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Picking the best tablet for students can be challenging for parents (or for students themselves). You’ll want one that’s equally handy for scribbling notes in class and streaming movies after class, with enough power to be productive but at a low enough price that you can afford it. Our favorite overall pick that checks nearly all boxes is the Galaxy Tab S7 FE, which has the S Pen included, has plenty of RAM for fast performance, and sports a beautiful display for procrastinating.
BEST OVERALL: SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB S7 FE
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE
Space to workTODAY’S BEST DEALSVIEW AT AMAZONView at AT&TView at Conrad ElectronicSee all prices (7 found)Rated for 13 hours of batteryUp to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storageDual speakers with Dolby AtmosSupport for Samsung DeX ModeS Pen includedNo high refresh rate on the displayKeyboard cover is extra
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE is the tablet equivalent of what Samsung did for its phones with the Galaxy S20 FE, and that is to offer a well-made product with solid performance at a lower price. It’s a strategy that worked out very well for the company’s smartphone and translated perfectly to its tablets — and that means that students can reap all the benefits.
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S7 FE sports a 12.4-inch high-definition display with support for HDR10+ for excellent color reproduction. This means that whether researching for a project or drawing on the screen with the S Pen, it’ll all be crisp and give you plenty of space to work. To make sure that there’s no lag in getting things done, the Tab S7 FE is powered by the Snapdragon 750G. So not only is there plenty of horsepower for the tablet, but it’s also 5G capable, so you can work from anywhere.
The large 10,090mAh battery will let you keep working for hours, and when it’s time to power back up, the 45W charger will get the tablet back up and running in no time. When it comes time for watching a video, the dual-speaker setup with Dolby Atmos will ensure everything sounds great. There are also two cameras, and the front camera is great for video calls while also acting as security for face unlock.RECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU…CLOSEhttps://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.513.0_en.html#goog_16079249540 seconds of 59 secondsVolume 0% PLAY SOUND
You can get the Galaxy Tab S7 FE with either 4GB, 6GB, or 8GB of RAM and 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB of storage. You can always expand it with up to 1TB with a microSD card regardless of which storage option you go for. With multiple color options available and the features to help students work and play, the Galaxy Tab S7 FE is a sure winner.
UPGRADE PICK: SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB S7 PLUS
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus+ 12.4-inch Android tablet
Best tablet to get all of your work done and some playTODAY’S BEST DEALSCHECK AMAZONFrom $719 at AmazonS Pen includedRated for 14 hours of batteryUp to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage120Hz Super AMOLED displaySupport for Samsung DeX ModeMost expensive optionKeyboard cover is extraAdvertisement
If you need a tablet capable of handling almost any task, then you don’t want to look past the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus. You’ll also be happy to know that Samsung includes an S Pen with every purchase, so you don’t have to fork over extra cash for extra productivity.
Under the hood, the Tab S7 Plus sports either 6GB or 8GB of RAM and either 128GB or 256GB of expandable storage. This combines with the Snapdragon 865 Plus chipset, the 2020 flagship chipset that also appeared in the Galaxy S20 lineup. While no longer cutting-edge tech, it still has the power and smarts to enable Samsung DeX Mode, which turns your Tab S7 Plus into a desktop-like experience. Playing around on what is essentially a desktop on a 12.4-inch display is an extremely portable experience that you won’t want to leave behind. It’s also rated for up to 14 hours with media playback so that you can use it all day.
While you won’t have to pay extra for the amazing S Pen and those features, you will want the full package. Unfortunately, this means extra dough upfront to get the Samsung Keyboard Cover or another Bluetooth keyboard to stay productive during classes.
BEST APPLE TABLET FOR STUDENTS: IPAD AIR 4 (2020)
iPad Air 4 (2020)
Nearly flawlessTODAY’S BEST DEALS$539 AT AMAZONBeautiful designBright, vivid displayExcellent software for studentsFast chipset for multitaskingTouch ID unlockBattery life isn’t impressiveNo microSD card slotGets expensive for 256GB cellular modelsAdvertisement
Despite our site focusing on all things Android, our laudatory iPad Air 2020 review shows that we’re not afraid to acknowledge when Apple knocks it out of the park. While not as large or powerful as the recent iPad Pro 2021, the iPad Air 4 has impressive performance for demanding creativity apps at about half the price.
It has a lightweight, thin-bezel design with five metallic color options, Touch ID built into the power button, and two powerful speakers. Its 2360×1640 LCD only hits 60Hz (compared to 120Hz on the Tab S7+), but it hits 500 nits of brightness with anti-reflective coating, perfect for using in direct sunlight or for late-night binges. Its A14 Bionic chipset — also found in the excellent iPhone 12 — produces incredible performance speeds that surpass the Snapdragon 865 Plus found in the Tab S7+. You can even add cellular data if your school’s Wi-Fi network isn’t reliable.
Add in iPadOS — better optimized in general than Android tablet apps — and USB-C charging, and the iPad Air 2020 has very few downsides. You’ll have to pay a good chunk for extra storage since the 64GB base variant really isn’t enough. And as is the case with many Apple products, its battery life is only so-so, with about an eight-hour average just out of the box in our tests. Still, it’s great for students and non-students alike.