They are especially beneficial for students, providing usage in and out of the classroom, access to virtual textbooks and lessons, as well as providing the tools for an active college social life.
The most ideal tablets for college students should incorporate as many of the following aspects as possible: fast processing and on board memory, large and easy to read display screen, ability to access the internet anywhere, and an adequate camera to interact with today’s communication tools and social media.
Every manufacturer makes tablets, but there are some standouts in terms of both features and value.
High End Tablet in the Market
From the world’s leading software company, Microsoft gives us the Surface Pro 3. The 12″ screen gives you a full size view of documents, streaming video and games, with brilliant colors and high definition. The screen size make reading online text books seem natural. Internal operating memory is a full 8 Gigs, and the hard drive holds and amazing 256 gigs of data…if you were using your tablet only to store music, that would be over 65,000 songs!
The tablet runs off Windows 8, the most sophisticated yet easy to use, operating system yet.
Weighing in at less than two pounds, you’ll find the Surface Pro easy to carry to class, on the bus, the library, dorm, or coffee shop. Input options include keyboard, voice, or pen.
If desired, you can record lectures to review at a later time. Emptying you pack back of multiple notebooks and textbooks, and replacing them with the Surface Pro, will make your life at school easier and more functional than ever before. The kickstand and optional click in keyboard givesyou more options than ever before; the average battery life exceeds nine hours.
Top Windows Tablet
From venerable Texas PC maker Dell is the Venue Pro11i with a 10.8 inch screen and a whole lot of portability. Available in 32, 64, or 128 Gig configurations, the Window 8.1 system has 2 Gigs of ram memory on board.
The Intel Atom Z3775D processor runs the show, and gives you plenty of processing power for most collegiate type applications. Intel’s Gen7 video card supplies the graphics and video.
Dual band wireless and BlueTooth provide you with web access, and two integrated webcams (2 MP and 8 MP) give you photo and video capability.
The 12″ X 7″ unit weighs less than a pound and a half, and is ultra-slim at less than a half inch.
There are full size USB ports, a half-size HDMI, and inputs for phones and mike.
Two different optional keyboards provide you with a traditional laptop experience, if desired.
The Dell comes with one year of in-home service.
Best Tablet to Buy for Colle
Hewlett-Packard’s (HP) OMNI O10 5600US in a graphite colored case is powered by Intel’s Atom processor, running at 1.46 Ghz. Utilizing Windows 8.1 operating system, the OMNI represents the latest tablet technology from one of the world’s largest computer hardware manufacturers.
The OMNI has 2 Gigs of ram memory and 32 Gigs of hard drive memory. Included HP software packages make it easy to sync every device you have – smartphone,, tablet, desktop continuously, in the background.
Three micro ports, USB, HDMI and SD slot give you the ability to input or output from a wide variety of media and devices.
Dual webcams enable one on one video communication services like the included Skype, or just take great photos and hi-res video.
The 1.4 pound unit gives you over eight hours of battery life, depending on usage, but plenty of power to get you through the entire academic day.
The screen on the OMNI is made from ultra-tough Gorilla Glass, lessening the chance of scratches or cracks from your active lifestyle.
The OMNI comes preloaded with Microsoft Office Home and Student, providing you with all the necessary tools for your studies, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation and OneNote software. A host of other included software will make your life easier in every computing regard.
Top Entry Level Unit
If you/’re looking for an entry level tablet at the very low end of the price range, the ProntoTec 2014 Android Tablet PC may be right for you. While value priced, the unit is highly rated by users. Powered by the Cortex Quad CPU the unit hums along at 1.4 Khz.
Running off the latest version of Google’s Android operating system gives you access to thousands and thousands of apps from the Google Play store.
This basic unit has two lower resolution cameras, and a 10 inch screen.
The ProntoTec comes with a one year warranty, and includes free, automatic firmware updates as needed.
Battery life is reported at just over four hours.
The tablet has 8 Gigs of on board storage, with about 6 usable, but micro SD can add 16 more Gigs for storage. This type of tablet is best used if you are a heavy enthusiast of the cloud, and prefer to store your data, music, and photo off of the unit.
A stylus pen is included, as is a charger. and USB cable.