Best business smartphone of 2024

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Selecting the best business smartphone involves a different set of criteria compared to choosing a personal phone. 

For professionals, the best business smartphones must not only be efficient and reliable but also equipped with features that enhance productivity and meet specific business needs. Essential attributes include fast charging capabilities, access to versatile business applications, ample storage space, and a high-quality screen, along with robust security software tailored to professional use.

Durability and longevity are also key considerations, as business smartphones often endure more rigorous use. Compatibility with additional accessories that suit specific work environments is another important factor, along with reliable aftersales support and customer service.

Recognizing that not all smartphones are suited to meet these business requirements, we've sifted through the best phone options to identify those that stand out as the perfect choices for business use. Our guide for the best business smartphones includes a variety of models that cater to the diverse needs of professionals, ensuring that they fulfill even the most demanding business roles.

In addition to smartphones, we also have pages on the best business tablet, the best small business app, and the best business laptop to provide you with a well-rounded perspective on your business technology options by leveraging our many years of experience as reviewers and users.

Our best business smartphone list has been carefully curated based on thorough research and understanding of what professionals require in a mobile device. This guide is designed to assist you in making an informed decision when selecting a smartphone that not only meets your business needs but also complements your professional lifestyle.


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The best business smartphone overall

iPhone 14 Pro

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Apple's best smartphone to date

Specifications

Weight: 0.45 lbs / 206g
Dimensions: 6.87 x 2.81 x 0.31 in / 147.5 x 71.5 x 7.9mm
OS: iOS 16
Screen size: 6.1-inch
Resolution: 1179 x 2556
CPU: A16 Bionic
RAM: 6GB
Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB
Battery: 3,200mAh
Rear camera: 48MP+12MP+12MP
Front camera: 12MP

Reasons to buy

+
Outstanding performance
+
Incredible new camera
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Great design and build quality

Reasons to avoid

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No USB-C
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No ultra-fast charging

The newest main-series device from Apple is a great business phone, with some features that are great for productivity, like a 120Hz display, always-on functionality, and the updated A16 Bionic.

The iPhone 14 Pro Max has the same great 6.7-inch display as the 13 Pro Max, though it drops the notch for the brand-new Dynamic Island. All around, the iPhone 14 Pro Max is another great update to the iPhone lineup and is the best iPhone experience available.

Read the full review: Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max.

The best business smartphone from Samsung

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra review apps

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2. Samsung Galaxy S23

The best Samsung available

Specifications

Weight: 0.37 lbs / 168g
Dimensions: 5.76 x 2.79 x .3 in / 146.3 x 70.86 x 7.62 mm
OS: Android 13
Screen size: 6.1 inch
Resolution: 2316 x 1080 pixels
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon Gen 8 2 Mobile Platform for Galaxy
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 128GB / 256GB
Battery: 3,900 mAh
Rear camera: 50MP Wide, 12MP Ultrawide, 10MP telephoto
Front camera: 12MP

Reasons to buy

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Powerful chip
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Improved selfie camera
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Bigger battery than last year

Reasons to avoid

-
Should have a better sensor
-
Pretty similar to last year model

If you're looking for the best Samsung available, the Samsung Galaxy S23 is the phone for you. The S23 has improved battery life and power compared to the previous model Samsung S22. It has a powerful bespoke Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset and a new, cleaner look. 

Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy S23.

The best business smartphone from Google

Google Pixel 7 Pro

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Google's newest flagship

Specifications

Weight: 0.46 lbs / 212g
Dimensions: 6.4 x 3 x 0.3 in / 162.9 x 76.6 x 8.9mm
OS: Android 13
Screen size: 6.7 inch
Resolution: QHD+ (1440 x 3120) LTPO OLED at 512 PPI
CPU: Google Tensor G2
RAM: 12 GB LPDDR5
Storage: 128 GB / 256 GB / 512 GB
Battery: 5000 mAh
Rear camera: 50MP / 12MP / 48MP
Front camera: 10.8MP

Reasons to buy

+
Snappy and responsive interface
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Great usability
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Incredible photo editing abilities

Reasons to avoid

-
Lacks deep feature set of best competition
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battery and charging time could be better

The Google Pixel 7 Pro is absolutely brilliant with a snappy and responsive interface and intuitive operating system. One of the most impressive parts of this phone is the ability to improve photos with software. Thanks to the Tensor G2, this phone can also recognize speech more accurately, and make phone calls sound better.

