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Tablet Shopping Tips and Picks For Back-To-School

If you are back to school shopping for a tablet for your child, you may feel overwhelmed with all the choices. I totally understand, there are so many things to consider and technology changes like the wind. If you don’t do your research, you could end up buying a tablet that your child will quickly outgrow or one lacking in performance. On the other hand, you don’t want to overspend on features your child does not need or will never use.

The whole tablet buying process can be extremely frustrating. If you are getting close to pulling your hair out, take some time to check out the tablets below. You may find that one of these highly-rated tablets makes the grade for you.
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Photos and video seem to come to life on the black or gold Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7” Tablet. This tablet’s expansive Super AMOLED touch screen features adaptive display technology for clear visibility. The dual quad-core processors make it easy to navigate apps and features effortlessly.

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This tablet puts productivity and entertainment at your fingertips. SideSync and Quick Connect mean you can integrate your other Samsung devices with this tablet while Cloud integration allows for a seamless user experience across all Android devices. With 32GB of internal storage plus a microSD slot there is ample space for movies, photos, music and more. Dual HD cameras and a fingerprint scanner that keeps information secure add to the appeal of this tablet. All this and more does come with a price tag of $399 at Best Buy. They do have some specials to help you save like the open box deal for $319 or you can buy a refurbished unit for $299.

You don’t always have to go for the latest model, sometimes you can save a significant amount of money when you opt for an earlier version without a big sacrifice in performance. The iPad mini 2 is a great choice and is very similar to the iPad mini 4 with a much lower price tag.

The iPad mini 2 averages about $269 but you can find it right now at Walmart for $40 off and scoop it up for only $229!  The iPad mini 2, 16GB is small but powerful just like dynamite.

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The beautiful retina display gives you vivid images and high screen quality. This tablet features built in WiFi, A7 chip with motion coprocessor and MIMO support so getting on the internet is simple. A FaceTime HD camera means you can make video calls to your child to check in or just to have a fun chat. The 7.9” size makes it easy to store and carry but large enough to view videos and photos easily. If your child likes to take photos and videos they will like the 5MP iSight camera with 1080p HD video recording. Tablet comes with iPhoto, iMovie, Garageband, Pages, Numbers and Keynote Apps already installed.

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Head on over to Amazon for some awesome tablet deals on their Fire tablets. The Fire Kids Edition is a lot of value for a little money. This great package deal includes a nice protective bumper case, a one-year subscription to Amazon’s FreeTime Unlimited which lets them access over 10,000 books, educational apps, games and videos plus a 2-year, worry-free warranty that will replace the Fire HD if your little angel demolishes it. All of that for the low price of just $99 make it one incredible value!

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Taking it up a notch in price to $190, the Amazon Fire HD 7 Kids Edition is not a toy but a full-featured Fire HD tablet. Featuring HD display, front and rear cameras and Dolby Audio it also comes with the amazing 2-year, worry-free warranty and one-year subscription to Amazon’s FreeTime Unlimited. This tablet has the best in class parental controls to manage usage limits, content access and educational goals. Comes with a Kid-Proof Case to protect against drops, bumps and typical mayhem. Oh and let’s not forget the up to 8 hours of battery time on this sweet bundle.

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Now, do you want to hear about long battery life? How about 18-hour battery life? Sounds good doesn’t it? You might think battery life like that is going to cost you but you would be wrong. The Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 runs about $198 at Walmart.

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This tablet has a 10.1” touchscreen featuring an Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system. This tablet provides non-stop entertainment in an ultraportable tablet. The big beautiful display, rotating 8MP camera and AnyPen technology make this a tablet one worth considering.

kid tablet schoolAre you shopping for versatility and long battery life? If so, check out the Microsoft Surface 3 with 10.8” screen, this tablet just might replace your laptop.

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With features like an integrated Kickstand, the ability to run desktop software and touch apps plus a full-size USB port, the Surface 3 is a perfect mix of innovation and practicality. As thin and light as it is, you’ll be amazed at all you can achieve with this device. It features a 1.6GHz Intel Atom x7 Quad-Core processor (with a Max Burst Speed of 2.4GHz), 2GB of system memory, 3.5 Megapixel front camera, 8-Megapixel rear camera and 9-hour battery life. You can pick this up at for $417 with free shipping.

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I know tablet shopping can be stressful on you and your wallet but I hope this was helpful and will let you navigate with a little more direction when tablet shopping. One last piece of advice is to sit down and make a list with your child of the top features they need for what they intend to use the tablet for. That will help you eliminate some tablets right off the bat and then you can compare others to try to get the most features at the best price. A little pre-shopping homework can make it easier to find the best table for your child and your budget.