Top five best tablets for students

Ariana Beedie

Tablets, a newer  technology item, have taken student gadgets to the next level.

A large percentage of students carry laptops to class for note-taking purposes. These new editions of tablets make student life easier with each different capability, including note-taking directly on the device.

Many universities, including USI, also have eBook options in addition to selling tablets in the Campus Store.

Choosing the right tablet can be tricky if students don’t know which tablet works best for what is desired.

The following are five examples of substantial tablets and e-readers for students. Each one contains different capabilities and specialties of a wide range.

1. iPad Air (iPad 5)

Apple, known for their premium products, updated and revamped its latest version of the tablet. The iPad Air, which will be available Nov. 1, is due to surpass former expectations of iPad users.

According to The Telegraph, a British news source, the iPad Air is lighter and thinner and also has a more crisp Retina display to create an incredible resolution.

Another principle feature of iPads is their gaming capabilities improved by the Retina display,which takes iPad Air skills to the next level.

Apple’s newest release was designed to match the newest iPad mini with a sharp square design. With these iPads releasing just before the holidays, Apple should expect to sell a large amount.

iPad Air runs on the iOS 7 system, matching the recent iPhone software update. This creates uniformity throughout Apple’s product appearances, making the devices more appealing to the eye.

Besides the updates, the iPad uses basic Apple applications along with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more.

The 16 GB version is set at $499, which is $100 less than debut prices of the iPad 4.

2. Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition)

Android tablets took off slightly after Apple iPads and have created its own market of devices.

The Samsung Galaxy Note tablet, similar to the phone, includes a sharp-point stylus, which is the first on the market to do so.

The 10.1 2014 Edition features a 10-inch screen and is thinner and lighter than the former model. It also runs on the Android 4.2 system.

According to, the Samsung Galaxy Note tablet has some of the loudest speakers in the market and nine hours of battery life, making it a plus for music lovers.

Debut prices begin at $449.99 for a 16GB.

3. Google Nexus 10

Another choice from Samsung Android tablets is the Google Nexus 10, which is equipped with many improvements from the earlier  version, and gives other market competitors a run for their money.

Starting with appearance, this tablet comes equipped with a sheet of Gorilla Glass that  protects the screen from different types of damage. This feature makes it easier for customers to protect their tablet as opposed to buying a screen protector after their purchase.

Google Nexus 10 weighs 50 grams lighter than the iPad 4, making the device easier to carry. This tablet also comes equipped with a micro HDMI port and a micro USB port, allowing the user to work on documents or watch videos by connecting to a(n) HDMI device.

Samsung creators finished the product with a rubber backing, making the device easier to grip.

The 16 GB version starts at $399.99.

4. Microsoft Surface Pro 2

Windows released a remastered version of its tablet on Tuesday. The Microsoft Surface Pro 2 is a 10-inch tablet featuring an updated Windows 8.1 system.

With a system resembling a full computer, it comes equipped with audio in and out plugs, an Ethernet jack and USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports.

Another top selling feature of the product is the optional detachable keyboard, the Touch Cover. Selling for $119, this keyboard is featured in many colors and adds efficiency to searching on this tablet.

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 sells for $899.00 in the Microsoft Store.

5. Kindle Fire HD

This seven-inch display tablet surpasses former versions of Amazon’s Kindle.

Running on Amazon Fire system, Mojito 3.0, the KindleFire HD makes for an addition to the market of efficient tablets. This tablet is also the only tablet with a dual antenna made for fast internet searches.

New users gain 500 Amazon coins for downloading apps and other media.

The three-pound tablet comes equipped with a 1.3 megapixel camera and a nine-hour battery life, making it one of the heaviest tablets on the market.

The 16 GB Kindle Fire runs at $199.99, which makes it one of the most affordable for students.