Read the full review: Google Pixel 7 Pro.

The best business smartphone for security

Lenovo ThinkPhone by Motorola

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Top of the line with added security

Specifications

Weight: 0.42 lb / 190g
Dimensions: 6.25 x 2.93 x 0.33in / 158.76 x 74.38 x 8.26mm
OS: Android 13
Screen Size: 6.6-inch
Resolution: 1080 x 2400 FHD+ (402ppi)
CPU: Adreno 730
RAM: 8GB LPDDR5
Storage: 256GB
Battery: 5000 mAh
Rear Camera: 50MP Sensor, 13MP ultrawide
Front Camera: 32MP Sensor (wide)

Reasons to buy

+
Enterprise security features
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8K video capture with 920 fps
+
Rugged design

Reasons to avoid

-
Costly for a smartphone

It is easy to dismiss the ThinkPhone as a branding exercise where Lenovo has convinced Motorola to make a specifically styled device for corporates that like their ThinkPad’s.

But, the ThinkPhone is substantially more than a black phone with a red button on it.

Using the latest Android 13, the ThinkPhone is a security-minded platform with a powerful suite of remote admin tools available that are designed to smooth deployment and keep the device properly protected.

With a phone that costs more than an iPhone 14, performance is assumed, and the new Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 silicon it uses does not disappoint. With plenty of RAM and storage, the ThinkPhone also has an excellent camera capable of 8K video capture and 920 fps slow motion, among other things.

And, while it doesn’t look like a rugged design, it has credentials for both IP68 and MIL-STD-810H, inferring that it can handle being dropped and even immersed in water. However, the product notes say that water damage voids the warranty, and it shouldn’t get wet with salt water.

The Lenovo ThinkPhone by Motorola is the phone that most business users would want if they could convince their boss to sign off on such an expensive device.

Read the full review: Lenovo ThinkPhone by Motorola.

The best rugged business smartphone

Ulefone Armor 18T

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Premium smartphone with lots of add-on capabilities

Specifications

Weight: 0.90lb / 409g
Dimensions: 6.898 x 3.283 x 0.740in / 175.2 x 83.4 x 18.8 mm
OS: Android 12
Screen size: 6.58-inches
Resolution: 1080 x 2408 FHD+
CPU: MediaTek Dimensity 900
RAM: 12GB LPDDR4X
Storage: 256GB
Battery: 9600 mAh
Rear Camera: 108MP Samsung HM2, 5 MP Samsung S5K5E9 Macro sensor, FLIR Lepton 3.5 Thermal camera, 5MP Auxiliary Imaging Camera
Front Camera: 32MP Samsung S5KGD1 Sensor (wide)

Reasons to buy

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5G abilities
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Thermal imaging
+
Extensive accessories
+
Fast charging

Reasons to avoid

-
Pricey
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Have to add on some features

The 18T is undoubtedly the Power Armor design for those with a bigger budget or business signoff to get a premium rugged option.

Probably too expensive as a 2nd phone for weekend hikes, the SoC, memory, storage and features of the 18T make it a flagship design, however you assess it.

With WiFi 6, 5G comms, a 108MP main camera sensor, a microscope and FLIR 3.5 Thermal imaging, the 18T is a collection of some of the best phone parts available.

It also has 9600 mAh of battery capacity that converts into at least four working days of use or a week of more careful power distribution. And, with 66W charging, it can get 52% of its capacity back in just 30 minutes.

Alongside the phone, Ulefone makes an extensive selection of inexpensive accessories that include a 1000x microscope, endoscope, wireless charging pad and a belt connecting case.

Overall, the processing power, screen size and quality of construction are all exceptionally nice on the 18T, but you do pay for the privilege of having this level of spec.

This is easily one of the better-specified rugged phones and probably the best we’ve seen from Ulefone so far.

Read the full review: Ulefone Power Armor 18T.

