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Grow Your Business Technology

Best Business Tablets for Entrepreneurs 2017

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Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 offers desktop-class performance, a kickstand and a stylus. / Credit: Laptop Mag / Jeremy Lips

Today, tablets are used extensively in small businesses and international enterprises alike. Last year, the New York Times reported that approximately 50 percent of all high-end iPads were being sold to business clients. Innovative entrepreneurs are using tablets as point-of-sale systems, interactive menus, inventory systems, and in lieu of traditional credit card processing setups. Companies that provide services rather than products are also using tablets to make it easy for their employees in the field to stay connected and accountable. 

The way you use your business tablet depends on your technology preferences and the type of business you own. With help from our team of expert reviewers from our sister site Laptop Mag, we developed this guide that makes shopping for a tablet the easiest thing on your to-do list. Check out our top choices for entrepreneurs.

Best Tablet for Creative Entrepreneurs
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  • Price
    (starts at $799)
  • CPU
    Apple A10X
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Display Size & Resolution
    12.9 inches, 2732 x 2048 pixels
  • Battery Life Tested
    10 hours (claimed)
Best Tablet for a Desktop Experience
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  • Price
    $799
  • CPU
    Intel Core m3
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Display Size & Resolution
    12.3 inches, 2736 x 1824 pixels
  • Battery Life Tested
    7:30
Best Tablet for Online Entrepreneurs
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  • Price
    (starts at $649)
  • CPU
    Apple A10X
  • RAM
    2GB
  • Display Size & Resolution
    10.5 inch, 2224 x 1668
  • Battery Life Tested
    10 hours (claimed)
Best Tablet for Android Entrepreneurs
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  • Price
    (starts at $299)
  • CPU
    2.1-GHz MTK MT8176 Dual Core 2.1 GHz + 1.7-GHz Quad CA53
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Display Size & Resolution
    9.7 inches, 1536 x 2048 pixels
  • Battery Life Tested
    8:09
Best Tablet for Occasional Use
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  • Price
    (starts at $79.99)
  • CPU
    1.3-GHz quad-core
  • RAM
    1.5GB
  • Display Size & Resolution
    8 inches, 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Battery Life Tested
    12 hours (claimed)

Best Tablet for Creative Entrepreneurs

 

 

Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch  

You might be short on free time, but you're never short on ideas, and that's one of the hallmarks of a driven creative professional. We chose the Apple iPad Pro for you because it allows you to capture your ideas seamlessly and get real work done. 

The Apple Pencil ($99) makes drawing on the glossy 12.9-inch pressure-sensitive display feel natural and intuitive, and since the iPad Pro is compatible with Adobe Creative Cloud, you can do your work whenever (and wherever) inspiration strikes. The high-resolution (2732 x 2048) screen is also ideal for showcasing your work to potential clients without compromising on clarity or color, and if you make a sale on the spot, you can use a simple add-on POS system to process the payment

Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)

The Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) is being marketed as a laptop, but we felt it was fair game for the best tablet’s category because it’s a fully convertible 2-in-1 machine, and the keyboard and stylus are sold separately. While the base model of the Surface Pro starts at $799, we recommend serious business users upgrade to at least an Intel Core i5, which bumps the price up to $999 but also massively increases the tablet’s ability to multitask. Overall, the excellent display (2736 x 1824), variety of CPU options (from m3 to i7), ability to upgrade to 16GB RAM and sheer versatility make the Surface Pro a great choice for those who truly want a tablet and a laptop in one.

The Microsoft Surface Pro can be purchased on its own or alongside accessories like the Surface Pro Type Cover ($129.99) and the Surface Mouse ($49.99), which together give the tablet a solid desktop feel. If you require additional security you can opt for the Surface Pro Type Cover with Fingerprint ID ($159.99), and if you’re an avid tablet-notetaker, the addition of the Surface Pen ($59.99) will meet your needs.  

Click here for a full review of the Microsoft Surface Pro (2017).

 

 

Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch 

Your life (and your business) is online. You're constantly posting, streaming and connecting with customers in new ways, and you need a tablet that can keep up with the constantly changing social media landscape. The Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch is ideal for you. It's small enough to take photos and videos without feeling awkward, but the screen size is still large enough for you to easily edit everything from selfies to 4k videos. 

With the compact Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch, you can manage your online store, post and live stream to all your accounts, and even take notes with help from the handy and stylish Apple Pencil ($99 extra). Plus, when you invest in a tablet like the Apple iPad Pro, you never worry about whether the next big app will be available on your machine. And did we mention that it comes in silver, gold, space gray or rose gold? 

 

 

Amazon Fire HD 8 (2017)

It's not always necessary to opt for a top-of-the line tablet, especially if you're unsure about how often you'll use it. If you have a desktop or laptop that you love, but you're curious how a tablet might improve your efficiency when you're away from the office, store, studio (or wherever you typically work), the Amazon Fire HD 8 is a prudent choice. 

The Amazon Fire HD 8 is so inexpensive ($79.99) that you don't have to use it daily to justify the purchase price. This low-cost tablet is a winner in our book: It has an ultra-long battery life (Amazon claims 12 hours), and it's easy to use. The Amazon Fire HD 8 is ideal for light work like catching up on news, managing your calendar, keeping to-do lists, checking traffic, emailing on the go and accessing apps. The tablet also comes with Alexa onboard and Amazon Mayday for around the clock tech support.  

Click here for a full review of the Amazon Fire HD 8.

 

 

Asus ZenPad 3S 10 

You've already invested in Android products, and you want to keep your technology consistent throughout your growing business – we get it. The Asus ZenPad 3S 10 is an affordable ($299) Android tablet that was designed with entrepreneurs like you in mind. It's lightweight but still manages to pack a professional punch with its relatively high resolution (1536 x 2048), affordable Z Stylus ($29.99), and convenient fingerprint login. The Asus ZenPad 3S 10 brings processing power and style together in a unique package that Android fans are sure to love, but be aware that neither the battery life nor the camera quality is particularly impressive. If you're looking for something to shoot and share on social media, keep looking, if you want a solid Android tablet that's business-ready, you've found it.

Click here for a full review of the Asus ZenPad 3S 10. 

Mona Bushnell

Mona Bushnell is a New York City-based Staff Writer for Tom’s IT Pro and Business News Daily. She has a B.A. in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College and has previously worked as an IT Technician, a Copywriter, a Software Administrator, a Scheduling Manager and an Editorial Writer. Mona began freelance writing full-time in 2014 and joined the Purch team in 2017.