SideXSide: Android Smartphones at Work

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 06-03-2011 Print Email
Do you know your Froyo from your Eclair? Are you facing pressure from your mobile executives or business users to explore Google’s Android platform for your enterprise? Don't worry, we've got you covered with this SideXSide comparison of some of the top Android-based phones on the market today.

When you're ready to get new smartphones for your employees, chances are you'll look first RIM's BlackBerry devices. After all, those are the smartphones that you have been using for quite some time, and they deliver all the features you're looking for from an IT perspective, including solid e-mail, a host of security features, and perhaps most importantly, BlackBerry Enterprise Server.

At the same time, you may be facing pressure from mobile executives or business users to explore Google's Android platform. Historically, Android hasn't been the most enterprise-friendly option. And there is rampant speculation that it still falls short. But, if you're looking to find out more about what Android smartphones have to offer for business, we've compiled this SideXSide comparison of some of the top Android-based phones on the market today.

SideXSide: Android Smartphones at Work

Features  

Motorola Droid Pro

Motorola Atrix 4G

HTC Evo 4G

Samsung Galaxy S 4G

Carrier

Verizon

AT&T

Sprint

T-Mobile USA

Android OS version

Android 2.2 "Froyo" with Motorola Application Platform

Android 2.2 "Froyo"

Android 2.1 "Eclair"

Android 2.2 "Froyo"

Enterprise features

The Motorola Droid Pro is packed with enterprise features, including the ability the ability to manage passwords and calendar events remotely. It also offers a remote wipe feature for security purposes and a solid e-mail platform to appeal to heavy communicators in the office. The platform also support Exchange and comes with Complex Pin Code support.

Unlike the Motorola Droid Pro, the Atrix 4G isn't designed for enterprise customers first and foremost. However, like the others, the Atrix 4G supports Bluetooth and wireless connectivity. Most importantly, it provides 4G access, making it ideal for employees that need to be productive while on-the-go. The device also comes with QuickOffice for productivity purposes.

One of the key selling points for the HTC Evo 4G is that it allows users to connect to Sprint's 4G network. That alone makes it a worthwhile investment if your employees need fast Web access. In addition, the device offers Mobile Hotspot functionality, allowing up to 8 Wi-Fi-capable devices to connect to the Web through the smartphone's mobile connection. That might be perfect for employees who work in teams.

The Samsung Galaxy S is arguably the most consumer-focused device in this roundup. However, it still offers connectivity with T-Mobile's 4G network. In addition, it allows customers to make calls via Wi-Fi and comes with a GPS function, including navigation. One other worthwhile tidbit: the device comes with a 16GB memory card for additional storage needs.

4G connectivity? 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Security considerations

Security continues to be a major issue with Android. And Android 2.2 "Froyo" is no different. Realizing that, the Motorola Droid Pro is potentially at risk of suffering from security problems if users download malicious files from the Android Market or engage in unsafe practices while using the device. The device's remote wipe feature, however, perhaps makes it the best option in this roundup from a security perspective, since any troubles can addressed with that feature.

Security continues to be a major issue with Android. And Android 2.2 "Froyo" is no different. Realizing that, the Motorola Atrix 4G is potentially at risk of suffering from security problems if users download malicious files from the Android Market or engage in unsafe practices while using the device. That said, it is worth keeping in mind that so far, no major issues have erupted in the Android environment and there are security platforms available to you should you need them.

Security continues to be a major issue with Android. Whether or not it's a bigger issue for Android 2.1 "Eclair," which the HTC Evo 4G is running, however, remains to be seen. As you know, "Eclair" is an outdated operating system in the Android marketplace. Considering the enterprise isn't always keen on outdated software, and there are better versions available, including "Froyo," and the upcoming Android 2.3, from a viability perspective, the HTC Evo 4G might not necessarily be best.

Security continues to be a major issue with Android. And Android 2.2 "Froyo" is no different. Realizing that, the Samsung Galaxy S 4G is potentially at risk of suffering from security problems if users download malicious files from the Android Market or engage in unsafe practices while using the device. Like anything else, employees must be monitoried. That said, it is worth keeping in mind that so far, no major issues have erupted in the Android environment and there are security platforms available to you should you need them.

Battery life

Up to 6.5 hours talk time and nearly 14 days in standby.

Up to nine hours talk time and 10.4 days in standby.

Up to six hours of talk time.

Up to 6.5 hours of talk time and 12.5 days on standby.

Key hardware features

The Motorola Droid Pro, unlike the others in this roundup, boasts a physical keyboard on its face. In addition, ti comes with a 3.1-inch display a 5-megapixel camera. Users can also engage in slow-motion and fast-motion video capture. The device is somewhat thin, which should make it a fine choice for those who want to toss it in a bag or pocket. However, beware that a case might be a worthwhile investment. On other tidbit: the device's display is, in fact, a touch screen.

The Motorola Atrix 4G features a large, 4-inch touch screen. However, unlike the Droid Pro, it doesn't have a physical keyboard, so your employees will be stuck with virtual keys. Aside from that, the smartphone comes with a 5-megapixel camera, and supports 3D graphics. Like the Droid Pro, the Atrix 4G is quite thin, making it a fine option to slip into a pocket. However, beware that it likely will require a case to be kept safe.

The HTC Evo 4G is perhaps best known for its big, 4.3-inch display. Aside from that, the device comes with a virtual keyboard, due to its big touch screen. If your employees need additional storage, the device also comes with a 32GB microSD card slot. It's also worth noting that the smartphone features HDMI output for employees to engage in some entertainment options. Like the others, however, the device does require a case to be kept safe.

The Samsung Galaxy S 4G comes with a 4-inch touch screen display, which means, once again, you won't be able to put a physical keyboard into your employees' hands. The device features both a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera, as well as a front-facing camera for folks to engage in video conferencing. Since the device features a big display and touch screen, it's important that you include a case with the device.

Global phone?

Yes

Yes

No

No

Price

$179.99 with two-year contract  

$199.99 with two-year contract

$199.99 with two-year contract 

$179.99 with two-year contract


 

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