Top 10 Best Smartphones & Tablets - Back To School 2018

Whether you're going off to school for the first time, or heading back to school for another year of college, a smartphone and/or a tablet is definitely something that you need to pick up. A smartphone will keep you in touch with your friends and family, and also work great for doing some research for papers, or even for storing some music for those long study sessions. So with that in mind, we have rounded up the best smartphones and tablets currently available. And since this is a back to school top 10, we included smartphones from all price range. With some that are under $300, and some that are far from that. So there's something for everyone's budget.

The Huawei Mate SE is a great smartphone to pick up for going back to school this year. It's a large-screen device, with plenty of storage, and it's priced at under $250, which makes it an absolute steal. It has a 6-inch 18:9 full HD+ display, so it's going to look great for when you are watching YouTube videos, or even some Netflix shows. It also has a fairly large battery inside, about 3300mAh capacity, which is going to keep the Huawei Mate SE running all day long and then some, which is definitely a good thing these days. Another good smartphone that's worth picking up is the LG V35 ThinQ. Obviously it's much more expensive, but the display is incredible. The V35 ThinQ sports a 6-inch OLED display, which is great for consuming media, and that's because OLED displays are so great for media.

All of the smartphones and tablets listed below, which are great for going back to school. You really can't go wrong with any of the smartphones or tablets below. Especially when it comes to the tablets like the Amazon Fire HD 10 and the Huawei MediaPad M5.

Samsung Galaxy S9

The Samsung Galaxy S9 is a great smartphone to take back to school this year. It sports a 6.2-inch Infinity Display, with a Snapdragon 845 chipset, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The Galaxy S9 can store all of your music and photos with that 64GB of storage, additionally, it's great for taking notes with apps like Evernote and Google Keep.

Moto Z3 Play – 64 GB

The Moto Z3 Play is a much cheaper smartphone than the Galaxy S9, and it's definitely worth picking up. It sports a 6-inch display, with the Snapdragon 636 with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. It also offers some pretty impressive battery life, which is a great thing to have here. It's a great smartphone for taking back to school since you can attach Moto Mods to the back and play games, stream music and so much more.

Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet

Instead of taking a laptop to class, many students are able to take a tablet to class. This is because it is still capable of taking notes, as well as typing up papers and so forth. The Fire HD 10 Tablet from Amazon is a 10-inch tablet that also has 32GB of storage, so you can store some videos for offline playback, as well as plenty of space for all of your note-taking during the school year.

LG Stylo 4 – 32 GB

The LG Stylo 4 is a great smartphone to pick up for going back to school because it is more than capable, but also pretty inexpensive. It's priced at $249, and sports a 6.2-inch display, an octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. It also has a stylus pen, which can really come in handy for taking notes while in class and such, and be able to leave your laptop at home (or in your dorm).

Huawei MediaPad M5

The Huawei MediaPad M5 is a more high-end tablet then the Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet that we already listed here. It sports a 8.4-inch display (there is also a 10.5-inch model), there's also a Kirin 970 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage here. Which allows you to store all sorts of media on your tablet for consuming when you're between classes, or in need of a study break this school year.

Moto G6 – 32 GB

If you need a new smartphone but don't want to break the bank to get a new one, the Moto G6 is definitely worth picking up. It's priced at $235, and sports some great battery life, with a big beautiful display as well. The Moto G6 does sport a fingerprint sensor for securing your device as well. And there is also a pretty decent dual-camera setup on the backside of the Moto G6.

LG V35 ThinQ – 64 GB

Now if you are looking for a really high-end smartphone, the LG V35 ThinQ is a great one to pick up. This is a new smartphone from LG which sports a 6-inch OLED display, that is going to be perfect for consuming media, and that's because the blacks will be actually black instead of dark grey. It also has the Snapdragon 845 chipset, 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage as well. Which makes it a great device to pick up.

Nokia 6.1 (2018)

The Nokia 6.1 is another great smartphone that is also inexpensive. It's an Android One device, so it's sporting stock Android, and does get pretty fast updates as well. The Nokia 6.1 has a 5.5-inch display, with the Snapdragon 630 chipset, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage here. So it's going to do just about everything you need it do, and all for under $300. Not a bad device to pick up right now.

Microsoft Surface Go

The Microsoft Surface Go is the company's newest tablet, and it also doubles as an actual computer. Which is why it makes a great tablet to take back to school this year. It comes with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, so you'll have plenty of space to use Microsoft Word to type up papers, or create presentations in PowerPoint, and even get some gaming done as well.

Huawei Mate SE

The Huawei Mate SE is one of the best smartphones available for under $250, it sports a 6-inch display with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. For a smartphone that is under $250, that's some pretty good specs, and definitely worth picking up, seeing as many smartphones in this price range don't sport as much storage.

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