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Published On: Wed, Sep 12th, 2012

Top 5 Tablets for Students

Tablets were once deemed as luxuries but things have changed a lot now. These devices are used as substitutes for Netbooks and people find it very comfortable to carry a tablet instead. Tablets are quite versatile now and they are extensively used in schools. Students prefer carrying all their study material on tablets and are relieved from the burden of books. Lets take a look at the top five tablets in the market right now –

Apple iPad 3 – Price $499.00 to $595.30

Pros – The new Apple iPad comes with a great new display along with quad core GPU. Apple has the world’s biggest media and app store for buying and feeding the content. Rear side has a five megapixels camera and it records 1080p quality videos. 4G data plans are available from Verizon and AT&T.

Cons – The third generation iPad is a bit heavier than its predecessor. Movies and apps that are optimized for this screen take more space. Also, you need adapters for SD, USB, and HDMI connections.

Verdict – Despite a few gripes, the Apple iPad still remains the best tablet in the market right now. It has been made even better on the third generation with faster graphics, better camera, 4G connectivity, and better screen.

Apple iPad 3

Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 – Price $487.86 to $569.49

Pros – This tablet comes with a high resolution screen that is as good as that of iPad in terms of clarity and sharpness. The apps launch fast, GPS works quite well, and the rear camera too is really good; in fact, it is the best one on Android tablets right now. The body of the tablet too comes with thin and light design just like the predecessor – Prime.

Cons – The pixel count of the display is high but there aren’t a lot of Android apps that can take advantage of it. Battery life is less as compared to Prime.

Verdict - Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 is 1 of fastest Android tablets in the market right now and it has a great combination of fast processor, good camera, and beautiful screen.

Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700

Acer Iconia Tab A100 – Price – $164.99 to $249.99

Pros - Acer Iconia Tab A100 is a seven inch tablet which has full Android 4.0 aka Ice Cream Sandwich OS experience. The price is much lower as compared to other seven inch devices out there. There are some cool extras onboard like expandable memory, hardware screen lock, and HDMI port.

Cons – Viewing angle of this tablet is quite narrow and battery drains out faster. With $100 more, you can get a much better tablet.

Verdict - Acer Iconia Tab A100 has a good Android 4.0 experience on seven inches tablet but there are better ones available for just $100 more.

Acer Iconia Tab A100

Lenovo IdeaPad K1 – price – $229.00 to $449.95

Pros - Lenovo IdeaPad K1 comes with best features that you’d want in Honeycomb tablets and the OS is upgradeable to Android 4.0. There some cool and unique optimizations for Android OS along with some preloaded apps.

Cons – Design of the Lenovo IdeaPad K1 is heavy and thick as compared to Samsung and Apple products. There are a lot of Android tweaks onboard but not all of them are good enough and screen brightness could have been better.

Verdict – Lenovo IdeaPad K1 is good but there isn’t much to differentiate this tablet from the others out there.

Lenovo IdeaPad K1

Samsung Galaxy Tab 620

Pros – This tablet comes with Android 3.2 OS. The UI and performance is quite impressive. This tablet is great if you are going to play a lot of media. The greatest plus is the powerful performance.

Cons – Nothing in particular.

Verdict – This tablet is amongst the tons of other Android tablets out there and the biggest selling point is the manufacturer’s name and nothing else. Buy this if you don’t like Apple and are looking for alternatives.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 620

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