Smartphone Holiday 2009 Buyer’s Guide: Business Class

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Business-oriented models all allow you to check your company e-mail, and include a suite of apps for at least viewing Microsoft Office documents, and in many cases editing them.

 

With e-mail so important, these devices all have hardware keyboards.

 

With their high-end feature sets, these smartphones are some of the most expensive available. Still, as they are an alternative to a laptop, they might be considered a bargain.

 

HTC Touch Pro2

HTC Touch Pro2
There can be no doubt that the king of the business smartphones is this holiday season: the HTC Touch Pro2. It runs Microsoft’s very business-friendly Windows Mobile 6.5 Pro, has a large screen and keyboard, comes with a suite of Office apps, and is just about as close to a pocket-size laptop as is available today. It’s available from all four major U.S. carriers (AT&T calls its version the Tilt2) and in Europe.
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BlackBerry Bold 9700 BlackBerry Bold 9700
The second-generation Blackberry Bold brings together everything that’s good about a BlackBerry. It’s chock full of business features but doesn’t forget about personal use. The Bold2’s looks are great and the functionality is too. It’s available from T-Mobile and AT&T.
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Nokia N97

Nokia N97
The N97 can be thought of as the Symbian version of the Touch Pro2. It’s another slider with a generous-sized screen and keyboard, and an extensive array of features. It’s widely available in Europe, but in the U.S. has to be purchased unlocked and then used with AT&T or T-Mobile.
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