Previous generations were tied to an office to get work done, but now we can do our jobs wherever we want. Wi-fi means freedom, and without a tablet, you’re missing out.
There are tablets out there with full-screen capabilities, so you won’t be squinting into the screen to read minuscule type. If you’re going to invest in the freedom of a tablet for your work or creative endeavors, it’s best to have one with a bigger, better screen.
The iPad mini isn’t your only option, and in fact, Apple isn’t either. There are some fantastic large-screen tablets on the market now with beautiful graphics, multiple port options for peripherals, and simple to use keyboards and stands for a variety of set-ups.
A tablet can transform your work life, giving you the time and freedom to work in places outside of a cubicle. It can also serve you well for creative endeavors without having to lug around pen and paper. A good tablet is an essential piece of your creative and work life.
We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite large scale tablets, plus answered a few of your questions about how to choose the right one for you. Let’s take a look.
How to choose a large scale tablet
Here’s a few considerations you should take on board when buying a large scale tablet.
If you’re an artist or work with a lot of detail, you’ll want an excellent display. Many tablets now have full HD resolution with true colors for accurate representation. A better resolution also makes it easier for you to read documents and manage workflow.
Some tablets even use IPS, a type of technology that helps reduce eye strain and headaches after extended use. It reduces glare and flicker from backlit computer screens.
Tablets are an essential part of work and creative pursuits. Tablets may not have the processing power of large computers, but they have powerful processors of their own that allow you to take all your work needs on the go. Many of the tablets on the list have intel core processors or AMD processors, capable of running many programs and the latest apps.
One thing significant for tablet use is battery life. You don’t want to be tied to a desk because you can’t go for more than a couple of hours without plugging in. Many tablet manufacturers estimate battery performance under ideal conditions.
To consider battery conditions, remove a couple of hours for heavy use such as editing software or being on cellular data. A four-hour battery life might seem fine, but that’s four hours under the best kinds of conditions. It’ll disappoint in the field.
The Run Down List To The Best Large Scale Tablets On The Market
Microsoft offered the original competition to Apple’s iPad, and it has been getting better ever since. The newest Surface Pro has a seventh generation intel core i5 processor and up to 13.5 hours of battery life under ideal conditions.
This particular tablet is designed for working on the go. It’s an ultra-light tablet at just over one pound with curved edges to make transport more comfortable. It comes with 256 GB of storage plus 8gb of RAM.
It runs the entire Windows suite, including 3D creation tools for you creatives. You also have the option of passwordless-entry through Windows Hello.
It has three different display options. Laptop mode uses a Bluetooth keyboard along with the built-in stand. You can lower the stand to put the tablet in studio mode. It’s the perfect angle for drawing or writing by hand using the pen tool. You can put the stand up entirely and fold the signature cover back (or remove it completely) for tablet mode to read or carry with you.
One thing you’ll have to watch is the screen. When you first purchase the tablet, make sure to check that there’s no bleed through light from the black screen mode. Some of these tablets are prone to bleed through.
-three display modes
-comes with Windows 10
-prone to backlight bleed through
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RCA might not be the first company you think of when you imagine tablets, but the Galileo is a good tablet. It’s a two in one laptop and tablet with an 11.5-inch touchscreen and 32GB of SSD memory. It also has 1GB of RAM. It’s the perfect entry-level tablet for someone who doesn’t need a lot of bells and whistles.
You can add memory through a microSD, and 1024 x 600 resolution. It gives you both a front and back camera plus auto-focus and digital zoom. The microphone is on the front camera.
It gives you many options for ports including a micro USB 2.0 port, mini HDMI, USB 2.0, headphone and microphone jacks, and built-in wifi and Bluetooth connections. It’s powered by Android 6.0.
You have up to six hours of battery life under ideal conditions, and it weighs just under two pounds. It converts from a tablet to a laptop using the Bluetooth keyboard and built-in stand, or the keyboard completely detaches to use it in tablet mode.
