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Apple iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini
The best tablet for: Battery life
Apple's iPad range, comprising of the iPad, iPad Air and iPad mini, are high-specification tablets ranging in width from 7.9 inches to 9.7 inches. Available with storage of up to 128GB, 1.2MP cameras and both wifi and cellular capabilities, these tablets are often seen in the hands of students. While the high price doesn't necessarily make an iPad suitable for younger children without supervision, for older kids, parents should consider Apple's offering as a hard-wearing option which will give them access to thousands of educational apps and iTunes U.
For a less pricey alternative, the iPad mini is the smaller version of the standard iPad, but still comes with Retina Display.
Price: $399 - $929, educational discount and gift cards available
Google Nexus 7
The best tablet for: General purposes
Google's Android Nexus 7 tablet is generally considered a reasonably priced, good all-round tablet for daily tasks, and education is no exception. Students can use apps such as Evernote to take notes on the tablet, remote desktop software like Splashtop can be used to remotely access their home PCs, and users have access to the entire Android app ecosystem.
Price: From $229