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Top 5 Best Cheap Tablets for College Students

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What’s the best tablet for college? If you’re a student on a tight budget, you might be surprised at just how affordable some of these tablets can be.


1. Acer Iconia 11.6-Inch (128 GB Model)

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Amazon has the 128 GB Acer Iconia on sale for around $700. That isn’t exactly cheap, but compared to a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (which retails for $999), it’s quite the bargain. It’s also a pretty fair price for a tablet that has a display that’s almost a foot wide. For students who want a Windows tablet experience, this big tab is a solid choice.

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Pros:

  • Zippy solid state drive
  • 9-hour battery life
  • 12 MP rear camera
  • Optimized Dolby Home Theater v4 audio enhancement
  • Dock is great for low- or high-angle viewing

  • Cons:

  • May be somewhat too expensive for some students on a budget
  • Opinions are divided about the enjoyability of the Windows tab experience in general
  • Could benefit from a bit more RAM and a slightly larger cache
  • 2.09 pounds doesn’t seem that big, until you try to hold it for a long period of time
  • Some users may feel more comfortable buying a Windows tab from Microsoft

  • 2. iPad Mini 2

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    An iPad Mini 2 ($399) is a good option for college students who plan to walk or bike to campus, since it has such a small form factor. The iPad Mini with retina display enables you to have a lightweight device that won’t make you squint, but you can save yourself about a hundred bucks by going for the original iPad Mini ($299) instead of the more recent one.

    This 7.9-inch tab benefits from a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating, reducing smudges and keeping your iPad Mini looking factory fresh. This tablet would be a good option for anyone who wants to bring a tablet, and not a full-sized laptop, to their lectures.

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    Pros:

  • Designed by Apple
  • Reliable, less prone to crashing than some other tablets
  • Smudge resistant
  • Lightweight
  • Great battery life

  • Cons:

  • More expensive than tabs of a comparable size
  • Small screen can make it hard to tap certain items on the screen
  • Not compatible with some popular, Android-only apps
  • FaceTime camera is only 720p
  • May be too small for students looking to buy a tablet that will replace a laptop

  • 3. Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 (7-Inch)

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    Samsung’s tablets are generally pretty solid, and the Galaxy Tab 4 is a great option for anyone who needs a smaller tab. The tab may be on the smaller size, but it comes with about $300 worth of freebies, since Samsung is working aggressively to get your business. These “Galaxy Perks” include three months of SiriusXM Internet Radio, some free audio books, a $10 Google Play credit, and 50 GB of Dropbox space. You can usually find this tab online for under $170.

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    Pros:

  • Beautiful display
  • 8 GB flash memory
  • 32GB of memory available through a microSD slot and 50GB of free Dropbox storage
  • Thin and lightweight design
  • Solid multi-tasking

  • Cons:

  • Cameras are a little wimpy
  • Multi-tasking limited to two apps at once
  • Tab is great for taking notes, may be too small to work as a full laptop replacement for busy students
  • Some users have complained the tab runs very slowly
  • Multiple users have found the screen on the Nexus 7 more vivid than this Samsung tab

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    4. Lenovo Yoga Multimode 10-inch Tablet

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    Some students want the portability of a tablet, but the form factor of a laptop. If flexibility is the most important thing for you, this tablet from Lenovo could be perfect. You can use it in tablet mode to take notes during class, then place the tablet in stand mode for when you need a stable screen for writing papers.

    This tablet works as a laptop replacement for anyone who needs maximum battery life, or anyone who doesn’t like working in Windows or OS X. Just buy a wireless keyboard and you’re good to go. Even with the added cost of a wireless keyboard, you’ll probably get away without spending more than $300.

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    Pros:

  • 18-hour battery life
  • 16 GB flash memory
  • Ideal for Android fans
  • Lightweight
  • Much cheaper than buying a traditional laptop

  • Cons:

  • Ships with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, not KitKat
  • On-board cameras may seem underwhelming to some (5 MP rear, 1.6 MP front)
  • Only has up to 32GB micro-SD card storage support
  • Some users find the display slightly low-res
  • Some users suggest the default launcher should be replaced with a third-party launcher

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    5. YABILA 10-Inch Android Tablet (16GB)

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    If price is your primary concern, this ultra-cheap tablet will fit the bill. This tablet runs Android 4.2, and supports HD playback. With the savings you’ll get from buying this cheap tab, you’ll have a ton of money left over for pizza and textbooks. Amazon is currently selling this tablet for over 50 percent off the list price.

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    Pros:

  • Quad-Core 1.2Ghz with SGX 544MP GPU
  • Supports 1080p HD play, HDMI output (Cable sold separately), G-sensor and 3D games
  • Supports memory cards
  • Fairly lightweight
  • Nice display

  • Cons:

  • Terrible battery life
  • Could use more RAM
  • Not the most renowned brand in the tablet sphere
  • Some users found sound quality a bit lacking
  • Some user reviews indicate Wi-Fi connectivity is prone to disconnecting

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