The Best Business Mobile Products of 2012

Here are some must-haves for serious mobile users.

The best of the best for the road warrior

We at InfoWorld are tough when it comes to evaluating products, and that holds true for the mobile tools professional users are seeking and IT pros need to support and manage. The bar is high to achieve our designation as best new or revised mobile business product for the year. But seven have, earning our coveted Editor's Choice awards. Read on to see what they are and why we selected them.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

Samsung has been a major force behind Android's innovation renaissance in 2012, and its Galaxy Note 10.1 is one reason. Its hardware quality is strong, its modifications to the Android user interface superior to Google's stock UI, and its deepening support for pen computing (pioneered in the Note "phablet") are all why this is the best Android tablet available, one that is a close rival for many to Apple's iPad.

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Apple iPad Mini
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Apple iPad Mini

The iPad Mini is the new iPod: Just as there were plenty of MP3 players before the iPod, there were plenty of mini tablets before the iPad Mini. But the iPad Mini has done the concept right, making obsolete the prior generations. Not only is it a superior media tablet than the Kindle, Nook, and Nexus 7, it's also a very capable business tablet.

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Apple iPhone 5
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Apple iPhone 5

The newest iPhone has taken a lot of well-deserved heat for the flaws in its new Apple Maps app. But that doesn't change the fact that the iPhone 5 is the best smartphone available, thanks to the most cohesive software ecosystem, refined OS, and the highly seductive and useful iCloud, AirPlay, and AirPrint capabilities. Yes, the iPhone 5 is a refinement, but that's not exactly easy when you're already excellent.

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Samsung Galaxy S III
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Samsung Galaxy S III

It should surprise no one that the smash hit Samsung Galaxy S III is one of our top picks -- its popularity is well deserved. The large size is easier on the eyes, yet comfortable to hold and use. Samsung's enhancements to Google's Android "Jelly Bean" make it both a pleasure to use and highly functional.

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Google Quickoffice Pro HD
Google Quickoffice Pro HD

Who cares if Microsoft will ever release an iOS or Android version of Office? You don't need it. Google acquired Quickoffice this year and revamped Quickoffice Pro HD for the iPad to support revisions tracking and comments in Word files, an enhancement that ended the need for a "real" Microsoft Office for most users. Quickoffice is likewise an exellent replacement for Excel for most users. And you'll love its cloud storage integration. (We hope an equally capable Android version is coming.)

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Apple Keynote for iOS
Apple Keynote for iOS

When it comes to mobile presentation software for mobile users, nothing -- and I mean nothing -- is as good as Keynote for iOS. I find it easier to use than the Mac version, and its editing and animation capabilities are superior to PowerPoint on a PC. The new version 1.7 ups the compatibility quotient with PowerPoint, making it an even more natural choice for on-the-go Office work.

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Lantronix xPrintServer
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Lantronix xPrintServer series

One of the nicest surprises this year is the Lantronix xPrintServer, a little print server appliance that makes almost any network printer compatible with Apple's AirPrint protocol, supported by iOS devices and OS X Mountain Lion for no-configuration printing. What a great idea!

It's now available in three versions: Home Edition, including a USB port and supporting two network printers; Network Edition, with no USB port and supporting unlimited printers; and Office Edition, an upgraded Netwoerk Edition with strong IT management capabilities.

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