September 25, 2022

Which Samsung Galaxy tablet is right for your business?

Shane Schick
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Since introducing its first Android-powered tablet back in 2010, Samsung has continued to innovate with the Galaxy Tab portfolio, launching models suited to different business needs and environments. Whether you’re looking replace a business laptop, use a rugged device in the field, create a digital kiosk or collect data, there’s a Samsung Galaxy tablet designed for the task.

Samsung tablets are incredibly versatile mobile computing tools, thanks to features such as the S Pen for note taking and Samsung DeX, which lets you use your tablet like a PC while maintaining the ultra-portable form factor.

To help you decide which tablet is right for your business, here’s a breakdown of the entire Galaxy Tab lineup.

Galaxy Tab S8: Packed with productivity features

The Galaxy Tab S8, Galaxy Tab S8+ and Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra represent a range of options for multitasking and mobile productivity. Capable of replacing a traditional laptop, Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra features a 14.5-inch immersive sAMOLED display — the largest Samsung has offered yet, and larger than most standard laptop displays. Galaxy Tab S8, meanwhile, comes in at 11 inches for those who need lightweight portability, while still retaining a ton of screen real estate.

Both Galaxy Tab S8 and Galaxy S8 Ultra support Wi-Fi 6E, which ensures you can run high-bandwidth apps and and handle whatever your workday throws at you, wherever there’s a wireless connection. If your work demands flexible connectivity on the go, the 12.4-inch Tab S8+ provides 5G that’s faster and more secure than ever before, in addition to Wi-Fi 6E. You can also be confident in these devices’ processing capability, thanks to the internal Qualcomm 8450 processor.

Rather than a fixed layout, the Tab S8 lineup offers four diverse multi-view layouts where the height and width can be adjusted. This makes it easy to create a personalized multifunctional workspace, where you might be taking notes while participating in a video call.

An ultra-wide front-facing camera with auto-framing makes those calls clearer and more professional, as does the three-way microphone with noise cancellation. Samsung has developed partnerships that seamlessly integrate the Tab S8 line with leading video call platforms, such as Cisco Webex, Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Google Duo.

All three devices are DeX-compatible, so you can easily create a desktop computing setup just by connecting your tablet to a full-size monitor and keyboard.

An ultra-fast Samsung S Pen, included with all Tab S8 models, now has almost zero latency — for a true pen-on-paper writing experience — so you can take notes directly on screen, digitally mark up documents by hand and capture signatures. An advanced 2-in-1 Bookcover with Galaxy S8 Ultra provides a fully backlit keyboard, with shortcuts to DeX and your favorite apps.

The Tab S8 line offers continuity with other Samsung devices. That means it’s easy to pass content between your tablet, Galaxy Book, Samsung smartphone and even your Galaxy Buds.

Galaxy Tab Active3: Rugged, field-ready solution

Many companies equip their frontline workers with tablets to capture signatures, photos or notes on the go. At times, field work can require employees to work outdoors in harsh weather conditions. Fast-paced retail environments come with their own challenges.

Samsung’s lineup of Galaxy Tab Active rugged devices includes Galaxy Tab Active3, which features a military-grade design — tested against the Defense Department’s MIL-STD-810 rugged technology standards, and earned an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance.

Galaxy Tab Active3’s protective hardware protects the device to keep it intact even after repeated drops from 5 feet up. And with enhanced touch mode, Galaxy Tab Active3 allows those in the field to keep their gloves on as they operate the tablet. A programmable Active Key on the side of the device can launch frequently used apps with one click.

People in the field don’t have to worry about staying online, either. Galaxy Tab Active3 ensures reliable connectivity via Wi-Fi 6 and 2×2 multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO), with LTE-connected models available from major carriers. The long-lasting, field-replaceable battery — up to 5,050mAh — also supports Fast Charging through USB and pogo pins.

Other rugged tablet options include Galaxy Tab Active Pro, which can also withstand volatile environmental conditions, including repeated drops, constant vibration, submersion in 5 feet of water, extreme temperatures, low air pressure and salt fog. Galaxy Tab Active Pro features a large, 10.1-inch display, ideal for reviewing detailed diagrams like construction plans on site.

Galaxy Tab Active3 and Tab Active Pro are both DeX-compatible as well, allowing field-based workers to dock their tablet to a desktop monitor back at the office, so they can pick up their work right where they left off. Galaxy Tab Active3 devices can also serve as durable point-of-sale (POS) systems, thanks to their rugged hardware and built-in near-field communication (NFC) capability.

For ease of management, Galaxy Tab Active3 Enterprise Edition comes with a one-year subscription to Knox Suite, Samsung’s end-to-end tool set of cloud-based mobile management services. IT can use these tools to secure, control and deploy mobile devices efficiently. Discount pricing is available when enterprises renew for subsequent years.

