” TV ad reminds us, these don’t feature touchscreens or the capability to fold the keyboard out of sight.
With Android tablets, you could instead get a touchscreen Chromebook that can now run Android apps of its own, but it will be bulkier and have shorter battery life.
I’ve tested the original versions of the i Pad, Microsoft’s Surface, Amazon’s Kindle and Kindle Fire, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, and Google’s Nexus 7, as well as a long line of lesser tablets that nobody misses (for example, the Motorola Xoom and the Vizio Tablet).
My everyday tablet is an i Pad mini 4 with 64 GB of storage, but the mobile device I carry most often is a Google Pixel Android phone.
With Windows tablets, you might be happier with a “convertible” laptop that has a touchscreen and tablet features, along with a wider array of expansion ports and a better keyboard, but is heavier and thicker.
There’s a good chance that your choice of pro tablet will start with a decision about operating systems—one that you may have made long ago.
Another is that you find the weight and battery life of a traditional laptop to be limiting: A pro tablet will weigh less and run longer on a charge.
Those restrictions led us to focus, for the initial version of this guide, on Apple’s 12.9-inch and 9.7-inch i Pad Pro models, Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4, and Samsung’s Tab Pro S.
At that time, Google’s Chromebook Pixel C was the closest thing Android had to a pro tablet (even if it lacked stylus support and maxed out at 64 GB of storage).
Our takeaway is that no single pro tablet is the best for everyone, and a non-pro tablet or an entry-level laptop may be a better fit for many people.
But we can at least clarify what you get—and give up—with each of three major pro tablet platforms: i OS, Windows, and Android.