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Initial post: Jul 1, 2012 1:12:49 PM PDT
J. Dorenkamp says:
I've read a few posts on tablets for college students, but haven't found what I'm looking for. I'm looking for a tablet to take notes on, watch videos, look at pdf files and access some of my school's online content. I'm a Sophmore, fixing to move into my own apartment, so sadly, my budget is low, at around $200-300 at most. I've looked a little at the Lenovo IdeaPad, some of the Coby tablets and a few others, but I'm not sure if these would last long enough, or work well enough. I would also like to be able to sync my notes to my computer, so that I can store them. I'm running Windows 7 on my Toshiba.

Thank-you :)

Posted on Jul 1, 2012 5:05:19 PM PDT
B. Marks says:
I recommend getting a major brand. Lenovo is good. Asus, Acer, Toshiba, Samsung, etc. These cost more but with good reason. If you shop carefully for sales or are willing to accept an older model or a refurbished tablet you can find something in your price range. An older or manufacturer refurbished major brand tablet will serve you much better than an off-brand.

Almost any tablet will do what you want. For PDF files you might want a 10" tablet, which costs a bit more than a 7" tablet, although either will work. I'd be sure to get a tablet that has access to the Google Play store because they have a large selection of apps and there's no telling what you might need for school. Amazon has most things but not all.

If you want to watch videos make sure it either has a lot of on-board storage or a micro SD card slot, or both.

There are a number of ways to sync with your computer, depending on the format of the notes. If you use something on the tablet that syncs to Google Docs, most do, then you probably can easily sync that with whatever Windows program you're using. That's all fairly simple and will work with most tablets.

Really the needs you've stated are pretty basic ones that nearly any tablet can handle with ease. You won't get the latest and greatest at that price but you can get something that'll work for you nicely.

If you want a 7" tablet you might want to look at a new Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. It's well within your price range and will do everything you want. It's also reasonably fast and it's pretty new and has the latest version of Android.

For a 10" tablet in your price range you'll need a really good sale or a refurbished or used one. That'll take more looking but good ones have been going on sale and refurbished ones have been available fairly regularly.

Since Amazon has started taking trade-ins they have a lot of used tablets for sale. If I was going to buy a used one they'd be my first choice, based on past experience with Amazon.


Posted on Jul 1, 2012 10:59:15 PM PDT
J. Dorenkamp says:
Thank you!

Posted on Jul 2, 2012 3:49:49 PM PDT
ASUS TF300 is a great tablet for college students. It is $384, but it is 10.1" with word, excel & PP type programs installed. Also, you can import Windows Word Excel etc, if you prefer.
Also, it has a very cool note taking app, (SuperNote)
I am getting this tablet for my daughter who currently is in college. You can add a ASUS docking station (optional) that has
additional ports USB, etc, and extends battery life to 14-15 hours. (Stand alone, 8-9)

Posted on Jul 2, 2012 5:35:39 PM PDT
B. Marks says:
The TF300 goes above your budget and if you add the keyboard and docking station, way above it. On the other hand the original Asus Transformer, the TF101, can be found refurbished for well within your budget. And that docking station might be pretty handy to have in college.


Posted on Jul 2, 2012 6:24:45 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 2, 2012 6:25:14 PM PDT
Johnny says:
To stay clear in your budget, you are looking at the 7-inch brand-name tablets. You want to get brand-name. I don't want to begin explaining the performance problems of manufacturers like Coby, Archos, etc. If you can wait, I recommend getting on the pre-order list of the Google Nexus 7. With the clean installation of Android Jellybean, the Tegra 3 processor, and the front camera for video-calling family back at home (which you might need in college), this tablet will most likely meet your needs. Or even await the rumored Kindle Fire 2, which the specs are unfortunately, well, rumored... You can use an app like Evernote to sync notes to your computer. Although Jellybean is the first Android version when Adobe Flash Player will not be officially "compatible" with, you can use Dolphin Browser HD for that (but it will never be the same as on a computer). As for your school's online content, you can also use Dolphin, Chome, Firefox, or any other browser you find on the Play store. If there is networked content, umm... actually, I'm not sure about that... If I need to elaborate anything, just pop me a reply.

