Looking for a New Tablet? The Top Contenders in Today’s Market

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Of the top tablets, the closest to a business tablet is Microsoft Surface, but since it comes with Office Student Edition, without Outlook or Lync, what would normally be an easy choice may not be. Still, for business, Microsoft Surface has the lead position thanks to Office integration. While it lacks Outlook, the native email and calendaring clients integrate with Exchange. It has 56 of the top 60 apps but is short of the breadth of apps that both Android and iOS offer.

The product is surprisingly good, particularly with the optional mechanical keyboard, which effectively turns it into a touch notebook. The panoramic screen is better for work (you can better line up apps horizontally) and for movies than the iPad, and the screen size is significantly better than the 7-inch offerings. In addition, it has a better port out than the other choices, allowing it to more easily connect with projectors or accessories like a mouse.

Its price, weight and battery life are competitive, but it is the heaviest product in this group and is best on a table or lap and its built-in kickstand helps in this regard. If you want something that can handle work, but where holding the product in your hand for long periods isn’t the primary criteria, this is the top ranked. Rob found the Microsoft Surface to be an ideal size to work in coach on a plane.

According to Rob Enderle, the top tablets in the market are very different from each other. Given the popularity of Apple products, it’s no surprise that the tablet to beat is the iPad 4. However, each of the contenders, including the iPad Mini, Microsoft Surface, Google Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD, has unique advantages over the iPad 4.


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