Tablet PCs have become quite powerful, and parents wonder if they should be getting one for their high school or college bound kids. There are many uses students will find for a tablet PC. They can write down notes, read e-Books, create papers with graphs, charts and other graphics, share files for group projects, and read articles for online research. Tablets can also be installed with apps that can help a student in organizing his academic life. On top of that, a tablet does not weigh that much, which brings us to its primary appeal to students: its portability.
When shopping for a tablet PC to be used by a student, it is best to narrow down the search according to the student’s specific needs. For high school students, it is also advised to find out if the school allows tablets to be used in the classrooms. Otherwise, there would be no sense in getting one primarily for school work. Some parents find tablet PCs to be generally more suitable for high school students as a supplement to the desktop back at home.
On the other hand, college students will definitely benefit from the multitude of uses a tablet PC can offer. To choose which kind of tablet to buy, knowing what the student is majoring in will be a factor. The features that film students will look for will vary from those majoring in business courses. If budget is a big issue, one should note that a tablet PC may not last the whole four years of college if it is meant to be the only computing device.
Speaking of which, the type of tablet will also depend on whether it will be used for heavy computing, or being the sole gadget for schoolwork, or just as a compliment. For heavy computing, it is perhaps best to get the high end tablet PCs such as the Microsoft Surface RT. If to be used as a complement to a desktop, then the tablets such as the Nexus 7 or the Kindle Fire will be adequate. One should also choose a tablet that can be easily integrated with one’s existing desktop or laptop so that it will be easy to sync files between devices.
Another factor to consider is whether the student wants to carry it around constantly. If this is the case, then weight, battery life, and durability are very important features to check out. A long battery life is necessary, otherwise, the student will have to deal with downtime while waiting for the battery to recharge, or spend more for an extra battery. Durability and weight are also important – the latter for comfort and the former to ensure that the tablet will survive the wear and tear of constant use.
Students who want to buy a tablet PC primarily for its note taking capabilities should ask first if they prefer to make handwritten notes or if they are faster and more legible when typing. For those who prefer handwriting, look into tablets that come with a stylus and have good tactile feedback. Students who take notes faster when typing should get a tablet with a good virtual keyboard or a tablet that allows an external keyboard to be attached.
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Yvette Divino once aspired to be a graphic designer, only to land a career as a Tech trends blogger and a writer. Her deep fascination in web designing eventually opened up unexpected doors as technology enthusiast. She has started her writing career since then. You can visit her blog at moniegold.blogspot.com and follow her on Twitter- @Poptechgal.