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Choosing a tablet for enterprise productivity

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Whether you’re an enterprise worker shopping for a personal tablet that also doubles as a work device or an IT pro looking for the right large mobile device to provision for your enterprise’s employees, this is the time of year when choices and deals abound.

Here are several roundups of tablets from the perspective of business users who are interested in getting things done while on the go or even in the office.

First is a video from Network World highlighting “five things to consider” before buying a tablet for productivity. Among the considerations are which operating system you prefer, length of battery life, and screen size.  Pretty basic stuff, but the basics matter when it comes to productivity tools.

TechRadar offers its picks for top nine business tablets here, in which it refers to the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 as “the tablet that can replace your laptop” and the HP Pavilion x2 as “the best and most affordable Windows 10 convertible.” It also highlights some choices for users who need a rugged tablet, including the Panasonic ToughPad FZ-M1 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active.

Finally, PCWorld comes right out and urges readers interested in a productivity tablet to “avoid the low-cost throwaways.” Good advice. The site’s roundup favors the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, Apple iPad Air 2, and the Windows Surface Pro 3 (because it’s less expensive than the Surface Pro 4 but still a great productivity tablet).

As you can see, there are choices to be made even between tablet manufacturers. For example, Apple’s newest tablet, the iPad Pro, was designed with business users in mind. Yet in stating their preference for the iPad Air 2, PCWorld editors threw some shade at the iPad Pro, calling it “a nice tablet, but overkill—unless you’re buying a gift for a graphics professional.”

If you think you already know what productivity tablet you want — which you certainly do if you’re a graphics professional — this holiday shopping weekend may be the time to take the plunge.

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