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Best Tablet For Kids, Reading, Students, Work, & Gaming: The Top Choice For Each Category

Couple reading tabletsWith the holidays approaching for 2013, consumers want to know what tablet to get their loved one. With the amazing advances in technology, the shopping decision is getting harder and harder. We thought we would help our readers out by researching each tablet on the market and determining which tablet is best, depending on the user. Some may want a tablet for kids, reading, work, and gaming. In this article we will discuss the tablet that is best for you or your loved one, depending on specific needs.

Our Top Picks

Best Tablet Overall

1 Place MedallionIt’s no news that Apple has been in the lead when it comes to tablets. Being the first to ever create a tablet, Apple has continued to get better and better. Now, with the iPad Air you can’t imagine a better tablet than this. With top notch screen display, camera specs, hardware, and a sleek design, the iPad Air is the tablet to beat.

Pros

  • Retina display
  • Multi touch display
  • Battery lasts 9-10 hours
  • Harder for malware to access your device
  • Simple to use
  • Dependable
  • Front and rear facing cameras
  • A7 chip provides up to two times faster CPU
  • iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote are all available for FREE
  • More than 475,000 apps available
  • AirPlay, AirPrint, and AirDrop
  • Supports MIMO (multiple in multiple out)

Cons

  • More expensive than all the others
  • No USB port for uploading files
  • No Flash capability

Price

  • $499 for 16GB and Wi-Fi
  • $599 for 32GB and Wi-Fi
  • $629 for 16GB, Wi-Fi and Cellular
  • $699 for 64GB and Wi-Fi
  • $729 for 32GB, Wi-Fi and Cellular
  • $799 for 128GB and Wi-Fi
  • $829 for 64GB, Wi-Fi and Cellular
  • $929 for 128GB, Wi-Fi and Cellular

Tech Specs

  • Width: 6.6 inches
  • Height: 9.4 inches
  • Depth: 0.29 inches
  • Weight: 1 pound
  • 2048 by 1536 resolution at 264 ppi
  • iOS 7

Best Tablet for Kids

Fuhu Nabi 2 is a specifically made tablet for kids and is easy for them to use. The Nabi 2 has many features all these devices would have but they are designed more for kids. Kids have access to music, apps, Wings*, and other learning tools to help them develop skills. This Android tablet is a great choice for your kid.

Pros

  • Spinlets+ Music has more than 9,000 kid friendly songs
  • Mom selected and kid approved apps
  • Nabi Sync lets you sync to a PC or Mac without wires
  • Nabi Cloud
  • Updates are easy
  • *Wings – a learning system that tells parents their kid’s time spent, proficiency levels, and areas of improvement
  • Includes a micro USB 2.0 port, mini HDMI, microSD slot, audio jack, and DC connector
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Cons

  • Only 5 hours of battery run time on a full charge

Price

  • $179.99 for 8GB internal storage and 1GB memory
  • Spinlets+ TV $2.99/month – delivers children TV to the tablet

Tech Specs

  • Width: 8.69 inches
  • Height: 6.05 inches
  • Depth: 1.14 inches
  • Weight: 1.31 pounds

Best Tablet For Reading

Kindle Paperwhite is the best e-reader available on the market. Not only is it lighter than a paperback book (and the iPad Air) but it also performs the best in the sun. The most recent version that was just released have made it even easier to read than any other tablet. Plus you don’t have to charge it daily, it can last several weeks at a time. Kindle Paperwhite can hold up to 1,100 books so you can carry your entire library with you.

Pros

  • Lightest weight tablet (7.6 ounces), 30% lighter than the iPad Air
  • Next generation built in light which makes it super easy on your eyes for reading
  • Battery lasts weeks
  • No glare from the sun
  • Keeps track of where you left off in your reading – just like a bookmark
  • Take and share notes in the margin
  • Smart lookup feature allows you to get word definitions
  • Adjust text size
  • Thousands of books available to borrow for FREE for Amazon Prime members
  • Stores up to 1,100 books
  • Fast processor
  • Wi-Fi (and if you opt for 3G, it is available with no contract)
  • High resolution and contrast

Cons

  • Grayscale screen does not allow for color graphic web browsing
  • Web browsing is limited as this device is focused solely on a better reading experience
  • No Flash or Shockwave multimedia support
  • No USB port

Price

  • Kindle Paperwhite: $119 with ads
  • Kindle Paperwhite: $139 without ads
  • Kindle Paperwhite 3G: $189 with ads
  • Kindle Paperwhite 3G: $209 without ads

Best Tablet For Students

The Microsoft Surface Pro 2 can replace your laptop thanks to all of its great features. The tablet has an attachable keyboard that allows you to use it as a laptop itself; however, the keyboard does have to be purchased separately. If you’re sending your kid off to college the Surface Pro is a great buy since many students want a tablet and laptop these days. Instead of paying for both a laptop and a tablet, you can cut the price down by getting the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 (be sure you child’s college allows for this device “shortcut”).

Pros

  • Includes Office shortcut keys
  • The Surface Pro Pen is included
  • Has a USB port, mini DisplayPort, and microSD card reader
  • Kickstand supports two positions
  • Battery life is more than 6 hours

Cons

  • Must purchase keyboard separately, starting at $119
  • Can get expensive but it’s basically a tablet and laptop in one
  • At 2 pounds, it is a lot heavier than the other major players

Price

  • $899 for 64GB
  • $999 for 128GB
  • $1,299 for 256GB
  • $1,799 for 512GB

When you purchase the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 you also receive 200GB of SkyDrive storage and unlimited Skype minutes.

