Desk workers of the past dreaded days wherein they would need to bring their work home since it would involve carrying loads of paperwork. Thanks to technology, the load of work has been compacted into portable devices such as laptops but if we take into consideration the standards of today, it still takes considerable space in your gear bag, not to mention the weight. Luckily, tablets of today can now match the capabilities of standalone laptops. All you need is to add a decent keyboard and you’re off grinding on those paperwork.
Whether you’re an Android, Windows or even iOS user, integrating a tablet to your workflow would definitely keep you productive. But the dense number of units available in the market can make the search for your tablet can prove to be an arduous task. The best strategy is to consider first the important features you need for your tablet to have. We’ve specified a few important specifications that you should search for in your tablet before purchasing.
- Storage: This might be the most important specification that you should look out for when buying a tablet. Since we are living in the age of the smartphone, none of us are strangers to the value that extra storage can bring to a device. Though we can work around the lack of storage in smartphones, tablets for note taking use must have ample amount of this. Remember that whenever you load an app, it also consumes internal storage space. Bumping up your storage to 64GB or 128 GB would be best if you plan to store files and use different apps simultaneously.
- Screen: Screen size is another important factor to consider. Here, you are faced with the decision whether you will value portability or workspace. 7 to 8 inch tablets are the lightest choice in the market though you may feel cramped when working on heavy tasks. 10-12 inch tablets gives you enough workspace and are suitable laptop replacements.
- Battery Life: One more important specification is battery life since it will dictate how long your tablet will run and whether you should be near a power outlet for charging. Most manufacturers will give the battery life on the manual or box but it would be better if you know the capacity of the battery A size ranging from 6000mAh(milli Ampere-hour) to 8000mAh would be best. But this is only one piece of the puzzle, you must also combine this knowledge with the estimated battery life and the intensity of tasks you will be doing with the tablet.
- Performance: Two integral parts of the tablet dictate how well it will perform: the RAM and processor. The processor is the brains of the tablet and you should look out for its speed(GHz) and the number of its cores. The RAM on the other hand can be considered as the short term memory of the unit. The more spare RAM available, the better performance you will have during intense tasks and multitasking.
- Operating System: Choosing the OS for your tablet really depends upon your preference but it is worth to consider the differences of each. iOS has long held the lead over the others due to its stability and optimized apps designed for tablets. Android on the other hand is catching up with the addition of customized options. Finally Windows provides its users with the benefit of its “universal apps” which are developed to run on any Window’s based device.
Tablets for Note Taking
Apple Ipad Pro
The Ipad Pro can be considered as the tablet that pushed Apple’s iPad line onto the premier list of productivity devices in the market. Its 12.9 inch Retina display with its accessories like the Apple Pencil and bluetooth keyboard can give you a light and portable laptop replacement.
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
Running on Intel’s Skylake processor, this tablet sports a 12.3-inch screen which is perfect for taking notes. This unit is well suited for taking notes giving you a simulated laptop experience.
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S
Unlike the other units in its product line this 12 inch tablet uses a Windows OS, opening up possible strategic partnership in the future with Microsoft. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S pro is one of the few tablets in the market that has a 3:2 aspect – one of which is the iPad Pro. The bundled keyboard that comes with it makes it a better alternative.
Dell XPS 12
Dell has taken inspiration from the Microsoft Surface Pro and developed the XPS 12. It has a 12.5 inch screen and the hinge-less keyboard is included in the unit cost plus it supports Dell’s Active Stylus.
Sony Experia Z4 Tablet
The Z4 is perfect for those who would prefer tablets with dust and water resistant features to handle rugged handling but it is also elegant enough for business users. It has a 10.1 inch screen and 32 GB of storage. Once you add in the keyboard dock this tablet becomes a flexible machine for writing documents and composing emails.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet
The ThinkPad X1 has all the signature features of its product line: color scheme, Trackpoint, Accutype keys, finish and logo. It has a 12 inch screen and 256GB amount of storage space. Considering all of these things included in its package, it can be considered as a one of the best designed convertible devices available today in the market.
Asus Transformer 3 Pro
Asus posed a challenge against Microsoft’s Surface pro 4 with their own Transformer 3 Pro. The value you get from its cost is far more than that of the Surface Pro 4. It sports a 12.6 inch screen, 16 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage space. The package includes a keyboard, docking station, stylus and their Trusted Platform Module (TPM) for better security suited for the enterprise setting.
Getac RX 10
This unit is perfect for those who plan to work on rugged conditions. It has a 10.1 inch screen which is readable even under direct sunlight and it can take its share of hard drops, dust showers, water splashes and more. It has a number of expansion options like hot-swappable batteries, NFC/RFID card reader and bar code scanner.
Fujitsu Stylistic R726
This unit is another take of Microsoft’s Surface pro but made a few modifications so that it would be more enterprise friendly in terms of its price tag. Included in its package is a wide range of accessories, active stylus, expansion ports and top notch aftersales warranty. It runs on an Intel i7 core, has a 12.5 inch screen and 8 GB of RAM. Users will love its detachable keyboard and classy docking station.
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
Just like Fujitsu and Asus, HP took the best features of the Surface Pro and produced their own Elite x2 1012 to serve their target business market. It has undergone a 12-point stress test and can be easily upgraded. It has a 12 inch screen, 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage space. It has an active pen, keyboard and filled with security features. Reviews have described its keyboard “as comfortable as it is on a real notebook.”
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