Best Tablets for Students

Published On September 26, 2013 | Electronics

Fall is here and that means cooler weather, football, and back-to-school shopping. When it comes to preparing your children for another year of learning, it’s important to make wise investments that not only pave the way for academic success but also get the kids excited, and this is often no easy feat.

One great way to accomplish both goals is to buy tablets which allow students to enjoy learning and give them access to endless information in a fun, high-technology environment. But how do parents know which tablets to buy? Here are some great options at a range of price points, so you can be sure to find the right tablet for your child.

Apple iPad

While the iPad may not be the least expensive tablet on the market, it sets the industry standard when it comes to access to digital textbooks, learning materials, and apps that enhance productivity. Make the most of your child’s tablet experience by purchasing an external keyboard to complete the setup and allow him or her to work and learn just about anywhere.

Microsoft Surface Pro

The Microsoft Surface Pro is on the pricier side, but it combines the very best features of portable computing because it’s truly a lightweight laptop with a magnetically-attachable keyboard. This means that students can enjoy all the power of a PC but don’t have to give up the modern apps that come with tablets.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

This little Samsung tablet allows students to make a complete transition to digital learning because it comes with the S Pen digitized stylus, which gives students the ability to actually write and draw onto the tablet screen. It also features a multi-window mode, which lets users easily conduct research and access more than one app at once.

Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx

The Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx comes with an optional keyboard dock which creates a productive work station. The keyboard dock doubles the battery life, providing this tablet with up to 16 hours of battery. The IdeaTab Lynx also comes with a micro-USB, microSD, micro-HDMI slot and two USB 2.0 ports, allowing students to easily transfer information to and from their device.

Sony Xperia Tablet Z

This 10-inch tablet offers the large screen many students prefer, and the high quality of the screen output makes for a great transition to after-study relaxation, cat video-watching, and games (if parents allow them). A huge boon to parents: this little tablet is highly water and dust-resistant, so they can feel safe placing this piece of technology in kids’ hands.

HP SlateBook x2

This tablet is great because it can be customized with a keyboard dock so that students can get the maximum benefit out of portable technology. The dock also extends battery life and features more ports for USBs and the like so that students can get about as close to a PC experience as possible with the portability of a tablet.

While adults are still getting used to the rapidly developing technology of small, portable computers and tablets, kids seem to have been born adept. They easily use tablets to study, read, take notes, and research, and parents can always adjust tablet settings to help their kids focus on school work and not on games.

When evaluating which tablet is right for your student, be sure to consider factors such as screen display quality, versatility, speed, and accessories that may make learning more efficient. Have a clear list of your needs and wants in mind when you go shopping, and never hesitate to ask all the questions you need to so that you are sure you are making the best investment for you and for your child. Happy studies!

— By Jessica Oaks



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