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5 Steps To Getting A Handle On The Smartphone Explosion

The marriage between the cell phone and the PDA has resulted in the smartphone, a wireless productivity tool that many businesses can't live without. In fact, many consumers are also addicted to smartphones, relying on them for wireless e-mail and on-the-go Web access. But with a new model coming out (what feels like) each week, different form factors, and tons of new features, choosing the right smartphone can be overwhelming. If you're an IT manager looking to equip your workers with one of th
The marriage between the cell phone and the PDA has resulted in the smartphone, a wireless productivity tool that many businesses can't live without. In fact, many consumers are also addicted to smartphones, relying on them for wireless e-mail and on-the-go Web access. But with a new model coming out (what feels like) each week, different form factors, and tons of new features, choosing the right smartphone can be overwhelming. If you're an IT manager looking to equip your workers with one of these, here's some advice to make the process a little easier.1. Form factor is everything. Don't just settle on a smartphone and mass distribute it to your workers. Chances are many of them will come back complaining about the bulky design, uncomfortable scroll wheel, or way-too-sensitive touch screen that takes them places they don't want to go. Allow people to test out several smartphones, and then buy the one that gets the most positive responses.