Smartphones are building a loyal fan base and connecting to company networks. Here's our in-depth investigation into the top smartphone vendors' strategies, strengths, and weaknesses.

Elena Malykhina, Technology Journalist

October 27, 2006

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ANOTHER OPTION: WAITThe smartphone experience is far from perfect. Wireless carriers must improve the speed and reach of their networks, and device makers are working to develop faster mobile processors. Then there's the battery. "Battery life is a major issue with our technicians who are constantly on the road," says Joseph Puglisi, VP and CIO of Emcor Group, a 26,000-employee construction company, lamenting that smartphones have to be recharged every few hours to handle the application load. Battery power is so important to the smartphone industry that the pace of battery improvement--or lack of it--will be the single biggest factor influencing how rapidly the use of advanced smartphone features grows among mobile users, Current Analysis says. There are legitimate concerns about costs, productivity gains, and security when it comes to smartphones.

But don't bank on being able to wait on a major smartphone rollout at your company. From sales reps to field technicians to executive types, your colleagues are ready to take what they can get. In the smartphone society, IT had better be ready to give them the best option they can.

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Elena Malykhina

Technology Journalist

Elena Malykhina began her career at The Wall Street Journal, and her writing has appeared in various news media outlets, including Scientific American, Newsday, and the Associated Press. For several years, she was the online editor at Brandweek and later Adweek, where she followed the world of advertising. Having earned the nickname of "gadget girl," she is excited to be writing about technology again for InformationWeek, where she worked in the past as an associate editor covering the mobile and wireless space. She now writes about the federal government and NASA’s space missions on occasion.

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