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Best phones for work 2020: the top business smartphones today

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The best smartphone for business use and work doesn't just please you when you take it out the box, but continues to deliver regardless of what you throw at it.

It can't always be easy to tell how useful a handset and its features will be for you though, which is why we've drawn up this list of the best business and work phones you can buy right now.

With phone makers offering  ideal for employees of all levels, we’ve updated this guide to give you the very latest buying advice to help you choose the best smartphones for business use. We'll keep updating it too when new phones come out, as long as they're great for business, so perhaps see the Samsung Galaxy S20 or iPhone 12 on this list too.

Although some of these selections may overlap with our best phones for casual use, we've identified how these picks will help your business too, as not everyone needs the flashiest smartphone trick.

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Best business smartphone at a glance

1. iPhone 11

2. Google Pixel 4

3. Samsung Galaxy Note 10

4. Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

5. OnePlus 7T

6. Samsung Galaxy Note 9

7. Huawei Mate 20 Pro

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iPhone 11 Pro

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1. iPhone 11

Apple latest and best smartphone to date

Release date: September 2019 | Weight: 194g | Dimensions: 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3mm | OS: iOS 13 | Screen size: 6.1-inch | Resolution: 828 x 1792 | CPU: Apple A13 Bionic | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB/256GB | Battery: 3,110mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP | Front camera: 12MP

Excellent battery life
Affordable for top Apple spec
Not as powerful as bigger brother
Lacking headphone dongle

Apple's latest release may be the best business device it's ever made. Along with the headline-grabbing top-end camera and snazzy colour schemes, there's a lot to recommend it to everyday workers as well. This includes Apple's best performing battery to date, which will last a full day's working, as well as a slimmer and more portable build that means it slips into a pocket or bag easily. 

Read the full review: Apple iPhone 11 review

Googlr Pixel 4

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2. Google Pixel 4

Google succeeds in making its latest device ideal for work

Release date: October 2019 | Weight: 162g | Dimensions: 147.1 x 68.8 x 8.2mm | OS: Android 10 | Screen size: 5.7-inch | Resolution: 1080×2280 | CPU: Snapdragon 855 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 2,800mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 16MP | Front camera: 8MP

All key Android tools built in
Solid design
Smaller screen than Pixel 4 XL
Battery life not as good as rivals

Google's Pixel line has become a key focus for the company in recent years, and the new Pixel 4 is the latest iteration in its flagship device family. Featuring a top-class camera and all-new design, the Pixel 4 is great to look at and use, but also comes with a number of benefits for business users. Top of this is access to all the vital everyday Android tools on the go, as well as the latest updates and security protection directly from Google. Battery life isn't quite as good as some of its bigger rivals, but for the cost, the Pixel 4 is one of the most appealing devices around today.

Read the full review: Google Pixel 4 review

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus

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3. Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus

Samsung's biggest, shiniest and most powerful device ever.

Release date: August 2019 | Weight: 196g | Dimensions: 162.3 x 77.2 x 7.9mm | OS: Android 9.0 | Screen size: 6.8-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 3040 | CPU: Snapdragon 855 / Exynos 9820 | RAM: 12GB | Storage: 256GB/512GB (up to 1TB via microSD) | Battery: 4,300mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP + 16MP | Front camera: 10MP

More power than any other Samsung device
S Pen gives even more working options
High price tag
Quite bulky design

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus is the company's largest and most powerful device to date, but does this make it a great business smartphone? It certainly features an expansive screen that will allow you to scan through all the documents, spreadsheets, social media feeds and more - and the additional S Pen gives a whole new dimension for working on the move. Pair that with a huge 4300mAh battery, Snapdragon 855 processor and 12GB of RAM, and you have an absolute powerhouse - albeit one that with its 6.8in display might need to be carried in a jacket, rather than a trouser pocket.

Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus review

Best business smartphone

4. Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

Another brilliant business smartphone from Samsung

Release date: March 2019 | Weight: 175g | Dimensions: 157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 6.4-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 3040 | CPU: Snapdragon 855 / Exynos 9820 | RAM: 8/12GB | Storage: 128/512GB/1TB | Battery: 4,100mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP + 16MP | Front camera: 10MP + 8MP

The best smartphone screen around
Excellent cameras
It's not cheap
Design offers little grip

You'll be in good hands if you opt to give your employees the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, which is also our pick for the best smartphone in the world right now. It improves on almost every aspect of the phones that have come before it, with supremely powerful components, a dazzling 6.4-inch QHD Super AMOLED display and a top notch camera - but it's not all fun.

The battery has also been given a huge boost to 4,100mAh, which means you can comfortably use it all day without worrying about recharging it. While it doesn't quite have the business focus of the Galaxy Note 9, which is our pick for the best business smartphone, it's still one hell of a great handset from Samsung.

Read the full review:  Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus review 

OnePlus 7T

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5. OnePlus 7T

A solid and reliable Android smartphone

Release date: October 2019 | Weight: 190g | Dimensions: 160.9 x 74.4 x 8.1mm | OS: Android 10 | Screen size: 6.55-inch | Resolution: 1080x2400 | CPU: Snapdragon 855 Plus | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 128/256GB | Battery: 3,800mAh | Rear camera: 48MP + 12MP + 16MP | Front camera: 16MP

Brilliant 90Hz refresh rate
Smooth UI experience
No headphone jack
Big camera bump

If you're looking for a reliable Android smartphone to use for your business, you can't go wrong with a OnePlus phone, and the OnePlus 7T is both affordably-priced and well kitted out in features to make using it easy.

There's a smooth UI as well as a 90Hz refresh rate on the screen for your viewing pleasure, and the 3,800mAh battery and great processing power are also useful for ar ange of tasks. On top of that, it's one of the most affordable smartphones on this list, so you won't break the bank by buying one or more of this smartphone.

Read the full review: OnePlus 7T review

Best business smartphone

6. Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Not the newest, but still a solid business phone from Samsung.

Release date: August 2018 | Weight: 205g | Dimensions: 162 x 76.4 x 9mm | OS: Android 8.1 | Screen size: 6.4-inch | Resolution: 2960×1440 | CPU: Exynos 9810 | RAM: 6/8GB | Storage: 128/512GB (up to 1TB with card) | Battery: 4,000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP | Front camera: 8MP

Much better battery
Improved S Pen
Hefty device to hold
Mostly iterative upgrades

If you want the very best business smartphone, no matter what the cost, then the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is the one to go for. It's got a spec list to die for, including a huge screen, bags of RAM, a huge 4,000mAh battery and up to 1TB of storage. It's also got a microSD slot and a headphone jack – something that many modern smartphones lack. It's also got some great business-specific features, such as an improved Bluetooth stylus (known as the S Pen), and if you plug it into a USB-C dock or USB-C to HDMI, it can be used in DeX mode, replicating a desktop-environment that can replace your desktop PC. Seriously impressive.

Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 review

Best business smartphone

7. Huawei Mate 20 Pro

One of the best Huawei phones to date - and it still has Google apps

Release date: November 2018 | Weight: 189g | Dimensions: 157.8 x 72.3 x 8.6mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 6.39-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 3120 | CPU: Kirin 980 | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 256GB | Battery: 4200mAh | Rear camera: 40MP + 20MP + 8MP | Front camera: 24MP

In-screen fingerprint scanner
Great triple cameras
UI needs refinement
High price

Huawei has been steadily releasing some excellent smartphones that offer specs and features that rival its more established (and expensive) Western rivals. The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is one of the firm's best releases yet, and it's one of our picks for the best business smartphone you can buy. It comes with a huge 6.39-inch display with a QHD resolution and HDR10 support, plus a large battery that lasted a day and a half in our tests. And given that the latest Mate 30 Pro device still lacks Google apps, this is probably the best Huawei device around for workers today.

Read the full review: Huawei Mate 20 Pro