Freelance work gives you so much freedom and flexibility – freedom to choose your workplace, freedom to choose the technology you rely on to do your job. Tablets are making an entry in our everyday existence because they’re lightweight while the screen is still big enough to show more than a smartphone.
As a freelancer, you may be wondering whether a tablet is the right gadget for you. The answer depends on many questions. What’s your primary area of experience? Do you commute? Do you have to make presentations in front of a client?
The field that you specialize in is one of the most important determining factors and today, we’ll take a look at some of the best tablets for professionals in certain industries.
The Best Tablets for Developers
A modern tablet can easily be used for programing purposes, as long as the internet connectivity’s good. If you’re a developer and you’re looking for a nice tablet, here are a few of the top picks.
HP Pro x2 612
HP machines are known for their durability and the HP Pro x2 612 is a convertible tablet with a detachable keyboard for added convenience. The fact that the keyboard comes with an extra battery is certainly a nice touch. The tablet can support a monitor or two and its life is anywhere between five and seven hours.
A few technical specs worth focusing on include a 12.5-inch LED-backlit touchscreen, a resolution of 1920x1080p, Intel-Core i5 processor, 256GB of storage space, 4GB of RAM and an array of connectivity methods.
Some characteristics that aren’t too great include a camera that isn’t the most impressive one on the market, a relatively short power cord and a long time period for full charging.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1
Anyone looking for a high quality convertible device should consider the Lenovo ThinkPad X1. While expensive, it’s ideal for developers and other IT professionals in need of power and speed.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 impresses with a 12-inch backlight LED touchscreen, Intel Core m7-6Y75 with vPro technology, 256GB of storage, an active stylus pen and a detachable keyboard, Windows 10 Professional pre-installed, robust security features, exceptional battery life of 10 hours and a slim, portable design.
The only things not so great about this Lenovo tablet are no slot or anchor for the stylus, expensive expansion modules and a relatively high price.
Google Pixel C (or Pixelbook)
Considered one of the best Android tablets, Pixel C is great for developers with its 10.2-inch display, a resolution of 2560x1800p, NVIDIA Tegra X1 256 core Maxwell GPU processor, 32/64GB of internal storage, an adjustable ergonomic keyboard and a long lasting battery. Thus, the tablet is quite fast, ergonomic and it also features a number of connectivity methods for added convenience.
While the tablet was discontinued, it can still be found on Amazon and such a purchase is worth it. Considered a hybrid device, Pixel C was meant to offer a good in-between option for those who can’t decide whether they need a laptop or a tablet.
If you’re having difficulties finding it, you may want to opt for the new Google Pixelbook, which however, still maintains a pretty high price.
Some of the downsides to keep in mind include those Android bugs, the lack of an SD card slot and a limited number of suitable software tools.
The Best Tablets for Writers and Translators
Writers, translators and other people who have a linguistic job can’t really replace a laptop or a PC for a tablet. A tablet, however, could be a nice piece of technology to carry around for a quick session in a nearby café.
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
A few of the most important characteristics for a writing tablet include the size of the screen, the quality of the keyboard, the availability of text processing software and a reader making the tablet suitable for ebook viewing.
The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 delivers excellent performance in all areas.
The battery life of this tablet is exceptional – 10 hours. Microsoft Office is pre-installed and the tablet also features four GB of RAM. The screen size is 12.3 inches. It is characterized by high contrast and low glare, making it easy on the eyes.
A few other technical specs include a resolution of 2736x1824p, several choices of storage (from 1TB to 128GB), Intel Iris and HD graphics.
The only downsides are the relatively high price and the fact that the type cover is sold separately.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
This is another great tablet characterized by exceptional battery life of up to 12 hours. The screen size of 9.7 inches, however, is the one that leads to its second position in the ranking.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 comes with a free stylus pen, a crisp screen and touch to type switching. While it is reasonably priced, keep in mind that the keyboard is sold separately and you’ll have to invest in it.
The technical specs of biggest concern are a resolution of 2048x1536p, 4GB of RAM, Snapdragon 820 CPU and a 13-megapixel camera. The stylus has a couple of cool apps like Notes and writing directly on a screenshot. Translate and Magnify apps are also available.
The lack of the keyboard in the package is the first and the biggest shortcoming. The tablet also seems to have some problems as far as multitasking is concerned.
Asus Chromebook Flip
A 12.5-inch full HD touchscreen and an excellent keyboard provided with the tablet turn Asus Chromebook Flip into an excellent pick for all writers.
The tablet has another intriguing characteristic that isn’t available with the other entries in the list – a 360-degree hinge for the keyboard. The Google Chrome OS is highly efficient, clutter-free and very fast. Practically everything runs on the cloud, which means that your work will always be properly stored and readily available.
Here are the primary technical specs: a choice of two processors, a battery life of up to 10 hours, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, ready accessibility of Google Docs and other relevant apps, app accessibility without internet connectivity and a very sleek design.
The cons aren’t that many – there is no USB type A port and Android App compatibility that is still beta.
These are a few of our key suggestions and in the second part of this guide, we will discuss the best tablets for freelancers who specialize in other areas. If you’re looking for a new tablet, please follow the links in this guide to get a good offer. Not sure what you need? Not sure how to pick the best system? Download our free guide to learn about all the essentials.