A year ago, the iPad was pretty much the only tablet in town. Now there are plenty of compelling choices for students, whether you’re looking for a compact 7-inch slate that lets you take notes with a pen or a tablet that docks with a keyboard for faster typing. Of course, the iPad 2 remains the top seller for a reason, and Apple’s thinner and faster sequel will get even better this fall with the iOS 5 update.
It’s even thinner (0.34 inches) and lighter (1.34 pounds) than before, and now it also has front- and rear-facing cameras for making FaceTime calls oand recording videos. Yes, Apple’s tablet remains the device to beat. The dual-core A5 processor really flies, and the 9.7-inch, 1024 x 768 IPS display offers the best viewing angles. And with more than 90,000 apps ready to download, no one can touch Apple when it comes to apps. Up next: The iOS 5 update coming this fall will offer a ton of new features, including an improved notification system, tabbed browsing, Twitter integration, and iTunes in the cloud.
Read our review of the Apple iPad 2.