Top 10 Best Tablets for College Students in 2021

When a new school year is getting ready to kick into session many students and parents are considering a new tablet to fit their needs. Some of the things to consider are battery life, supported applications and even overall processing power of the unit. Sometimes deciding on a tablet is based on what operating system you prefer. No matter what your preferences are you are sure to find a match with one of our below recommendations.


What are college students looking for in a tablet?

The best tablets for college students are ones that are lightweight and slim, as they are always on the go from lecture to lecture. Mobility of these tablets is key. No student wants to be carrying around a heavy old tablet as well as all the other stuff they need. A tablet should also be sleek and stylish, because it’ll be used for not only curricular and extracurricular computing activities, but also for personal and social use.

Below we have compiled a list of the top ten tablets sure to fit the needs of any student.


The 2020 Best Tablets For College Students


ASUS 10.1” Transformer Mini T103HA-D4-GR, 2 in 1 Touchscreen Tablet/Laptop2-in-1 ultraportable notebook with a 10.1" frame

Detachable tablet

Intel Atom Quad Core x5-Z8350 Processor
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2Quad 1.9GHz + Quad 1.3GHz, Octacore application processor

32 GB Flash Memory, 3 GB RAM Memory

Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)
Apple IPad AirA14 Bionic chip with Neural Engine

Up to 10 Hours of Battery Life

Support for a range of Apple peripherals
Microsoft Surface Pro - New VersionExtremely high contrast and low glare

12.3" PixelSense screen

Several RAM and storage options to choose from
Google Nexus 9Android 5.0 Lollipop; 8.9-Inch IPS LCD TFT Display;

32 GB Flash Memory, 2 GB RAM Memory

2.3 GHz Processor
Apple IPad Mini16 GB Flash Memory, 1 GB RAM Memory

Apple iOS 7, 7.9 inches Display
Asus ZenPad S 8Intel Atom Z3530 Quad-Core, 64bit, 1.3GHz

5M/2M Dual Camera; 1 x microSD Card slot

2GB RAM, 32GB Onboard Storage
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7Comes with or without Keyboard Cover and Pen

Varity of Memory and Color packages to choose from.

10.1-Inch Touch Screen

Android 10
Lenovo Yoga Smart TabAndroid

Qualcomm Snapdragon 439


64GB eMMC Storage
Sony Xperia Tablet Z4Android 4.4 KitKat

10.1 inches Display

32 GB Flash Memory, 3 GB RAM Memory

Touchscreen Support


Best Tablets For College Students Reviewed

ASUS 10.1” Transformer Mini T103HA-D4-GR, 2 in 1 Touchscreen Tablet/Laptop

This tablet makes our list for a multitude of reasons. For starters it comes loaded with Windows 10 already installed. The unit also comes with a convenient detachable keyboard dock and a touchscreen for taking notes in class which is always a plus for any student. This unit also features an Intel Atom Quad Core x5-Z8350 Processor and Intel HD GPU which will be sure to fit the needs of any student.

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The best feature of this tablet is its rather impressive battery life clocking in at an estimated 12 hours for movie playback, longer for less demanding tasks. There is 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD storage packed into the tablet. Also, this table comes with reversible 3.1 USB technology, Micro USB and Micro HDMI ports as well as the audio jack.




Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is another great tablet for students. It’s the oldest tablet on this list, but good for those on a budget. It features an amazing super AMOLED screen which is sure to give superior performance no matter the viewing environment. This tablet is also extremely light weight and portable with the larger 9.7” tablet weighing in at only .86 pounds. As for processing power this compact model packs quite the punch. It features an octa-core processor which is sure to keep up with a busy students day to day activities.




Apple IPad Air

The new Apple IPad Air makes the list due to its convenient portability, amongst an array of great features. The 10.9 inch display provides plenty of screen real estate without becoming too cumbersome. The A14 Bionic chip with Neural Engine is really fast and a real powerhouse. This version comes with touch ID, and you can choose from a variety of colors and storage options. The tablet also features an amazing bright retina display which is sure to delight. One more important feature of this product is its rather impressive ten hour battery life.

The Apple iPad 4th Gen, also comes with support capabilities for a range of Apple peripherals such as the Magic Keyboard or Smart Keyboard Folio as well as the Apple Pencil, making it a good all rounder for college students.




Microsoft Surface Pro – New Version

The Microsoft Surface Pro is definitely an amazing piece of technology. The tablet features a handy attachable keyboard option which is always a must for taking notes on the go or working on a last minute paper. The tablet is sold with and without this feature so make sure it’s included when shopping for it. The tablet also ships with the latest Windows 10 by default. Its screen boast an impressive display which incorporates PixelSense. This technology delivers extremely high contrast and low glare for a premium viewing experience.

