Let’s take a moment to have a serious look at your working style and how you plan to use a tablet for work. Choosing a new device for work is often a significant investment that you want to get right. For starters, buying a tablet because you think it is the cheaper option than a laptop is definitely not the right way to go!
Before deciding the type of device you need, think through all the places you carry out your work and consider how much you will be on the move. Are you just as likely to be working on the train, a plane or in a coffee-shop – do you even have a desk or are you mostly out on-site? Is a majority of your work computer-based - making the tablet your primary tool or is it a support tool for something else? It might be worth just jotting down exactly what you plan to use it for and where you are likely to be working.
Tablets work well when the computing aspect is a supporting factor to your job – like a surgeon who wants to make quick reference, a potter looking for inspiration or a builder who just wants a device to send out invoices. Tablets are also particularly good for those impromptu meetings in the most unlikely places where you still need to impress with your presentation.
For this work scenario in our Product Chooser we have only included tablets that have a keyboard or a pen to write on the screen, as often a touch screen alone just doesn’t allow you to work fast enough when there is a lot to get through. All tablets will connect to a Bluetooth keyboard – which is wireless - but a tablet that is designed to work with an attachable keyboard will feel more efficient and more akin to working on a laptop when that’s what you need. Some people also find Bluetooth can sometimes be tricky to setup and often unexpectedly lose connection.
If your work is predominantly computer based with a lot of typing, data entry or mouse driven design work then you should consider whether a laptop will help you to be more productive. With the wide range of sleek laptops available today choosing a laptop over a tablet doesn’t mean compromising in any way on style or weight.
If your work involves the use of power hungry applications for graphics, or photo and video editing, coding or analytics then you need a very high-performance device, so be sure to use the slider for performance when you use our Product Chooser to help you choose.
And, if you want to stay unplugged for longer periods of time make sure you push the battery life slider to the top in our Product Chooser. Remember that the higher the performance and the longer the battery life, the higher the price tag too. Invest wisely though and you will soon be working smoothly wherever it takes you.
When it comes to the operating system that is mostly down to personal preference and the type of apps you already use. If you already have a smartphone or laptop it’s probably a good idea to stick with the same one so that you don’t have to learn a new series of settings and you can use the same app store.