Galaxy Tab S6 Lite: The ultimate on-the-go option

With more companies offering remote work policies, chances are your employees will need to capture ideas and get tasks done from home, coffee shops and everywhere in between. This is as true for senior executives as it is for young professionals, which makes Galaxy Tab S6 Lite ideal for a variety of knowledge workers.

Packing a premium uni-body design into just 1.01 pounds and 10.4 inches, Galaxy Tab S6 Lite’s light and compact profile combines a symmetric, smooth bezel and an immersive screen with rounded corners. When it’s time to multitask, you can resize and arrange multiple windows as needed.

The Qualcomm SM 7125 CPU, meanwhile, runs up to 1.5 times faster than the 2020 model, and the GPU is a 2.6 times boost. It comes with 64GB memory, but you can improve performance even more by using part of the read-only memory (ROM) area as random-access memory (RAM).

New Tab S6 Lite users will find it packaged with the newly redesigned S Pen, featuring a 0.7-millimeter tip — which writes as comfortably as a real pen and offers lower latency than previous models. Business professionals can pair the S Pen with Samsung Notes, which provides quick highlighting capabilities and lets them pinch and zoom in up to 300 percent. Smart search within Samsung Notes means you won’t need to go hunting for documents. And you can convert handwritten notes to text with a single touch. The S Pen also attaches magnetically to Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, either inside the book cover or directly on the device.

Working remotely doesn’t have to mean working alone. Galaxy Tab S6 Lite helps team members connect virtually with auto-framing, which automatically changes the camera’s zoom to keep people visible on camera. Duo Present to Call makes it easy to share presentations while continuing a video call, and Duo Live Share lets you share your screen when you’re with a colleague. The signature Galaxy experience also includes Dolby Atmos surround sound, enhanced by AKG for richer stereo.

Galaxy Tab A8: The digital workflow enabler

With the right tablets, healthcare facilities can digitize their intake forms, restaurants can streamline their ordering system, manufacturing contractors can ensure they always have the latest plans, and retail shoppers can get immediate answers from self-help kiosks.

Galaxy Tab A8 can help in all these areas, moving your business forward into a paperless digital workflow.

Based on the familiar Android OS — simpler to deploy, configure and manage than PC platforms — Galaxy Tab A8 lets you deploy new tablets without overwhelming your IT budget.

With a 10.5-inch screen and Dolby Atmos sound system, Galaxy Tab A8 is designed for more engaging video calls, training sessions and sales presentations. The front-facing camera will make you feel like you’re in the same room as your customers. Galaxy Tab A7 Lite is nearly as big, with an 8.7-inch widescreen display.

Opting for Galaxy Tab A7 Lite, you gain access to the full Galaxy ecosystem. This makes it easier to share files securely, enjoy a consistent videoconferencing experience and set up hotspots wherever you need them. Expandable storage — such as the microSD storage slot, for up to 1TB storage — gives you everything you need to manage all your important files and content.

The rest of the Galaxy Tab A lineup, meanwhile, offers dependable performance and long battery life — up to 13 hours on the largest model, Galaxy Tab A 10.1-inch. With 4G LTE connectivity on select models, you can trust your tablet to keep you connected when you don’t have Wi-Fi.

With Galaxy Tab A 8-inch, Galaxy Tab A 8.4-inch and Galaxy Tab A 10.1-inch, you can choose the best blend of portability and screen size for your use case and work environment. The ultra-portable 8-inch model can fit in your back pocket, while the 10.1-inch model is preferable for viewing multiple documents at a time.

The model in the middle, Galaxy Tab A 8.4-inch, doesn’t just add a bit more screen space; it also adds the option of LTE connectivity, so you can be productive from anywhere. And if you find yourself needing more storage after purchase, you can make use of the expandable memory slot.

The right Galaxy tablet for your needs

All Galaxy tablets come with built-in Knox security, as well as optional mobile management solutions that make it easy to manage a whole fleet of devices at scale.

Choosing the best Galaxy tablet for you comes down to which device can best tackle the work you need it for. If you need a powerful laptop-like tablet with a keyboard, trackpad and DeX compatibility, consider Galaxy Tab S8, Galaxy Tab S8+ and S8 Ultra. If you’re working in the field and need something that can handle the heat, Galaxy Tab Active Pro and Tab Active3 are ready to go. Or if you’re looking for a lower-budget, dependable device to move your business into a paperless future, Galaxy Tab A 8-inch, Tab A 10.1-inch, Tab A7 Lite and Tab S6 Lite can deliver.

Managing mobile devices doesn’t have to be complicated. With an effective MDM solution, your organization can spend less and do more — securely and efficiently. And learn about Knox Manage, Samsung’s affordable MDM solution that comes with a 90-day free trial.