With more and more employees, startups and freelancers working remotely from a variety of different locations, mobility has become a critical priority for modern business. Workers no longer need to feel bound to a desktop computer in a fixed office location and having the right business tablets can help to facilitate a greater sense of freedom and flexibility.
As many consumer tablets are designed more with entertainment in mind, it is important to consider the more business-oriented features when choosing a tablet for work purposes. These are five of the best options on the market today for the mobile professional.
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3
A mobile workstation isn’t going to prove very useful if it can’t stay on and the worker has to stay tethered to a wall outlet. Rated as the longest lasting tablet by Laptop Mag, the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 is a 10-inch HD Google Android tablet boasting a legitimate battery life north of 15 hours. By comparison, the category average as reported by Laptop Mag is a mere 9 hours. The unique cylindrical design on one side of the tablet aids in this extended battery life, while simultaneously providing a handy grip, a 180-degree rotating camera, and an integrated kickstand. The Yoga Tab 3 is priced around $199. The similarly designed Yoga Tab 3 Pro is powered by Microsoft Windows, boasts a rotatable projector, and is priced closer to $599.
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
As great as mobile-oriented operating systems like Android have become over the years, true productivity still rests with a desktop OS like Windows 10 Pro. And if you’re looking for the best business tablets powered by Windows, you’d be hard pressed to do much better than the Surface Pro 4. Available in a variety of configurations with different processors, storage and RAM, the Surface Pro 4 gets a 12.3-inch PixelSense screen, true workstation processing power, and a convenient kickstand with optional keyboard. Pricing starts around $699 and goes up and beyond $2,400 depending on the hardware configuration.
Apple iPad Pro
As great as the iPad Air and iPad mini series may be, if you’re looking for the most powerful and most robust iPad experience possible, you need to get the iPad Pro. Available with a 9.7-inch or a 12.9-inch display, the iPad Pro is the perfect tool for creatives and productivity buffs alike. The Apple Pencil is great for the former, while true side-by-side multitasking is great for the latter. Maximize your productivity by leveraging the positively massive Apple App Store with an overwhelming wealth of iPad apps for everything from project management to CRM. Pricing ranges from $599 to $1,229.
Dell XPS 12
Perhaps it is a little cheating to include the Dell XPS 12 on this list of the best business tablets, since it is technically a 2-in-1 convertible touchscreen laptop. Even so, you can detach the included keyboard dock and use the 12.5-inch FHD touchscreen on the “tablet” portion on its own for full Windows 10 productivity. Available in different configurations too, the Dell XPS 12 is a powerful workhorse in a slim and portable package. And it seriously looks the sophisticated part too. Pricing starts around $629.
What “working” looks like will vary from individual to individual. While many people can find themselves in the safe and climate-controlled environment of an office cubicle, other people need to work in the field among the unpredictable elements. And for those people, the Getac F110 could be one of the best business tablets for the job. The ultra durable and rugged design can withstand incredible abuse, while the dual swappable batteries mean you can keep working under the harshest of conditions. Performance is top notch and the screen is still easily viewable under harsh sunlight. The rugged Windows tablet is bulky with MIL-STD 810G certification, priced starting north of $2,000.
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