Smartphone prices will continue to drop as more competition enters the marketplace, according to IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. While Android decreased its prices to an average of $254, Apple increased its prices to nearly $700. Android phones are also predicted to drop in price to an average of $215 by the year 2018, reports The Wall Street Journal. That’s eye-opening news if you’re a business owner looking to purchase smartphones for your employees. Narrowing down your options to an Android model is a good start, but how do you pick from the dozens of devices on the market?
HTC One M8
Pick up the HTC One M8 for employees who need to be in the field all day. It features a long-lasting single charge and a power-saving mode so they can stay connected to the office when you need them most. It also boasts a large 5-inch HD display that can show photos and videos to clients and pull up graphic presentations.
A more expensive option isn’t out of reach and may actually save you cash on a monthly basis. The Samsung LG G4 retails for just over $479, but if you buy it through T-Mobile, you can pay just $19.99 a month for 24 months. This way you can save your cash for more important things like business travel. Employees who need to take lengthy videos have up to 2TB of storage with a microSD card. And the 16MP rear camera and 8MP front camera take quality images, even in low lighting.
Motorola Moto G
Retailing for under $200 at major retailers like At&T and T-Mobile, the Motorola Moto G features a 5-inch, 720p display. Choose this smartphone if your budget is inflexible or your team regularly records and plays audio. The front speakers carry sound crystal clear, and the phone comes with 8GB of storage to tuck away music and client recordings.
For a smartphone coming in under $300, the OnePlus One is a solid and fast smartphonewith a large display for employees who need to be online and scrolling through emails and documents. The OnePlus One features an oversized 5.5-inch, 1080p screen with up to 64GB of storage. A 3100mAH battery lasts through the day even while posting updates to your company’s social media pages and making conference calls.
Kogan Agora 4G Pro
Hovering around $300, the Kogan Agora 4G Pro lets you multitask easily with 2GB of RAM and scroll through emails and photos with a Full HD display. It’s currently running Android 5.0, the most up-to-date operating system. It looks stylish and high-end and comes with 16GB of storage.
No matter which smartphone works best for your company, remember to think about the ongoing costs. Smartphones are prone to breaking and getting lost or stolen. It’s also not uncommon for employees to act carelessly and drop them one too many times. Getting insured through a service like GreekSquad can cover drops, spills and defects along with offers for battery replacement and pixel repair. The insurance fee is determined by the cost of your phone, but it may save you from making multiple replacements during the year.