Each year Educational Technology and Mobile Learning provides its readers with a list of the top trending tablets in the market. Upon checking dozen high tech magazines, websites and forums ( see resources section ), we came up with the list below.The purpose behind this list is to help teachers and educators make informed decisions when considering buying a tablet.
As a public disclaimer, Educational Technology and Mobile Learning is not affiliated with any of the tablet making companies mentioned below and is not paid to do such a review . I know all of my readers know that I don't do paid reviews of web tools or mobile apps here but I have to say this for those new visitors who have landed here from a search engine or anywhere else.
What you should look for in a tablet ?
Here some of the things you need to pay heed to when opting for a tablet :
- Look for the features of each tablet. See whether it has the features you will need like a music player, video chat capabilities ( check its resolution ),a good camera ( check the pixels of the camera ) in front and back, GPS, and a built-in eReader
- Check what operating system it has and what version is available
- Look at the processor and make sure it offers the speed you need
- See the memory capacity and make sure that it is enough to store your photos, videos and music collections
- Check the display of each tablet. See whether it has a responsive touchscreen and a beautiful resolution for viewing photos and videos in HD
- Portability is the distinctive feature tablets bring to the computing world. See if the device is easy enough to navigate, whether it has a built-in stand to hold it for easy viewing or whether it has other accessories like a digital pen., stylus. ..etc
Here is the list of the top 10 Tablets for Teachers
1- New iPad
This is the latest update to iPad2. New iPad came with faster internal components and a high definition retina display. It also features the iOS 5 operating system and dual-core A5X chip. Watch this video to learn more about it .
2- Google Nexus 7
This is an awesome tablet from Google. It is extremely well built-in and provides Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system and 1.3 GHz processor with four cores. Watch this video to Learn more about it.
3- Nook HD
If you love reading books than you would not find better than Nook HD. It is one of the finest e-readers available out there. It runs Android 4.0 and features a 7-inch display with a 1440x900 resolution. It also comes with 8GB of internal storage expandable via microSD and supports 32 GB of external memory plus it is quoted with a 10-5 hour battery life. Watch this video to learn more about Nook HD
4- iPad Mini
If you want your iPad but in a smaller form, iPad Mini is your choice. We have written a detailed post about the positive things iPad Mini has for teachers. Check out This Post to learn more
5- Microsoft Surface Windows
This cool tablet is perfect for multitasking especially using the keyboard covers it provides. Miscrosoft Surface comes with a built-in kickstand and allows you to use multiple applications at the same time. Watch this video to learn more about Microsoft Surface Windows
6- Kindle Fire HD
This is ideal for those of you who are looking for a small tablet that is more powerful than a typical e-reader. Kindle Fire HD comes with a 1.2GHz dual core processor, a 1280x800 high-definition display and virtual surround sound. Watch this video to learn more about Kindle Fire HD.
7- Samsung Galaxy Tab 10
This is one of the best Android tablets and is a serious competitor to iPad 2. This tablet comes with Android 3.1 Honeycomb OS and is thin and light. Watch this video to learn more about it
8- The Sony Experia Tablet S
This is a great tablet for gamers. It runs Android and has a Sony PlayStation certification. The only con about it is that internet is available via only WiFi but not mobile broadband. Watch this video to learn more about Sony Tablet S
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