10 best business mobile phones in 2018

We'll help you decide which phone is right for you and your business - and find the best deals

After bringing you our no-nonsense review of the best mobile phone deals and networks for small businesses, we’ve tracked down for our readers the 10 best smartphones for business use today.

To make the list, these smartphones needed to be chart-toppers in all areas – from battery life to speed, user experience and camera quality.

But unlike many other mobile phone comparisons, we’re not just going to claim the most expensive handsets are the best.

Our tests dug deep to find out what these phones are really like to use – the differences between the phones’ specs on paper, and how they actually perform for work (or play).

So, whether you’re a die-hard iPhone user, after your next flagship Samsung handset, or keen to try a more budget-friendly alternative, we’ve got you covered.

And here (ordered by phone brand) is our final verdict on the 10 best smartphones for business use in the UK today – plus the best deals to get one:


Samsung Galaxy Top 3

Apple iPhone Top 3

Android Top 4

01 | Samsung Galaxy S9 04 | iPhone X 07 | Google Pixel 2
02 | Samsung Galaxy S8 05 | iPhone 8 08 | Sony Xperia XZ2
03 | Samsung Galaxy S7 06 | iPhone 7 09 | Huawei P20 Pro
10 | LG V30


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Samsung Galaxy S9 – For the most powerful Android
★★★★
Samsung Galaxy S9

PROS – Super-fast processor, waterproof, wireless charging, face recognition
CONS – Too big for some?

Call Quality ★★★★☆
Screen Quality ★★★★★
Battery ★★★★★
Camera ★★★★★

Weight 163g | Screen size 5.8” | Storage 64 GB | Rear camera 12 Mp

Galaxy S9 vs Galaxy S8

The S9 is Samsung’s new flagship smartphone, and one of the most powerful phones for business use today. The S8 was already stunning, but the S9 comes with faster download speeds and an even sharper camera.

What’s it like to use?

The S9 is a star player at everything you need for work – or play. The 10-nanometre processor is lightning fast, the battery lasts all day, and the near-full-size HD screen makes even work emails pain-free. Small business owners also find the built-in assistant Bixby a great PA.

You can read our full Samsung Galaxy S9 review here

Is it for me?

Samsung’s Galaxy S9 is one of the best business phones available today, hands down. It’s not the cheapest, but with specs that rival the more expensive iPhone X (plus even more flexibility), we think it’s great value for money.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 – For top specs, now for less
★★★★★

Samsung Galaxy S8

PROS – Speedy processor, Gorilla Glass 5, Infinity Display, face recognition
CONS – Comes with some bloatware (apps you can’t uninstall)

Call Quality ★★★★★
Screen Quality ★★★★★
Battery ★★★★★
Camera ★★★★★

Weight 155g | Screen size 5.8” | Storage 64 GB | Rear camera 12 Mp

Galaxy S8 vs Galaxy S7

The S8 was one of 2017’s best sellers, and it’s easy to say why it was such a hit business phone. This 5.8-inch device fits comfortably in your hand, and has all the chart-topping specs you get with the S7, plus an ultra-tough Gorilla Glass 5 body and your very own PA in Bixby, Samsung’s AI assistant.

What’s it like to use?

The S8’s got it all – an immersive screen thanks to Infinity Display, Samsung DeX which lets you pull up your desktop on the go, and cutting-edge security with Samsung Knox.

You may need to get used to the lack of home button, but the new touch sensor is so intuitive and gives you more screen space without the phone feeling too bulky.

Check out our deep-dive Samsung Galaxy S8 review here

Is it for me?

We think the S8 is the perfect all-rounder for business owners – it’s got some of the most premier specs on a smartphone (from super-fast charging to a screen that’s extra reader-friendly), but now all this action is comparatively cheap.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 – For an affordable premier phone
★★★★★

Samsung Galaxy S7

PROS – HD screen, fast processor, waterproof, wireless charging
CONS – Non-removable battery, no USB Type-C

Call Quality ★★★★☆
Screen Quality ★★★★★
Battery ★★★★★
Camera ★★★★☆

Weight 152g | Screen size 5.1” | Storage 32 GB | Rear camera 12 Mp

Galaxy S7 vs Galaxy S6

The Samsung Galaxy S7 was a huge step up on the already impressive S6, and is a leading gadget for small businesses today. Unlike its predecessor, it’s waterproof, charges wirelessly, and will help you take photos and videos like a pro.

What’s it like to use?

The S7 still has one of the best batteries out there – with even more life and a faster charge than the iPhone X. The octa-core processor will make work – or play – a breeze, the call quality is crystal clear, and the 12 Mp rear camera helps you look good in all lights.

