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Android tablets give users the productivity and entertainment features they want at a variety of price points, which means the devices are probably already in your company.
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With lots of device manufacturers and operating system versions, however, it can be difficult to keep track of which Android tablets come with which features. Keeping up with Android tablet reviews can help you find out which devices have consumer-focused features that enterprise IT should worry about and which ones users will gravitate to for work.
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The Galaxy Note 10.1 has the highest-resolution screen on any tablet, eight processor cores and expandable memory. It comes with tons of bonuses, such as a free 50 GB Dropbox account for two years. The number of buttons and ports can make the device difficult to maneuver because users can easily brush the Back or Home keys, but, overall, the 2014 version of the Note 10.1 is a well-designed device that gives Apple's iPad a run for its money.
Hewlett-Packard Co.'s Slate 7 is a fairly low-cost tablet that still has a decent set of features. Its seven-inch screen is big enough to work on and small enough to fit in a pocket, but is has a relatively low resolution. The tablet runs a stock version of Android 4.1.1, so it comes with standard Google apps and almost no bloatware. It also has HP ePrint, which would be useful in office settings, and decent battery life -- but it won't last a whole work day.
LG Electronics' eight-inch G Pad tablet runs Android 4.2.2 and has advanced multitasking options, plus it comes with an application that links it with any Android smartphone. This feature allows users to receive notifications, messages and calls on their tablet. The only downsides are that the screen is sometimes not bright enough and pictures taken with the camera are often underexposed.
The Nexus 7 II is thin and light with an impressive display. It runs Android 4.3 and comes with some new features such as Multi-User Restricted Profiles, which let users block others' access to certain apps on the device -- a great feature for users with young kids. Android 4.3 also has TRIM support, which prevents tablets from getting sluggish over time. The battery will last most users a whole day.