Mobile & Wireless Slideshow: 10 BYOD-Friendly Smartphones for WorkBy Don Reisinger | Posted 07-17-2012
1. Apple iPhone 4S
Apple's iPhone 4S is arguably the top consumer-focused smartphone on the market and is most likely already in use by much of your workforce. New features such as remote device management, as well as enterpriseand app-development possibilities galore, make this a BYOD-friendly smartphone choice.
2. Samsung Galaxy S III
The Samsung Galaxy S III, while new, is the next-best choice for your BYOD workplace. The device is well designed, comes with a solid operating system in Android, and should have all of the fixings your company is after.
3. Apple iPhone 4
Predecessor to iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 is still widely used by consumers and -- save for an improved processor and Siri voice assistant -- it's basically the iPhone 4S.
4. Nokia Lumia 900
The Nokia Lumia 900 runs Windows Phone. And although it's an operating system that you haven't quite warmed to, it's actually well suited for enterprise users. Better yet, it can't be upgraded to Windows Phone 8, meaning you'll know what you're getting even after Microsoft launches its Windows Phone 7.8 update.
5. BlackBerry Curve
For years, RIM has catered to enterprise customers and with the BlackBerry Curve, it's bridging the gap with consumers. It's a solid BYOD-friendly smartphone even if your company can't afford to invest in a BlackBerry Enterprise Server.
6. Motorola Droid Razr Maxx
Motorola's Flagship Droid Razr Maxx is one of those products that might send CIOs scurrying at first glance. After all, the device has an obvious consumer tilt and looks to be an entertainment junkie's favorite device. However, its integration of Android and its powerful components make it a worthwhile option in the office.
7. Motorola Atrix HD
Another Motorola device, the Atrix HD, combines all of the elements CIOs might like in the Droid Razr Maxx, but ditches some of the overt consumer feel. That doesn't mean the Atrix HD is ideal for the enterprise -- far from it -- but in a BYOD environment, it could serve you well.
8. HTC One X
Many believe the HTC One X could be the device that could help HTC out of its current market troubles. With a big display, 4G LTE support, and a decidedly enterprise-and-consumer feel, it's not a bad choice.
9. Samsung Galaxy Nexus
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is another one of those products that might not satisfy the average CIO, but is making consumers quite happy. Furthermore, it might make sense in the enterprise with its 4G connectivity and solid design. Look for the Galaxy Nexus to enter your office more than you might like.
10. Apple iPhone 3GS
Surprised? Don't be. Apple's iPhone 3GS might be a couple of years old, but many of your employees are still using it. And with its solid, secure operating system and App Store support, it should be a welcome option for enterprise users.