Business phones are booming while, but despite many different models not in sight is a happy solution. We compare BlackBerry, Symbian, and Windows Mobile devices and tell you whether the iPhone as a business phone is good.
Excuses like “I didn’t read your email, because I was” no longer apply. The reason: Business professionals must be more reachable-at least the customers request. It should not fail on the right IT equipment. With business phones, mails can be answer today quick and from anywhere in the world.
Battle of the systems
To those business people, a whole series of phones are competing currently. Xonio has looked at more four candidates. Traded along the eigennlich not as a business phone iPhone 3 G stand still BlackBerry storm 9500, the Samsung SGH-i900 OmniaAnd that Nokia E71 for comparison.
Anywhere: Email, Chat And Phone Calls
Business-business must be particularly communicative. Phone, mail and Messenger are here most important functions-and you should immediately available without great fitment.
E-Mail on the go
If there is a killer app for business phones, it is the E-Mail. The reason: With mobile phones you can receive even email, more comfortable fighting itself but mostly with business phones through the message mountain.Access to a mailbox works easily with all four candidates. But there are differences: a finger tip is sufficient for the iPhone and already it has opened the mail program. About bringing electronic messages Exchange, Google or Yahoo by default or you are simply creates a new account yourself, and repeated mails via IMAP. Attachments, Apple supports PDF, JPEG, DOC, XLS, and PPT formats.
The storm is the mail machine like all BlackBerrys. Thanks to push mail and BlackBerry Enterprise Server is not only with Exchange, but also with Lotus Notes.The i900 binds quickly to Exchange as Windows Mobile device and get mails and directives from there. The nested menu structure of Windows Mobile is there but not particularly intuitive. The Nokia E71 also speaks without any problems with Exchange and fetches mails at selectable intervals. But here, too, the operation is rather slow and little intuitive.
Reading what this stuff keeps
The storm on the amount of time is in the area of Instant Messaging: the famous IM waiting for you in the menu and can be activated by simply pressing a button. Users can however be deprived video telephony. The reason: RIM has integrated a front-facing camera nor an appropriate function for video conferences. Skype does not exist yet in a special version for the iPhone, but clients that connect to the Skype network, about IM + for Skype.
The software is also available in versions for BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and Symbian. An interesting solution is also Fring, which brings together the main Messenger under one roof. Gotten users Skype, AIM, Windows Live, Google talk, ICQ and SIP and Twitter serves in a client only. The software runs on the iPhone, and Windows Mobile and Symbian.
Advanced phone features
All candidates support four GSM frequencies and work so that “almost” all over the world. The iPhone brings a solid phone equipment with handsfree, a good contact database, calendar and favorite function. If you want more, can download is useful additional tools, such as about taxi numbers from Apple’s software-shop AppStore. In addition, there is a built-in answering machine and call diversion, call waiting/toggling and the ability to start with a few clicks of telephone conferences.
Also the BlackBerry is richly equipped with phone functions.Anyone who must often vote his device to different usage scenarios, can draw on over 40 environment profiles from the full.Voice dialing and voice command also brings the storm.Conversations or sounds you can record using sound recorder and set it as a ringtone. During a telephone conversation can be however not use the recorder, you can record so no phone calls. The telephone functions, Nokia thanks to Symbian from the known generous side shows: detailed contact database including group management, handsfree, voice dialing or voice control. As a user of the E71, you do have any of these functions. Six predefined environment profiles can be use at the factory and change if necessary. That is not enough, which can add up to 20 additional profiles.
Internet: Wi-Fi & Browser
The Web Access with handheld devices was always a little inconvenient.Then came the iPhone with a nearly full browser. Can the competition there keep?
Wi-Fi & mobile Internet
All devices have integrated Wi-Fi up on the BlackBerry storm. Understand why RIM saves that for the top model. UMTS dominate, however, all devices: iPhone users are even with HSDPA in phase III, i.e. with theoretically 7.2 MBit / s on the road. In practice, this is also quickly and easily. The storm also can use phase III fast UMTS downloads. No 3 g network available, is the unit on an EDGE or GPRS connection will return.
Omnia Wi-Fi Potter with up to 54 MBit / s and HSDPA (phase III), but allowing no quick connections in the test such as iPhone and storm. What data features currently squeeze into a compact housing can prove Nokia with the E71. When HSDPA users need to settle but phase II (up to 3.6 MBit / s) the half speed of UMTS. Is no 3 g network available, the E71 switches back automatically to GPRS or EDGE.
The iPhone has been a right kick the mobile Internet. This is above all the merit of good browser. The Microsoft Mobile Explorer of Symbian and Windows Mobile can not compete with Safari. Fast Web page construction, coupled with the multi-touch navigation on the iPhone are on the projects page. Safari is not perfect yet: so it is still an official Flash plugin lacks.
