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Back To School Android Tablet Guide 2012: The Best Tablets for High School and College Students

It is that time of the year again when students start preparing to head back to school – a time when many start shopping around for new gadgets they need for their studies.  If you are an Android fan, finding the right tablet can be quite a task especially since there are so many tablets to choose from.  In this post, I will give you a brief recommendations of what to look for when shopping for a tablet.

The most important consideration when shopping for a tablet for high school and college use is productivity – one that can be used to take notes with ease and has a battery good enough to last a couple of lessons a day without recharge.  The size is also an issue – there are 7 inch tablets and there are 10 inch tablets, which one is convenient for you?  Lastly, for students, the price is a consideration since they do not have a whole lot of money to spend on designer tables.  Here are our recommendations:

Budget: [easyazon-link asin=”B008J6VYUC” locale=”us”]Asus Nexus 7 (Google Tablet)[/easyazon-link] $200 ($250 for 16GB)

The best budget tablet you can get now is the Asus Nexus 7 tablet, also called Google tablet.  It is a 7 inch tablet with a fantastic form factor – light and easy to carry around and comes pre-installed with Android Jelly Bean.  Its quad core Tegra 3 processor means that tasks will process fast and you will not have to wait for slides to load.  When out of class, you can watch HD videos on the tables on the 1280 X 800 IPS panel screen.  The tablet comes in both 8GB and 16GB internal storage capacities – pick the memory size depending on the volume of files to store.  Note that if you already have or can get a Bluetooth keyboard, the Nexus 7 has inbuilt Bluetooth that you can connect to and has WLAN 802.11 b/g/n WiFi capability.

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Mid-Range: [easyazon-link asin=”B007P4YAPK” locale=”us”]ASUS Transformer Pad TF300[/easyazon-link] – $375 ($505 with keyboard dock)

For $375, you can go for the Asus Transformer Pad tablet – a high productivity gadget that offers a wide range of extended functionalities including USB connectivity, SD and MicroSD cards slot and an option to add an internal battery to add an extra 5 hours to use without charge.  For an extra $130, you can also get a keyboard dock that effectively turns the tablet into a small laptop.  The Transformer Pad 300 has a 10.1 inch 720p WXGA (1280 X 800 pixel multi-touch screen, built-in microphone, 8MP rear camera, GPS, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage memory and a Tegra 3 1.2GHz quad core processor.

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High Performance: [easyazon-link asin=”B008F4NL04″ locale=”us”]ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity10.1-Inch Tablet[/easyazon-link] – $500 ($630 with dock)

Some people may argue that the Nexus 7 tablet qualifies as a high performance tablet based on their experience, but everyone who has used the Transformer Pad Infinity will agree that it is one of the finest gadgets in the market.  Marketed as a full HD tablet, the Infinity features a 1920 X 1200 resolution on the 10 inch screen, has Bluetooth V3.0 and WiFi connectivity options, an 8MP rear camera with 1080p video recording capability, GPS, G-Sensor, Light Sensor, E-Compass, Gyroscope and weighs only 1.3 lbs.  The tablet is powered by a Nvidia Tegra 3 T33 quad-core 1.6 GHz CPU, has 1GB RAM and you get to choose one with 32GB inbuilt memory or the 64GB version.  If you want the best Android tablet money can buy, then the Infinity (TF700) is the best you can find.

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