The best business smartphone for battery life

Unihertz Tank

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Durable and long lasting phone

Specifications

Weight: 1.23lb / 560g
Dimensions: 6.91 x 3.36 x 0.94in / 175.6 x 85.30 x 23.9mm
OS: Android 12
Screen size: 6.81-inch IPS LCD
Resolution: 1080 x 2340
CPU: ARM Mali-G57 MC2
RAM: 8GB LPDDR4X
Storage: 256GB UFS 2.2
Battery: 22000 mAh
Rear camera: 108MP Main Camera + 20MP Night Vision Camera
Front camera: SONY 32MP

Reasons to buy

+
Massive battery
+
Reverse charge feature
+
Durability

Reasons to avoid

-
No 4K video
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Memory is not expandable

This phone might not have tracks and a gun, but the Tank is aptly named in many other respects. Specifically how heavy it is and its ability to soak up damage.

Like the Doogee V Max, this phone sports a whopping 22000 mAh battery allowing it to operate for a week or more without a recharge.

It is possible to recharge from empty in around 2.5 hours, and reverse charging allows it to charge other less fortunate devices.

Alongside the battery, the Tank also has a massive 6.81-inch IPS screen, 108MP primary sensor, night vision camera, and the incredibly bright Camping Lamp.

That last feature is an array of LED bulbs on the back that can output 1200 lumens of light for up to six hours on a fully charged phone.

These features all combine to make the Tank a good solution for outdoor work, adventure holidays and anywhere that you don’t want to take a premium phone.

Where it could be better is that it only supports 4K comms, only captures video in 1440p, not 4K, and it has no MicroSD card slot to boost the amount of storage.

But it’s significantly cheaper than the Doogee V Max that can tick all those boxes.

Read the full review: Unihertz Tank.

The best budget business smartphone

Samsung Galaxy A53

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The best budget business workhorse

Specifications

Weight: 189g
Dimensions: 159.6 x 74.8 x 8.1mm
OS: Android 12
Screen size: 6.5-inch
Resolution: 1080 x 2400
CPU: Exynos 1280
RAM: 6GB
Storage: 128GB + support for a microSD card up to 1TB
Battery: 5,000mAh
Rear camera: 64MP + 12MP + 5MP + 5MP
Front camera: 32MP

Reasons to buy

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Same great design
+
Improved cameras
+
Great features for price

Reasons to avoid

-
No USB-C
-
Not as powerful as higher priced competitors 

The Samsung Galaxy A53 is the best budget business phone on our list right now. This phone has advanced cameras, a quality screen, and a great design. The Camera has a 64MP main camera, with an additional 12MP ultrawide and 5MP macro camera. There is also a 5,000mAh battery that lasts all day, though it takes a while to charge. All around, what you get for the price is truly astounding with this phone.

Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy A53.

The best feature-packed business smartphone

Doogee V Max

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Heavy on specs, and in your pocket

Specifications

Weight: 1.2lb / 543g
Dimensions: 7.0 x 3.3 x 1.1in / 178.5 x 83.1 x 27.3mm
OS: Android 12
Screen size: 6.58-inch IPS LCD
Resolution: 1080 x 2408
CPU: Dimensity 1080 / Octa Core / 2.6GHz / 6nm / 5G
RAM: 12GB LPDDR4X
Storage: 256GB
Battery: 22000 mAh
Rear camera: AI Triple camera (108MP+20MP+16MP)
Front camera: SONY 32MP Front Camera

Reasons to buy

+
High-powered specs
+
5G capable
+
Huge battery

Reasons to avoid

-
Impractical design
-
Long charge times
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No Qi wireless charging

The Doogee V Max is an example of a phone where someone high up in a business makes a shopping list of features they’d like to see, with zero practical experience of how they’d fit into a single product.

Therefore on paper, the Doogee V Max sounds terrific. With the latest Dimensity 1080 SoC, 12GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, 108MP camera, 5G comms and enough battery capacity to last a week, this design sounds unbeatable. And then you realize it weighs 1.2 lbs (543g) and is over an inch thick (27.3mm), and it seems a little less desirable, if not borderline impractical. 

If you can get over the idea of pocketing a phone that might have you arrested for carrying a blunt weapon, the technology in this device works exceptionally well, with one exception.

While Doogee gave the V Max a 33W charger, bringing a battery with 22000 mAh up to full power will still be an overnight exercise and not completed in a couple of hours. That issue and the lack of Qi wireless charging are disappointing and again hint at the reality of this phone versus the marketing.

If this device were less like a brick, the V Max would be a terrific phone, though it probably would be called something else.

