Back to school: Best tablets

An inexpensive tablet can assist your studies, we round up the best available.

Heading back to school or university? Why not aid your studies with an inexpensive tablet?

If you can't afford an iPad, there are a range of tablets available that won't break the bank. Most of these are Android tablets and you can find them at retailers for far less than their original RRP: examples include the Motorola Xoom, the Acer Iconia A500 and the Toshiba Tablet AT100.

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Research In Motion BlackBerry PlayBook

The BlackBerry PlayBook has a refreshing interface and excellent multitasking, but its lack of apps -- both default and through BlackBerry App World -- means it offers little incentive for non-BlackBerry smartphone owners. With future software updates and additions, the PlayBook will only improve, but it remains behind the competition.

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  • 26th May, 2011
  • Ross Catanzariti
  • Research In Motion
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  • Pros:
  • Great software, multitasking and slick UI
  • Excellent performance
  • Comfortable size for travelling and commuting
  • Cons:
  • No native calendar, e-mail or contacts apps (yet)
  • Limited selection of apps in App World
  • Not much appeal for non-BlackBerry users
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