1. Best smartphones for CIOs: What to look for
The best choice of smartphone for a CIO will depend on his or her individual needs. Power, security, storage, design, and flexibility all vary across devices and you may have to prioritise one over the other.
Security has never been so crucial. Smartphones have already surpassed Windows computers and laptops for malware activity, according to a report released by Nokia in March.
This means effective protection for both the operating system and any additional software installed. Apple’s enclosed iOS system and tight administration of the App Store will likely make it a safer bet than the more open Android.
Processing power is another issue to bear in mind, particularly if your use involves complicated tasks running across multiple apps. The higher the clock speed and the more cores, the greater the power available for business tasks.
Bigger screens need bigger batteries, but not all smartphones are powered equally. Removable batteries and fast charging ports are other means of ensuring your phone doesn’t die when you need it most. For storage, look for a minimum of 32 GB, and check if there’s a microSD slot to add additional memory if necessary.
All operating systems have their pros and cons. The aforementioned security issue should be kept in mind, but so should the availability of apps and how they function with a laptop.
Design isn’t just about aesthetics. Big screens can be useful for reviewing spreadsheets, but they can also drain your battery. Durability is another are worth considering, and the good old Blackberry still has the unique selling point of a physical keyboard for keen typists.