OK. Here’s the deal. Let’s say you’ve got a job. You work somewhere and get paid for it. That means you’re in business (maybe not for yourself, but you get the idea, right). That means you need a smartphone. What’s the best smartphone for business?
If you read the digital rubbish from members of the technorati elite politburo, it won’t be an iPhone. Why not? After all, iPhones are more popular in the good old U.S. of A. than anything from Samsung. But wait. Didn’t we settle this argument years ago?
Back in the day, back when Steve Jobs still roamed the halls of One Infinite Loop, the iPhone came along and dislodged the Palm Treo, Nokia-whatever, and moved the CrackBerry generation with their plastic keyboards onto a next generation smartphone that forced its way into businesses and enterprise IT recognition.
The best smartphone for business was and is the iPhone.
How do I know? Look around. What do people in business use? What do their employees use? iPhone, iPhone, iPhone. Why? iPhone was revolutionary not so much for the big screen, but for ease of use. It was easy to browse, do email, send texts, and blah, blah, blah. iPhone was so easy to use that it forced its way into business because executives preferred iPhone to their clumsy and not so smart phones and told IT to adopt iPhone because people used it.
So, why is the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 the best for business?
Bullet points. Business users need more RAM, more storage, and a pen. Gotta have a pen. And a big display. The biggest. And, Samsung DeX (which I like). Matthew Miller came up with a list of reasons why the new Note 9 is best for business.
- S Pen – rules out iPhone, huh?
- Storage and RAM – reasons why would be nice.
- Dual Rear Cameras – don’t all smart… never mind.
- Display – don’t all smart… never mind.
- Multiple Security Options- – ’cause maybe one will work.
- Fast Charging – Yeah, I know. iPhone X does that, too.
- Samsung Pay – Available everywhere, seldom used.
- Samsung DeX – Did I mention I like this idea?
I’m seeing a strange bias there because what made iPhone so great for business was usability, and, arguably, of course, iPhone and iOS remains the usability champion yet seldom do such reviews of a new piece of hardware ever list usability. It’s all hardware bullet points.
For example, Samsung Pay may be able to be used in more places than Apple Pay, yet Apple Pay is used far more than anything by Samsung, Google, Walmart, and others– combined. Why? Usability.
What I would like to see from the technology digerati press (note: no real presses anymore) are some surveys from actual business users on why they use what they use and which smartphones they use– most and least. You seldom see such on ZDNot and other sites because it takes more time to do that than it does to transfer a Samsung press release into an article about something that’s the best.
Update: Check out the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 website to see if you can spot the ugly forehead and ugly chin.