Whats the best smartphone for business?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by GoPokes, Nov 7, 2011.

  1. GoPokes

    GoPokes LawnSite Member
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    Its time to upgrade the cellphone and Im wondering what kind of smartphones do you guys use for business?

    I know im late on getting one, but ive been pretty hard on phones in the past. This is my second year in business and think I could be more efficient with a better phone, ie; easier email, photos, GPS, good apps.

    Anyway, just thought i'd get some ideas from guys using them in the day-to-day. Thanks for the feedback.
  2. GreenThumbLawn&Landscape

    GreenThumbLawn&Landscape LawnSite Member
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    I use a HTC incredible. I love it and there are tons of business apps on Android market. Android also has a ruggedized smart phone now I am thinking if getting.
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  3. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care LawnSite Silver Member
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    I got the Evo from sprint. Its pretty tough in my opinion. I don't use it for business, mostly sexting and making calls and the gps when I'm out bidding.
  4. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have the HTC ThunderBolt from Verizon. When I got it it was supposedly the best phone they had in every way. I hate it. The screen glass breaks too easily, the reception is worse than on my previous Motorola phones, and it seems to freeze up a lot. I hate it. Get a Motorola over an HTC is my opinion.
  5. pfcjs

    pfcjs LawnSite Member
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    Well I'm just getting into the lawn business but as far as smart phones and being tough, I would try the Casio Commando. I'm not sure if anyone else other then Verizon has it so I may be wasting my time mentioning it. However it is an Android phone and like GreenThumbLawn&Landscape mentioned they have plenty of business apps on the Android market.

    I got the phone though because it's supposed to be a tough phone, the only Military Spec Android phone out at this point. I'm terribly hard on phones, my full time job is at with the fire department and I go through phones all the time. This one has held up great for the couple of months I have had it. It's already been dropped down about a 20' set of concrete steps and no scratches to show. Now you can buy pretty much any type of rugged case or otter box for any smart phone out there, but I like the Commando because I don't have to add any case to it which adds thickness and bulk to the phone which is a plus for me since I still carry mine in my pocket. It's also water proof and I have taken some pictures under water to prove it!
  6. Lagniappe

    Lagniappe LawnSite Member
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    I have an iPhone 4, in a Otter Box Defender Case, and its pretty much indistructable, in my opinion.
  7. jackal

    jackal LawnSite Senior Member
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    Motorola Droid X2 does everything I need it to. Trident case is fairly tough and not as bulky as the otter box.
  8. Greg78

    Greg78 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Use an Iphone in a Lifeproof case. Drop, dust and waterproof
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  9. GoPokes

    GoPokes LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for the info. I hear droids have a better APP market, any truth to that?
  10. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
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    just about any app you can get for Iphone you can get for android. The reason there seems to be more android apps is that it is much easier to develop apps for Android. Android is more open and just about any app developed can be sold on the android market so long as it doesn't breach the requirments. Apple has mush strictor requirments for apps to be available in the app store. my buddy who developped his own app for bosth Androids and Iphones/Ipads. His Android app was available in the market abou hree business days after submitting it, his Apple version took about 3 months of going back and forth with apple to get it in the app store. When there is an update for the app, the Android version is available as soon as he submits it, with apple updates take about a week.

    I use an Android, I have the Cassio Commando II on Verizon. The Commando is in the stores, some don't stock it but you can get it on the verizon site or the store can order it for you. It runs G'Zone so it has the built in compass, thermometer etc.. and it's built to mil specs, drop resistant, dust, water resistant. I got the Commando II as part of a test group and it is almost identical to the regular Commando except it has higher standards for drops, and water. i have dropped it into a glass while talking on it at the bar, after i pulled it out I shook the beer off and continued talking no problem. And that is without a bulky protective case on it. I believe the II is suposed to be available to the public some point this winter, it was supposed to be in Aug but they pushed it back a few months. Verizon didn't do much to advertise the Commando, i think i have seen mabe two commercials for it.

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