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 a lot of 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.
Best computer: Microsoft Surface Pro 6
Just because you’re using one of the many tablets for business on the go, 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 tablet. Take all the power and performance from your desk PC and inject it into a beautiful tablet and you have the Surface Pro.
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. All of your work apps will work, because this is a Windows computer. 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 6 starts at around $900, so it’s 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.
- 12.3-inch PixelSense display with 2,736 x 1,824 resolution, 267ppi
- Intel Core 8th Generation i5 or i7 processors
- 8 or 16GB of RAM
- 128, 256, 512GB or 1TB of SSD
- 5MP front-facing Windows Hello face authentication camera
- 8MP rear camera
- Up to 13.5 hours of local video playback
- Windows 10
- 292 x 201 x 8.5mm, 770/784g
Best Android business tablet: Galaxy Tab S4
If you want the best Android experience possible, look no further than the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 as one of the best tablets for business. This powerful tablet comes with a stylus — like the Galaxy Note series — and an optional keyboard that makes replying to emails and creating documents a lot easier.
The Galaxy Tab S4 runs Android, is powered by the Snapdragon 835 chipset, and packs a massive 7,300mAh battery.
Multi-task like a pro with the Snapdragon 835 processor and 4GB of RAM, and load up anything you want with up to 256GB of expandable storage. The massive 7,300mAh battery will have you working all day and well into the night on the most popular mobile operating system in the world. All your apps are here to help you get the job done.
Plus, the whole package is simply beautiful. This is an elegant and powerful piece of hardware to send your workers out with. Starting at $650, it’s not the least expensive package out there, but it will help your employees get what they need done with no hassle.
- 10.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,560 x 1,600 resolution, 287ppi
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
- 4GB of RAM
- 64/256GB of storage, microSD expansion up to 400GB
- 8MP front camera, 13MP rear camera
- Non-removable 7,300mAh battery
- Android 8.0 Oreo
- 249.3 x 164.3 x 7.1mm, 429/439g (LTE model)
Most popular tablet for business: Apple iPad Pro
iPad has been leading the tablet race pretty much since its debut. If you want a device that was built to be a tablet first, the iPad Pro is the start of your journey. It has a dedicated app ecosystem that is 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.
Plus, the iPad Pro has all the beauty and power you could want in a small package. 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. The 11-inch model starts at $800, while its bigger brother will set you back at least $1,000. The Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard are sold separately and retail for $130 and $180/$200 depending on the size of the iPad.
- 11/12.9-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD display with 2,388 x 1,668/2,732 x 2,048 resolution, 264ppi
- 4/6GB of RAM
- 64GB/256GB/512GB/1TG of storage
- 12MP front camera, 7MP rear camera
- Non-removable 29.37/34.71WHr battery
- iOS 12
- 247.6 x 178.5 x 5.9mm, 468g/280.6 x 214.9 x 5.9mm, 631g
Best Chrome OS business tablet: Google Pixel Slate
What makes the Pixel Slate one of the best tablets for business is a combination of a great design, portability, and high-end specs. It runs Chrome OS, which gives you access to all the apps in the Play Store, as well as web apps and even support for Linux apps. You can pair it with the Pixelbook Pen and a keyboard that doubles as a protective case, both of which are sold separately.
The Pixel Slate offers up to 12 hours of battery life.
The Pixel Slate comes in a number of configurations suitable for all business needs. It features a fantastic display, great speakers, and a fingerprint scanner to protect your data from prying eyes. It also promises up to 12 hours of battery life. However, it does not have a headphone jack on board or supports expandable storage.
Google’s Pixel Slate business tablet is expensive, with the entry-level model coming in at $600. The top-of-the-line variant will set you back $1,600 and doesn’t include the keyboard or the Pixelbook Pen, which will increase the price by an extra $200 and $100.
- 12.3-inch LTPS LCD display with 3,000 x 2,000 resolution, 298ppi
- 8th Gen Intel Core m3, i5, i7, or Celeron
- 4/8/16GB of RAM
- 32/64/128/256 GB of storage, no microSD expansion
- 8MP rear camera, 8MP front camera
- Non-removable 48WHr battery
- Chrome OS
- 290.85 x 202.04 x 7mm, 725g
Best cheap business tablet: Lenovo Smart Tab P10
The last model on our list of the best tablets for business is the Lenovo Smart Tab P10. It offers less power than the rest of the products on this list, as it packs the Snapdragon 425 chipset under the hood along with up to 4GB of RAM. However, it can still handle most business-focused tasks like creating documents and writing emails with ease.
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What makes the Lenovo Smart Tab P10 special is that it comes with a dock that turns it into a smart speaker/display. The dock has Amazon’s Alexa on board and packs two 3W speakers as well as three far-field microphones. The setup improves the audio quality and comes in handy for webinars and other online meetings.
Lenovo doesn’t sell an original keyboard for the tablet, so you’ll have to buy a generic one from a third-party manufacturer if you need it — check out the best ones here. The Smart Tab P10 is the most affordable device on this list, starting at just $300.
- 10.1-inch IPS LCD display with 1,920 x 1,200 resolution, 224ppi
- Snapdragon 450 processor
- 3/4GB of RAM
- 32/64 GB of storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
- 8MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
- Non-removable 7,000mAh battery
- Android 8.1 Oreo
- 294.6 x 233.4 x 4.9mm
These are our picks for the best tablets for business. Let us know in the comments if you’ve had good experiences with any of them — or if we missed any standouts!