaxy Samsung S8 or the Pixel 2, the iPhone 8 Plus does not have a face unlock feature, even though the iPhone X does. (The reason the iPhone X didn't make our list is due to the price point; at a starting price of $999, Apple's new flagship phone is impractically expensive for many bottom-line-focused business users).

Click here to read a full review of the iPhone 8 Plus. 

Mona Bushnell

Mona Bushnell is a New York City-based Staff Writer for Tom’s IT Pro, Business.com 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.