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Best Business Tablets 2017 (and Why We Love Them)

What do you need in your next business tablet? Whether it's powerful performance, stylus support or just something affordable, there's a great work slate for you. Here are our top picks for 2017.

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

  • Best Overall
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    • Price
      $899 (Stars at $799)
    • CPU
      Intel Core i5-6300U
    • RAM
      8GB
    • Display Size & Resolution
      12.3 inches, 2736 x 1824 pixels
    • Battery Life
      6:05
    • Size
      11.50 x 7.93 x 0.33 in.
    • Weight
      1.73 lbs.
  • Best iPad
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    • Price
      $799
    • CPU
      Apple A9X
    • RAM
      4GB
    • Display Size & Resolution
      12.9 inches, 2732 x 2048 pixels
    • Battery Life
      10:04
    • Size
      12 x 8.7 x 0.27 in.
    • Weight
      1.57 lbs.
  • Best Android Tablet
    Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
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    • Price
      $349
    • CPU
      Exynos 5433
    • RAM
      3GB
    • Display Size & Resolution
      9.7 inches, 2048 x 1536 pixels
    • Battery Life
      7:32
    • Size
      9.34 x 6.65 x 0.22 in.
    • Weight
      0.86 lbs.
  • Best Small Tablet
    Apple iPad Mini 4
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    • Price
      $399
    • CPU
      Apple A8
    • RAM
      2GB
    • Display Size & Resolution
      7.9 inches, 2048 x 1536 pixels
    • Battery Life
      9:23
    • Size
      8 x 5.3 x 0.24 inches
    • Weight
      0.65 lbs.
  • Best Budget Tablet
    Lenovo Tab 2 A10
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    • Price
      $149
    • CPU
      MediaTek MT8165
    • RAM
      2GB
    • Display Size & Resolution
      10 inches, 1920 x 1200 pixels
    • Battery Life
      12:00
    • Size
      9.72 x 6.73 x 0.35 in.
    • Weight
      0.66 lbs.

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

 

 

 

Operating system: Windows 10

 

With a supersharp 12.3-inch display, a handy kickstand and extremely powerful performance (check the chart below), the Surface Pro 4 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.

Key Features:

  • Kickstand
  • Digitizer stylus (Included)
  • Keyboard (sold separately)
  • Desktop dock (sold separately)
  • USB port
  • SD card slot
  • Mini DisplayPort

 Click here for a full review of the Surface Pro 4 on our sister site Laptop Mag.

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Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch

Operating system: iOS 10

The iPad Pro is a big business tablet with excellent pen support and a great stable of productivity apps. The 12.9-inch tablet is easily the largest slate on this list, which means it offers you lots of screen space for serious multitasking, or for sketching with the $99 Apple Pencil. Long battery life and fast performance round out the package. And when paired with Apple’s Smart Keyboard accessory – sold separately for $170 – the iPad Pro becomes a pretty capable little laptop. Just keep in mind that it runs on iOS, Apple’s mobile operating system, which means it can’t run many desktop apps you’d use on your office Mac or PC.

Key Features

  • Large 12.9-inch display
  • Keyboard (sold separately)
  • Apple Pencil stylus (sold separately)
  • Fast performance
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Long battery life
Click here for a full review of the iPad Pro. 
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

Operating system: Android

Samsung's 9.7-inch Galaxy Tab S2 is a super portable tablet that's thinner and lighter than an iPad, making it good for light productivity on the go. Plus, it offers solid security features and better multitasking options than you’ll find on other Android tablets, with the ability to view two apps side-by-side in a split-screen view. Zippy performance and a vivid 9.7-inch display round out the package.

Key features

  • Thin-and-light design
  • Snappy performance
  • Split-screen multitasking
  • Bright 9.7-inch display

Click here for a full review of the Galaxy Tab S2.

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Best Small Tablet for Business

Apple iPad Mini 4

 

 

Compact tablets don’t get better than this. Apple’s iPad Mini 4 packs a lot of power into a small package, with blazing fast performance, strong security (including a fingerprint reader and encryption features) and a gorgeous 7.9-inch display. It also makes multitasking easy with a handy split-screen view so you can view two apps side-by-side. And, of course, it’s small enough to take anywhere.

Key features

  • Compact design
  • Fast performance
  • Strong security
  • Split-screen multitasking

Click here to read a full review of the iPad Mini 4 from our sister site Laptop Mag.

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Lenovo Tab 2 A10

 

The Lenovo Tab 2 A10 will last through the end of the workday and then some. The 10-inch slate ran for an epic 12 hours on our battery test, far outpacing competitors like the Acer Iconia Tab 10, which died after just 8 hours. Plus, you get decent performance, a sturdy, sleek design and a bright 10-inch display, all for just $198. It’s not the fastest sub-$200 slate around, and it offers a meager 16GB of storage, but we still consider Lenovo’s Tab 2 A10 to be the best tablet value for workers.

  • Long battery life
  • Good performance
  • Bright display
  • Affordable price
Check out a full review of the Lenovo Tab 2 A10 on our sister site, Laptop Mag.
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Lenovo Yoga Tab 3

 

 

If longevity is your top priority, Lenovo's Yoga Tab 3 can't be beat. The 8-inch Android slate offers a beefy battery cylinder along one edge that provides an impressive 15 hours of battery life on a single charge, handily beating competing devices. Other highlights include a sharp HD display and a fold-out kickstand that lets you prop the slate up, which is especially handy if you pair the device with a Bluetooth keyboard. 

Operating system: Android

  • Long battery life
  • Kickstand 
  • MicroSD card slot
  • Keyboard friendly (not included)
Click here for a full review of the Yoga Tab 3 from our sister site LaptopMag.
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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet 2017

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet 2017 Credit: Lenovo

At CES 2017, in Las Vegas, Lenovo announced some coming improvements to its ThinkPad X1 Tablet. We won't get to fully review it until March 2017, when the $949 system will go on sale. But in the meantime, we can tell you it will come with an improved battery and a new range of docking options, which still includes three detachable keyboards, a projector and a pen. But perhaps the most exciting is the durability upgrades Lenovo has made. The X1 Tablet will now be MIL-SPEC tested to offer military grade endurance throughout all sorts of settings. 

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

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.