The Surface Pro is also extremely light given how much power it has weighing in at only 1.69 pounds. One of the best features of this tablet is that it comes with the latest Intel Core m3, i5 and i7 processors, and lots of options for RAM and storage capacities to choose from. These processors are some of the top of the line which will ensure you have an exceptional operating experience. In addition to this, the new version Microsoft Surface Pro boasts up to 50% more battery life than it’s predecessor the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, with up to a staggering 13.5 hours batter life. Impressive to say the least.




Google Nexus 9

The Google Nexus 9 is the perfect blend of function and portability. The screen is 8.9” which is perfect for viewing but just small enough to carry in one hand. Also, the tablet comes with front facing HTC BoomSound speakers which will surely surprise the user for the amount of sound they put out for such a small size. The Nexus 9 also features a 64-bit processor which ensures that you will have a seamless experience switching between tasks on your Nexus device. Another benefit of this tablet is that it comes with Lollipop, the latest Android operating system update. The device also has an optional magnetic keyboard which doubles as a stand.




Apple IPad Mini

The Apple IPad Mini proves that big things can come in small packages. The tablet is the lightest and thinnest of any of its predecessors. However, do not let its small size fool you. The device features a 7.9 inch Retina display with a 2048 x 1536 resolution. The tablet boast over 3.1 million pixels to deliver a delightful viewing experience. The Apple IPad Mini also comes with an A12 Bionic chip with Neural Engine. This ensures that users will be able to enjoy a wide selection of activities from video editing to gaming with this device. You can also choose between a variety of colors and storage options.




Asus ZenPad S 8

The Asus ZenPad S 8 is truly a beauty to behold. It features an impressive 64GB storage option which ensures users will have plenty of storage available. The tablet is eight inches yet weighs only 298 grams. This tablet also features an amazing 74 percent screen to body ratio. The tablet also comes with VisualMaster. This suit of technologies help to optimize your viewing experience when using the tablet with things such as brightness, contrast, sharpness, color and clarity. Another interesting feature with this tablet is the Asus Tru2Life+ technology. This technology improves the screen refresh rate when you are watching fast action videos to reduce blur. This is yet another reason this tablet makes our list.




Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Wi-Fi, Mystic Silver -128 GB

Samsung’s latest edition, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 inch tablet is a really versatile piece of kit. Sold as a stand alone tablet, or with the keyboard cover and S Pen add-ons. This device can function not only as a tablet but also a small laptop, or graphical design tablet. This device uses the Android 10 Operating System, powered by an Octa-Core processor (3.09GHz + 2.4GHz + 1.8GHz). For viewing and listening, the tablet is exceptional. It houses  four speakers, tuned by AKG, and uses Dolby Atmos for excellent surround sound. For photos, well it has a 13MP wide and 5MP back cameras, as well as a 8MP front camera.

For work, the Samsung Galaxy S7 comes preinstalled with many apps to help you work and keep your notes, documents and designs safe and secure. With the included pen, you can switch between touching the screen and typing text effortlessly. It also features 6GB of RAM with the 128Gb SSD model, or 8GB RAM with the 256 or 512GB SSD models. It can take up to 1TB of storage via the Micro SD Port. It’s a great tablet, for work and with a 120Hz refresh rate for the screen, it’s great for gaming too. Lightweight and durable with the capability to handle all required tasks in and out of the classroom.




Lenova Yoga Smart Tab

The Lenova Yoga Smart Tab features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 2.0GHz processor, and Adreno 505 GPU. That’s plenty of processing power under the hood. It is based around the Android OS rather than Windows, and has plenty of functionality. One of the best features of this tablet for any student is its rather impressive battery life which clocks in around 10 hours. The Lenova Yoga Smart Tab also features a wireless keyboard dock which can greatly expand your productivity. It has an impressive 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal flash storage.




Sony Xperia(R) Tablet Z4

The Sony Experia Tablet Z4 features an impressive 10.1” 2560×1600 2K display. It has a powerful Snapdragon 815, 64-bit octa core which is a big step up from previous generations. Another added benefit of this tablet is its water-resistant design, with both IP65/IP68 certifications. This is a definite plus for college students who live in shared housing where accidents can happen. This tablet also features amazing sound thanks to technologies such as ClearAudio+ and Xloud which are sure to delight its users.

The Sony Z4 tablet also features superb connectivity with other technologies. For instance this tablet is able to double as a universal remote with compatible TVs. That is always an added bonus for anyone who has lost the remote in their couch at some point. It has a 5.1MP front camera and an incredibly lightweight design. One really nice feature is the PS4 Remote Play allowing you to continue your PS4 gaming away from your TV screen.



No matter what you’re looking for one of these tablets is sure to deliver. All of these selections offer excellent service and portability which are two of the most important elements to consider when purchasing a tablet. They also boast impressive screen resolutions and the ability to multitask which is always of importance for students out there. We hope you enjoy our listing of tablets for college students and wish you every success in your new school year.