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By Carl Weinschenk

It pays to track smart phones as new devices are introduced and vendor focuses change. These devices, of course, are far more powerful and enable small businesses to do a lot more work than their older and slower cousins. The increased power is evident in two areas: The devices themselves have more memory and more advanced operating systems. The phones also access higher capacity 3G networks being rolled out by carriers.

The first generation of smart phones were aimed at businesses. Now, however, a new group of less expensive devices is emerging that is aimed at consumers. Examples of consumer-oriented smart phones are the Q from Motorola, Research In Motion's Pearl BlackBerry, the Nokia E62 and the Samsung BlackJack.

In many cases, small businesses easily can do with technology aimed at consumers. The bottom line is that the less expensive devices will have many of the features needed by small businesses. However, decision makers should keep the fact in mind that the differences between consumer and business smart phone may focus, at least to some extent, on security.

Carl Weinschenk is the Editorial Director of SmartBiz.
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