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Best Tablets for Students
Apple iPad With Retina Display Wi-Fi 32GB – The overall best Tablet on the market is our top choice for Students. Easy to use, stunning visual display, and millions of quality apps makes this device a must have for students. Prices start at $499 for the 16GB WiFi version and go upward to $750 for the 64GB 3G version.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 – The Samsung Galaxy Note is the top selling Android tablet for a reason – it works flawlessly and includes the S-Pen digital stylus for drawing, note taking, and app interaction. With its quad-core 1.6GHz processor, the Galaxy Note 10.1 is also one of the fastest tablets on the market. Prices start at $399 for the 16GB version.
Google Nexus 7 – If price and portability are high factors on your list then the Google Nexus 7 is the best option. Priced at $199 and packing a powerful quad-core processor and HD display, the Nexus 7 is the overall best small size tablet on the market. The Nexus 7 comes with WiFi but no cellular option.
HP Envy X2 – Students that need the all-in-one capability of a tablet/keyboard/docking station will love the HP Envy X2. This full Windows 8 device comes with an Intel atom 1.8GHz dual-core processor and 2GB of RAM. Since it's a laptop first, tablet second combo, the core device provides 64GB of SSD hard drive storage, a full HDMI port, USB 2.0 port, and SD card slot, and also includes Beats by Dr. Dre, premium audio and dual speakers on the device.
Microsoft Surface RT – The Surface tablet by Microsoft is a fun and versatile machine that allows students to conveniently work on homework assignments in a native Windows 8 environment, and then switch gears to entertainment mode to listen to music or watch movies in full HD. The tablet has a stunning tile display that allows for quick use of social media apps, web browsing, or game playing. Prices start at $499 but splurge the extra $100 for the snap-on keyboard that’s available in a rainbow of snazzy colors and is a must have accessory.
Best Tablets for Business Users
Apple iPad (4th Generation) - The iPad is still the best tablet experience one can have thanks to its still unmatched performance and robust app and media ecosystem. Whether for business or entertainment, the iPad is the best for overall likeability and usability. Business users will have no problem finding hundreds of useful apps to make the 9 to 5 hours much more productive, and much more enjoyable.
Google Nexus 10 – The fastest Android tablet on the market is also becoming one of the best values for business users. Priced at $399, The Nexus 10 is the first tablet to house Samsung's 1.7GHz dual-core Exynos 5250 CPU. It uses a Mali T-604 as its graphics processor and has 2GB of RAM. The Exynos 5250 was built using the Cortex-A15 processor, which is one of the first tablet CPUs to truly rival Apple's A5 and A6 family. It also supports 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and MIMO Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and NFC (near-field communication). There's also a gyroscope, barometer, accelerometer, and a digital compass.
Dell Latitude 10 - Targeted to business users who want laptop like features in a tablet, the Dell Latitude 10 is a new Windows 8 tablet that is a full featured powerhouse. Dell has built a high performance device that includes the latest dual-core Intel Atom Z2760 Cloverview processor clocked at 1.8 GHz. The Latitude 10 comes with 2GB of RAM and a massive 64GB of storage memory standard and a replaceable battery. An optional dock allows connection points for a monitor, keyboard, mouse, four additional USB ports, audio out, full HDMI, and ethernet. Perfect for business and for play, prices start at $650 on Dell.com.
HP Revolve - The Revolve is the first Windows 8 touchscreen laptop for commercial customers offered by HP. The laptop/tablet hybrid device has an 11.6 inch HD display that swivels so that it can be placed on the keyboard to turn the laptop into a tablet. Slated by HP specifically for enterprise customers, the Revolve comes with out of the box support for Microsoft Office programs like Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. Prices start at $899.
Microsoft Surface Pro – The Surface Pro by Microsoft is the business version of the Surface RT. A powerful laptop in tablet form, the Surface Pro is powered by an Intel Core i5 processor and comes standard with 64GB of memory to run the full suite of enterprise grade Microsoft programs which number in the tens of thousands. Weighing in at 2lbs, it’s a bit heavy for one-handed operation though. Thankfully the Surface Pro comes with a built-in kickstand. We recommend you buy the sturdy keyboard (not the cutesy, rainbow-colored, touch cover that’s a top accessory for the Surface RT) The one we recommend comes in one color - basic black. It adds an extra $130 to the $899 tablet price, but is very functional, has keys that have good tactile feel, and includes a trackpad.
Best Tablets for Book, Movie, Music, and Game Lovers
Amazon Kindle HD - The 8.9 inch Kindle Fire HD is an amazing tablet; light, powerful, and with a gorgeous 1920 x 1200 HD display. But it’s what’s inside that makes the device a top choice for content lovers. Simply put, Amazon’s broad selection of books, movies, music, and games is unmatched by any other company – even Apple. So if content is your top priority – go with the Kindle. Prices start at $299 for the 16GB WiFi version.
Apple iPad (4th Generation) - The world’s top-selling tablet also has the world’s largest App store. If you can think it, there’s probably an app for it. Outside of Amazon, no other company provides more books, movies, music, and useful apps designed specifically for a tablet. Combined with a flawless retina display and stereo speakers, the iPad is a top choice for this category.
Razer Edge Pro Gaming Tablet – Winner of “Best in Show” at the 2013 CES show, the 10.1 inch Razer Pro is a bona-fide beast of a Windows 8 gaming tablet powered by an Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of DDR RAM, 64GB of SSD memory, and a NVIDIA GT 640M LE graphics processor. The gaming controllers are fused into a tray-like enclosure that provides vibration feedback, stereo audio elements, and backlighting for an immersive gaming experience. Yes, this is probably the first and only tablet that truly provides a great gaming experience, but the $1350 price tag for the tablet, controllers, and docking station is not child’s play.
Sony Experia Tablet Z – The thinnest, lightest 10.1 inch tablet on the market is Sony’s best offering to date and is one of the best home entertainment tablets on the market. The Xperia Tablet Z’s 6.9mm profile is actually a hair or two thinner than the iPad Mini and it weighs only 1.09 pounds. The Xperia Tablet Z is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and includes 2GB of RAM, supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, MHL, NFC, a gyroscope, an accelerometer, and aGPS. The tablet is also fully waterproof. Though not as widely noted as Amazon or Apple, Sony has a full content ecosystem of music, books, games, and movies that will keep you entertained for hours. Prices start at $499 for the 16GB version.