Specs: 10.9 inch Retina display | Apple M1 8-core CPU | 12 MP camera | Up to 256GB storage | Price: $559
Even Android fans will like Apple's newest iPad Air. The lightweight tablet can do everything -- including taking notes. Compatible with the Apple Pencil (second generation), the 2022 Apple iPad Air makes it easy to take notes in class, as well as sketch (if you're an art student), go to meetings with classmates, and watch seminars virtually if needed. Apple's products are largely customizable, and this is no different. You can opt for one of five colors and get more or less storage depending on what you need.
You can also equip your iPad to use cellular data if Wi-Fi doesn't feel sufficient for class or homework. For students who might need to use their tablets while on the go often, a cellular data plan ensures you can always get online to access what you need for schoolwork and beyond.
Students can also add a Bluetooth keyboard to this iPad to set up in class for note-taking to make it even easier to type as you listen. It operates with an iOS, so if you're a Windows devotee, that could take some getting used to. Plus, as its name suggests, the iPad Air is lightweight so it's not a burden to carry around campus or back home. One drawback with this tablet, though, is while the camera is great quality, you can't use it while doing anything else.
- Fully customizable with color, storage, and access
- Fast speed with Apple's M1 chip
- Retina display
- Only compatible with iOS
- Camera cannot be used with other apps
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