2019 Commusoft guide to tablet devices

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Following on from our 2019 guide to the best smartphones to run Commusoft on - we've got our updated recommendations for tablet devices.

Are you looking for a new tablet for yourself? Or looking to kit out your managers with the latest tech?

Tablets are fantastic for reviewing your team's schedule on the go and for viewing certificates and other documents. They're also great if you hate fiddly small devices! Both the Android and iOS Commusoft app have specially designed tablet-friendly layouts, giving you the best experience possible.

We've compiled our recommendations across a range of price points to include Android tablets, iPads, big and small tablets, as well as a rugged device. Check them out below!

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Don't forget: Minimum specifications are not recommended

Every piece of software has a minimum specification. This is the minimum build that the software will work on, as stated by the provider. It's important to understand, however, that a device with the minimum specs will result in minimal performance.

Your experience of Commusoft, especially for clients with large databases, is only ever as good as the hardware you run it on.

Choose devices above the minimum specification for longevity and better performance

When considering which tablet device to choose, we'd suggest you also consider longevity and future proofing to ensure you are getting the most out of your investment. 

Recommended devices

Below, we cover a range of prices for both Android and iOS tablet devices. We've included a link to the best price we could find for each device (as of date of publishing).

Android tablets

Android tablets come in varying size, power, and quality. Samsung are the market leaders when it comes to quality devices, although  good tablets can also be found from brands like Huawei and Asus. Whilst Amazon is a great place to shop for tablets, we don't recommend any of the Amazon Fire tablets for running Commusoft - their basic hardware and dumb-downed version of Android means they're simply not powerful enough.

As with Android phones, we recommend you first look at how much RAM is available - 3GB is great, 4GB is fantastic - as this is a really important indicator of how the tablet will handle software.

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Huawei Mediapad M5

Budget device

Huawei Mediapad M5

Price: 8" £249 Amazon / 10" £287 Amazon

  • OS: Android 8
  • Screen size: 8.4-inch or 10.8-inch available
  • Resolution: 2560 x 1600
  • Storage: From 32GB
  • RAM: 4GB
  • CPU: Kirin 960 (4x 2.36GHz 4x 1.84GHz)
  • Battery: 5100mAh (8") / 7500mAh (10")
  • Camera: 13MP
  • Weight: 316g (8") / 498g (10")
  • Dimensions: 212.6 x 124.8 x 7.3mm (8")
                            258.7 x 171.8 x 7.3mm (10")

Pros: Good performance | Great design for price | 2 size choices
Cons: Camera has no flash

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2

Midrange device | Rugged device 

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2

Price: £399.99 Amazon

  • OS: Android 7
  • Screen size: 8.0-inch
  • Resolution: 800 x 1280
  • Storage: 16GB
  • RAM: 3GB
  • CPU: Exynos 7870 (8x 1.6GHz)
  • Battery: 4450mAh removable battery
  • Camera: 8MP
  • Weight: 415g
  • Dimensions: 214.7 x 127.6 x 9.9mm

Pros: Durable | Waterproof | Dust resistant | Removable battery
Cons: Trades durability for performance | Storage is low

Note: As the battery is removable, you can carry a spare, however, this would need to be bought separately.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

Midrange device

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

Price: £384 Amazon

  • OS: Android 8
  • Screen size: 9.7-inch
  • Resolution: 2048 x 1536
  • Storage: 32GB
  • RAM: 4GB
  • CPU: Snapdragon 820 (2x 2.15GHz Kryo + 2x 1.6GHz Kryo)
  • Battery: 6000mAh
  • Camera: 13MP
  • Weight: 429g
  • Dimensions: 237.3 x 169 x 6mm

Pros: Great performance | Good battery life
Cons: More expensive than the iPad (2018)

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4

High end device

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4

Price: From £426.99 Amazon

  • OS: Android 8
  • Screen size: 10.5-inch
  • Resolution: 2560 x 1600
  • Storage: From 64GB
  • RAM: 4GB
  • CPU: Snapdragon 835 (4x 2.35GHz Kryo + 4x 1.9GHz Kryo)
  • Battery: 7300mAh
  • Camera: 13MP
  • Weight: 429g
  • Dimensions: 249.3 x 164.3 x 7.1mm

Pros:  Fantastic performance | Great battery life
Cons: Not a huge upgrade from the Galaxy Tab S3

iPads

Apple have been leading the way in tablet design since they released the first iPad - however, whilst they may be king, they are aren't the cheapest devices on the market. We recommend any of the iPads currently sold by Apple for reliable performance and powerful processing.

iPad (2018)

Midrange device Apple iPad 2018

Price: From £319 - Apple

  • OS: iOS 12
  • Screen size: 9.7-inch
  • Resolution: 2048 x 1536
  • Storage: 32GB (£319) / 128GB (£409)
  • RAM: 2GB
  • CPU: A10 Fusion Chip (2x 2.34 GHz Hurricane + 2x Zephyr)
  • Battery8827 mAh
  • Camera: 8MP
  • Security: Touch ID
  • Weight: 478g
  • Dimensions: 240 x 169.5 x 7.5mm

Pros: Great performance | Large display | Great battery
Cons: Slightly bulkier dimensions

iPad Mini 4

Midrange device
Apple iPad Mini 4

Price: £399 - Apple

  • OS: iOS 12
  • Screen size: 7.9-inch
  • Resolution: 2048 x 1536
  • Storage: 128GB
  • RAM: 2GB
  • CPU: A8 Chip (2x 1.5GHz Typhoon)
  • Battery: 5,124 mAh
  • Camera: 8MP
  • Security: Touch ID
  • Weight: 299G
  • Dimensions: 203.2 x 134.8 x 6.1mm

Pros: Portable & convenient size | Good performance
Cons: Smaller battery

iPad Pro (2017)

High end device Apple iPad Pro 2017

Price: From £619 - Apple

  • OS: iOS 12
  • Screen size: 10.5-inch
  • Resolution: 2224 x 1668
  • Storage: From 64GB
  • RAM: 4GB
  • CPU: A10X Fusion Chip (3x 2.39GHz Hurricane + 3x Zephyr)
  • Battery: 10,875 mAh
  • Camera: 12MP
  • Security: Touch ID
  • Weight: 468g
  • Dimensions: 250.6 x 174.1 x 6.1mm

Pros: Fantastic performance | Fantastic battery life
Cons: High end price

Note: A totally redesigned and unnecessarily powerful iPad Pro (2018) is also available, for a significantly higher price.

Final thoughts

We hope you found our tablet recommendations helpful for considering the best devices to run Commusoft job management software on. Check out further tips for the best tablets for gas engineers.

A few final thoughts:

  • Software is only as good the hardware you run it on
  • Don't go for minimum spec devices
  • iPad or Android - the choice is yours
  • Finally, invest in a decent protective case!

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