Mobile & Wireless Slideshow: Apple iPhone 4S: 10 Reasons it's Worth Considering for the Enterprise

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 10-07-2011

Apple iPhone 4S: 10 Reasons it's Worth Considering for the Enterprise

Your Employees Want ItIf you can't increase their pay, giving your workers the mobile device they want to use could be a huge morale booster. For the foreseeable future, that device is the iPhone 4S. Employee retention, alone, might be enough to make you want to deploy Apple's latest handset.

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The Price Is RightApple made the smart move to offer iPhone 4S at the same price as iPhone 4: $199 for the 16GB model; $299 for the 32GB model; and $399 for the new 64GB option. Sure, it's not cheap, but for all you're getting, it's a good price.

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Improved Download and Upload SpeedsAlthough iPhone 4S won't come with LTE 4G connectivity, Apple claims that the device's new antenna design will enable it to match the upload and download speeds of many prominent 4G phones on the market. According to Apple, iPhone 4S can get 14.4Mbps download speeds.

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World Phone, Anyone?One of the advantages of iPhone 4S for enterprise users is that it's a world phone. Even if your company connects to CDMA networks in the U.S., your mobile workers can use iPhone 4S in more than 200 countries on GSM networks. It's a major advance that makes the device attractive for global enterprises and those with frequent world travelers.

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Siri Is A Major DevelopmentThe addition of Siri voice recognition software to the iPhone 4S means the device can act as a virtual personal assistant. Users speak commands into the phone and Siri performs the tasks immediately. The service works on everything from Web searches to answering messages and taking dictation and could conceivably be applied to any manner of workflow processes. It might just be the killer app that CIOs have been waiting for.

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Solid Battery LifeAs with previous iPhones, the iPhone 4S does not allow users to pop out a battery and replace it with another. However, according to Apple, customers will find solid battery life: 8 hours of talk time in 3G mode and 14 hours in 2G.

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BlackBerry Devices Are Falling ShortWhile the BlackBerry Enterprise Server is unrivaled, BlackBerry devices themselves seem to be floundering as enterprise stalwart Research in Motion shifts its product focus to touchscreens, tablets and virtual keyboards. Plus, the number of apps available to BlackBerry users is far fewer than the array available for iPhone.

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Why Wait for iPhone 5?In the unlikely chance that your company was waiting for the iPhone 5, it's important to note that the rumored device is nowhere to be found. There is speculation that the iPhone 5 won't come out until 2012.

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Android Isn't Cutting ItAndroid smartphones are the other consumer darling next to iPhone. But that operating system is even less enterprise-friendly than iOS. The Android Marketplace lacks the sheer number of enterprise-focused apps found in Apple's App Store, and raises potential security problems for companies.

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Improved PerformanceCompared to other Apple smartphones, iPhone 4S offers improved performance. It has a dual-core chip and far more RAM than its predecessors. Those two factors make the device respond more quickly, and should help developers create advanced applications. Combine that with the new 64GB storage option, and it quickly becomes clear that Apple's latest handset is a winner for corporate users.

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