Here are the top 5 tablets for executives, handpicked from tech site cnet.com’s comprehensive 2015 tablet reviews.
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Microsoft Surface Pro 3: 4/5 Stars
The Surface Pro 3 earned cnet.com’s praise as the “Best Productivity Tablet.” Those who are still struggling with mastering the ins-and-outs of their desktop computer – and who aren’t feeling particularly good about taking on another tech challenge – won’t have to worry about a steep learning curve with the Surface Pro 3. With a familiar Microsoft operating platform and keyboard (included), the Surface Pro 3 is a PC in tablet clothing. Price: Over $650
I USE GOOGLE FOR EVERTHING, AND I HAVE AN ANDROID PHONE
Google Nexus 9: 4/5 Stars
If Google has taken over almost every other aspect of your life, why not allow it to take over your tablet needs as well? Those who have bucked the iPhone in favour of a smartphone with an Android platform will feel at home using the Nexus 9, which cnet.com credits with a “premium build, speedy performance and consistent updates.” Priced: Over $300
FORGET WORK. I WANT TO TAKE GOOD PICTURES.
Dell Venue 8 7000: 4/5 Stars
If you take a lot of pictures and still remember “the Dell guy,” this would be the appropriate time to say, “Dude…I’m getting a Dell.” The Venue incorporates a powerful 3D camera and image editing features into a body that can boast of being – at least, for now – the world’s thinnest tablet. But that doesn’t mean it skimps on memory. By using the micro-SD card, the Venue’s memory can jump to over 500GBs. Price: Over $300
I’M USING WORK AS AN EXCUSE TO BUY A TABLET… I WANT TO WATCH MOVIES.
Amazon Fire HDX 8.9: 4/5 Stars
If you’re only using productivity as an excuse to buy a tablet, then the “family-friendly” Fire HDX is your best bet. With Dolby Atmos speaker tech, brilliant display and a low price ($379.99 USD), this tablet is a dream for those who want to kick back and stream their favourite shows. Price: Over $350
IF IT’S NOT APPLE, I DON’T WANT IT.
Apple iPad Air 2: 4.5/5 Stars
Of course, no tablet review would be complete without the iPad, and Apple once again leads the field in this category. While its newest offering is big on hype and little on change, cnet.com editors had the same to say about the Air 2. Its memory is larger, processor is better, cameras are sharper, body is thinner… but how many changes can Apple make when it’s pumping out new models less than a year apart? That being said, according to cnet.com, the iPad remains “the gold standard” for tablets. Price: Over $400
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