Best tablet for a web developer – hardware

Posted on 2011-10-04
Last Modified: 2016-02-10
Hi all,
I am looking to get a tablet and have done a fair amount of research, but would really appreciate the view of the Experts.
My main goal is that I want to show off my work remotely to potential clients. (Please note I have raise a separate question about connectivity and operating system) The majority of my work is developing websites, but also do social media, and would like to develop apps , this is not needed for development of websites but displaying them and my other work.
At the moment I still can’t decide what the best hardware is to use and even still open to which operating system. But I would like to see from Web developers in a similar situation to me as to what you views you have on features and tablet products.
What in your experience are the must have features such as screen size, ports, technology, battery life etc.., that are must have and are there any features you though you needed but actually don’t?
This then leads onto what is the best tablet on the market, obviously quite subjective a question. But again from as developer’s point of view which products have served you well in demonstrating to clients and which ones have underperformed.
Bit of a vague question but advice prior to investment would be very useful.
Question by:Simon Cripps
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    I'd recommend a Lenovo Tablet PC, I myself have been using one since a couple of years as my main laptop, and love using it. Now I have an x201t with a 12,1" multi touch screen, which has an i7 processor and 8GB of ram (enough power to run vms in it, so I can show off stuff in MacOS as well - makes for a good show too, if you have lenovo laptop that runs macos smoothly :-))

    the ability to rotate the screen to show your opposite something is awesome, and it's still a real computer, not "just a tablet" like the iPad and co.

    you can get them cheap @

    if you really want to go the tablet route I'd go with the samsung 10.1" galaxy tab or the iPad 2 (I'd prefer the samsung though, because a) it looks the same as the iPad so people probably won't notice the difference and b) it's simply the better tablet, and supports flash and so on .. with the iPad some stuff doesn't work as well in my experience.

    anyway, just my 2 cents
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    If you need flash, then ipad2 is not really an option. Otherwise ipad2 , best battery life and best tablet hands down.
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    I'd go with a Samsung 10.1" Galaxy Tab. The IPad is subject to software restrictions and such, and if you perhaps, for example, need to demo a bit of Flash, you will be stuck. The Android based Samsung Galaxy Tab will allow you greatest flexibility to put a few tools, install software of your choice and such - if that becomes necessary.

    I'm a software developer myself, and recently got into Android development and compared with what I've seen on the iPad, the Android device makes more sense to me, because it allows me to tinker with it a bit more and has less restrictions. Like you though, I probably wouldnt use a tablet as my main development environment... just for showcasing too.

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