First look: Motorola Droid, HTC Droid Eris are risky for business

Exchange mail policy support iffy, and security and configurability are subpar

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And -- like the Palm Pre and Nokia Nx devices -- the Droids have no management capabilities, such as remote provisioning from a management console, which lets IT set up and manage users' devices without needing physical access to the device. BlackBerry and Windows Mobile have long had such capabiities. Although the iPhone dosn't have enterprise-level configuration capabilities, it does support e-mail and Web-based profiles that can be downloaded by the user for installation, as well as a management utility that lets IT administrators install such policies over a USB connection. That's much more than the Droids can do.

The bottom line is clear: If an IT organization considers the iPhone to be too unsecure or hard to manage, there's no way it could consider the Droids as supportable mobile devices.

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