SideXSide: Enterprise-Friendly Smartphones

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 11-30-2010 Print Email
There are a slew of devices on the market that deliver some degree of enterprise functionality. In this edition of SideXSide, we compare features of these smartphones to help you determine which offer the right fit for your enterprise.

As a CIO, you're charged with deciding which products your employees will use. You need to decide which PC is right for them, which collaboration services they should be using, and much more. But, you also need to decide which smartphone your employees will be permitted to use during their day-to-day activities. And that's increasingly becoming a difficult decision.
There are a slew of devices on the market that deliver some degree of enterprise functionality. Although RIM's BlackBerry probably tops your list of the ideal smartphones for your operation, you're likely being forced to consider other options as your employees increasingly look to use personal devices at work. Among the options to consider are the iPhone 4, the LG Quantum running Windows 7, and the Motorola Droid Pro. In this edition of SideXSide, we compare features of these smartphones to help you determine which ones might be the right fit for your enterprise.

Enterprise-Friendly Smartphone Features

Features

Motorola Droid Pro

iPhone 4

RIM BlackBerry Torch

LG Quantum

Operating System

Android 2.2

Apple iOS 4 

BlackBerry OS 6

Windows Phone 7

Touchscreen/Physical keyboard

Yes/Yes

Yes/No

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

IT security features

AuthenTec IPSec VPN, remote wipe

Full administrative control, remote wipe

Full administrative control and BlackBerry Enterprise Server

Full administrative control, user policies, isolated storage

3G sharing

Yes, with up to five devices wirelessly

Tethering

Tethering

Tethering

Exchange support

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Available apps in marketplace

More than 100,000

More than 300,000

10,000-15,000 

Unconfirmed, but fewer than 10,000

Office editing

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

World phone support? 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

U.S. wireless carrier support 

Verizon Wireless

AT&T

AT&T

AT&T

MSRP

$179.99

Starts at $199 

$99.99

$199.99

Source: CIO Insight, November 2010



 

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