Some construction companies might be going the way of BYOD (bring your own device), allowing workers to bring personal devices for business purposes on the jobsite. Still, other businesses are holding off, and continue to standardize on corporate tablets and smartphones for work at the jobsite. With the plethora of devices hitting the construction market as of late, how can contractors decide which is best for work in the field?

Apple’s initial release of the iPhone and iPad clearly redefined how the construction industry does business at the jobsite. With a wide world of apps and a very portable device, many construction companies began using these in the field. But now, Apple’s products aren’t the only go-to devices.

The latest contender to re-enter the market is BlackBerry,, Waterloo, Ont., officially launching BlackBerry 10 last week. Digging into the details of the announcement, BlackBerry has launched the BlackBerry 10 platform, available on two new LTE-enabled smartphones: the BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10. Looking at the former, the all-touch device is a departure from the company’s traditional keyboard design. The latter combines touch with a physical keyboard.

Some of the features of BlackBerry 10 include: BlackBerry Hub manages conversations; BlackBerry Messenger includes voice calling, video chat, and screen share; BlackBerry Balance secures work applications and data from personal content; BlackBerry Remember combines memos and tasks; BlackBerry Safeguard protects content; and the BlackBerry World storefront includes more than 70,000 apps.

With business evolving since the launch of BlackBerry’s first smartphone in 1999, construction professionals want to do more with devices, turning them into mobile offices. This is going to require much more than simply accessing calendars and emails. The success of BlackBerry ultimately rides on one other key factor: the apps.

While these new devices aim to combine professional and personal functionality, other new devices are designed specifically for the rigors of jobsites. Last week, Kyocera Communications,, Kyoto, Japan, and Sprint,, Overland Park, Kan., announced Kyocera Torque.

The device, which will be available this spring, is very durable with a 4-inch touchscreen that has impact-resistant glass. The smartphone is waterproof and can stand up to extreme temperatures, dust, humidity, vibration, and low pressure. The 4G LTE Android device is available on the Sprint network, meaning the smarthpone will feature Sprint Direct Connect push-to-talk service. Sprint introduced its new 4G LTE network last July and now offers it in 58 markets.

As another example of a device designed for construction, Panasonic,, Osaka, Japan, and Bluebeam Software,, Pasadena, Calif., announced a new tablet in early January. The device, which will be available later this year, has a 20-inch screen, a high-precision pen, leverages the touch capabilities of Windows 8, and is designed to enhance the way construction professionals interact with digital drawings.

As the market becomes saturated with more devices designed for the construction marketplace, companies have a tough decision to make: Which device is best for the jobsite? As more of these rugged devices begin to roll out, it could be a good time to develop a plan for how connected devices will be used on the jobsite in the years ahead.