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This is an increasingly mobile world, and many companies are turning to the tablet to satisfy their business needs. Tablets have responded with enterprise-level apps and the power to allow for companies to keep their employees mobile and still very productive. There are many options out there, so we’ve put together a list of the best tablets for business around (for yourself or even your employees) to get the job done.

The best tablets for business:

Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best business tablets regularly as new devices launch.


1. The best Windows business tablet: Microsoft Surface Pro X

Microsoft Edge Chromium Surface Pro X

Just because you’re using one of the many tablets for business on the go, it doesn’t mean you have to leave the traditional computer behind. Far from it. Microsoft has been trying to bridge that gap between PC and tablet for years, and it has really hit a home run with the Surface Pro X. Take all the power and performance from your traditional PC and inject it into a beautiful tablet, and you have the Surface Pro X.

When you add the Surface Pen and the keyboard cover to this tablet, you may as well be walking around with a fully functional computer. It runs Windows 10, so there’s no need to train your employees to use something different. It’s one of the best mobile options out there because its form is mobile, but its function is a desktop computer.

The Surface Pro X is not the cheapest option out there. But when you need to send your employees into the field, it’s best to send them with a portable powerhouse that is still just as familiar as the PC on their desk.

Specs:

  • Display: 13-inch with 2,880 x 1,824 resolution
  • CPU: Microsoft SQ2
  • RAM: 8/16GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB of SSD
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Rear camera: 10MP
  • Battery life: Up to 13.5 hours
  • OS: Windows 10

2. The best Android business tablet: Galaxy Tab S7 Plus

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus is hard to beat and stands high as one of the best tablets for business. This pad comes with a Snapdragon 865 Plus processor, 6GB to 8GB of RAM, 128GB to 256GB of storage, and a hefty 10,090mAh battery. This makes it a more than capable laptop replacement if you don’t mind living with Android.

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The screen is now much larger at 12.4 inches, which will prove to be useful during business trips. It’s also a gorgeous Super AMOLED panel with a 2,800 x 1,752 resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. To make your business trips even more productive, you can also opt for a data-connected version with 5G/LTE. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus competes only with the best, and it’s a welcomed premium product considering the high-end Android tablet market isn’t what it used to be.

Specs:

  • Display: 12.4-inch, 2,800 x 1,752 resolution
  • CPU: Snapdragon 865 Plus
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Rear cameras: 13 and 5MP
  • Battery life: Over 13 hours
  • OS: Android 10

3. The most popular tablet for business: Apple iPad Pro (M1)

Apple iPad Pro 2020 on bench

iPad has been leading the tablet race pretty much since its debut. If you want a device that is meant to be a tablet first, the iPad Pro is the start of your journey. It has a dedicated app ecosystem designed for the iPad — it’s hard to beat that. While Windows and Android may have more apps in general, none boasts as many apps designed for the tablet space.

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Plus, the iPad Pro has all the beauty and power you could want in a small package, thanks to the all-new Apple M1 chip onboard. You now have all of the power of a MacBook processor packed into a portable — and touchscreen — body.

Paired with the Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard, it allows you to perform nearly any task you might want to while you’re away from your desk. The iPad Pro is fast and compact, slipping easily into a bag or backpack while adding very little weight. With all-day battery life on board, this tablet will power through the most complicated tasks from writing to movie editing and anything in between.

The new iPad Pro comes in two screen sizes: 11- and 12.9-inch. It has slimmer bezels than its predecessor and comes with Apple’s Face ID technology. However, it does not have a headphone jack. Also, keep in mind that the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard are sold separately.

Specs:

  • Display: 11/12.9-inch with 2,388 x 1,668/2,732 x 2,048 resolution
  • CPU: Apple M1
  • RAM: 8GB of RAM
  • Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Rear cameras: 12 and 10MP
  • Battery life: Up to 10 hours
  • OS: iPadOS 14

4. The best Chrome OS option: Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2

 

Samsung’s brand new Galaxy Chromebook 2 may not be a true tablet, but its 2-in-1 design offers plenty of punch without sacrificing portability. It keeps much of what made the original Galaxy Chromebook great, with an aluminum body and a brilliant QLED display, while also cutting a few corners to slash the starting price.

The Galaxy Chromebook 2 offers up to 13 hours of battery life.

The Galaxy Chromebook 2 even comes in the spicy Fiesta Red color of the original model. Samsung boasts an all-day 13-hour battery on its latest Chromebook, which is more than enough to get you through a long day at the office. On the inside, you can take your pick between an Intel Core m3 processor or a lighter Intel Celeron option, and your storage tops out at 128GB with 8GB of RAM to boot.

Samsung’s original Galaxy Chromebook broke the bank at nearly $1,000 depending on your configuration, but we don’t have that problem this time around. The Intel Celeron configuration will set you back $549.99, or you can maximize your Core m3 power for $699.99.

Specs:

  • Display: 13.3-inch with 1,920 x 1,080 resolution
  • CPU: Intel Celeron or Core m3
  • RAM: 4/8GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Front camera: 1MP
  • Rear camera: N/A
  • Battery life: Up to 13 hours
  • OS: Chrome OS

5. The best on a budget: Lenovo Chromebook Duet

Maybe you don’t need something as fancy, powerful, and expensive. The best business tablet to ensure the most bang for your buck is definitely the Lenovo Chromebook Duet. While prices vary, you can usually find the Duet around the $300 price point. You also get quite the package for such a low amount of cash, and it will surely keep you busy during business trips.

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Specs aren’t impressive, but since the Duet runs Chrome OS, it doesn’t need much to run smoothly, especially if you are mostly doing office work. Not to mention you also get the keyboard, which doubles as protection. Typing documents will be a breeze, and if you want to take some notes, a stylus is also available.

Specs:

  • Display: 10.1-inch with 1,920 x 1,200 resolution
  • CPU: MediaTek Helio P60T
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Front camera: 2MP
  • Rear camera: 8MP
  • Battery life: Up to 10 hours
  • OS: Chrome OS

6. Windows tablet on a budget: Microsoft Surface Go 2

Microsoft Surface Go 2 Best Mini laptops

Microsoft has a great option for those looking to get one of the best tablets for business on a budget. This one comes with Windows, which means you can get more functionality out of it, thanks to the better software availability of the operating system. In addition, it has the great design language and the build quality Microsoft is known for.

Specs aren’t amazing at its base configuration, but they are reasonable for a tablet that starts at $399. You can upgrade to an Intel Core M3, up to 8GB of RAM, and as high as 128GB of storage.

You will also love the tablet’s small profile. It’s only 0.33 inches thick, and the screen is pretty small at 10.5 inches. This means you can throw the tablet in any bag for long flights or on-the-go work.

Specs:

  • Display: 10.5-inch with 1,920 x 1,280 resolution
  • CPU: Intel Pentium Gold 4425Y or Intel Core m3
  • RAM: 4/8GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Rear camera: 8MP
  • Battery life: Up to 10 hours
  • OS: Windows 10