This year at CES, enterprise-level tablets were among the coolest and most practical pieces to be announced at the show. Built for business, enterprise tablets allow you to take your work on the go with less weight than your company laptop.
Take the 1.6 pound Samsung Galaxy NotePRO (price unavailable at time of writing). As Samsung’s new flagship tablet, it’s built with enterprise users in mind. The 12.2 inch WQXGA 2560 x 1600 Super Clear LCD screen gives you plenty of workspace. The NotePRO also comes with Samsung’s S Pen stylus for jotting notes and sketches. The webcam shoots up to 30 frames per second at an awesome 2160p – yes, double 1080p high-definition. The guts differ depending on the wireless connectivity you choose. WiFi and 3G models come with Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa chipset, while higher-end LTE models rock Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 2.3GHz quad-core processor. The NotePROs come with 3GB of memory, plenty to keep your applications running smoothly, and either 32GB or 64GB of storage (expandable with a microSD card by up to 64GB of course). Samsung also promises up to 10 hours of battery life. So running around town without a charger isn’t as dangerous as it once was. Finally, as icing on the cake, the NotePRO comes packed with over $700 of applications, many specifically for the business-minded individual. The similar Galaxy TabPRO tablets offer displays ranging between 8.4 and 12.2 inches.
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Some of us are harder (read: clumsier) on our gadgets or lead an adventurous lifestyle. Ruggedized leader Panasonic’s newest offering is the Toughpad FZ-M1 ($2,099). The 7-inch FZ-M1 is shockproof, dustproof, and waterproof. That’s aided by its fanless design, a first according to Panasonic. So if you desire to email your co-worker while huddled around a blazing campfire during a rainstorm, you can. The FZ-M1 comes with a 4th generation Intel Core i5 vPro processor, a 1280×800 display, a whopping 8GB of memory, and a 128 GB or 256 GB Solid State Drive. For your videoconferencing needs, there is a 720p front-facing camera. Finally, the FZ-M1 gets up to 8 hours of battery life. If that’s not enough for your there-aren’t-outlets-where-I’m-going lifestyle, you can add a battery and double your battery life. While pricey, the Toughpad FZ-M1 is a good option for those who work and play hard.
Jumping around on operating systems? You may want an Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300. A beast designed for multitasking on multiple OS systems, the Duet is a laptop/tablet hybrid that’s all about the guts. A quad-core Intel i7 processor allows the Duet to run both Windows 8.1 and Android and switch instantly by hitting a button. Your IT manager will love you and your Duet. The Duet comes with 4GB of low-voltage DDR3L memory and up to 128GB of solid state storage. You can also pack a 1 TB hard drive into the dock, making it a workhorse for the non-cloud fans. As a hybrid, you can snap the 13.3-inch full HD IPS multi-touch display – perfect for Avaya Scopia or Flare Experience – into its keyboard and type away, or take the display separately and treat it like any other tablet. As someone who owns a hybrid, I can say this feature never gets old when you’re all about function and multitasking. If there’s a weakness, it’s the battery life. Windows 8 will net you 5 hours (eh), while Android will keep on ticking for 6 hours (meh). Certainly not as good as the other models, but alright if you’re more the stationary type.
There were certainly more tablets on display at CES, but for the enterprise-minded individual, there are definitely the stand outs coming out in 2014.