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July 13, 2018

Best Phone for Business in 2018

by John_A

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

Best overall

BlackBerry KEY2

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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 KEY2, you also get the keyboard experience that only BlackBerry can offer. The KEY2 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 KEY2 offers a significant bump in specifications over the KEYone to offer an even better experience that you’ve had before.

Bottom line: BlackBerry continues its reputation for excellent mobile security and having a great keyboard with the KEY2.

One more thing: The KEY2 is also the first BlackBerry with dual-cameras so photos for business or pleasure will look better than ever.

Why the KEY2 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 KEY2 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 KEY2’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 solely 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 KEY2 is a phone that does all this with no compromises when it comes to performance. The efficient yet powerful Snapdragon CPU and 6GB of memory mean 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 KEY2 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 KEY2 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 rely on the BlackBerry KEY2. You also can’t go wrong with the Pixel 2 or the Note 8 if you have more specific needs like bleeding edge Google compatibility or using the excellent S Pen.

Best overall

BlackBerry KEY2

blackberry-key2-review-17.jpg?itok=YRbkC

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 KEY2, you also get the keyboard experience that only BlackBerry can offer. The KEY2 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 KEY2 offers a significant bump in specifications over the KEYone to offer an even better experience that you’ve had before.

Bottom line: BlackBerry continues its reputation for excellent mobile security and having a great keyboard with the KEY2.

One more thing: The KEY2 is also the first BlackBerry with dual-cameras so photos for business or pleasure will look better than ever.

Update July 2018: The BlackBerry KEY2 is now the best phone for your business, but the Pixel 2 and Note 8 are also worth considering.

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