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The Best Tablets to Run Your Restaurant or Retail Store

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You’ll notice tablets at many leading restaurants nowadays, acting like assistant managers, driving employee accountability and food safety practices. 

This is no accident.

Tablets helps restaurants improve critical success markers for their stores. This means clean, consistent locations, and fresh, hot food at every table.


How does a tablet deliver these outcomes?  It doesn't—at least not alone. 

Paired with the right software, a mobile device can be a seriously powerful tool for restaurant employees. They can access digital checklists, get on-the-spot training, print labels, check temperatures, and more.

Here are the tablets best suited to accomplishing those tasks in your quick service restaurant.




Best Tablet for Portability

iPad mini 4




The iPad mini 4 is an ideal introductory tablet for those seeking portability.

At 7.9 inches, the screen and build is perfectly in line with previous models, but Apple chose to double the RAM for the mini 4. This extra short-term storage makes this model noticeably swifter than years past, meaning it's primed to help you with digital checklists, food safety labeling, and more.

This iPad At less than half the price of its big brother, who appears later in this list.




Best Balance of Price and Performance Portable Android Option

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8"


Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8-0


Samsung's answer to the iPad mini, the 8" Galaxy Tab brings many of the same features to the table with some additional Android advantages.

Expandable storage, a 14 hour battery life, and a noticeably lighter body make this tablet one of the best in a restaurant setting, and perfect for accomplishing opening and closing checklists.




Best Tablet for the Money

Amazon (Kindle) Fire HD10




Debatably the best deal in the tablet game, Amazon's Fire HD10 is a faster, cheaper version of previous models.

A cover or case is recommended here due to the plastic body, but that's a small concession for the processing power and screen size you get at this price.

While it's not as beastly in its capabilities as an iPad, pair this with the right accountability and food safety software, and you've got a QSR game changer on your hands.




Best Balance of Performance and Price

Apple iPad 9.7" (2018)




Apple's standard, latest model iPad perfectly balances performance with price.

It starts at 32G of memory, boasts a solid 10-hour battery life, and is responsible for setting the expectation for "tablet size" with a 9.7 inch screen. It's a nice balance for QSRs looking to leverage technology for a clean, consistent restaurant. 

The standard Apple iPad will run the latest iOS and outperform nearly every tablet within $50. This isn't just the most popular tablet—it's now the most popular computer in the world. 




Best Tablet Overall

Apple iPad Pro 11" (2018)




It's no surprise that we round off the list with the best performing tablet on the market.

Apple's latest iPad Pro features front and rear cameras, ultrafast USB-C charging, and boasts the same RAM as most home computers. This tablet can handle restaurant checklists, label printing, temperature probes—you name it.

We recommend the 11 inch model, as it boasts identical specs to the 12.9 inch without hitting the four-figure threshold.

Simply put, the latest iPad Pro is the most capable tablet available to run any restaurant or retail business. Pair it with Jolt Software, and you'll be on your way to accountability and food safety like you never imagined.


Interested in adapting tablet technology in your store? Jolt has helped over 10,000 locations across the globe improve daily business operations using tablets.

If you'd like to learn more,  reach out.  We're here to help.

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Adam Lambert
Adam Lambert

A Tennessee native, Adam Lambert is a creative writer based in Salt Lake City.

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