There are lots of reasons for students to invest in a tablet. They’re practically weightless in a backpack, they last all day on a charge (at least the good ones) and there are lots of touch-friendly student apps available that can help your child get ahead. Plus, you never have to wait for them to boot. What separates the tablets worth considering from the ones worth buying? Design, versatility, included apps and available accessories.
You also have to keep the age of the student in mind. Parents of grade-school children will likely want a tablet that offers parental controls and apps and content geared toward little ones. Those who prefer to scribble notes in class will prefer a slate with pen input. And those looking for a tablet and laptop in a single device should look for compatible keyboards. Here’s our top seven tablet picks for Back to School 2013.
The fourth-generation iPad and iPad mini have one very important thing in common: more than 375,000 apps designed just for Apple's tablets. From educational apps to productivity tools to cutting-edge games, the latest and greatest tablet apps tend to hit the iPad first. The fourth-gen iPad stands out because of its very sharp 9.7-inch Retina Display and fast A6X processor, while the smaller 7.9-inch iPad mini is better for one-hand use.