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Business tablets preview: HP ElitePad 900 and Dell Latitude 10

Windows 8 on a tablet is an interesting prospect for business users. Both HP and Dell have come out with business-oriented tablets, and today we will be taking a closer look at the Dell Latitude 10 and the HP ElitePad 900. Both of these business tablets run on the Intel Atom 2760 and Windows 8 Pro. Time for a side-by-side comparison.

They look pretty different, with the ElitePad sleeker and more deluxe than the Latitude 10. The latter reminds us of the original iPad. The Dell with its darker chassis comes across as a more solid product. It also weighs more than the Elitepad, with 715 grams compared to 640 grams.

So they're not the lightest of tablets we've seen, but the iPad 4 Retina is in the same category with a weight of about 650 grams. Since they're business products, they both come with Windows 8 Pro, and the Dell Latitude can be configured in a few different ways like most Dell products.

Both have a 10-inch IPS display with five touch points, but the resolution is different. The Dell has a resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels and the HP has 1,280 x 800 pixels. That's a peculiar choice considering Windows 8 requires 1,366 x 768 pixels for placing apps at the side of the screen. That means this deluxe HP business tablet lacks this snapping feature. Both tablets can be used together with the optional Wacom stylus.

The HP ElitePad can definitely compete with Apple in terms of design. It has a sleek aluminium with the only visible connectors being the dock at the bottom and a headphone jack at the top. The MicroSD card slot and SIM card slot are located under hinged covers. The SIM card slot has to be opened with a pin, Apple-style.

We tested the standard edition of the Latitude 10, and it has a full-size USB port, mini HDMI and a standard SD card reader. These are all easily accessible. There is also a MicroUSB port for charging the tablet, and it has a docking port.

Dell has two more versions of the Latitude 10. The more deluxe Enhanced Security models has a SmartCard reader and a fingerprint scanner. There is a more basic model as well, the Latitude 10 Essentials, and this version does not have a micro USB charging connector, no flash on the rear camera, and no mini HDMI. Read the rest of the review on (opens in new tab).