If it’s time to upgrade your smartphone – for yourself or your employees – the good news is you’ve got a ton of choice. Since the bar has been raised considerably over the years, you can’t really go wrong with any of today’s advanced models.
In fact, smartphones have evolved into a digital Swiss Army Knife, of sorts, as they handle everything from messaging and photography to web browsing and digital payments to GPS navigation and fitness tracking.
Oh, and they make phone calls, too!
If you’re looking for a few good Android-powered device options, exclusively distributed by Ingram Micro Canada, consider these ones:
There’s a lot to like about the latest BlackBerry smartphone. Along with its thinner and lighter design over the KEYone, the BlackBerry KEY2 offers a larger and more comfortable physical keyboard. At 4.5-inches, this touch display made of impact-resistant Gorilla Glass, has a durable aluminum alloy frame with a textured diamond grip non-slip back.
Going back to the keyboard –productivity-centric employees will no doubt gush over it’s responsive and raised buttons. They’re touch sensitive, too, so you can swipe across the keyboard to navigate apps, along with a fingerprint sensor under the spacebar. Brand new to the KEY2 is a “Speed key” that makes it possible to activate shortcuts to apps and initiate actions from anywhere -- without returning to the home screen or swiping endlessly.
In other words, get more done in less time.
Other benefits to this device include the first dual camera on a BlackBerry, tough security and privacy controls, and a powerful quick-charge battery that lasts up to 2 days.
If it’s serious ruggedness you need, the CAT S61 is a 5.2-inch Android phone you’ll want in the field -- thanks to its IP68 rating and Mil-Spec 810G to protect against rain, dust, humidity, salt, vibration, solar radiation, and thermal shock. It’s been drop-tested up to 1.8 meters (about 6 feet) and is waterproof as deep as 3 meters (almost 10 feet) for up to an hour.
Other desirable features for those in harsher work conditions: an underwater 16-megapixel rear camera with LED Flash and integrated FLIR thermal camera app (to see heat signatures); laser-assisted distance measure (like a virtual tape measure), indoor air quality sensor, and a screen that supports gloves. A beefy 4500mAh battery means you can leave the charger at home, while an expandable microSD slot lets you add more storage, if desired.
Huawei P20, P20 Pro
One of the most advanced phones on the market today, the Huawei P20, has received multiple nods from critics for its sleek look, large 5.8-inch display (1080 x 2244 resolution), and advanced cameras. In fact, the Huawei P20 offers a dual Leica camera system that captures a ton of visual data with its 12-megapixel main (RGB) lens and 20-megapixel monochrome lens, along with nighttime shooting options, A.I. (artificial intelligence)-based image stabilizations, and 960 frames-per-second super slow-motion mode.
What’s more is that this device also boasts a 24-megapixel front-facing camera for selfies, and video calls. And for industries that can benefit from even more power, the Huawei P20 Pro has a triple Leica lens system the back of the device, with a 40-megapixel main (RGB) camera (along with monochrome and telephone lens), and ISO levels that rival a single lens reflex camera (SLR) for exceptional low-light performance.
The 6.1-inch phone rocks a 2-day battery, and a Huawei Supercharge battery boosting feature that can yield a full day of power after a charge up of only 30 minutes.
Huawei T3 10 MediaPad
Why stop with just a Huawei phone? Those in need of a reliable tablet should check out the T3 10 MediaPad.
Supporting 4G LTE connectivity (along with Wi-Fi), these 9.6-inch Android tablets offer a quad-core processor (1.4GHz), expandable storage (up to 128 gigabytes), dual cameras, and a low-light mode that reduces eye strain.
Designed for both work and play, these durable devices are made with a single piece of anodized aluminum and powered by an all-day battery.
Should your work require them, the T3 10 MediaPad tablet also support multiple log-ins, each offering access to personalized apps and content.
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