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Best Tablets for Every Occasion

Notepads and desktop computers are becoming obsolete, while tablets continue to take over the technological world. They’re portable, so you can take them to school, to work, and just about anywhere with a wifi connection. But with so many different tablets on the market, it’s hard to tell which tablets are right for school and which are right for work.

Best All-Around Tablet

The iPad Air is basically the Queen B of tablets. At $499, it’s one of the most cost-friendly tablets, considering its unlimited amount of capabilities. The iPad Air has a 9.7-inch screen and weighs one pound, making it one of the most lightweight, portable options. It has 16 GB of memory and a 10-hour battery, so it can last through an entire school or work day. Another great quality of the iPad Air is it comes with an unlimited number of apps as well as accessory capability – so you can attach a keyboard, protect it with a stylish case, or use a stylus to draw and write on the tablet’s screen.

Best Tablets for Work

The iPad Air and the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 are both strong contenders when it comes to work. The iPad Air is great for work for obvious reasons; it has a long battery life and can double as a second monitor. The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 has more storage than most other tablets and can also double as a second monitor. With its 12-inch screen, it can essentially replace a laptop. It also comes with a stylus for taking handwritten notes during meetings.

Best Tablets for School

When it comes to school, there are several tablets that could come in handy. The iPad Mini is ideal because of its small size and reasonable price ($300). The Asus MeMO Pad 7, on the other hand, is even cheaper. At $149, it has 16 GB of storage, and its 7-inch display makes it a strong contender in the portability department. Other notable tablets for school include the Asus Vivo Tab Note 8 and the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, which were both designed for taking handwritten notes.

Black Friday Tablet Deals

If you need a tablet, but find these prices are more than you're willing to pay, you should consider buying on Black Friday. Many stores will offer these tablets and more at reduced prices. Some, like Walmart, are expected to offer certain models at the regular price, but will also include a free store gift card with the purchase. However, if facing the Black Friday crowds isn't your thing, you can still find deals online. Amazon is an excellent online store to find your favorite tablet at a discounted price without leaving the comfort of your couch.

Last Updated: November 04, 2014