Technical Specs

  • Width: 10.81 inches
  • Height: 6.81 inches
  • Depth: 0.53 inches
  • Weight: 2 pounds
  • Windows 8.1
  • Haswell processor

Best Tablet For Work

The Microsoft Surface Pro 2 is a great tablet for work as well. Not only is it compatible with Microsoft Office (since it’s a Microsoft product), but it also has the connectors you’ll need for work including a USB port, mini DisplayPort, and microSD card reader. Most offices these days run on Mac or PC and for offices who like their PCs, this is a fantastic choice.

Pros

  • Includes Office shortcut keys
  • The Surface Pro Pen is included
  • Has a USB port, mini DisplayPort, and microSD card reader
  • Kickstand supports two positions
  • Battery life is more than 6 hours
  • HD screen
  • Fast performance

Cons

  • Must purchase keyboard separately, starting at $119
  • Can get expensive but it’s basically a tablet and laptop in one
  • Microsoft Office isn’t automatically installed on your Surface Pro
  • 2 pounds in weight makes it much heavier than the alternative devices

Price

  • $899 for 64GB
  • $999 for 128GB
  • $1,299 for 256GB
  • $1,799 for 512GB

When you purchase the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 you also receive 200GB of SkyDrive storage ($100/year value) and unlimited Skype minutes $13.99/month value).

Technical Specs

  • Width: 10.81 inches
  • Height: 6.81 inches
  • Depth: 0.53 inches
  • Weight: 2 pounds
  • Windows 8.1
  • Haswell processor

Best Tablet for Gaming

The iPad Air is the newest iPad and was released in October 2013. It is by far the best tablet for gaming. With a super high-res retina display that allows you to multi-touch, it cannot be beat. With over 260,000 apps at your fingertips you will have no problem spending hours gaming on this simple to use device.

Pros

  • Retina display
  • Multi touch display
  • Includes many Mac apps like Facetime, App Store and Music
  • Battery lasts 9-10 hours
  • Most gaming apps on the market are available thru Apple
  • Harder for malware to access your device
  • More than 260,000 gaming apps available on app store
  • Simple to use

Cons

  • Most expensive competitor currently on the market
  • Cannot upload files due to lack of USB port
  • Does not support Flash

Price

  • $499 for 16GB and Wi-Fi
  • $599 for 32GB and Wi-Fi
  • $629 for 16GB, Wi-Fi and Cellular
  • $699 for 64GB and Wi-Fi
  • $729 for 32GB, Wi-Fi and Cellular
  • $799 for 128GB and Wi-Fi
  • $829 for 64GB, Wi-Fi and Cellular
  • $929 for 128GB, Wi-Fi and Cellular

Tech Specs

  • Width: 6.6 inches
  • Height: 9.4 inches
  • Depth: 0.29 inches
  • Weight: 1 pound
  • 2048 by 1536 resolution at 264 pixels per inch (ppi)
  • iOS 7

Best Tablet for Email

The iPad Air is the best choice for tablets when you’ve got a lot of emailing to do. You can add multiple email accounts in the built-in Apple Mail app and then view each inbox separately or together in one larger list. The emailing hasn’t changed too much throughout the iPad generations, so if you want to go with a different iPad model you’ll still get nearly all of the same features for your emailing purposes.

Pros

  • Easy to set up web mail, Exchange, or POP email account
  • Reminders and contacts can be synchronized
  • Retina display
  • Multi touch display
  • Battery lasts 9-10 hours
  • Harder for malware to access your device
  • Simple to use and reliable
  • Bluetooth keyboard available
  • Front and rear facing cameras can be used to have business meetings online
  • If you use Gmail, the iOS app is really great

Cons

  • More expensive than the competition
  • No USB port for uploading files
  • No Flash capability

Price

  • $499 for 16GB and Wi-Fi
  • $599 for 32GB and Wi-Fi
  • $629 for 16GB, Wi-Fi and Cellular
  • $699 for 64GB and Wi-Fi
  • $729 for 32GB, Wi-Fi and Cellular
  • $799 for 128GB and Wi-Fi
  • $829 for 64GB, Wi-Fi and Cellular
  • $929 for 128GB, Wi-Fi and Cellular

Tech Specs

  • Width: 6.6 inches
  • Height: 9.4 inches
  • Depth: 0.29 inches
  • Weight: 1 pound
  • 2048 by 1536 resolution at 264 ppi
  • iOS

Happy Shopping!

Now that you know the best reading tablet as well as the winners for gaming, office, students, kids and more, you should be all set to go shopping. Keep your eyes posted for seasonal deals or those last-minute sales before the holidays. If you know of any sales or have any comments about the tablets listed above let us know by commenting below! Also, if you own one of these tablets we’d love to know what you think of it!


About Kimberly Kurimski

Kimberly is the Content Manager for WeRockYourWeb.com. She is a Simpson College graduate with a degree in Multimedia Journalism. She spent 4 1/2 months studying abroad in Thailand where she traveled throughout Southeast Asia. She enjoys watching movies, socializing with friends and family, and being active outside. She is an Apple lover and social media nerd.
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  • Melissa

    I got the Kindle Paperwhite for Christmas. I love it because it does not cause the eye strain of other tablets due to its special backlight technology. It’s like reading a real book but much more convenient and fun! I also really like that it is ONLY an e-reader so there are no distractions from email, im, facebook, etc. I would totally recommend it!

    • Kimberly

      I’m glad you love it Melissa. I know exactly what you mean with the distractions! I used to read on my iPad and having access to the Internet and social media got distracting as well as the lighting. I couldn’t read for long periods of time because of the screen. Thanks for reading and commenting!

      -Kimberly