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Grow Your Business Technology

Best Work Smartphones of 2018

Samsung's Galaxy S5, best business smartphones
Samsung's Galaxy S5 is the most well-rounded business phone on the market. / Credit: Laptop Mag/Jeremy Lips

As a busy entrepreneur, your smartphone is your window to the world. 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 2018, so far.

Best Overall
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  • OS
    Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Display Size
    5.8 inches
  • Resolution
    2960 x 1440 pixels
Runner Up
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    Android 8.0.0 Oreo
  • Display Size
    5 inches
  • Resolution
    1920 x 1080 pixels
Best iPhone
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    iOS 11
  • Display Size
    5.5 inches
  • Resolution
    1920 x 1080 pixels

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The newest phone on our list, the Samsung Galaxy S9 is an upgraded version of the S8, which previously held the spot for Best Overall. A lot of the features are same on this latest Samsung device, but that's not a negative. The Galaxy S9 features a stunning, high resolution, 5.8-inch Infinity display as well as some serious business features. Like the Galaxy S8, the S9 has biometric scanning (facial recognition, iris scanner and a fingerprint reader) for the ultimate in modern business security, and like other business-focused Samsung smartphones it has a built-in system called Samsung Knox, so your business secrets stay on a need-to-know basis. 

The fast S9's fast performance (thanks to the upgraded Snapdragon 845 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 S9 feels and performs like an upscale business device worthy of a CEO.

Read a full review of the Samsung Galaxy S9 on our sister site Tom’s Guide. 

The Google Pixel 2 is our runner up in the best work smartphone race. While the noticeable bezels are a bit old fashioned, when you look at 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 a Snapdragon 835 processor, which is just a generation behind the Galaxy S9's Snapdragon 845, and 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 – 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.

Read a full review of the Google Pixel 2 on Tom's Guide.

The major benefit to choosing the iPhone 8 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 8 Plus delivers. While some users feel the aesthetic of the iPhone 8 Plus is a bit stale with its 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 S9 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).

Read a full review of the iPhone 8 Plus on Tom's Guide. 

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.