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Google Nexus 7 tablet
Google's Nexus 7 tablet is generally considered a good all-round tablet for daily tasks, and education is no exception. You can use apps such as Evernote to take notes on the tablet, and remote desktop software like Splashtop lets a user remotely access their home PCs -- useful for working on assignments on-the-go. The Nexus can also be used to access the Web, watch films, listen to music, play games and read ebooks. Unless you're continually watching films, the battery is more than enough to last all day, and the device is a lot less bulky than carrying a laptop to class.
However, if you're willing to wait a little longer, Google's Nexus 8 is touted for release later this month.
Price: From $229
For college students who want to save on buying books individually or for parents who want to give their children access to as many stories as possible, the Kindle Unlimited subscription service is an interesting option. For $9.99 a month, online retail giant Amazon gives subscribers access to over 600,000 ebook titles and Audible audiobooks, including popular titles such as Harry Potter and the Life of Pi.
Kindle Unlimited is compatible with Kindle devices and the Kindle app for iPhone, iPad, Android tablets, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, PC, Mac and Windows 8.
Price: $9.99 per month