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Business Tablets With the Longest Battery Life: 2016 Edition

Business Tablets With the Longest Battery Life: 2016 Edition
The Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ has a laptop-grade battery attached to its edge. / Credit: Lenovo

A great business tablet isn't worth much if it's always running out of juice. That's why battery life should be a key concern when you're looking for a new work slate. The tablets on this list have the endurance to make it through even the longest business flights.

Note: Numbers represent battery life with continuous Web browsing over 4G LTE.

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

 

 

Battery life: 15 hours and 9 minutes

Operating system: Android

No tablets lasts longer than the Yoga Tab 3. And unmatched longevity isn't all this slate has to offer workers. Like all Yoga tablets, the 8-inch Tab 3 has a kickstand that flips out from the slate's battery cylinder, which is handy for propping the device up while you work. Lenovo also included some useful software extras, like split-screen multitasking so you can view two apps on-screen at once. It doesn't hurt either that the Yoga Tab 3 lasts nearly twice as long as most competing slates, even if it's not the speediest tablet around.

  • Long battery life
  • Kickstand 
  • Split-screen multitasking
  • MicroSD card slot
  • Keyboard friendly (not included)

Click here for a full review of the Yoga Tab 3 from our sister site Laptop Mag.

 

 

 

 

  • Long battery life
  • Kickstand 
  • MicroSD card slot
  • Keyboard friendly (not included)

Lenovo's Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ has a beefy battery that helped the tablet run for an extremely impressive 13 hours in our battery test. It also includes a 10-inch HD display that's big enough for screen-intensive productivity tasks, and a fold-out kickstand that lets you stand the slate up. That will come in handy if you want to pair the device with a Bluetooth keyboard for extended typing sessions. You can also lay the tablet flat on a table and use the kickstand to prop the device up just slightly for a better viewing angle.

Click here for a full review of the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ from our sister site LaptopMag.

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Battery life: 12 hours and 37 minutes

Operating system: Android

A built-in kickstand goes a long way toward making your tablet good for work. That's a big part of what makes Lenovo's Android-powered Yoga Tablet 2 such an enticing productivity device. It features a large battery cylinder along one edge, which rotates to reveal a kickstand that can prop the tablet up on your desk. That gives you a good view of the screen for typing sessions, especially if you pair the device with a Bluetooth keyboard. And that big battery cylinder also lets the Yoga Tablet 2 last and last; it racked up an incredible 12 hours and 37 minutes on our battery test, which is more than 5 hours longer than the category average. 

  • Long battery life
  • Kickstand 
  • MicroSD card slot
  • Keyboard friendly (not included)

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

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Battery life: 12 hours 

Operating system: Android

Lenovo's Tab 2 A10 boasts some impressive battery life for such an affordable tablet. The $198 slate ran for an epic 12 hours on our battery test — that far outpaces low-cost competitors like the Acer Iconia Tab 10, which ran out of juice after just 8 hours. Other highlights include a sturdy, sleek design and a bright 10-inch display. It's not the speediest slate you can buy for less than $200, but that may be a small trade-off for a tablet that lasts this long on a charge.

  • 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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Battery life: 11 hours

Operating system: iOS

Apple's iPad mini 3 is better for business than last year's model, even if not much has really changed. The tablet comes with the same sharp, 7.9-inch (20 cm) display and zippy A7 processor as the iPad mini 2. It also has the same long-lasting battery, which ran for 11 hours in our battery test. What makes the iPad mini 3 different from its predecessor is the addition of Apple's Touch ID fingerprint scanner embedded in the tablet's home button. The scanner lets you keep your business slate locked down without the hassle of password-protected lock screens.

  • 4G LTE capable
  • Long battery life
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Keyboard friendly (not included)

Click here for a full review of the iPad mini 3 from Business News Daily.

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Battery life: 9 hours and 49 minutes

Operating system: Android

Innovative pen tech isn't the only thing HP's Pro Slate 8 has going for it. It's also one of the longest-lasting 8-inch tablets around, running for an impressive 9 hours and 49 minutes on our battery life test. But it's the unique stylus, which can transfer handwritten notes from regular paper to the tablet, that really makes the Pro Slate 8 stand out from the crowd. A premium metal design and hardware-enabled security round out the package.

Key features:

  • Active stylus
  • Ink-on-paper note taking
  • Premium design
  • Long battery life
  • Hardware-enabled security

Click here for a full review at the HP Pro Slate 8.

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Battery life: 9 hours and 47 minutes

Operating system: Android

Dell's Venue 8 7000 is a stunning piece of technology, with an aluminum design, a gorgeous edge-to-edge display and a razor-thin bezel around three sides of the screen. It also boasts better battery life than most of the competition, running for 9 hours and 47 minutes in our battery test. Other highlights include fast performance, expandable storage and a nice keyboard dock that can be purchased separately.

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.

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Battery life: 9 hours and 20 minutes

Operating system: iOS

The iPad Air 2 is faster and slimmer than the original iPad Air. It's also one of the longest-lasting full-size tablets on the market, running for 9 hours and 20 minutes in our battery test. Meanwhile, Apple's new A8X processor provides zippy performance, and the 9.7-inch (24.6 cm) screen produces a clearer picture than last year's model thanks to an anti-reflective coating. Meanwhile, iOS 8 adds tons of productivity-boosting features like the ability to pair your iPad Air 2 with your iPhone or Mac computer to seamlessly switch between devices while you're working. 

  • 4G LTE capable
  • Long battery life
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Keyboard friendly (not included)

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

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Battery life: 9 hours and 30 minutes

Operating system: Android

Samsung's Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is a huge Android tablet with battery life to match. The device lasts for about 9 hours and 30 minutes on a single charge, which is impressive when you consider how much energy is required to power the device's big 12.2-inch display. The big screen provides plenty of virtual real estate for productivity tasks such as managing your email inbox and creating documents. And the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 includes a stylus, which makes it easy to take notes and draw charts right on the tablet's pressure-sensitive screen. The device's other standout feature is its multitasking mode, which lets you run up to four apps on-screen at the same time.

  • 4G LTE capable
  • Multitasking friendly
  • Long battery life
  • Keyboard friendly (not included)
  • Desktop dock compatible
  • Includes microSD card slot

Click here for a full review of the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 from our sister site Laptop Mag.

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Battery life: 9 hours

Operating system: Android

The Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is the latest entry in Samsung's Galaxy tablet line of Android tablets, and it packs a thin design, great security features and long battery life of about 9 hours with continuous use. Standout features for business users include a fingerprint reader, which provides an effortless security boost, and support for KNOX, a suite of secure applications for business users. But it's the slate's supersharp and colorful 10.5-inch AMOLED display, the first of its kind on a tablet, which really helps it stand out.

  • 4G LTE capable
  • Multitasking features
  • Long battery life
  • Keyboard friendly (not included)
  • Desktop dock compatible
  • Includes microSD card slot

Click here for a full review of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 from our sister site LaptopMag.

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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.