1Apple iPad mini ($329)
2Google Nexus 7 ($199)
3Amazon Kindle Fire HD ($199)
4Microsoft Surface ($499)
5Apple iPad 4 ($499)
6Motion F5t ($2,236)
Sure, the price is steep, but for businesses finding themselves on construction sites or other rough-and-tumble environments, this 10-inch tablet, built around a magnesium-alloy internal frame for rugged protection, is tough to beat. The device runs Intel Ivy Bridge processors, has a hot-swap battery feature and View Anywhere technology for display visibility in direct sunlight.
7Samsung Galaxy Note II ($369.99 with contract)
The 5.5-inch device, running Android 4.1, is Samsung’s latest “phablet,” essentially a large smartphone that comes with the S pen stylus, which could be good for design-oriented firms that need a compact device with healthy storage (up to 64GB) capacity and a range of connectivity options, including NFC and Bluetooth.
8HP ElitePad 900 (TBA)
Planned for a January 2013 release, HP is touting the 10-inch device as the ultimate business tablet and is optimized for Microsoft Windows 8. A display with scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass and meeting the military’s MIL-spec 810G durability requirements, this tablet can take the knocks road warriors may need, and with a style factor the F5t can’t touch.
9Dell XPS 10 ($499)
10Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 ($499)
The price point and feature set put this Android tablet in direct competition with the Surface and the iPad 4, and boasts the S Pen stylus. It offers up to 64GB of storage, which is expandable to 128GB with an additional 64GB micro SD card, and business friendly features such as Exchange ActiveSync, on-device encryption and Cisco VPN.