The best tablets for entrepreneurs: What's the best tablet for business use?

Advice on the best tablets for startups and entrepreneurs. It's iPad vs Android vs Surface Pro for the title of best tablet for business.

Let's face it, you are likely to buy an iPad. But if you are trying to start or grow a business, your choice of personal tech is critically important. You want something that is portable and powerful and able to support you in working wherever you are. But you also need something that looks the part without breaking the bank.

Here is our guide to the best tablet for startups and entrepreneurs.

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Best tablets for startups and entrepreneurs: iPad

Best tablets for startups and entrepreneurs: iPad

The most popular individual brand of tablet, Apple's iPad is slick and simple to use. Secure and with the best app support on the market. It's not cheap though, and you will need an adaptor for most projectors, which is an issue when presenting.

We recommend the iPad Pro 9.7-inch. It's more affordable than the 12.9-inch model and feels more like a tablet for both work and play due to it's smaller screen and ultra portability. However, if you'll be using it for mostly work, the 9.7 Smart Keyboard is on the small side of detachable keyboards.

The iPad Pro will be at the top end of most people's budgets, coming in at between £549 to £1,029. If you definitely want to go with Apple, there is a slightly cheaper alternative. Simply called the iPad, Apple's newest release will set you back between £339 and £559 depending on the model and specs you choose.

Best tablets for startups and entrepreneurs: Android

Best tablets for startups and entrepreneurs: Android

You can get an Android tablet that is every bit as good as the Apple equivalent, and it will cost less. But you need to know what you are getting: the Android world is a very mixed bunch.

Android plus points include universal USB support, and the ease with which you can transfer from PC or Mac to Android tablet. App support remains patchy, however, and there is a minor security risk.

Designed entirely by Google, the Pixel C is a great option for people wanting a tablet and keyboard attachment for long days at the office and for watching films or TV shows on the go, although it will set you back £479.99. However, when it comes to Android tablets, the Sony Experia Z4 shouldn't be overlooked. The Z4 is a worthy rival to the iPad Air 2.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is also a great choice for an Android tablet as it offers solid specs, a great screen and a lightweight design. This tablet comes in at around £329.

The latest Samsung tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, was released in March 2017. It has  an impressive display, the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 CPU and expandable storage of up to 256GB thanks to the inclusion of a microSD card slot. It's a pretty impressive tablet, and this is reflected in the price. It costs around £599.99.

Check out PC Advisor's Best tablets list to be sure you are getting what you need.

Best tablets for startups and entrepreneurs: Surface Pro

Best tablets for startups and entrepreneurs: Surface Pro

Hands down one of the best tablets for business, Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 is a power PC in tablet form. No other tablet offers you full use of full Windows: any software you can run on a PC, you can run on Surface Pro.

The keyboard cases are brilliant, too, meaning that the Surface Pro really is the tablet that can replace your laptop. For real. Downsides? It is - as you would expect - expensive.

Price points range between £749 and £1669. Depending on which specs and accessories you go for, this tablet would be a huge investment. But its impressive specs could make it all worth it.

The Surface Pro 4 offers a crisp 2736x1824 screen resolution, up to 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB of storage (although the 1TB model is not available in the UK just yet) and a 6th-generation Skylake Intel Core M3 processor, making it one powerful machine.

However, you might want to hold off buying it as it is rumoured that the Surface Pro 5 could be released this summer.

Best tablets for startups and entrepreneurs: Other Windows tablets

Best tablets for startups and entrepreneurs: Other Windows tablets

You can dial down the price and get a Windows tablet from the likes of Dell or HP. Just be sure you know what you are getting. A cheaper Windows tablet may have a poor quality screen, anaemic performance and poor connectivity. Worst of all: it may have poor battery life. Always check the specs, read reviews, and seek advice before you buy.

The Samsung Galaxy TabPro S is a good option for those wanting a relatively high spec tablet with detachable keyboard without the Apple price tag (although, it's not exactly cheap).

Otherwise, the Chuwi Hi10 Pro and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 are all solid options at more attainable prices.

Best tablets for startups and entrepreneurs: Windows hybrids

Best tablets for startups and entrepreneurs: Windows hybrids

The best convertible tablet/PC hybrids can be a good compromise between power and portability. The worst? Hopelessly hamstrung devices that are good at neither. And there are more of the latter than the former.

Typically convertibles are fat and heavy tablets with cramped keyboards attached. Unless you can really shell out, we suggest avoiding and getting a thin and light laptop.

However, if you are set on a hybrid machine, the Asus Transformer Book Flip and the Lenovo Yoga 900-131SK are good choices.

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