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6th Sep 2010
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Guest Article by Sahil Bajaj, Founder of PhoneCurry.Com – A website that helps Indian consumers decide which phone to buy in a simple, quick way.

The Ultimate Business Phone Shootout!

Are you a business professional? An entrepreneur? Is email / internet part and parcel of your life? Do you need to always stay connected on the go?

What you need is a business phone.

Minimum Requirements

Good business phones need to have some basic characteristics -

Smartphone Platform – Windows Mobile, Symbian S60, Android or BlackBerry OS – these smartphone operating systems combine excellent organizational features (calendar, organizer) and seamless email handling. They also allow you to extend the functionality of your phones with tons and tons of apps in numerous categories - productivity, lifestyle, news & weather, finance, health, reference, travel etc

Full Physical QWERTY keyboard – Absolute must have if you want to do serious email and messaging on your phone.

wifi

WiFi – A smartphone or a business phone is really all about using the internet on your phone – for checking mail, reading news and doing tons of other stuff online. And the usual GPRS/EDGE connections provided by network providers are often painfully slow. So if you seriously want to use the internet on your phone, it’s much faster to use the WiFi connection at your office / home.

3G - What about when you are not in a WiFi zone? To get broadband speeds outside a WiFi zone, you will need to connect to a 3G network. This requires both your phone and the network to support 3G. While there are many 3G handsets available, the network support right now is limited to MTNL and BSNL, although other private players are expected to launch their 3G services by the end of this year as well. So if you are buying a handset now, it makes a lot of sense invest in a 3G enabled one.The Contenders

Probably the first brand that comes to your mind when thinking business handsets is BlackBerry. But virtually all major brands have good business phones (matching the criteria above) in their line-up, so don’t restrict yourself!

And the Winners…

Based on feedback from users and experts, and evaluating on the basis of value for money, here is a list of the top rated smartphones for business users in India. Just choose any one that fits your budget!

Under Rs. 10,000

Nokia E63 (Approximate Price: Rs 9,000)

A brilliant budget business phone offering from Nokia, packed with all the features of more expensive handsets.

Features:

Full Keyboard, Symbian OS, WiFi, 3G, 2 Megapixel Camera

Pros:

  • Excellent over-all feature set
  • Solid, professional interface
  • Good, comfortable keypad
  • Convenient short-cut keys
  • Good battery life

Cons:

  • Average camera quality

Rs. 10,000 to 20,000

Samsung Omnia Pro B7320 (Approximate Price: Rs 11,500)

Smart looking budget business phone from Samsung that takes it one level up from Nokia E63 by including GPS Navigation

Features:

Full Keyboard, Windows Mobile OS, WiFi, 3G, GPS (Map Navigation), 3.2 Megapixel Camera

Pros:

  • Very good overall feature set for the price point
  • Decently comfortable QWERTY keypad
  • Decent camera
  • Good loudspeaker
  • Good battery life

Cons:

  • Windows Mobile interface is a bit dull



LG GW620 (Approximate Price: Rs 15,000)

Simple, smart business phone, that packs plenty of punch.

Features:

Full Keyboard, Touch screen, Google Android OS, WiFi, 3G, GPS (Map Navigation), 5 Megapixel Camera

Pros:

  • Good QWERTY keyboard
  • Decent touch screen
  • Decent camera
  • Good build quality
  • Excellent integration with Google services like Gmail and Google Calendar

Cons:

  • Bluetooth support limited to headset use only (no file transfers)



Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro (Approximate Price: Rs 16,000)

Beautifully compact business phone, with a lot of power in its tiny frame

Features:

Full Keyboard, Touch screen, Google Android OS, WiFi, 3G, GPS (Map Navigation), 5 Megapixel Camera

Pros:

  • Excellent, responsive touchscreen
  • Good QWERTY keyboard
  • Nice, fast user interface
  • Good Camera quality
  • Great music and video playback
  • Excellent integration with Google services like Gmail and Google Calendar

Cons:

  • Smallish touchscreen



Nokia E72 (Approximate Price: Rs 16,500)

The smart, sensible, sleek successor to the very popular Nokia E71

Features:

Full Keyboard, Symbian OS, WiFi, 3G, GPS (Map Navigation), Optical trackpad, 5 Megapixel Camera

Pros:

  • Comfortable QWERTY keypad
  • Stylish looks
  • Full metallic body and excellent build quality
  • Solid, professional interface
  • Good audio output
  • Good battery life

Cons:

  • Average loudspeaker volume

Over Rs. 20,000

Motorola Milestone (Approximate Price: Rs 26,500)

The most powerful business handset from Motorola

Features:

Full Keyboard, Touchscreen, Google Android OS, WiFi, 3G, GPS (Map Navigation), 5 Megapixel Camera, Stereo Speakers, Noise Filtration

Pros:

  • Premium build quality
  • Beautiful screen
  • Good web browser
  • Good audio output
  • Fast processor
  • Excellent integration with Google services like Gmail and Google Calendar

Cons:

  • Below average camera



BlackBerry Bold 9700 (Approximate Price: Rs 28,000)

The quintessential business phone from the company that specializes in this class - BlackBerry

Features:

Full Keyboard, BlackBerry OS, WiFi, 3G, GPS (Map Navigation), Optical trackpad, 3.2 Megapixel Camera

Pros:

  • Excellent build quality
  • Smart, professional interface
  • Excellent QWERTY keyboard
  • Nice, responsive trackpad navigation
  • Good web browser
  • Best-in-class email handling, specially for corporate email accounts

Cons:

  • A bit expensive for its feature set


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