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The best tablet for students are handy, lightweight, have excellent input capabilities and possess long battery life. These tablets are made more productive with the access to more apps to use at schools and colleges. Here, we mention the prerequisites of the best tablets for students.

Most of the tablets available have screen size of 7 inch which are pocketable. But, if you are willing to carry a larger tablet for better readability then definitely go for Apple tablets. There are tablets out there which weigh less than 0.5 lb while some are bulkier. The tablets for students in terms of weight should be around 1lb for easy carrying.
Also, students should go for rugged designed tablets, however not many are there in the market. Intel has some good tablet options with rugged design and can withstand shock.

Students can always access unrestricted and a large number of apps using Android tablets. For top rated and high quality apps, Apple's iOS based user friendly tablets would be preferable but those are costlier.

Battery life
At least 8 hours of battery life is required to keep the tablets running during school or college. Apple tablets have about 10 hours of battery life while tablets from Intel run for less than 6 hours.

Connectivity: The tablets having only Wi-Fi connectivity will serve the purpose of information retrieval. Though 3G / 4G enabled tablets keep you connected to internet all the time but those involve the added cost.
Input methods: It is better for students to have keyboard or stylus pen as means of input compared to the touch screen. For scribbling and handwritten notes, Samsung tablets with stylus pen are the obvious choice.

In an effort to help you choose your ideal companion to studies, we present here a listing of the best tablet for students for 2016.

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Sony Xperia Z4

Sony Xperia Z4






Sony Xperia Z4
Apple iPad Air 2
Google HTC Nexus 9
Nvidia Shield Tablet
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4
Sony Xperia Z4
Apple iPad Air 2
Google Nexus 9
Nvidia Shield Tablet (32GB, LTE)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4
Release Date
May 2015
Oct 2014
Nov 2014
Sep 2014
Aug 2014
0.86 lb.
0.96 lb.
0.93 lb.
0.85 lb.
0.64 lb.
Digital Camera
8.1 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus
8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus
8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
5 MP,2592 x 1944 pixels,autofocus
8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Display Size
2560 x 1600, 2560 x 1600
1536 x 2048
1536 x 2048
1920 x 1200
1600 x 2560
Operating System
Android OS, v5.0 (Lollipop)
iOS 8.1, upgradable to iOS 8.1.2, upgradable to iOS 8.4
Android OS, v5.0 (Lollipop), upgradable to v5.1.1 (Lollipop)
Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat), planned upgrade to v5.0.1 (Lollipop)
Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat), upgradable to v5.0.2 (Lollipop)
Screen Size(Diagonal)
10.1 inch
9.7 inch
8.9 inch
8.0 inch
8.4 inch
Front Webcam Resolution
5.1 MP
1.2 MP
1.6 MP
5.0 MP
2.1 MP

  • - The Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet has all the style, power and stunning screen quality necessary to make it a true iPad Air 2 rival.
    - Battery drain is particularly bad when using the camera.
    - The trackpad is tiny, too, and therefore unpleasant to use.
    - All in all, it’s an outstanding display that’s ideal for watching high-quality movies and playing complex games.

  • Sony's Xperia Z4 Tablet is a fantastic Android device lumbered with a pointless keyboard dock. If you can pick one up alone, it might be the perfect tablet for you, but it's too expensive to recommend with the dock included.

  • The Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet is a seriously impressive device and easily one of the best tablets we've ever tested. The design is astonishingly thin and light and the waterproofing with only the need for one cover is a bonus. This topped with excellent hardware, performance and software means we can barely fault it. However, the fact Sony bundles it with the Bluetooth keyboard with no option to buy it alone means that it's more expensive than rivals. We feel it's a 9/10 products but we've no choice but to mark the value score lower.

  • The iPad Air 2 balances seamless ease of use, app abundance, and raw power in its ever-so-slender frame, continuing Apple's reign atop the tablet heap.

  • I don't throw the word "perfect" around lightly -- actually, I never use it -- but the iPad Air 2 truly is the perfect tablet. It boasts the ultimate combination of form and function, thanks to its even-thinner design and more-dazzling display, as well as its faster A8X processor and sharper 8-MP camera. What truly sets the iPad apart is its roster of unbeatable apps and the way this tablet interacts seamlessly with the iPhone and Macs, thanks to iOS 8 features such as Handoff.

  • The iPad Air 2 is another triumph for Apple. The design and screen have improved in all the right ways, and the new A8X processor is nothing short of astonishing. This is still the best large tablet around.
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  • The Nexus 9 is a well-built Android tablet with a powerful processor, and it'll always be the first to get the latest Google OS updates.

  • The Nexus 9 is a powerful, handy tablet that’s fun to use, but it feels a little more like a suggested starting point for other manufacturers than a device that’ll stick on our most wanted list for 18 months.

  • Google Nexus 9 is an 8.9-inch upgrade to last year's Nexus 7 and a great introduction to Android Lollipop. It just doesn't measure up to the iPad Air 2 in more ways than one.

  • If you need a tablet with always-on connectivity, the Nvidia Shield Tablet should be at the top of your list whether you use it for gaming or not.

  • At first I was pretty skeptical of the Shield Tablet's appeal. I knew Nvidia could make a powerful slate, but could it truly satisfy its niche? Based on my testing, the company has found a way to harness the Tegra K1's muscle to take mobile gaming to the next level. The PC streaming capabilities are especially satisfying, although it works only within the home (for now) and only if your PC meets Nvidia's standards.

  • A brilliant gaming tablet that offers features no rival can touch. If you love gaming this is the tablet for you.

  • The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 tablet has supremely elegant hardware, a beautiful display, and fast Android performance.

  • The fingerprint reader is naff and some of Samsung’s software features miss the mark, but the screen is great it’s the perfect size for toting around with you everywhere.

  • The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is one of the best Android tablets we've ever reviewed. In terms of hardware it's the best you can buy right now and has a superbly thin and light design. There's very little to dislike here aside from some elements of the TouchWiz software and the higher price compared to Android rivals (the iPad mini 2 is the obvious alternative if you're not set on Android).