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.
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1. Best Windows business tablet: Microsoft Surface Pro X
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 X device. Take all the power and performance from your desk 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 starts at around $1,000, 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.
- Display: 13-inch with 2,880 x 1,824 resolution
- CPU: Microsoft SQ1
- 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. Best Android business tablet: Galaxy Tab S6
If you want the best Android experience possible, look no further than the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 as one of the best tablets for business. This powerful tablet comes with an optional stylus as well as a keyboard that makes replying to emails and creating documents a lot easier.
The Galaxy Tab S6 runs Android, is powered by the Snapdragon 855 chipset, and packs a massive 7,040mAh battery.
Multi-task like a pro with the Snapdragon 855 processor and up to 8GB of RAM, and load up anything you want with up to 256GB of expandable storage. The massive 7,040mAh 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. It’s not the least expensive package out there, but it will help your employees do what they need done with no hassle.
- Display: 10.5-inch 2,560 x 1,600 resolution
- CPU: Snapdragon 855
- RAM: 6/8GB
- Storage: 128/256GB
- Front camera: 8MP
- Rear cameras: 13 and 5MP
- Battery life: Up to 15 hours
- OS: Android 9.0 Pie
3. 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. Just keep in mind that the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard are sold separately.
- Display: 11/12.9-inch with 2,388 x 1,668/2,732 x 2,048 resolution
- CPU: A12Z Bionic
- RAM: 6GB of RAM
- Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB
- Front camera: 7MP
- Rear cameras: 12 and 10MP
- Battery life: Up to 10 hours
- OS: iPadOS 13.4
4. 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 $500. The top-of-the-line variant will set you back $900 and doesn’t include the keyboard or the Pixelbook Pen, which will increase the price by an extra $200 and $100.
- Display: 12.3-inch with 3,000 x 2,000 resolution
- CPU: Intel Core m3, i5, i7, or Celeron
- RAM: 4/8/16GB
- Storage: 32/64/128/256GB
- Front camera: 8MP
- Rear camera: 8MP
- Battery life: Up to 12 hours
- OS: Chrome OS
5. Best cheap business tablet: Lenovo Smart Tab M10 HD
The last model on our list of the best tablets for business is the Lenovo Smart Tab M10 HD. It offers less power than the rest of the products on this list, as it packs the Snapdragon 429 chipset under the hood along with 2GB 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 M10 HD 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 M10 HD is the most affordable device on this list.
- Display: 10.1-inch with 1,800 x 1,200 resolution
- CPU: Snapdragon 429
- RAM: 2GB
- Storage: 16GB
- Front camera: 2MP
- Rear camera: 5MP
- Battery life: Up to eight hours
- OS: Android 9 Pie
These are our picks for the best tablets for business. We’ll update this post with new models once they hit the market.