This Is What I Want In A New Tablet

Last week, I discussed why I’m giving up on the iPad Pro. There were some suggestions made in the comments, some interesting criticism and some comments even made about my competence. But I’ve started shopping around for a new device and hope to try a few out over the coming weeks. Here’s what I’ve learned so far.

The iPad Pro is not a terrible device. My problem with it is that it doesn’t fit the way I work. And, to be honest, I don’t see why I have to move away from applications and services I’m comfortable with, as some commenters on the original post suggested.

For example, I know Dropbox lets me sync folders to work locally when I’m disconnected. But I don’t know what folders I’m going to need. I often refer back to research I did when writing and need access to my full archive of documents.

After a weekend of research, that involved both online and visiting actual stores, two devices stood out. The Lenovo MIIX 510 and the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S. There are some options from Microsoft, Dell, HP and Asus that I saw as well that fit my key constraints but those devices seemed to be the best fit.

Those constraints are

  • 8GB RAM (I guess I could live with 4GB if I had to)
  • 256GB storage (must)
  • Pen input (preferred)
  • Detachable (preferred)
  • 12 to 13 inch touchscreen display (must)
  • Under $1500 (must)
  • Cellular comms (strongly preferred)

I’m putting the feelers out with a few computer makers to get review units in and I’ll road test each for a few days. I’m quite fussy about keyboards so finding one I like will be a big factor. So far, I can’t seem to find a device that ticks all the boxes, including my preferred features.

Any suggestions for devices that fit the bill?

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