This is the eighth annual State Bar of Wisconsin summary of the best currently available smartphones. This year’s smartphone lineup reveals a focus on 5G-compatible devices, increased video and camera quality, a couple of new screen designs, and security.

Bigger. Better. Faster. Those are the messages smartphone manufacturers are touting this year. The big three, T-Mobile/Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon, continue to race to fill the coverage maps with more access and faster speeds.

As we use our phones for even more, including video streaming and conference calls, the need for more processing power has phone manufacturers looking to increase screen sizes and processor speeds without sacrificing battery life.

Although very few phones in the smartphone lineup are touting new security features, security should still be a concern for lawyers and their employees. Moving to remote work, thanks to COVID-19, opened up new opportunities for threat actors to target unprotected mobile devices.

Respondents to Verizon’s annual security report and survey indicated that 85 percent think phones are now as vulnerable as other IT systems, and 40 percent think that smartphones pose a major security concern for their company. Unfortunately, however, ensuring mobile phone security usually takes a back seat to getting work done.1

Changes for 2022

Foldable Screens. Constantly looking for a way to make screens bigger, Samsung makes this year’s list with its innovative foldable design in the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3. Folded, the device looks and works like any other smartphone. Unfolded, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 screen is 7.6 inches (expanded from 6.2 inches).

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