Tablet Comparison for Businesses

New data from Harris Interactive suggests that 15 percent of Americans now own a tablet device (keep in mind that this is up from roughly 8 percent one year ago). As tablets continue to surge in popularity, many businesses are looking to the market as a means to equip mobile workers with the same functionality of a typical laptop, yet at a reduced cost.

Unfortunately, as the market grows, so have options. Business owners now find themselves overwhelmed with with tablet statistics that are closer to Greek than English for many. To demonstrate this, you can find a chart at the bottom of this page (full chart) which compares features of over 45 major tablets. While this may be useful for some IT professionals, we figured it made more sense to pull out a few select picks that business owners should look closely at.

In the graph immediately below, I've pulled two tablets aside that would be worth considering for your business environment. Below this you will find a brief review of each phone as well.

Name OS Price Release date Screen size 4G support confirmed? Wifi-only
version confirmed?
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Honeycomb  $480 - $600     Available now  10.1-inch No Yes
Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet Honeycomb $430 Available now 10.1-inch No Yes


Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

First off: The Galaxy Operating System (Honeycomb) is arguably the best option on the market for business users:

- Robust notifications system designed for ease of management and navigation

- Effective support for Exchange integration and email management

- Support for Video Calls and meetings

- Ability to apply encryption of the entire tablet (don't forget your password if you do this)

- Wide range of connectivity options: USB tethering, hotspot, Bluetooth tethering, etc.

- Unlike iPad's screen doubling, Android apps run full-screen natively in Honeycomb.

I could continue listing features, but the core message is that the overall OS experience leaves you with a device that runs extremely smoothly. For business owners who might be running several email accounts while flipping between data intensive applications and their conference call, smooth is very important.

While part of this is a function of the OS, the hardware of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is also a major component of its performance. A review test done by Engadget clocked the "in-use" battery life at 10 hours, making it a great fit all-day for trade shows and conventions. Additionally the tablet sports the same specs as the more expensive limited edition release 4G LTE version from Verizon(1GHz Tegra 2, 1280 x 800 resolution display, front- and rear-facing cameras).

Lastly, Google's app store for Honeycomb is the only option to rival Apple's volume of options available. Providing end business users a wide array of custom developed business productivity apps.

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet

The Lenovo ThinkPad is a tablet aimed squarely at business users. It looks a bit clunky and won't win you points with Apple groupies, but it supplies unique business targeted software along with the business friendly Honeycomb OS.

The design itself is targeted towards professions. Sporting larger buttons which are easier to press and a pen to write with for users over the age of 20 (the non-finger-tap-typing-at-inhuman-speeds generation).

The ThinkPad carries the same great Operating System as previous example, while also coming preloaded with business focused software of its own.

All and all its a bit cheaper, heavier, and less lightning fast that the Samsung Galaxy mentioned above, but for some businesses it makes for a great affordable option for their on-the-move sales staff.

Full Tablet Comparison Chart

 

Name OS Price Release date Screen size 4G support confirmed? Wifi-only version confirmed?
Acer Iconia Tab A100 Honeycomb $330-$350 Available now 7-inch No Yes
Acer Iconia Tab A500 Honeycomb $400 Available now 10-inch No Yes
Acer Iconia Tab A501 Honeycomb $329 w/AT&T contract Available now 10-inch Yes Yes
Amazon Tablet 10-inch Unknown Unknown 2012 10-inch Unannounced Unannounced
Amazon Kindle Fire Amazon-customized
Android 2.3
$199 November 15, 2011 7-inch No Yes
Apple iPad iOS $500 Available now 9.7-inch No Yes
Apple iPad 2 iOS $500-$830 Available now 9.7-inch No Yes
Archos 70 Android 2.2 $260 Available now 7-inch No Yes
Archos 101 Android 2.2 $260 Available now 10.1-inch No Yes
Archos 80 G9 Honeycomb $300 Available now 8-inch No Yes
Archos 101 G9 Honeycomb $370 Available now 10.1-inch No Yes
Asus Slider Honeycomb $480-$580 Available now 10.1-inch No Yes
Asus Transformer Honeycomb $400 Available now 10.1-inch No Yes
Asus Transformer 2 Ice Cream Sandwich n/a Q4 2011 10.1-inch No No
Asus MeMO Honeycomb $500-$700 2012 7-inch Unannounced No
Coby Kyros Android 2.2 $170 Available now 8-inch No Yes
Dell Streak 5 Android 2.2 $200-$550 Available now 5-inch No No
Dell Streak 7 Android 2.2 $270-$450 Available now 7-inch Yes No
Fusion Garage Grid 10 Grid OS $300-$400 Available now 10.1-inch No No
HP TouchPad WebOS 3.0 $100-200 Available now 9.7-inch No Yes
HTC Evo View 4G (Sprint) Android 2.3 $400 Available now 7-inch No Yes
HTC Evo View 4G (Sprint) Android 2.3 $400 Available Now 7-inch No Yes
HTC Flyer Android 2.3 $300 Available now (at Best Buy only) 7-inch No Yes
HTC Jetstream Honeycomb $700-$800 Available now 10.1-inch Yes No
Lenovo IdeaPad A1 Android 2.3 $250 Unannounced 7-inch No Yes
Lenovo IdeaPad K1 Honeycomb $440 Available now 10.1-inch No Yes
Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet Honeycomb $430 Available now 10.1-inch No Yes
Maylong Universe M-150 Android 2.2 $130 Available now 7-inch No Yes
Motorola Xoom Honeycomb $600 Available now 10.1-inch Yes Yes
RIM Blackberry Playbook BlackBerry Tablet OS $300-$500 Available now 7-inch No Yes
Samsung Galaxy Tab Android 2.2 $150-$550 Available now 7-inch No No
Samsung Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi Android 2.2 $300-$350 Available now 7-inch No Yes
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Honeycomb Unannounced Unannounced 7.7-inch Yes No
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Honeycomb Unannounced Unannounced 7.7-inch Yes No
Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Honeycomb $470-$570 Available now 8.9-inch No Yes
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G LTE (Verizon) Honeycomb $530-$630 Available now 10.1-inch Yes No
Sony S Tablet Honeycomb $500-$600 Available now 9.4-inch No Yes
Sony P Tablet Honeycomb Unannounced Fall 2011 5.5-inch (dual-screen) Yes No
T-Mobile G-Slate Honeycomb $300-$600 Available now 8.9-inch Yes No
Toshiba AT200 Honeycomb Unannounced 2011 10.1-inch Unannounced Yes
Toshiba Thrive 7 Honeycomb Unannounced 2011 7-inch No Yes
Toshiba Thrive 10 Honeycomb $370-520 Available now 10.1-inch No Yes
Velocity Micro Cruz T408 Android 2.3 $240 Available now 8-inch No Yes
Velocity Micro Cruz T410 Android 2.3 $300 Available now 10-inch No Yes
Velocity Micro Cruz Tablet Android 2.2 $145-$200 Available now 7-inch No Yes
Viewsonic Viewpad 7 Android 2.2 $300-$500 Available now 7-inch No Yes
Viewsonic ViewPad G Tablet Android 2.2 $270-$325 Available now 10.1-inch No Yes
Vizio Tablet VTAB1008 Android 2.3 $317 Available now 8-inch No Yes

Source of original chart data

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