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Enterprise tablet wars: Galaxy TabPro S vs. Surface Pro 4

Sarah K. White | April 18, 2016
If you’re looking for a hybrid device that shines in the enterprise, Microsoft and Samsung both offer high-end Windows 10 tablets. Senior writer Sarah White compares the Surface Pro 4 and the Galaxy Tab Pro S to see which one fits best in business.

The Surface Pro 4 comes with a stylus, which is a convenient accessory for business users who need to sign documents on the fly. But the TabPro S currently doesn't come with a Stylus, although there are rumors that Samsung plans to release one in the future that will feature a 162-hour battery life.

Winner: The Surface Pro 4 takes first place for accessories, even though you have to pay a little more for the keyboard. The keyboard offers a better overall experience and the fact that it comes with a stylus will be a pull for many business users.

Performance

The Samsung Galaxy TabPro S has one basic configuration with an Intel Core m3 dual core processor and 4GB of RAM, and you can choose between 128GB or 256GB of storage. That leaves limited options for business users who need a little more juice under the hood. While it might be enough for employees who mostly use basic programs, apps and Web-based apps, but it won't be enough power for anyone using more taxing programs.

There are more available configurations for the Surface Pro 4. You can choose between an Intel Core m3, i5 or i7 dual core processor as well as 4GB, 8GB or 16GB of RAM. It also offers more storage options, ranging from 128GB to 1TB. With the range of options, IT departments might be swayed by the multiple configurations, which means someone who needs more power can get a device that suits them, while others can stick with a more entry-level model.

The battery life on each device is also substantial, with the Microsoft advertising nine hours of video playback, while Samsung boasts 10.5 hours for its device. However, real-life battery length may not measure up, but in testing the devices, it's clear that both will last you an entire day with typical use.

Winner: The Surface Pro 4 offers more flexibility, even though the Galaxy TabPro S does offer a decent amount of power. But for businesses, having the option to get a higher-powered device for some employees and a lower-powered one for others makes more sense than just one lower-powered option.

Enterprise Features

Both devices run Windows 10, which means they will integrate into any office that is set up on the Microsoft ecosystem. It also means you'll get all the enterprise security features already baked into the popular OS. However, Microsoft offers more in the way of enterprise perks for businesses that decide to adopt the Surface Pro 4.

Incentives include a better warranty program, a stronger trade-in program, the capability to destroy a malfunctioning device as to not compromise data, a partnership with Dell and accidental damage coverage. Samsung, on the other hand, has plenty of enterprise-friendly features for Android, but none of them extend to the Tab Pro S, including the enterprise device program.

 

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