Krishan Sharma
Technology Journalist

Krishan Sharma is a freelance journalist who writes for various consumer tech and business IT publications

Krishan Sharma
Technology Journalist

Krishan Sharma is a freelance journalist who writes for various consumer tech and business IT publications

The popularity of tablets has played a pivotal role in the decline of the PC. Tablets offer a number of benefits over traditional notebooks – they are more portable, cheaper and require no ongoing maintenance. If you’ve been holding out for one or looking to upgrade, which tablet should you buy?

Thanks to the rapid advancements of mobile chips, tablets are edging ever closer to notebook level performance while tablet makers like Samsung are continually redefining the capabilities of the humble stylus.

Here are the year’s three best tablets for business.

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

1. Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 or Galaxy NotePro 12.2

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and its bigger brother, NotePro 12.2, offer killer productivity features that you simply cannot get on any other tablet. Multi-tasking addicts will feel right at home with multi-window which allows you to view four open apps simultaneously so you can browse the web, watch a video, edit a document and view your favourite app all at the same time.

The new and improved S Pen offers the best digital writing experience around and makes everyday tasks like annotating and signing documents, jotting down meeting notes, mind mapping or drawing up projections for that quarterly meeting, an absolute breeze. 

The Note 10.1 and NotePro 12.2 both come bundled with key business app Cisco’s WebEx, which allows you to conduct web conferencing and share a virtual whiteboard with up to eight people, create and edit Microsoft Office documents on the move with Hancom Office, and virtually mirror your PC on the tablet with Remote PC.

2. Apple iPad Air 2

The iPad Air 2 is an incremental upgrade to what was already the best tablet around.At 6.1mm thin and weighing in at under 450grams, the iPad Air 2 is the most portable full-size tablet on the market.

Switching between apps is noticeably quicker thanks to spec bumps in the RAM (2GB) and processor (A8X 64-bit triple-core processor) departments. There’s also TouchID which provides a secure and quick means of unlocking your tablet and authenticating app purchases.

Then there’s the army of accessories and the 475,000 apps designed specifically for the iPad that simply cannot be beat.

Pair the iPad Air 2 with a keyboard cover accessory like the QODE Ultimate Pro from Belkin or any Bluetooth keyboard and you have every reason to leave your notebook at home. 

3. Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

If you’re looking for something a bit smaller then look no further than the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, which offers up a vivid 8-inch Full HD display wrapped up in a waterproof and dust resistant chassis that weighs just 270 grams and 6.4mm thick.

A smaller tablet would normally mean less battery life but not so with the Z3 Tablet Compact which will fetch you 13 hours of runtime between charges.

Blazing fast performance round out what is easily the best small sized tablet of 2014.

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