The Best Back-To-School Tablets for Students

By on August 13, 2014

As a learning tool, a personal tablet can be extremely useful for children of any age. In addition, buying a tablet for a teenager entering high school is useful for gaining an edge in preparation for college as well as fostering a sense of personal privacy by allowing them to get away from a family computer.

Each year, retailers attempt to get parents into stores to purchase new tablets for students with sales throughout August and early September. While you can find a constant feed of the best tablet deals on Ben’s Bargains, it’s also good to know what brands and models to keep an eye out for when shopping for students of all ages.

We have put together a list of five tablets that will be ideal to own at the start of the school year:

Ideal for Early Learning

LeapFrog LeapPad Ultra
  • Includes parental settings to control app downloads
  • The Web browser is safe and protects kids from adult content
  • More than 1,000 apps ideal for kids between 4 to 9
  • Retail cost around $150, Deals in the $125 range

Great for Avid Readers

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX
  • Kindle Freetime allows parents to limit time of specific activities
  • Kindle Unlimited subscription service great for kids that love to read
  • Available in 7-inch and 8.9-inch models
  • Retail cost starts at $229, Deals in the $150 range

Excellent for Writing Notes / Drawing

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
  • Handwriting-to-text engine converts your written notes to digital type
  • High resolution display (2560×1600) excellent for drawing
  • Offers up to 9 hours of battery life
  • Retail cost around $600, Deals in the $500 range

Perfect for College-level Work

Microsoft Surface Pro 3
  • Fantastic for using Microsoft Office for schoolwork
  • With keypad, excellent for taking notes while in class
  • Processor upgrades ideal for games during downtime
  • Retail cost starts at $799, Upgrades available

Fun after Finishing the Homework

Apple iPad Air / Mini
  • Excellent for entertainment like movies, television or games
  • Also ideal for checking up on email or surfing the Web
  • Light weight of Air (1 lb) ideal for carrying around the house
  • Air starts at $499, Mini with Retina at $399

About Mike Flacy

By day, I'm the Editor-in-Chief for The CheckOut in addition to being the content manager for Steve's Digicams and High-Def Digest. During my free time, I love to write about pop culture, home theater, digital photography, social media, mobile technology and cool gadgets!

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