You can view our full-fat Samsung Galaxy S7 review here

Is it for me?

Absolutely, if you want a high-spec business phone that won’t break the bank.

Not everyone needs the latest smartphone model, and the S7 has everything that matters for effective work use – a speedy processor, a decent battery, and even bonus extras like phone payments and a fingerprint reader.

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iPhone X – For when money’s no object
★★★★

iPhone X

PROS – Full-screen design, lightning processor, Portrait Mode, Face ID
CONS – Slower charge than some, no traditional headphone jack

Call Quality ★★★★★
Screen Quality ★★★★★
Battery ★★★☆☆
Camera ★★★★★

Weight 174g | Screen size 5.8” | Storage 64 GB | Rear camera 12 Mp

iPhone X vs iPhone 8

The iPhone X was made to celebrate 10 years of iPhones, and is really quite special. It’s a top performer on all fronts – from screen and call quality to speed and camera. The only thing the iPhone 8 is better for is battery life (you get about an hour more).

What’s it like to use?

The iPhone X is the world’s first full-screen phone – that means you get the most immersive smartphone experience inside a fairly trim model.

The Super Retina display with True Tone technology really does make the screen easy on the eye, and you can blitz through your work with the fastest processor to date and Face ID security.

Take a closer look at the iPhone X in our review here

Is it for me?

If you want your business phone to have top quality everything from call quality to photos, the iPhone X will be hard to beat. That said, it costs much more than many rivals with fairly similar specs, so we think it only makes sense as a pay monthly option.

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iPhone 8 – Still one of the best iPhones, now for less
★★★★★

iPhone 8

PROS – Beautiful build, fast processor, water-resistant, fingerprint sensor
CONS – Quite slow charge, no traditional headphone jack

Call Quality ★★★★★
Screen Quality ★★★★★
Battery ★★★★☆
Camera ★★★★★

Weight 148g | Screen size 4.7” | Storage 64 GB | Rear camera 12 Mp

iPhone 8 vs iPhone 7

The iPhone 8 may look just like the iPhone 7, but there’s a big difference – the glass rear allows wireless charging. It makes the phone a tad heavier, but you might think it’s worth it for that extra convenience.

Other than that, you can expect Apple’s signature specs: great design, great processor, great camera.

What’s it like to use?

Apple’s A11 Bionic processor is about as fast as it gets, and the Retina HD display is both stunning and easy on the eye. We found the iPhone video the smoothest one around, and the photos look incredible whatever the lighting.

If you’ve still got questions, here’s our full iPhone 8 review

Is it for me?

It’s definitely a great buy – a high-spec business phone (with perks like 3D touch and a True Tone screen) at a price that won’t make your eyes bulge nearly as much as the iPhone X.

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iPhone 7 – For the best value for money iPhone
★★★★


PROS – Slick design, fast processor, waterproof, touch sensor
CONS – No expandable memory, no traditional headphone jack

Call Quality ★★★★☆
Screen Quality ★★★★★
Battery ★★★★☆
Camera ★★★★★

Weight 138g | Screen size 4.7” | Storage 32 GB | Rear camera 12 Mp

iPhone 7 vs iPhone 6

The iPhone 7 is a serious upgrade on the iPhone 6 – it’s got an intuitive touch sensor, a dazzling camera and best of all, this one’s waterproof and dust resistant.

The one thing Apple have dropped here are the traditional wired headphones, but the box comes with their new Lightning earphones for you to try.

What’s it like to use?

It’s a joy to use – with a slick design and a super-speedy A10 processor. The Retina HD display and True Tone technology makes the screen as easy to read as it gets with smartphones.

Plus this phone has one of the best batteries on an iPhone – 10 to 12 hours – and fast wireless charging.

Check out our full iPhone 7 review here

Is it for me?

If you’re an Apple fan but want great value for money, we think the iPhone 7 is your best bet. Everything in it is premium, and it’s got the most important specs for businesses: speed, battery and ease-of-use, but at a price even start-ups on a shoestring can enjoy.

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Google Pixel 2 – For speed and a PA at a great price
★★★★

Google Pixel 2

PROS – Google Assistant, fast charge, unlimited storage, touch sensor
CONS – No standard headphone socket, no micro-SD card slot

Call Quality ★★★★☆
Screen Quality ★★★★★
Battery ★★★★★
Camera ★★★★★

Weight 143g | Screen size 5” | Storage 64 GB | Rear camera 12.2 Mp

Google Pixel 2 vs the original Pixel

Google’s first Pixel smartphone took the market by storm back in 2016 – it topped phone reviews for speed, battery life and camera quality. The Pixel 2 is all that power, now with even more storage and better water-resistance.

