A recent report from Good Technology highlighted Apple's iOS platforms' advance in the enterprise domain but also embedded in the report were the names of four Android phones which have found large scale corporate adoption.
The report titled "iPads Drive iOS Dominance in the Enterprise", from Good Technology, a software company, which specializes in multiplatform enterprise mobility, explores the most popular devices and OS platforms that its enterprise end-users activated in the second quarter of 2011.
The report states that it was Apple's iOS devices all the way, with Apple's iPad enterprise activations outpacing Android smartphone activations - 27.2 percent to 24 percent, respectively.
While Apple's conquest of the enterprise domain is underscored by the report, it also highlights that Motorola Xoom was the most popular tablet and Motorola Droid 2 Global the most favored Android phone among enterprise users.
The report takes into account activations from April 1 to June 30, 2011. The top 5 devices for enterprise activation were all iOS devices with iPhone 4 averaging activation rate of 22 percent for the quarter, Verizon iPhone 4 accounting for 11 percent activation followed by iPad 2, iPad, iPhone 3GS. The other top ten devices registered just under 2 percent activation rate each. The ten devices include Android Motorola Droid 2 Global, Motorola Droid X, iPhone 3G, HTC EVO 4G and HTC Incredible HD.
The list of Android phones which have found enterprise adoption comes as a surprise, as some of the key Android phones like HTC Sensation, Samsung Galaxy S2 and Motorola Atrix, which are touted as superphones with magnanimous specifications, are missing from the list.
Here are the key Android phones with their specifications which have been adopted by enterprise users:
Motorola Droid 2 Global:
The surprise contender in the enterprise race is Motorola's Droid 2 Global which according to the report was the most highly activated Android smartphone by enterprise customers. The phone was launched last year in November and thus in spite of being an older phone it has won the hearts of enterprise users. The phone was targeted at business customers. It offers a 3.7-inch display with 850x480 screen resolution. The phone runs on Android 2.2 or Froyo juice and is powered by a 1.2GHz TI OMAP processor. It offers a 5MP camera with 720p video capture capability. The phone offers 8GB internal memory expandable to 32GB. It also has a QWERTY sliding keypad. The phone comes with Verizon SIM and works Verizon's global plans. The phone can also be used as an unlocked phone. It weighs about 6 oz and is 0.53-inches thick.
Motorola Droid X:
Another Android phone fancied by corporate users from the Motorola camp is the Droid X. It was launched in 2010. The phone features a 4.3-inch display 854x480 screen resolution. It is powered by a 1GHz TI OMAP processor. It offers 8GB internal memory with 512MB RAM. The phone also sports an 8MP camera with dual-LED flash which offers 720p video capture. Droid X weighs 5.4oz is 0.38-inches thick.
HTC EVO 4G:
The Android phone from Apple's arch rival HTC which has found enterprise love is HTC EVO 4G. The phone has a 4.3-inch WVGA screen with 800x480 screen resolution. It is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and features 512MB RAM and 1GB internal memory. It currently comes with Android 2.3 or Gingerbread but was launched last year with Android 2.1. It sports an 8MP rear facing camera with dual-LED flash and a 1.3 MP front facing camera. The phone weighs about 6 oz and is 0.5-inch thick.
HTC Incredible HD or HTC Thunderbolt:
The Verizon 4G LTE phone HTC Thunderbolt sports a 4.3-inch display with 800x480 screen resolution. It is powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm chipset and offers 768MB RAM and 8GB internal memory. It is also fitted with an 8MP rear-facing camera with dual-LED flash and 1.3MP front facing camera. It shoots videos at 720p, weighs 5.78oz and is 0.51-inch thick. HTC Thunderbolt which is also known as HTC Incredible HD runs on Android 2.2 or Froyo juice.