” TV ad reminds us, these don’t feature touchscreens or the capability to fold the keyboard out of sight.With Android tablets, you could instead get a touchscreen Chromebook that can now run Android apps of its own, but it will be bulkier and have shorter battery life.Most people won’t, but there are reasons you might.

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Those restrictions led us to focus, for the initial version of this guide, on Apple’s 12.9-inch and 9.7-inch i Pad Pro models, Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4, and Samsung’s Tab Pro S.

At that time, Google’s Chromebook Pixel C was the closest thing Android had to a pro tablet (even if it lacked stylus support and maxed out at 64 GB of storage).

Our takeaway is that no single pro tablet is the best for everyone, and a non-pro tablet or an entry-level laptop may be a better fit for many people.

But we can at least clarify what you get—and give up—with each of three major pro tablet platforms: i OS, Windows, and Android.

Apple’s Pencil and Microsoft’s Stylus Pen offer more-accurate input (it’s possible to do fine drawing work and jot written notes at speed) and work in any app.

This makes these models competitors not just for standard tablets, but as interesting portable alternatives to an external graphics tablet like those in the Wacom lineup.

For example, if you’re heavily invested in Apple’s ecosystem of hardware, software, and services, a Windows 10 tablet will be an awkward fit.

So we didn’t set out to find the absolute “best” models and then rank them, as we do in most of our guides.

A third may be that the multitasking agility of a laptop eats away at your ability to focus—if you want to bear down on a document, spreadsheet, or graphic without having other apps in view to distract you, a pro tablet can be a more productive environment.

More compelling for some people—especially in the case of the i Pad Pro and Microsoft’s Surface devices—is the promise of a much improved drawing and writing experience when compared with both traditional passive styluses (which have nowhere near the precision of a pen or pencil) or third-party active Bluetooth styluses, which generally work only with certain apps.

Though we don’t think a pro tablet is a great choice as a laptop replacement for professionals yet—issues like multitasking restrictions and software that really isn’t optimized for these devices are limiting—their active styluses can make them good choices as secondary devices for those who prefer drawing or writing to keyboard entry.