Tablets have come a long way since Apple (AAPL) kickstarted the category in 2010. Since then, we’ve gone from a time of iPad domination to a much more competitive market, thanks to lower-cost alternatives like Amazon’s (AMZN) Kindle Fire line and dozens of Android options. Some of the best tablets currently on the market have come from unexpected sources, namely Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT).
After becoming a consumer favorite, tablets have also made inroads in business, largely as an inexpensive and more portable laptop alternative.
While early flameouts like the BlackBerry (BBRY) PlayBook failed to take enterprise by storm, tablets are becoming increasingly popular in the business environment. Peripherals like Bluetooth keyboards are helping, as are the growing number of productivity and professional apps available (including the recent Microsoft Office for iPad) and moves by manufacturers and enterprise software vendors to offer security options for the devices.
There are plenty of options to choose from, but here’s our list of the 5 best tablets for getting work done.