10 Best Tablets for Note Taking 2017

Sure, tablets are great devices for watching movies, playing games and surfing the internet, but for some folks out there, tablets act as devices that they use for more important work, as well. These devices are used to create and edit documents, make presentations and write down their thoughts.

If you’re one of those folks, we’ve got a great selection from which you can choose the best tablet for note taking, jotting down ideas and doing other productive tasks. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get to work!

Top 10 Tablets for Note Taking Table

PictureNameOS TypePricePrice
PictureNameOS TypePricePrice
1. iPad Pro 9.7-inch (32GB, Wi-Fi, Space Gray) 2016 ModelMobile OS$$4.7
2. Samsung Galaxy Tab A with S Pen, 16 GB Wifi Tablet 10.1 Inch (Black) SM-P580NZKAXAR Mobile OS$4.5
3. Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (Intel Core i5, 4GB RAM, 128GB) with Windows 10 Anniversary PC OS$$$$4.4
4. Microsoft Surface Book (Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB) with Windows 10 Anniversary UpdatePC OS$4.3
5. Lenovo Yoga Book - FHD 10.1" Android Tablet - 2 in 1 Tablet Gunmetal, ZA0V0035USMobile OS or PC OS$$3.8
6. Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700 - 12" 2-in-1 Laptop/Tablet 80QL0020USPC OS$$3.7
7. Samsung Tab Pro S 12"; 128 GB Wifi Tablet (Black) SM-W700NZKAXAR Mobile OS$$$3.5
8. Pixel C 2016 Flagship Google Pixel C 10.2-in HD Touchscreen Tablet 64GB Premium High Performance Mobile OS$$$3.4
9. HP Envy 8 Note 5002 8" 32 GB Tablet PC OS$3.4
10. ASUS Transformer Book T100-CHI-C1-BK(M) - 10.1" 2-in-1 Laptop/Tablet Combo PC OS$3.2

Important Facts About Note Taking Tablets

The best tablet for note taking and other productivity tasks is generally a premium device with lots of features. Here are things you should look out for/be aware of.

  • Not Every Tablet Has a Stylus. All of the tablets listed on our table are stylus ready; this does not mean a stylus or pen is included with each and every tablet. Therefore, be prepared to cash in a bit of extra amount for a stylus to get the most out of your tablet.
  • Tablets Come with Different Operating Systems. Over the years, tablets have progressed far in terms of hardware and consequently are more powerful than ever; this means many tablets come with a full-fledged desktop operating system like Windows 10 for you to take advantage of.
  • Tablets Support Mouse + Keyboards. With Windows tablets, this may be obvious, but did you know your iOS or Android tablets can also be used with a wireless mouse and keyboard? Invest in a good case which acts as a stand, prop your tablet up and start working like a pro!

Top 3 Best Tablet for Note Taking Reviews

1. iPad Pro 9.7-inch 2016 Model

The iPad Pro is Apple’s take on what the future of computing should be; this means it is powerful enough to be compared to other workstation PCs. Also, the 9.7-inch form factor is perfectly large for a good working experience, yet small enough so you can take it anywhere with ease.

The star of the show is the display of the iPad Pro 9.7 inch. It is a true tone display with changes it’s warmth according to the environment you’re in, meaning it takes less strain to look at it for longer periods. Also, the display has a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating. Moreover, it works beautifully with Apple Pencil, the stylus created by Apple.

The software, iOS 10, is amazing on the iPad Pro. Using it with a keyboard gives you access to lots of shortcuts. Moreover, it has high-quality apps like Microsoft Word for creating documents, iMovie for editing 4K videos and other 3rd party power apps. It has stereo speakers on all four corners of the display, making it a great music listening device as well.

This makes the iPad Pro a great tablet and a true powerhouse for doing productive tasks and even better, it is also a great entertainment device when you want to take a break!

2. Samsung Galaxy Tab A with S Pen

Samsung Galaxy Tab A with S Pen is the perfect productivity tablet both for in-home and outdoor use. The 10.1-inch 1080p display is an absolutely gorgeous screen for doing all your work, and as a bonus, the S Pen is already included in the box (looking at you, Apple!).

As we all know, Samsung has innovated a lot on S Pen specific features, primarily on its Galaxy Note smartphones. All these features, especially ‘Air Command’ and ‘Sketchbook for Galaxy’ has made it into this tablet, making doing things like drawing, sketching and taking notes extremely intuitive and user-friendly.

The tablet comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. It also includes a MicroSD card slot by which you can expand its memory to up to 200GB; this is more than enough for storing your documents, photos, and even movies/TV shows.

The operating system is Android Marshmallow (6.0) which, while not the latest, still is an extremely good and up to date OS. It has features such as Multi-Window support, Google Now-On-Tap and the battery saving Dose feature.

These productivity and entertainment-centric features combined with such a good price tag make this a highly-recommended tablet for your working needs.

3. Microsoft Surface Pro 4 with Windows 10 Anniversary

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is without a doubt the best tablet for note taking. It is one of the most premium looking tablets with true desktop-level specs. It has a top-class aluminum body with an extremely sturdy kickstand. Also, the build quality is better than most premium tablets/laptops in its class.

This tablet comes included with the Surface pen which is incredibly precise and is meant for writing, drawing and note-taking activities. The pen can be attached firmly to the left side of the tablet, so it doesn’t get lost. Plus, it also includes a magnetic port for the type cover, which is an excellent keyboard we highly recommend you get with your Surface Pro.

Surface Pro 4 comes with many hardware variations, the lowest being a Core M processor, 128GB storage and 4GB of RAM and highest being a Core i7 processor, 1TB storage and 16GB of RAM. In our opinion, the Core i5 variant is the sweet spot, offering the perfect price to performance ratio and giving a good experience.

The operating system is the fully fledged and fully loaded Windows 10 Anniversary Edition which guarantees future updates for free. The included Office, OneNote and OneDrive apps are a robust productivity suite which takes full advantage of the touch screen and Surface pen capabilities.

In conclusion, with Surface Pro 4, Microsoft has finally realized its vision of a tablet fully capable of replacing a laptop. It has great support by Microsoft, and the recently reduced price make it the best productivity tablet ever.

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