Updated on 20 June 2016 by

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.

Portability
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.

Platform
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.

Features
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
Apple iPad Air 2
Google HTC Nexus 9
Nvidia Shield Tablet
Sony Xperia Z4
Apple iPad Air 2
Google Nexus 9
Nvidia Shield Tablet (32GB, LTE)
$800
$560 - $650
$400 - $500
$400
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Release Date
May 2015
Oct 2014
Nov 2014
Sep 2014
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
Display
IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Display Size
2560 x 1600, 2560 x 1600
1536 x 2048
1536 x 2048
1920 x 1200
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)
Screen Size(Diagonal)
10.1 inch
9.7 inch
8.9 inch
8.0 inch
Weight
0.86 lb.
0.96 lb.
0.93 lb.
0.85 lb.
Front Webcam Resolution
5.1 MP
1.2 MP
1.6 MP
5.0 MP
Average Rating
 4.3 stars
 4.6 stars
 4.1 stars
 4.2 stars
Display
85% Positive
15% Negative
100% Positive
93% Positive
7% Negative
66% Positive
34% Negative
Look and Feel
94% Positive
6% Negative
100% Positive
55% Positive
45% Negative
83% Positive
17% Negative
Performance
100% Positive
100% Positive
100% Positive
100% Positive
Battery
80% Positive
20% Negative
33% Positive
67% Negative
57% Positive
43% Negative
Camera
75% Positive
25% Negative
83% Positive
17% Negative
40% Positive
60% Negative
25% Positive
75% Negative