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The iPhone 4 supports tethering, which means (for an additional $20 over the $25 DataPro plan from AT&T) your laptop can use the iPhone's data connection to the Internet. This long-awaited feature is nothing special among non-Apple phones. But its recent addition eliminates one source of frustration for yesterday's iPhone business users.

Better Battery for Business

One of the biggest complaints about the iPhone by business users was lousy battery life. But the iPhone 4 is much better, providing a respectable 7 hours of talk time, according to Apple.

That's important, because if you're a heavy user during a business trip, a dead battery is simply unacceptable.

Suit-ready Size

Everyone is oohing and awing over the iPhone 4's solid, elegant industrial design. But for business people, there's something even more important: It's thin.

In fact, it's 24 percent thinner than the already thin iPhone 3G S. That matters, because if you carry a bulky phone in your breast pocket, it looks like you're packing heat. In a pants pocket, a bulky cell phone makes it look like you're smuggling a grilled cheese sandwich -- not the most professional look.

The iPhone's sleek, thin size means you can slip it into a business suit pocket and still look professional.

Way More Business Apps

Android fans will tell you that Google's phone platform has gained fast on app availability. And many of those apps are superior to their iPhone alternatives.

However, for business people, the iPhone platform's 225,000 apps are likely to provide every business user with not only general-purpose business apps, but narrowly focused options for whatever your particular profession is: Sales, real estate, finance, retail -- whatever it is, you'll probably have your pick of many different apps designed specifically for what you do.

Apple's latest creation probably isn't the best phone for everyone. But for most professionals, there is simply nothing better for business than the iPhone 4.

ALSO SEE: Best Smartphone for IT: Blackberry vs. iPhone vs. Android

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