The Best Smartphones for Working and Productivity in 2020
In the current technological climate, the world is your workplace. In the age of digital interconnectivity, more of us than ever are making our living outside the office. Even notwithstanding the necessity of working from home in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic, remote work has become the new norm for many. In January 2020, the number of employees working remotely had already increased by 173% since 2005. We can expect that figure to rise substantially going forward.
When the pandemic passes and the lockdown ends, it’s likely that many companies around the world will likely re-evaluate the viability of encouraging their employees to work remotely on a part-time or full-time basis. It benefits companies in a number of ways- allowing them to reduce operational costs without compromising employee productivity.
Your tech can play a huge role in determining your productivity, no matter where you’re working. If we’re discussing working remotely, the conversation should inevitably turn to our smartphones. While any smartphone is a useful aid to remote work, not all are created equal.
In no particular order, here are some of the best models for working and productivity in 2020...
Samsung Galaxy Note 9
The Galaxy Note series is focused more on the needs of business users than casual users. As such, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has a range of capabilities that will benefit remote workers. The large screen is perfect for reading emails and parsing/ editing documents. Moreover, the Galaxy Note feature also has the Samsung DeX feature which allows users to transform their smartphone into a desktop computer with the right monitor and dock. The S-Pen functions both as a precision stylus and a remote trigger for the phone’s camera.
With a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 6GB-8GB of RAM, up to 512GB of storage, and a 2,960 x 1,440 display, it’s a high performing smartphone that allows you to carry your business around with you in your pocket.
Apple iPhone XS
The iPhone XS gives you the high-performing functionality and incredibly user friendly interface you would expect from Apple. It’s powered by a A12 Bionic processor with a sleek edge-to-edge design which will add clarity to sending, reading and receiving emails and documents. Like most iPhones, its processing power makes for easy multitasking, allowing you to switch effortlessly between applications. Let’s be honest, looks do matter when it comes to your business tech and this phone is sleek yet robust. A great look on any remote working professional.
Apple iPhone 8 Plus
Don’t have the budget for the flashy iPhone XS? The iPhone 8 Plus is a worthy piece of business tech, with a range of upgrades that make it superior to its little brother the iPhone 8. It’s a high performing phone with outstanding build quality and its 12 megapixel dual camera will make it highly attractive to anyone who needs to take pictures for work.
While there’s always a temptation to go with the newest, shiniest model, the iPhone 8 Plus has more than its fair share of proponents. Indeed, as this YouTube video explains, there are some clear advantages over the X series.
Google Pixel 3XL
Contrary to popular belief, Apple hasn't completely cornered the market when it comes to high performing smartphones that have a clean and easy interface. However, the Google Pixel 3XL offers the best of both worlds. It uses Android but also employs Google’s trademark user friendly efficiency. Perfect for busy professionals who need a phone that can provide frictionless business use. There’s no need to use third party services as with most Android phones and the interface is easy and intuitive.
It’s no slouch in the performance department, either. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, combined with 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage. Not to mention the cutting edge camera for which Google Pixel phones are justly famed.
One of the common pain points for those seeking a robust phone for work is the lack of a physical keyboard. Many professionals simply work better when they have the feel of keys under their fingers. Fortunately, the physical keyboard is still alive and well in the smartphone era, thanks to Blackberry.
The Blackberry Key2 combines the benefit of a physical keyboard with some impressive processing power. It uses a Qualcomm 660 processor with 6GB of RAM, and up to 128GB of internal storage. What’s more, its robust security and privacy services provide peace of mind for those who work with sensitive data.
Make sure you choose the right smartphone to unlock your productivity, no matter where you are.