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The best tablets for students; a mix of tablet computers on a blue background

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1. Best overall: Apple iPad Air
2. Best small: iPad Mini
3. Best Windows: Surface Pro 9
4. Best Android: Galaxy S8 Ultra
5. Budget Android: Galaxy S6 Lite
6. Best ChromeOS: IdeaPad Duet
7. Best cheap: Amazon Fire HD 8
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Students are often painfully short of money. And so it’s natural to want to seek out the absolute cheapest tablet. However, if you’re using this for educational purposes, you don’t want to cut off your nose to spite your face. You still want something pretty decent, both to help you be more productive in your studies, and help you relax and unwind when you get some downtime.