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Best Business Tablets 2015 (and Why We Love Them)

Whether you want powerful performance, stylus support, or just something affordable, there's a great business tablet for you. Read on for our top picks for 2015.

[For more information on how we test mobile devices, visit our testing methodology page.]

Microsoft Surface 3

Operating system: Windows 10

With a supersharp 10.1-inch display, a handy kickstand and more than enough power for daily work tasks (check the chart below), the Surface 3 is a work tablet that's hard to beat. It runs on the full desktop version of Windows 10, which means it can transform into a full workstation if you hook it up to a larger monitor at the office. It's also compatible with some great accessories, including the Type Cover keyboard and the Surface Pen, which lets you write directly on the display. The larger (and more powerful) Surface Pro 3 is also a great choice, but that device's high price point makes it a less practical work tablet than the nonpro model.

Key Features:

  • Kickstand
  • Digitizer stylus (not included)
  • Keyboard (sold separately)
  • Desktop dock (sold separately)
  • USB port
  • SD Card slot
  • Mini DisplayPort

 Click here for a full review of the Surface 3 on Business News Daily.

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Apple iPad Air 2

Operating system: iOS 8

Great apps and top-tier hardware make the iPad Air 2 one of the best business slates around. Paired with any Bluetooth keyboard, the iPad Air 2 can become a pretty good tool for editing documents, taking notes and planning your workday. The 9.7-inch tablet is also extremely thin and light, so it's easy to carry on your commute. Plus, the Air 2 comes with Apple's Touch ID fingerprint scanner, giving it a nice security boost. It's even better if you use a Mac at work, since iOS 8 lets you beam files and documents to your iPad instantly. The iPad mini is cheaper, but the iPad Air 2 is the better business slate since it gives you more screen room to work, as well as long battery life and a brilliant Retina display (check the chart below).

Key Features

  • 4G LTE capable
  • Long battery life
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Thunderbolt port
  • Keyboard (sold separately)


Click here for a full review of the iPad Air 2 on Business News Daily. 

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Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 (10-inch)

Operating system: Android

Lenovo's new Yoga Tablet 2 is one of the most versatile tablets around, thanks to a flip-out kickstand that props the device up on your desk.  The kickstand is especially handy if you pair your device with a Bluetooth keyboard for extended typing sessions. The slate also offers a sharp display and zippy performance. Plus, the beefy battery cylinder positioned along the side of the Yoga Tablet 2 battery gives the slate an epic 10 hours of battery life (check the chart below to see how it stacks up.)

Key Features

  • Kickstand
  • Split-screen multitasking
  • MicroSD card slot
  • Long battery life


Click here for a full review of the Yoga Tablet 2 from Buiness News Daily. 


Dell Venue 8 7000 Pro

Operating system: Android

Our favorite business slate with a screen smaller than 9 inches is the Dell Venue 8 7000. The gorgeous slate has a stunning, edge-to-edge display with a razor-thin bezel around three sides, plus long battery life and fast performance (check the chart below.) You can also buy Dell’s keyboard accessory, which will help you type out quick emails on the go. And since the Venue 8 7000 is incredibly thin and light, it won't weigh you down on your daily commute.

Key features:

  • Fast performance
  • Sharp display
  • Thin bezels
  • MicroSD card slot
  • Long battery life
  • Keyboard (sold separately)
  • Desktop dock (sold separately)


Click here for a full review of the Venue 8 7000 from Business News Daily


Asus Transformer Book T200

Operating system: Windows 8.1

Want a business tablet that comes with a keyboard out of the box? The 11-inch Asus Transformer Book T200 is our favorite slate with a pack-in keyboard; just snap it on to transform the T200 into a capable laptop computer. Since it runs on Windows, it's compatible with all the software you use on your office PC. You also get solid performance for everyday productivity tasks (check the chart below), and the ability to expand the internal storage via a hard drive bay on the bottom of the keyboard. Plus, it’s one of the most affordable 2-in-1 tablets around, making it a good bet for business users on a budget.

Key features:

  • Keyboard (included)
  • Hard drive bay
  • USB port
  • Micro HDMI port
  • Ethernet port


Click here for a full review of the Transformer Book T200 from our sister site Laptop Mag. 

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LG G Pad 10.1

Operating system: Android 

Want a business slate that lasts and lasts? LG's G Pad 10.1 has better battery life than any other tablet we've seen (check the chart below), running for an amazing 15 hours in our test. Battery life aside, you're looking at a high-quality tablet with a sharp 10-inch display and snappy performance. There are also some handy software features you won't find on most Android tablets, like the ability to run two apps in a split-screen view. Plus, it's pretty affordable for a 10-inch tablet.

Key features:

  • Long battery life
  • Split-screen multitasking
  • MicroSD card slot
  • Affordable price point


Click here for a full review of the LG G Pad 10.1 from our sister site Laptop Mag. 

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[For more information on how we test mobile devices, visit our testing methodology page.]

Brett Nuckles
Brett Nuckles

Brett Nuckles has been a working journalist since 2009. He got his start in local newspapers covering community news, local government, education and more before he joined the Business News Daily staff in 2013. He graduated from Ohio University, where he studied Journalism and English. Follow him on Twitter @BrettNuckles.