Enjoy your summer, and good luck with that tablet,

Posted on Jul 2, 2012 6:45:48 PM PDT
B. Marks says:
Except for lack of an SD slot, and if you're okay with a 7" tablet, the Nexus 7 might be a good choice. It's inexpensive and will probably be a fine tablet. It's made by Asus, which makes excellent products, to Googles specifications, and the Google Nexus line has earned a good reputation.

I might decide to get one myself but I already have some tablets with SD cards. I'm not sure I'd recommend a tablet with no SD card slot as an only tablet. If you do get one I'd sure suggest the 16 gig model. You can make it work without the card slot okay and everything else should be superb.

Also I think a 7" screen might be a bit small for PDF files. Again, it can be made to work but you might wish for a bigger screen.

Then there's the issue of it being a brand new tablet. Things can go wrong and sometimes the second or third batch they make corrects problems in the first batch. In this case you're dealing with some of the best manufacturers but they have made mistakes. They aren't perfect. If you decide to get the Nexus I'd wait just as long as you can before buying it.


Posted on Jul 5, 2012 9:47:57 AM PDT
A. Smith says:
I personally own many tablets and I'll list them below so that you can see what I mean but if you're going to college and want a tablet to take notes on in lecture rooms and stuff like that, I highly reccommend the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet. It might be a bit expensive but it's N-Trig digitizer makes the stylus a dream to write, draw, and doodle on (LectureNotes is a great App for note taking too). I've tried many difference tablets just for the sole purpose of being able to write on them and NONE of them are anywhere as good as the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet. Seriously, I wish I would have had this when I was in college a few years ago. It would have saved a ton of trees, and stress trying to organize the millions of pages of notes I had for each class (I would take around 6-7 [front and back] pages of notes during your average lecture, sometimes more!). This thing would have been a dream for me to have in college. I suggest you consider it.
Lenovo ThinkPad 1838-25U 10.1" 32GB Tablet (With Stylus)

FYI: I have and iPad 1,2, & 3, Samsung Galaxy Tab 7" (Gen 1 & 2), ASUS TransformerPad TF300 (with keyboard dock), and the Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet. My two favorites are the iPad 3 (or whatever they're calling it now) because it's just awesome and the Lenovo TP Tablet because the N-Trig digitizer is amazing.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 5, 2012 10:33:18 AM PDT
S. Harkness says:
Assuming your school has wifi (if not, find a new school:)) I'd go with Amazon Kindle Fire, an extra USB charging/syncing cable, a good case and very good stylus (I have the $15 Amazon one). Make sure you can use the onscreen keyboard. Use Evernote to try it; solves the sync problem automatically. There are plenty of apps for things like pdfs. Haven't tried voice recog as I don't think it works in academic settings.
Then you'll have an extra $200 set aside when Microsoft brings out the Surface:).

Posted on Jan 20, 2013 5:58:34 AM PST
V. Le says:
As of Jan 2013, the only tablet capable of running the latest version of Adobe Flash is the BlackBerry Playbook because they have their own team that updates the tablet each time a new version of flash is available.

What this means for a student (since Google has announced that they will no longer support Flash on the Android platform and Apple never has/never will) is that this is the ONLY tablet that will be able to display eBook content from the browser correctly. It also means that the Playbook is the ONLY one that you can use for Flash homework sites like McGraw-Hill Connect, Pearson Mastering Chemistry, Mastering Biology, Mastering Anatomy, MyMathLab...etc. Which are ALL Adobe Flash based and required by almost all professors of sciences and some math profs.

Best of all, the playbook is selling for... $130 New! (search Google and see) it's even cheaper on eBay.

Here's a good article to read :

Posted on Oct 18, 2013 2:36:54 PM PDT
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