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April 7, 2018

Best Phone for Business as of April 2018

by John_A

  • Best overall
  • Best for updates
  • Best for note-takers

Best overall

BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition

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BlackBerry is legendary when it comes to mobile device management and security, and follows that trend when using Android to power its phones. With the KEYone Black Edition, you also get the keyboard experience that only BlackBerry can offer. The KEYone is a great way to enjoy Android for people who still want a physical keyboard on their phone and peace of mind knowing a company is concerned about security. The Space Black model has extra RAM and memory, and its all-black color scheme is all business!

Bottom line: BlackBerry continues its reputation for excellent mobile security and having a great keyboard with the KEYone.

One more thing: BlackBerry phones are usually the first to get the monthly Android Security update — often hours before Google releases the bulletin itself!

Why the KEYone is the best

A phone you want to use can also keep your data safe — both personal and business data.

The phone you carry to serve your customers and keep things running smoothly at work needs to be able to do them quickly and keep all that data safe. The KEYone is our top pick when it comes to these specifics.

BlackBerry has built a reputation on serving business owners with highly capable and very secure phones. That legacy lives on with its Android offerings. BlackBerry’s additions like the Hub and contact manager are proven to be effective ways to manage busy business accounts. The KEYone’s great physical keyboard means you’ll feel right at home if you’re coming from an older BlackBerry.

Google adds security-focused additions when they release a newer version of Android that help keep data safer while we carry it in our pockets or briefcases. But BlackBerry doesn’t rely on Google like most other smartphone manufacturers do when it comes to mobile security and instead have years of experience and a team dedicated to making sure the software on your BlackBerry phone is as safe and secure as possible.

And the KEYone is a phone that does all this with no compromises when it comes to performance. The efficient yet powerful Snapdragon 625 CPU also means you can do whatever it takes to keep things running smoothly all day without searching for a charger and power outlet. Whether you’re managing email, sorting through a spreadsheet at the airport, or watching a video in your downtime, the KEYone can handle it all.

Best for updates

Google Pixel 2

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The Google Pixel 2 is the most secure Android phone you can buy, and one of the most secure phones of any available today.

Without disabling any security protections, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are protected against known public security exploits and remote installations are monitored by Google’s scanning software which blocks potential malicious content. Security is paramount when it comes to using a phone with all your important business contacts and details.

One of the things that make the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL the best is that they use the latest — and most secure — version of Android. More importantly, the changes and code behind these fixes are available for peer review so they can be made more robust.

Bottom line: The Google Pixel 2 will always have the latest and most secure version of Android for the duration of its lifetime.

One more thing: Verizon carries the Pixel 2 and your account rep can take care of any order.

Best for note-takers

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

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There’s something about the Note line that screams business, and the Note 8, in its 6.3-inch glory, is one of the best options for smartphone buyers who want a little more than the average experience. The Note 8 is essentially a Galaxy S8+ on steroids, with two cameras and the all-important S Pen. If you’re a note-taker — like the old-school kind — the Note 8 is one heck of a phone. And it’s secured by KNOX, Samsung’s excellent on-device and cloud security software.

Bottom line: It’s expensive, but it feels expensive. The Note 8 is one of the best business phones you can buy.

One more thing: You can get the Note 8 at every U.S. carrier.

Conclusion

Media outlets like to give Android a bad reputation when it comes to security, and it’s difficult to blame them. Old, outdated software from manufacturers with no real concern for your security or privacy are the norm when it comes to phones running Android. The phone you use to run your business can’t be this way.

The KEYone has the BlackBerry legacy of security and professional tools behind it, and the move to Android also makes even more services available. When it comes to the day-to-day needs of running a business or having your staff using the best tools possible in a safe and secure way, you can’t beat the BlackBerry KEYone. You also can’t go wrong with the Pixel 2 or the Note 8.

Best overall

BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition

blackberry-keyone-black7.jpg?itok=Yg5qUW

See at Amazon

BlackBerry is legendary when it comes to mobile device management and security, and follows that trend when using Android to power its phones. With the KEYone Black Edition, you also get the keyboard experience that only BlackBerry can offer. The KEYone is a great way to enjoy Android for people who still want a physical keyboard on their phone and peace of mind knowing a company is concerned about security. The Space Black model has extra RAM and memory, and its all-black color scheme is all business!

Bottom line: BlackBerry continues its reputation for excellent mobile security and having a great keyboard with the KEYone.

One more thing: The BlackBerry is usually the first phone to get the monthly Android Security update — often hours before Google releases the bulletin itself!

Update April 2018: The BlackBerry KEYone is still the best phone for your business.

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