Best Business Tablets 2015 (and Why We Love Them) Credit: Laptop Mag / Jeremy Lips

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.

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Best Overall Business Tablet

Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Operating system: Windows 8.1

Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 is a powerful, versatile tablet that was designed for productivity. With the optional Type Cover attached, it's essentially a superthin laptop that has more in common with Apple's MacBook Air than other slates on this list. You can buy it with a powerful Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processor, so it's fast enough to run just about any desktop software you need. Plus, it comes with a pen and a pressure-sensitive display, so it's great for taking notes right on the screen. As a bonus, Microsoft's desktop dock lets you transition seamlessly between home and office.

  • Stylus
  • Kickstand
  • USB port
  • Pressure-sensitive screen
  • 4G LTE capable
  • Split-screen multitasking
  • Long battery life
  • Mini Display Port
  • MicroSD card slot
  • Keyboard (sold separately)
  • Desktop dock (sold separately)

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

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Best iPad for Business

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.

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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Best Android Tablet for Business

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.

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. 

Best Small Tablet for Business

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. 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

 

Best 2-in-1 Tablet for Business

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, 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. 

Note: A new tablet in this line, the Transformer Book T300 Chi, is coming soon with a keyboard, fast performance and a 12.5-inch display. Stay tuned for our full review.

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Best Battery Life Tablet for Business

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, 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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