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Back To School Tablet Buying Guide – 2015

August 6, 2015 - Written By John Anon

While going back to school means you need to buy a few things for practical reasons, tablets can offer you the option to buy something for personal use as well as practical use. Not only are they great to take notes with during class but also great for catching up on social media and even watching a movie or two. Not forgetting, that due to their portable design and nature, tablets won’t be weighing your bags down. If you are thinking about picking up a tablet then here are a few options you might want to take a look at.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8

If you are looking for a smaller tablet but want to pack in some decent hardware then it is worth checking out Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S 8.4. As the name suggests, this one comes sporting an 8.4-inch display (although you can get a larger one too if you want) with a 2560 x 1440 resolution. Additional features on offer include 3GB RAM, 16GB internal storage and powered by Samsung’s own 1.9 GHz Exynos 5 Octa Processor. Not forgetting, there is an 8-megapixel rear camera, 2.1-megapixel front facing camera and a fingerprint scanner. This will be a great option for all your surfing and movie watching needs.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 on Amazon

Lenovo Yoga Tab 2 8

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 8

If you are after a tablet which is a little bit more affordable than the Samsung option but is massively more unique-looking, then check out the Lenovo Yoga Tab 2 8. This is an 8-inch tablet and comes sporting 2GB RAM, 16GB storage and powered by a 1.22GHz Intel Atom Z3745 processor. However, the most unique aspect of the Yoga is its ability to be used pretty much anywhere in the house. The base is rotatable so you can hang it from your dorm room door, use it in a stand mode or just in a normal tablet mode. Very versatile option.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 8 on Amazon

Amazon Fire HDX 8.9

fire HDX 8.9Although, Amazon’s Fire Phone was not the hit Amazon had hoped for, their Fire tablet range is quite good and offers great value for your money. In particular, the Fire HDX is a great option to go for and comes sporting an 8.9-inch display, along with a 2560 x 1440 resolution. Everything is powered by a 2.5GHz quad-core processor and there is an 8-megapixel rear camera on offer. Not to mention, access to Amazon Instant Prime.

Fire HDX 8.9 on Amazon

NVIDIA SHIELD

NVIDIA SHIELD

This might be one of the most expensive tablets on this list, however, if you plan to do some serious gaming this year then this might be the best option to go for. the NVIDIA SHIELD comes with an 8-inch display with a 1920 x 1200 resolution, 16GB storage and is powered by NVIDIA’s own Tegra K1 processor. Great for gaming.

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet (WiFi) on Amazon

Google Nexus 9

Nexus 9

Of course, you can always go for Google’s own take on tablets, the Nexus 9. As well as coming with stock Android 5.0 (Lollipop), this is a great all round tablet. The screen measures 8.9-inches in size and offers a 2048 x 1536 resolution. Not to mention, this one comes touting 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage, as well as being powered by an NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor. If you need a tablet for the cameras, then there is an 8-megapixel on the back and a 1.2-megapixel camera on the front.

Google Nexus 9 Tablet on Amazon

Dell Venue 8 7000

dell venue 8

The Venue 8 7000 from Dell is a great option for those looking for a more portable tablet. This one comes with an 8-inch display, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage and is powered by an Intel Atom (Z3580) quad-core processor. Not to mention, this one comes with an 8-megapixel rear camera and some neat features to make sure you get great images every time. Very good option for those looking to balance power with size and portability.

Dell Venue 8 7000 on Amazon

ASUS ZenPad 10

Asus Zenpad 10

If you are looking for something a little bigger in size, then you might want to give the ASUS ZenPad 10 a try. This one comes with a 10.1-inch display, 2GB RAM and is powered by a 64-bit Intel Atom (x3-C3200) Quad-Core processor. This one also packs in 16GB internal storage, a 5MP rear camera, 2MP front facing camera and comes running on Android 5.0 (Lollipop). Great option for those looking for a bigger screen without compromising on power.

ASUS ZenPad 10 on Amazon