What’s it like to use?

The Pixel 2 is a quality build that feels great to hold. The 5-inch HD display is easy to read, even in daylight and unlike the Pixel 2 XL, this phone fits snugly in your pocket when you’re working on the go.

But the main benefit for business users is the built-in Google Assistant which can make your work a breeze – it’s intuitive too, activated with your voice or just a squeeze.

You can have a flick through our full Google Pixel 2 review here

Is it for me?

If you need the best of the best, fork out for the latest iPhone. But if you want a top-quality phone that won’t let you down, the Google Pixel 2 is one of the most impressive ones we’ve tested, at a reasonable price – plus Apple has nothing on Google batteries.

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Sony Xperia XZ2 – For a quality phone you can rely on
★★★★

Sony Xperia XZ2

PROS – Speedy processor, all-day battery, photos with impact
CONS – Heavier than rivals

Call Quality ★★★☆☆
Screen Quality ★★★★☆
Battery ★★★★★
Camera ★★★★★

Weight 198g | Screen size 5.7” | Storage 64 GB | Rear camera 19 Mp

Sony Xperia XZ2 vs Samsung Galaxy S9

With the launch of the Xperia XZ2 this year, Sony has definitely caught up with the leading phones from Samsung and Apple – with a super-fast processor, all-day battery, and top-of-the-range camera. But this time, the price tag is much friendlier.

What’s it like to use?

The Xperia XZ2 really is a steal. It’s powered by Qualcomm’s most powerful octa-core processor, has more than enough space (64GB), and one of the most long-lasting batteries in a smartphone. The photos aren’t quite up there with Apple or Samsung, but they’re still stunning quality, and perfect for business use.

For the full break-down, here’s our Sony Xperia XZ2 review

Is it for me?

The Xperia XZ2 is Sony’s best smartphone to date, and one of the most popular options for small business owners in the UK today. True, the latest releases from Samsung and apple tend to fare slightly better on call and photo quality, but for very little difference, you pay a huge premium.

That’s why this is a Startups best buy, and great choice for professionals who like an excellent deal.

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Huawei P20 Pro – For creative business types
★★★★

Huawei P20 Pro

PROS – Octa-core processor, 6 GB Ram, hard-to-beat battery, three rear-view cameras
CONS – No traditional headphone jack, no expandable memory

Call Quality ★★★★☆
Screen Quality ★★★★☆
Battery ★★★★★
Camera ★★★★★

Weight 180g | Screen size 6.1” | Storage 128 GB | Rear camera 40 Mp

Huawei P20 Pro vs iPhone X

First things first, the Huawei P20 Pro is much cheaper (around £200 less) than the iPhone X. Most phones are. But with a stunning six-inch screen, three rear quality cameras, and all-day battery, the Huawei specs are much more than you might expect.

What’s it like to use?

This metal and glass quality phone feels great in the hand, and the generous 6GB Ram and turbo-charged Kirin 970 octa-core processor are ideal for making work a breeze.

What’s more, with 128GB, you won’t run out of space, and the battery lasts much longer than most premium phones (between 11 and 22 hours).

If you’d like to know more, here’s our full Huawei P20 Pro review

Is it for me?

The Huawei P20 Pro certainly gives the iPhone X a run for its money, but its camera and call quality are just a whisker behind. That said, it’s a star-performer for everything small business owners need, and better value for money than its Apple rivals.

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LG V30 – For superb business specs, budget-friendly
★★★★

LG V30

PROS – #1 for call time battery, wireless charging, wide-angle cameras
CONS – Some users might prefer a smaller phone

Call Quality ★★★★☆
Screen Quality ★★★★☆
Battery ★★★★★
Camera ★★★★☆

Weight 158g | Screen size 6” | Storage 64 GB | Rear camera 16 Mp

LG V30 vs Galaxy S8

Both Android flagships, the LG V30 and the S8 are really similar on paper. But even though some LG V30 specs look better (more camera megapixels, a tad more screen space), our tests show the S8 to be a slightly higher quality build. But for business use, there’s very little in it.

What’s it like to use?

Quite simply, the LG V30 has the best battery life for calls in a smartphone – no other brand even comes to 37 hours, though for regular use it’s more standard at around 10 hours.

It also comes with jazzy high-end features like facial recognition and touch sensor, but it’s still user-friendly, and some customers like being able to plug their good old wired headphones.

You can read our full LG V30 review here

Is it for me?

If you’re on the hunt for a premium quality smartphone for professional use, but don’t want to have to pay through the nose for it, the LG V30 is a top performing business phone that’s already a big hit with freelancers and start-ups in the UK. You can get it exclusively from the Carphone Warehouse.

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