-many port options
-keyboard detaches completely
-Android operating system
-Not much built-in RAM or memory
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The Pro 4 has a sixth generation core i5 processor with eight GB of RAM and 256 GB of SSD flash memory. It weighs just under two pounds with a 12.3-inch touchscreen. PixelSense display is a 2736 x 1824 resolution with low glare and high contrast.
It has three different display modes. You can use the included keyboard and built-in stand to create a laptop-style tablet for doing office work or other typing. It also has a studio mode for drawing or other touchscreen activities. The tablet function folds back the stand and stows the keyboard completely.
It’s nearly silent while running, and gives you the entire Windows and Office Suite. One downside is that it requires you to use the web-based apps for the Office Suite, so if you aren’t near wifi, some of your productivity is shot.
-comes with Windows and Office Suite
-Office suite is online only
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Asus’ 12.5-inch tablet gives you four GB of RAM plus 128 GB of SSD memory. It’s a TruVivid Display with IPS technology, a feature that reduces eye strain by cutting down on the natural flicker of computer lighting, and 1920 by 1080 HD resolution. The screen is Corning glass.
The front-facing camera is a 2 MP high definition camera. There are plenty of port options for storage or peripherals, including a micro USB 3.0 a micro-HDMI, headphone and microphone jacks, and a micro SD card reader.
It’s an all-aluminum construction to cut down on weight, and it uses a magnetic hinge to attach the keyboard easily. You have up to eight hours of battery life under ideal conditions. You can adjust the keyboard and tablet in four different ways: laptop mode, tablet mode, flipped, and tented.
-IPS technology reduces eye strain
-magnetic keyboard attachment
-can’t upgrade the memory or RAM
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Apple’s iPad Pro is the bar for tablets. I’s retina display is a powerful 2732 by 2048 resolution with a refresh rate of 120Hz and a TruTone display. If you use your tablet primarily for creative pursuits, few other tablets rival the iPad.
The 64-bit core chip allows you to multitask and take advantage of many of Apple’s creative possibilities including using picture in picture, split view, and slide over. You can edit 4K video, render 3D models and create elaborate presentations and documents.
It gives you 256 GB of flash storage plus four GB of RAM. The front and rear facing cameras are an excellent resolution, seven and 12 MP respectively. It gives you up to ten hours of battery life under ideal conditions or nine hours using cellular data.
It’s compatible with Apple’s fingerprint sensor for touch ID, and comes with iOS 10. It’s fast-charge compatible with the appropriate accessory. It doesn’t come with a keyboard or stylus, but Apple does have a full suite of compatible products.
-can edit 4K video and render 3D models
-excellent front and rear facing cameras
-doesn’t offer much support for peripherals other than Apple products
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Huawei may not be a household name like Apple, but it has a solid tablet for people looking for an all-purpose tool.
The resolution is excellent, a full HD 2K display touchscreen. It has an 84% screen to body ratio with thin bezel for optimum display. It’s run with a seventh generation i5 processor. It has a side fingerprint sensor that lets you unlock the tablet and finish fingerprint authentication.
It comes with a full-size detachable keyboard, plus a full range of stand options up to 160 degrees. It uses Dolby Audio to supplement the sound, giving you a full range of tones within the light body of the tablet.
It’s on the heavy side, and the battery life is slated for only about five hours under optimal conditions. If you’re able to keep the tablet docked for most of your activities, this shouldn’t be too much of a problem.
-full HD 2k display
-thin bezel for better resolution
-low battery life
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With a 15.6 inch display, the HP Envy is one of the biggest tablets on the list. It’s a full HD resolution (1920 by 1080) multi-touch screen, and it uses an AMD FX 9800P Quad-Core processor. It comes with eight GB of RAM and one TB of storage, plus an AMD Radeon R7 Graphics card.
It has three USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, a LAN port, and a headphone/microphone combination jack. The sound is handled by Bang and Olufsen dual speakers.
It comes with Windows 10, a webcam and its Bluetooth compatible. It’s on the heavy side at just over four pounds, and the battery lasts about nine hours under ideal conditions. It has a media reader for secure file transfers. It’s also Windows Hello compatible.
-large display size
-full HD resolution
-one TB of memory
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What are your must-haves for a work and play tablet? Let us know in the comments below.
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