Specifically, the BlackBerry is fitted but not with a bad browser: he zooms websites quickly and easily legible on the mini screen. Samsung has even two browser ready to surfing: in addition to the Internet Explorer the meaner Opera Mini.With this browser Web pages for the mobile device stores only a proxy server. At Nokia, the small screen is the limiting factor.
Enterprise: Admin – And Additional Features
The Admins decide what business phones are used in companies, often.Because finally the devices have to be centrally managed. That and other additional features are crucial.
Even if you have found a perfect business phone for himself, does not mean, that it fits your company in the IT environment. And that is an important point, because the administrators need to manage mobile devices at a reasonable cost. BlackBerry provides software for businesses of any size, but not free. For up to 30 people, there’s the BlackBerry Professional software, flagship in then customize BlackBerry Enterprise Server, with the man as well as any settings on the devices and policies can manage.
The integration in the company with the most current firmware is also possible on the iPhone. So, as a password protection can force or delete the device if lost. Also the E71 and the Omnia speak with Exchange servers. But there are also real push email only for Omnia. The e71 users should adjust the interval to the mail query so that important messages are not unnecessarily long on the mail server.
No one wants to write proverbial texts on a business phone and work out complex Excel spreadsheets. But documents read and comment belongs to de rigueur.This, the Smartphone will not replace a notebook. Who wants to edit a comprehensive annual report, will not do that on the mobile devices. Nevertheless documents should be see and comment on.
Microsoft Office Mobile is with the Omnia, with which users can not only read, but also in small-scale edit.When the Nokia Quickoffice 4 which goes even more comfortable. BlackBerry, there is also an edit feature for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files. Special Note: Newer DOCX files you can edit. iPhone users have to be content, however, with the appearance of documents, editing is not possible so far.
In iPhone, 8 or 16 GB stick memory depending on the model, an expansion slot for memory card but there is not.Internally only about 800 MB of free space is available on the storm, a microSD slot, users can however easily extend memory. From the factory, the Samsung i900 had free still 7.6 GB of storage space for our own content.Expansion card, you can drill the memory to no less than 32 GB.
Even a 1-GByte memory card together with the full-featured navigation solution is the Omnia. Included is a Navi-software by route 66, as well as maps of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The other three business phones have GPS, its own Navi software provides only the Nokia E71 – at least for the first 60 days after activation of the Navifunktion for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The free trial period ends, users must purchase a new license. It costs about 70 euros for a year. In practice, the navigation worked reliably and precisely. Less than a minute went by, until the cell phone had detected enough GPS satellites for navigation. Destinations and departures and optional routes have been shown quickly and accurately.
Bottom Line: Business Phones For Each Location
No mobile emerges as master of all classes from comparison. But we found the right devices for different types of users.
Business phones need to look good for a bit they are also status symbol. But, with all four candidates you not worry about in meetings a good figure. But the wars almost with the similarities, according to the area have all equipment strengths and weaknesses.
Nokia for TEKKIES
A look at the Leaderboard speaks clearly for the Nokia E71 business Companion: Edler look, useful features and top equipment available at the Symbian device on the credit side.
Quickly go to the Internet, Office files by E-mail receive and edit, navigate by GPS, everything goes with the E71. But we recommend it especially for TEKKIES who first can take advantage of these many functions, and secondly also with PC think of the Smartphone to be – in some situations, the menus are quite cluttered, and you will find the suitable settings only with difficulty.
Samsung power users
With the Omnia, Samsung relies on mass. It’s pure functionality, then the Windows Mobile device has the edge.As the only device in the test, it comes out even with a fully fledged navigation solution. But the many functions are exactly the problem in practice: on the road take standard tasks often longer, because there are too many options.
Instead of intuitive operation, Windows Mobile displays lots of box menu. This slows the work flow. Nevertheless, the Samsung Omnia SGH-i900 is a tip just for users who want as many functions in one device and adjust in detail themselves.
iPhone for self-employed persons
In contrast to the competition, comes the iPhone from the corner of home users and preparing now to take business users for themselves with Exchange compatibility. In the fun sports the appliance is also top: especially the built-in iPod or the simplicity of the photo management.
But even the business clientele appreciates the ease of use, good Web integration and fast data connections – the Apple Phone has these advantages also. There are smears when editing documents and of course the provider binding. A tip for self-employed persons who also want to use the device and iPod to save yourself.
BlackBerry for business professionals
BlackBerry is still the mail machine par excellence, because also the keyboardless storm does not change.Without Wi-Fi the new flagship of RIM is worth but in the business environment only half.
Otherwise, the BlackBerry has everything that must provide a business smartphone, by the professional phone features through navigation and Office integration. Also top: Not a Smartphone can be thanks to enterprise software as well from a central location to manage. The storm however remains a bitter aftertaste.So far, the system updates and improvements still to 100 percent runs around. RIM should still file here.