Tablets are rapidly becoming standard business equipment in many industries, and the legal profession is no exception. The lightweight portability makes it ideal for work outside the office.

Most people use iPad (from $499), the original and reigning king of the tablets, with the market pie dominated by Apple and the small remainder divided by everyone else. As more attorneys and legal professionals use iPads, law firm IT departments have been working to integrate Apple and PC platforms. This may change in the near future, as comparable devices are released.

Most notably, Microsoft will challenge iPad by introducing the Surface RT (estimated to start at $500) on October 26th. It will feature a 10.6-inch display (compared to iPad’s 9.7-inch screen) and 32 GB of storage. It’s integration with Microsoft’s Outlook and OneNote will be a huge advantage.  Other features will be an improved keyboard and a stylus for avid note-takers.

To learn more about the Surface RT, here are some interesting articles:

Microsoft Surface RT Tablet: $500 for 32GB of Windows 8’s Best Hope by Brian Barrett in Gizmondo

Could Microsoft Win the Tablet Wars? by William Caraher in Law Technology News

Google’s Nexus 7 (from $199) is the highest selling Android tablet and second best selling tablet overall, a place formerly held by Amazon’s Kindle Fire (from $159). Both models have a smaller screen than iPad, which some users find more portable. The lower price points are another plus. Because it’s a Google product, the Nexus 7 integrates beautifully for those who use Gmail, Google  Docs and other Google products.

You can learn more here:

Google Nexus 7 top Android tablet, Amazon Kindle Fire HD giving a fight by NVO News

One of the worst kept rumors in the tech world is the anticipated release of the iPad Mini this month. If Apple does in fact introduce a smaller tablet, it is expected to give Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire true competition.

Get the juicy gossip on the iPad mini from the emerging tech rumor mill:

Sizing Up Apple’s Potential iPad Mini Storage, Display And Wireless Connectivity Options by Darrell Etherington in TechCrunch

iPad Mini will come in 24 flavors, report says by Don Reisinger for CNET

Why an iPad Mini might be the right tablet for you by Tony Bradley for PC World

If you’re looking for an easy way to compare tablets that are already on the market, PC has an easy to use Tablet Comparison Chart. It allows feature to feature comparisons up to four devices.