A tablet can help you stay productive on the go, at least when you have access to a reliable Wi-Fi connection. That's not always available, so business users are turning to 4G LTE-capable slates that have more consistent access to the Internet -- but that functionality significantly ups the cost of your tablet investment.
Alcatel's Onetouch Pop 7 and Pop 8 Android tablets are relatively affordable LTE options that could hit the sweet spot for business users on a budget. Both devices debuted this week at CES International in Las Vegas. Exact pricing details and an official release date are not yet available, though the 4G LTE version of the cheaper Pop 7 is expected to launch at a sub-$200 price point. In comparison, the more premium LTE-capable 7-inch Nexus 7 from Google will run you $349.
The 7-inch Pop 7 features a 1024 x 600-pixel resolution, a 1.3-GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of onboard storage. Business users will benefit from the microSD card slot for expandable storage — a feature that's missing in more expensive slates, such as the Nexus 7 and the iPad Mini.
Meanwhile, the 8-inch Pop 8 tablet touts the same specifications of its sibling, but with a bigger, sharper 1280 x 800-pixel IPS display, which allows for wider viewing angles. Both tablets offer 4G LTE connectivity, solid performance and good value for business users, but in this price range, don't expect the speedy performance of premium 7- and 8-inch devices from Google, Apple and others.