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Grow Your Business Technology

Best Work Tablets With the Longest Battery Life (2017)

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Business travelers rely on long-lasting tablets / Credit: Shutterstock_Pressmaster

For many entrepreneurs, the primary appeal of tablets is their portability. Being able to work from anywhere at any time is a must in today's fast-paced business world. Unfortunately, many tablets on the market lack the long battery life on-the-go entrepreneurs need.

We teamed up with our sister site, LaptopMag, to test the battery life of the major tablets on the market. The battery life numbers we've included here are based on how long you can use each tablet with continuous web browsing over Wi-Fi. For more information on how we test mobile devices, visit our testing methodology page.

#1 Battery Life
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  • Price
    $649
  • Battery Life Tested
    13:55
  • CPU
    Apple A10X
  • RAM
    2GB
  • Display Size & Resolution
    10.5 inches, 2224 x 1668 pixels
#2 Battery Life
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  • Price
    $329
  • Battery Life Tested
    12:59
  • CPU
    Apple A9
  • RAM
    2GB
  • Display Size & Resolution
    9.7 inches, 2048 x 1536 pixels
#3 Battery Life
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  • Price
    $79.99
  • Battery Life Tested
    10:58
  • CPU
    1.3 GHz quad-core
  • RAM
    1.5GB
  • Display Size & Resolution
    8 inches, 1280 x 800 pixels
#4 Battery Life
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  • Price
    $310.10
  • Battery Life Tested
    9:31
  • CPU
    2.4 GHz Intel Atom x5-Z8550
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Display Size & Resolution
    10.1 inches, 1920 x 1200 pixels
#5 Battery Life
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  • Price
    $499.99
  • Battery Life Tested
    8:45
  • CPU
    Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Display Size & Resolution
    9.7 inches, 2048 x 1536 pixels

Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch lasts nearly 14 hours on a charge. Credit: Apple

The Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch delivers a long battery life of 13 hours and 55 minutes in a sleek and luxurious package. The longest lasting tablet on our list, the Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch is well loved because of its iOS, glossy, high-resolution screen (2224 x 1668 pixels), sensitive Apple Pencil (sold separately, $99) and optional Smart Keyboard ($159). The only downside to this tablet is the cost: It starts at $649, and the accessories are all sold separately. This machine may not be ideal for budget-conscious business owners.

Read more about the Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch here.

Apple iPad Pro 9.7-inch lasts nearly 13 hours on a charge. Credit: Apple
Apple iPad Pro 9.7-inch lasts nearly 13 hours on a charge.
Credit: Apple

The Apple iPad 9.7-inch is a close second to the larger iPad, clocking in with a battery life of 12 hours and 59 minutes. The signature Apple look and feel, plus the lower price ($329), make this tablet a good option for iPad enthusiasts who want something portable, affordable and long lasting.

The Apple iPad 9.7-inch cannot be used with the Apple Pencil or with any of the Apple Smart Keyboards. If a keyboard is a must, you can always get a third-party Bluetooth keyboard.

Read more about the Apple iPad 9.7-inch here.

Amazon's Fire HD 8 lasts more than 11 hours on a charge. Credit: Amazon

The Amazon Fire HD 8 is a nice tablet for very casual users or price-sensitive buyers ($79.99). But it runs Amazon's proprietary Fire operating system and offers limited app access. However, the Fire HD 8 logged an impressive 10 hours and 58 minutes on our battery life test. If you've been looking for an inexpensive work tablet for very basic use and you also want long battery life, you can't do better than the Amazon Fire HD 8.

Read more about the Amazon Fire HD 8 here.

Lenovo's Yoga Book lasts 9.5 hours on a single charge. Credit: Lenovo

Ideal for business-focused Android users, the Lenovo Yoga Book offers 9 hours and 31 minutes of battery power in a unique hybrid frame. This multitasking machine has a 360-degree hinge, so you can use it as a laptop (it has a light-up touch keyboard) or as a tablet. The Lenovo Yoga Book also comes with a stylus pen. The whole package starts at just $399.99, making it an excellent value.

Read more about the Lenovo Yoga Book here

Samsung's Galaxy Tab S3 lasts nearly 9 hours on a charge. Credit: Samsung

With 8 hours and 45 minutes of battery life, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 comes in last on our list of 2017's longest lasting tablets. The reliable tablet sports a sharp resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels on its 9.7-inch touchscreen. It comes with an S Pen stylus for writing and drawing.

With a starting price of $499.99, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is significantly more expensive than many other tablets. The Galaxy Tab S3's higher price tag does not include a keyboard, which is sold separately and costs an additional $129.99.  

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.