The Best Tablets for Back to School: Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab, and More – CBS News | Hot Mobile Press

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A new tablet can enrich any student’s school year. Whether you’re considering an Apple iPad for back to school or the competing Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE, we’ve found the best tablets for back to school, according to reviewers.


Top products in this article:

Apple iPad 9 (64GB) (Space Gray), $299 (reduced from $329)

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, $250 and up (usually $350)

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE (Silver), $500 (normally $680)


Tablets can be a great tool for students. The lightweight, mobile gadgets are perfect for reading, taking notes, taking online courses and drawing digital art. During a study break, they can be used to surf the web and stream your favorite shows.

Tablets can be expensive, especially when you’re trying to stick to a budget. Luckily, Amazon is currently offering discounts on the best and most popular tablets from Apple, Samsung, and more. You can find a great Apple iPad 9 or Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet for under $300. We even found a top-of-the-line Amazon Fire tablet for just $75.

Read on for the best back to school tablets to buy.


Apple iPad 9: $299

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Grab a great deal on a 4.8-star Apple iPad 9 ahead of the new school year. Released in 2021, the 10.2-inch iPad 9 is Apple’s cheapest iPad deal. It offers an 8 MP wide-angle camera on the back and a 12 MP ultra-wide-angle camera on the front. It also features stereo speakers. This iPad is powered by an A13 Bionic chip. It has a battery life of up to 10 hours and is compatible with the Apple Pencil ($99) for drawing or noting.

Available in two colors; Prices vary. Retail prices below are for the space gray iPad 9 with Wi-Fi only connectivity.

Apple iPad 9 (64GB) (Space Gray), $299 (reduced from $329)

Apple iPad 9 (256GB) (Space Gray), $429 (reduced from $479)

Want to protect your new tablet investment? Get the Apple iPad 9 64GB bundled with a two-year subscription to Apple’s Apple Care+ protection plan. The bundle is also available on Amazon.

Apple iPad 9 (64GB) (Silver) bundled with Apple Care+, $369 (reduced from $398)


Apple iPad Air 5: $559

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Are you looking for a lightweight tablet that you can put in a school bag? Launched in 2022, the 10.9-inch Apple iPad Air 5 is the latest in the lightweight iPad Air lineup. The iPad Air 5 offers up to 60% faster performance than the previous model thanks to Apple’s turbocharged M1 chip. The device features a 12 MP wide-angle rear camera that supports 4K video. It also offers Touch ID and Apple’s Liquid Retina display.

Available in five colors; Prices vary.

There is currently a special offer for the 4.8-star Apple iPad Air 2022: You can save 20% when you buy Beats Studio Buds or Beats Fit Pro.

Apple iPad Air 5 (64GB) (Space Gray), $559 (reduced from $599)

Apple iPad Air 5 (256GB) (Space Gray), $679 (reduced from $749)


Apple iPad Mini 6: $409

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The iPad Mini 6 is a compact tablet with an 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display. Released in 2021, the Apple tablet is powered by an A15 Bionic chip. It has a 12MP wide-angle camera on the back and a 12MP ultra-wide-angle camera on the front. It features landscape format stereo speakers. Available in four colors.

Note that the Apple is iPad Mini Not Compatible with Apple’s external Magic Keyboard. However, it can be used with other Bluetooth-enabled external keyboards.

Amazon has sold out the 64GB Wi-Fi-only iPad Mini, but Walmart has all the colors on sale for $409.

Apple iPad Mini (64GB), $409 (reduced from $459)

Amazon still has some stock in the Wi-Fi and cellular model with 64GB of storage. Prices vary by color. You can get the best deal on the Space Gray shade.

Apple iPad Mini 6 with Cellular Connection (64GB) (Space Gray), $617 (reduced from $649)


Apple iPad Pro 5: $700

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Apple’s high-end tablet, the iPad Pro, features an 11-inch Liquid Retina XDR display, a professional camera system and a Thunderbolt port for lightning-fast data transfers. Looking for a traditional laptop experience so you can take notes in class? It is compatible with Apple’s Magic Keyboard.

Available in two colors; Prices vary. Retail prices below are for the space gray iPad Pro 5 with Wi-Fi only connectivity.

As with other iPad models, the iPad Pro 5 with cellular connectivity is more expensive than the Wi-Fi-only device. But if 5G is the connection you’re craving, then the extra effort may be worth it.

Apple iPad Pro 5 (128GB) (Space Gray), $700 (reduced from $799)

Apple iPad Pro 5 (256GB) (Space Gray), $849 (reduced from $899)


Samsung Galaxy Tab A8: $200

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The 4.6-star Galaxy Tab A8 offers a 10.5-inch LCD display, 32GB of storage and fast charging capabilities. The dark gray version of this already affordable Android tablet is currently $33 off Amazon, making it a great choice for students on a budget.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A8, $197 and up (reduced from $230)


Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite: $250

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The Samsung tablet has a battery that lasts up to 13 hours and includes an S Pen that you can use to write notes, doodle or personalize photos. Unlike some other Samsung Tabs, the S6 has a headphone jack.

The price varies depending on the color. You can find the best deal on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite in Gray and Blue.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite (64GB), $250 and up (normally $350)


Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE: $398 and up

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This Samsung Tab on sale features a large 12.4-inch screen, dual speakers, a blazing-fast processor for streaming, and 64GB of storage. (A 256GB version is also available.) You can even connect this tablet to your Samsung Galaxy phone and make phone calls through the tablet.

Prices vary by color. The best deal is the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE in green; The mystical black color is available for about $10 more.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE (64GB), $398 and up (normally $680)


Fire 7 Tablet (2022 Release): $75 and up

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Read, surf the web, watch videos, listen to music and more with this 7-inch touchscreen tablet from Amazon. At under $100, the 4.4-star Amazon Fire 7 is a great value for students on a budget.

The Amazon Fire 7 is not currently on sale, but you can save 20% by trading in an older tablet.

Amazon Fire 7 Tablet (16GB), Ad-Free (2022 Release), $75

Need more storage for all those school projects? The 32GB Amazon Fire 7 tablet is just $20 more.

Amazon Fire 7 Tablet (32GB), Ad-Free (2022 Release), $95


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