Read the full review: Doogee V Max.

The best budget rugged business smartphone

Ulefone Power Armor 17 Pro

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Rugged smartphone with a great camera

Specifications

Weight: 0.89 lbs / 405g
Dimensions: 6.8 x 3.2 x 0.5in / 172.7 x 80.4 x 12.5mm
OS: Android 12
Screen size: 6.58-inch IPS LCD
Resolution: 2408 x 1080
CPU: MediaTek Helio G99
RAM: 8GB LPDDR4X
Storage: 256GB eMMC 5.1
Battery: 5380 mAh
Rear camera: 108 MP, f/1.9, (wide), 1/1.52”, 0.7µm, PDAF 8 MP, f/2.2, 119˚, (ultrawide), 1/4”, 1.12µm 8 MP, (night vision), 2 infrared night vision lights
Front Camera: 16 MP, f/2.2, (wide), 1.0µm

Reasons to buy

+
IP68 water and dust proof
+
108MP main camera sensor
+
Underwater photography modes

Reasons to avoid

-
No 4K video
-
Only 4G

Nothing like the 16 Pro from the same stable; the Ulefone Power Armor 17 Pro is a more expensive design with a much better processor and a superior camera.

But what we most liked about this design is that it doesn’t oversell the rugged aspects of the design, appearing to be a large phone but not excessively bulky or heavy.

The tradeoff for the lightweight and relatively slim form is that the battery isn’t as rotund as we’ve seen on other resilient designs.

However, it is fully IP68 compliant, being water and dust-proof within certain limitations on the length of submersion and depth. It even offers underwater photography modes with the camera.

A strength of this design is undoubtedly image and video capture, with a massive 108MP main camera, and it also has supporting wide angle and night vision sensors.

With such a large sensor that it doesn’t capture 4K video is odd, but the 2K maximum resolution is at least digitally stabilised.

Overall, for the money, you get a substantial amount of phone with a powerful SoC, lots of RAM and storage that can be expanded using a MicroSD card.

It isn’t 5G, but the majority of Chinese-made rugged designs aren’t, either.

Read the full review: Ulefone Power Armor 17 Pro.

The best business smartphone for the practical boss

A blackview BV9200 smartphone in a masculine hand

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Affordable and practical smartphone

Specifications

Weight: 0.68lb / 310g
Dimensions: 6.85 x 3.23 x 0.54 in / 174 x 82 x 13.6 mm
OS: Android 12 (Doke-OS 3.1)
Screen size: 6.58-inch IPS LCD 120Hz
Resolution: 1080 x 2408
CPU: MediaTek Helio G96
RAM: 8GB LPDDR4X
Storage: 256GB + MicroSD
Battery: 5000 mAh
Rear camera: 50MP + 8MP + 0.3 MP
Front Camera: 16MP

Reasons to buy

+
Rugged, weatherproof design
+
Plenty of ways to charge
+
MediaTek Helio SoC
+
Affordable

Reasons to avoid

-
Small battery
-
Only 4G

A lightweight, rugged design with IP68/69 weatherproofing and a powerful processor for under $250.

The BV9200 is at the more practical end of the rugged phone market, and while the 6.58-inch display makes it big, it is relatively thin and otherwise easy to pocket.

Another standout feature of this design is that it uses the MediaTek Helio G96, an SoC that is very close to the top-of-the-range G99 in raw performance. With eight cores, two offering performance and six for power efficiency, combined with the excellent Mali-G57 MC2 GPU, this is an impressive powerhouse.

There was no cost-cutting on RAM or storage, with 8GB of memory and 256GB of flash.

However, to bring this design in at the modest $250 price point, Blackview did make some savings in the camera and battery capacity.

The main camera sensor is 50MP, but it can only take 13MP resolution images. While not the best, the quality of these pictures is mostly outstanding, and the same sensor supports 1440p video capture. There aren’t any thermal or night vision sensors, but it has a wide-angle sensor, depth of field and ultra-macro modes.

A critical weakness is that the battery is only 5000 mAh, which is relatively small for a rugged phone, although it has excellent wired and wireless charging options. And it’s only 4G.

For the money, the BV9200 offers plenty of performance, and this design is much better than many of its competitors.

Read the full review: Blackview BV9200.


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