One of the most important tools for everyone who owns a business or is a key cog in a business is the smartphone. With jobs becoming more dynamic and our need to stay connected at an all-time high, finding the right smartphone that is going to handle not just your personal needs but your business needs is crucial.
One of the main questions I ask during the probing stages of my sales discovery with clients is whether the device is going to be used for business, personal use or a mix of both. The reason being is because there a device either geared directly towards the business consumer, or they have particular features that would be important for the customer and depending on the type of business they are in.
Now there are most definitely some characteristics that make for a good business phone and I want to tackle those general characteristics that everyone should be looking for when searching for a business device.
1) Dual Sim
This is a feature that in 2018 I feel like should be standard on every single device. There is a multitude of reasons why someone should have a dual sim device. If you are travelling to other countries, you can quickly get a local sim card and put it in your device, all the while staying connected with your main sim or just not losing your main sim card to the clutter of your wallet or purse.
Having a business sim card and a personal sim card is always great to keep the separation of the lines, that way if you do not want to be disturbed outside of work hours, you can simply hit the switch and turn off your business sim card.
2) Big Battery
Naturally, when you have a device that is connected to all of your email accounts, social platforms, as well as two networks and maybe you are not in office for long periods of the day, naturally, you need a big battery. Phones are becoming more power efficient as the software and CPUs get better, but nothing beats a smartphone with a big battery unless you like walking around with additional battery pics and chargers.
3) Dual Profiles
With Huawei and Xiaomi heading the charge on dual profiles, you are now able to set up one profile for business and with the touch of a fingerprint on your lock screen, log into the secondary profile that can be set up and run completely independent of the main profile.
This works great if you have a lot of sensitive information or accounts on one profile, but you often allow people to use your phone and don’t want them accessing that information. If they are inside of your main profile, they will not have access to any of your information from your secondary profile. That includes things like pictures, emails, access to social media accounts, contacts, it runs as if you have 2 entirely separate phones.
4) Quality Performance
There are many times I hear the phrase, “I don’t want to spend a lot of money as this phone will be used for business.” Ladies & Gentleman, it is because it is a business phone why you must ensure that you get a quality device, with quality performance. Now you do not need to break the bank as good phones have become cheap, you just need to understand if the device that will ensure your business runs smoothly, cost just a little bit more than your stand cheap/basic smartphone, it will be worth the investment.
It pains me when I see people you use their phones predominantly for business, be hampered by a phone that was simply not meant to keep up with their needs and end up losing business because of the lack of performance to handle their tasks. You can still get a great value device that meets your needs without spending a ton of money.
Now the topic of security will definitely matter more to people who are in sensitive positions or working in a corporate company that has their own enterprise network. When it comes to security, the best in the business is Blackberry.
Blackberry is synonymous with security and because of that, Samsung has partnered with them to bolster their own smartphone security with the Samsung Knox program. So if your workplace needs to install their email accounts on your device, you would do best to pick a good Blackberry or Samsung device to handle this.
Those generally are the top 5 things one should be taking into consideration when looking for a business device. There are other features that may be of use for you in your business look the powerful Stylus that the Samsung Note series offers. Also, the desktop mode that a device like the Huawei Mate 10 series offers that will connect to an HDMI compatible device with just 1 cable, and you will be able to connect a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse to it. Samsung also offers the Samsung Dexx docking station to do this as well, but for a much bigger price tag.
As always, if you need assistance in selecting the best device for you or you have some questions about a device for business, feel free to shoot me a message or a call. You can also fill out this quick 30 second quiz, and I will send you my personal recommendations of which device to grab from the Droid Island store. (Click Here: Quiz)