Get inspired! Thanks to their slim form factor and generous display areas, tablets make an ideal canvas for learning in class and at home.

Tablets are designed around touchscreen interactivity, which means they’re great for reading research, watching videos, and students can use a virtual pop-up keyboard to type in a pinch or if they don’t want to use a keyboard case. Ultimately, a touchscreen provides versatility, with touch interaction that recognises simple one-touch commands or multi-touch input for easy zooming and other extended functionality.

The tablet may be a standard looking device, but depending on how you want to use it, there are still features to consider. So, the tablet that’s right for a student depends on where they are in their educational journey.

Safety first
Online safety is important for any young learner. For peace of mind, some tablets come with parental controls that make it easy to monitor usage and playtime. Additionally, exclusive to select Android tablets, Google Kids Space is a mode for kids under nine to discover, play and create. Kids Space recommends quality content based on the interests they choose. And as a parent, you can also use Kids Space to set boundaries such as screen time and content management via the Google Family Link app.

Getting creative
Being a user-friendly display, the tablet invites creative interaction. That’s where a pressure-sensitive pen might come in handy. It offers a level of precision and dexterity that our cumbersome digits just won’t provide. With the right painting software, you’ll get all the colour and fun without the mess to clean up. If drawing and creative projects are likely to be done on tablet, do look for one that is compatible with a digital pen. The pens are generally sold separately. Also note that digital pens are different from a stylus, which you can use on any tablet. The stylus doesn’t offer pressure sensitivity nor any of the compatible features found in the manufacturer’s proprietary pen.

Performance
Like all devices for work and play, performance is a key consideration. For the tablet, it’s mainly the blend of speed and battery life. If your child is just starting out at school, the apps they will be using might be via services such as Google Classroom, which aren’t resource intensive. An entry-level tablet is fine.

As their tablet use grows in sophistication, they’ll multitask and even do some video editing, so a more responsive tablet running a more powerful processor would be ideal. And of course, during down time, the tablet is ideal for streaming and gaming, so a fast tablet with a high resolution display will be appreciated by the teenager.

Entry Level tablet:

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite Wi-Fi 32GB
The Galaxy Tab A7 delivers bang for buck. Measuring a thin 8.0mm and weighing 366g, this highly portable tablet packs easily, and its light weight makes the ideal first device. It’s a wide display with 1340 x 800 resolution and the 8.7” screen won’t overwhelm little hands. It boasts an eight core MediaTek MT8768N processor clocking in between 1.8GHz – 2.3GHz that will easily handle most learning apps and tasks. The A7 comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB SSD storage, which is expandable up to 1TB via MicroSD. You also get battery life up to 12 hours with video playback, so there’s plenty of charge to get through a school day.

The gesture-based menu makes navigation easy, plus the Samsung Kids environment is a nice inclusion for safe exploration of native apps. It also gives you parental control options to set screen time and monitor usage. Stereo and Dolby Atmos rounds out a great set of features for this pleasing price point.

We like:

  • Form factor and weight that’s right for a first device.
  • Samsung Kids for hassle-free safe entertainment
  • Entry-level tablet with decent features like 8MP front facing camera and Dolby Atmos.

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Mid-range marvel:

 

Lenovo Tab P11 with Pen 128GB
Move up in specs with the Lenovo Tab P11 and you get a 11” 2K (2000 x 1200) display. 4GB RAM is matched with a 128GB flash drive that’s expandable to 256GB, plus there’s a Micro SD expansion slot for even more storage. Battery capacity of 7500mAh delivers up to 12 hours of video playback/browsing time – all the more enjoyable thanks to the 2K display and quad speakers with persistent user-facing stereo tuned by Dolby Atmos.

The heart of the Tab P11 is the eight core Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, with a brand new architecture that delivers increased speed for seamless multitasking.

The Tab P11 also comes with a Lenovo Precision Pen 2, offering 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity. It also recognises degrees of tilt for lifelike shading of drawing and paintings. The inclusion of the Pen 2 makes the Tab P11 a worthy consideration for all aspiring artists.

We like:

  • Good battery life for a 2K display
  • Great value midrange marvel thanks to the inclusion of Lenovo’s Precision Pen 2
  • 2000 x 1200 IPS display is great for multi media homework

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Learn in style :

 

Lenovo Yoga Tab 11 with Pen 256GB
Take the Lenovo Tab P11 and level it up with a dash of style and you get the Lenovo Yoga Tab 11. For starters, the 11” (2000 x 1200) 2K display is TÜV-certified. This means it has reduced blue light and is flicker free – better to protect eyes and preserve user vision, which is especially crucial in the developmental stage of a young learner. Plus, Dolby Atmos is delivered via superior JBL branded quad speakers for total immersion. If that’s not enough, getting the right viewing angle is hassle- and hands-free thanks to the Yoga Tab 11’s built-in stainless-steel kickstand.

Also see: In depth with the Lenovo Yoga Tab 11

For a safe start on the learning journey, the Yoga Tab 11 is preloaded with Google Kids Space and its curated apps, books and videos designed to inspire. You can manage your child’s screen time via Family Link app. Note that Google Kids Space requires a Google account for your child.

The Yoga Tab 11 will take some outgrowing. The MediaTek Helio G90T processor packs plenty of grunt, with its 2.05Hz octa-core optimised for gameplay. It’s supported by 8GB of RAM, and there is a 256GB hard drive – plenty of room for any multimedia project.

The 7,500mAh battery provides up to 15 hours of video playtime, plus top up is quick with the 20W quick charge.

Like the Tab P11, the Yoga Tab 11 also comes with Lenovo’s Precision Pen 2.

We like:

  • TÜV-certified display for better eye protection
  • Lenovo Premium audio with JBL quad speakers and Dolby Atmos
  • Generous 256GB hard drive capacity
  • Google Kids Space for a safe early learning environment
  • Unique stainless steel kick stand

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Big picture learning :

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE Wi-Fi 64GB
The Tab S7 FE showcases a 12.4” display. It offers 2560 x 1600 resolution, which is above Full HD (1080). This generous screen space, together with its productivity features, makes the Tab S7 a flexible tablet for intensive study. For example, App Pair allows you to launch up to three apps at once. These apps can be custom arranged to your specific needs, even with multiple instances of the same app.

Teens who might have more than one Galaxy device can sync the Tab S7 for a seamless multi-Galaxy experience. This means they can move a website reference between devices, or copy text from the tablet and paste in into the phone.

Popular productivity app Noteshelf is free. As the name implies, it optimises note taking, whether handwritten or typed. Photos can be added, plus it can record audio for taking notes later. An optional Samsung S-Pen for note taking is also available, sold separately.

If there is any remote learning, a specially placed front camera comes in handy when the tablet is placed in landscape mode. There are also three microphones for voice enhancement.

Despite the screen size, the Tab S7 delivers 13 hours of video playback from its 10,080mAh battery. The 45W charging will take the tablet back to full charge in around 90 minutes.

The Tab comes with a high performance Snapdragon 750G for smooth bingeing and gaming. It has 4GB RAM and a 64GB hard drive that can be increased to 1TB via Micro SD.

We like:

  • App Pair makes multitasking easy
  • Take note taking to the next level with Noteshelf
  • Vibrant 12.4” display that last all day

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