Here is a list of tablets that have been ranked according to how good they are for students (not overall), since a student has very specific demands. A student needs a big screen to read from, which is at least seven inches. The student needs to be able to take notes and read PDF files. The screen has to be easy on the student’s eyes since he or she will have to read from it for extended periods. It will need a long battery life, be easy to use, and be economically priced. The tablets have been ranked based upon those criteria.
1 – Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
This tablet has a dual-core Tegra 2 chip, which is a processor that is going to easily handle any software designed for education. It is a 10.1-inch tablet device, which is big enough to hold large chunks of text without the feeling of it being cramped or too small to read. The device can quite easily handle Flash interactive learning websites and Flash videos. The operating system is a little more flexible than Apples iOS, so programming and coding students can install more apps to allow them to play around with what they have learned. The Galaxy is typically cheaper than its Apple competitor, with all the same functions as an iPad. It will suit a student or a parents pocket better than an iPad will.
2 – Apple iPad
There are lots of version of the Apple iPad, but this article assumes you are going to purchase the Apple iPad 2 or above. The iPad has a duel core processor and enough power and RAM to be able to handle any studying/learning software you care to put on it. The tablet is going to cost you a lot of money, and as a student that may be a problem. On the plus side, the iPad has a very large library of apps, which will allow you to study. There are also some apps that will improve your daily life too, such as weight loss apps and budgeting apps (similar to the Android, but there are currently more for the IOS).
3 – Amazon Kindle Fire HD
This is a tablet that has been designed to be read from. The screen is large enough to enable you to comfortably fit the top half of a textbook page on it. Its screen is clear and bright enough to read from, and it is thin and light enough to hold on to and read for an extended period of time. If you are looking for a way to read without having to carry around your books, then this may be the study aid you were looking for.
4 – Asus Transformer
This is an Android Honeycomb tablet that looks a little bit like the iPad 2 and has similar CPU processor power. It is cheaper than most iPad versions and is more flexible because it runs on Android. This also means that it may have more accessories plugged into it (which will also cost less than Apple accessories)
5 – BlackBerry PlayBook
The Blackberry is known for being smaller than a tablet but larger than a phone (well…older phones anyway). It has a seven-inch screen, which is not too shabby, and has a duel core processor to provide you with a fair amount of power. The screen looks very good and the QNX OS take the finer points of webOS, Android and iOS, and brings them together. The Android apps you may run on this device are suitable for studying, and the BlackBerry can be adapted for a number of software tools, which is probably why it is a popular choice for business people. It is not particularly expensive, and is actually a good study aid, but the competition is so fierce that even good tablets are ranked at the bottom of the top 5 list these days.