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Published on 5/2/17 11:00 AM

The Best Tablet for Your Mobile POS System

Leading Tablets for Business

Today, we're sharing our reviews of the top five leading tablets for mobile POS systems. We'll look at battery life, software compatibility, and security as well as provide additional resources for you to learn more about each device. 

The business environment is going mobile as "bring your own device" appears in headlines, and the freelance culture takes off with individuals embracing the title, "digital nomad." Mobility helps us be more efficient and effective with the day-to-day operations of our companies. 

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HTC Google Nexus 9

HTC Google Nexus 9 TabletIf you're on a budget and looking for a fast, affordable, and durable tablet, then this is your go-to. Equipped for up to nine hours of battery life and encrypted by default, the Nexus 9 covers the basics. If security is a concern, the device is password protected with full-disk encryption and optional file-based encryption through SELinux (security enhance Linux).

Sony Xperia Tablet Z

Sony Xperia Z TabletWe recommend Xperia for any and all outdoor use; this tablet has a bright, water-resistant screen also featuring a nine-hour battery life. Depending on your needs and the point of sale system you choose, the Xperia is good for taking highly involved orders and managing the increased data flow that comes with certain business software. Protected by 256-bit AES encryption, it also gives you the ability to remotely wipe any data in the case of loss or theft.

Learn more about Sony Xperia Tablet Z

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active

Samsung Galaxy Tab ActiveThe Galaxy is the only tablet featuring a removable battery with up to twelve hours of battery life. It's equipped with an NFC chip allowing it to accept contactless payments like Samsung Pay, Android Pay, and PayPal, along with payment processors used through headphone jacks. The Tab Active is both durable and water-resistant, making it ideal for use in any retail environment. Similar to the Sony Xperia, the Samsung Galaxy Tablet comes with AES-bit encryption and is password protected.

See the specs for Samsung Galaxy Tab Active

Apple iPad Pro

Apple iPad ProIf your business is already Apple friendly, experts recommend sticking with Apple products. Though it's a slightly higher cost, the iPad Pro is extremely versatile and works with a wide variety of point of sale systems. With Apple's focus on ease-of-use, the interface is user-friendly with up to ten hours of battery life. Along with a fingerprint lock and complex password capabilities, the iPad also features Apple's end-to-end encryption with "data protection" as a second layer. You'll also have a data erase option and the ability to wipe an iPad Pro for networked devices remotely. (Tech Specs for iPad Pro)

Read more on securing your iPad

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

Microsoft Surface Pro 4The Surface Pro is the most expensive tablet. However, it also has the most storage and features both a USB and headset jack for external point of sale devices. Designed for both outdoor and indoor visibility, the Surface Pro features up to nine hours of battery life, a facial recognition sign-in capability, and a TPM chip for enterprise security. (Tech Specs for Microsoft Surface Pro)

Determining What Tablet Is Best for You

The deciding factor for which tablet you choose is whether or not your chosen point of sale software system integrates with the tablet's operating system. Last Spring (2016), CardFellow created a complete review of the listed tablets and their compatible point of sale software systems. We've provided the graph from their research but also encourage you to take a second look if software and hardware updates have changed to increase compatibility.

Read more on selecting the right POS System for your business. 

POS Operating System Comparison Chart

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Elizabeth Greenberg
Author: Elizabeth Greenberg
RemoteRelief, Inc.

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