Apple’s iPad is an obvious option for enterprise customers. In fact, more than 88 percent of all of the tablets deployed in the enterprise are iPads, according to Good Technology. That says something. And it explains why Apple is so successful at appealing to corporate users, despite its challenges doing so in the past.
3Apple iPad Mini
If the iPad is included in this roundup, it would only make sense that the iPad Mini would be as well. The slate comes with a smaller screen than its bigger companion, but it boasts the same high-quality software that enterprise customers like. Plus, the iPad Mini is cheaper, reducing the crunch on IT budgets—making it a great option all around.
4Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
The Galaxy Note 10.1 is Samsung’s response to the iPad. To add a little flavor and value for corporate customers, the Galaxy Note 10.1, which sports a 10.1-inch display, also includes a stylus that allows owners to write with a pen on the screen. For enterprise customers, especially, the stylus comes in handy.
5Microsoft Surface Pro
Although Windows 8 is not an enterprise favorite, with the Surface Pro, Microsoft does deliver a tablet that comes with the bells and whistles that corporate customers are after. The device has a big, 11.6-inch screen, and despite Windows 8’s flaws, the software is fully compatible with most of the programs companies care about. That’s important for some firms.
6Google Nexus 10
The Google Nexus 10 doesn’t come with the same firepower as the iPad, but the device is still a worthy option for enterprise customers who want to deploy Android. That the Nexus 10 comes from Google, which is trying to make an enterprise push with cloud-based programs, is also an important selling point. But whether it’s enough to get corporate customers to buy the tablet remains to be seen.
7Samsung Galaxy Note 8
The Galaxy Note 8 is similar to the iPad Mini in that if the higher-end version appeals to enterprise customers, so too should the lower-end model. The Galaxy Note 8 comes with an 8-inch screen and the same support for a stylus as does the Galaxy Note 10.1. The device also runs Samsung’s proprietary Android skin, which actually enhances overall usability and security. All of this makes the Galaxy Note 8 is a nice choice for enterprise customers.
8Asus Transformer Pad Infinity
The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity might not get the attention that the iPad or Samsung Galaxy Note gets, but the device is still an interesting choice for corporate customers. Arguably its best feature is its ability to connect to a physical keyboard, turning the tablet into a convertible notebook. That comes in handy in the enterprise, where virtual keyboards do more to hold people up than enhance productivity.
9Sony Xperia Tablet Z
The Sony Xperia Tablet Z might be designed for consumers first, but the device’s many solid features make it an enterprise winner. For instance, the device comes with a 10.1-inch display and has a quad-core processor. Plus, it’s thin and lightweight and comes with an 8.1-megapixel camera that should be enough for most corporate users.
10Lenovo ThinkPad Helix
Lenovo’s ThinkPad Helix is designed specifically for corporate users. The device, which runs Windows 8 Pro, starts at a whopping $1,574.10. However, the convertible tablet allows users to use the device as a standard slate or they can pop it into a keyboard and turn it into a notebook. Even better, its display measures 11.6 inches, making it one of the biggest options in this roundup.
11Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2
Like the Helix, Lenovo’s ThinkPad Tablet 2 is designed for enterprise customers. However, the ThinkPad Tablet 2 is more tabletlike, in that it comes with a 10.1-inch screen and can’t be docked into a physical keyboard. Still, the device runs Windows 8 Pro, which might appeal to some customers.