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I need some advice. Just got a call, seems the schools systems are trying something new, at least in this county. They are allowing students to bring tablets. The catch is this is not for me, I have a young sister, 12yr old to be exact. So of course who does mom call to asking all the tech questions about tablets. I live 100 miles away so its not like I can hop in the car and go with here at the drop of a dime.

The only tablet I own is the nook Color. She doesn't need the most ubber thing in the world, I'm looking for a good price point as well. Anyway, any suggestions for something like this would be awesome, with some information backing up the suggestion if passable. I'm assuming it would need to have wifi, a nice screen size (doesn't have to be laptop size!), she needs to surf. The ability to take notes on it, or possibly download apps for education. Thanks ahead of time!
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don't get one - use pen and paper. Tablets in school are such an easy way to distract students from studying :/
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Same with AznRage, I don't think a tablet is needed.

But considering your post is for advice on what tablet to choose, I would say one of the tablets out there with a built in pen would be good. Typing notes using a touch keyboard seems like it's kind of slow compared to handwriting things.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 has one, but it's $500.If you can get a hold of the HTC Flyer with a pen, that might be a good, cheaper option, but it's a bit out of date.

If you don't want one with a pen, you can always go after the ASUS transformer tablets since they have keyboard docks which allow much easier typing and setup of the keyboard. There're older and newer transformer tablets, so you can find them at multiple price-points to fit your budget.

Hope this helps
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Don't get a tablet, they truly are distracting. But to answer your question I think the Nexus 7 would be a good option. $200 for the 8GB model, and you could just buy an aftermarket pen to use with it.
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Thanks for the advice so far.

To be it in context, the reason the schools are allowing the students to have tablets is because they don't have enough for every student. So they are allowing the students to bring a tablet so when students need to get on the internet or anything of that matter, those that have tablets free up a computer for those who don't.

So in general its crap, because our school systems are not able to afford all the necessities for their students because of funding cuts. I don't blame the school systems, I blame the states. I feel that if my little sister would have to wait or not have the ability to use a computer, then having a tablet would be a benefit. Only problem is if it gets stolen, broke etc...
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From what I can tell the WiFi Playbooks are dropping quickly now that the 4G LTE models are out. $150 where I live for the 16GB. I have one and it's spectacular for education uses (use it for taking notes; college student). I'll add that I use the Blackberry branded keyboard alongside it for notes because I prefer tactile feedback. It's not the most recommended tablet in the world but it's cheap and damn fine quality.

The negatives for the Playbook are lack of games and apps, seems to be the general consensus. In this case that isn't a big deal. The positives are that it's dirt cheap and in my personal opinion you get more than what you pay for where they stand now. Anyways I can vouch for it, they're top quality tablets for this purpose.
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Trust me you do NOT want to buy a tablet for a kid attending school, it is a toy, not an educational device.
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don't get one - use pen and paper. Tablets in school are such an easy way to distract students from studying :/

This. If its not mandatory, dont get one. U know they have lots of games on the market. Games will be good if youre in class for something like religion (but I doubt ur sister is studying religion) but its not good for something likee nglish or math where things stack.
Pen and paper is always the best way to study imo anyways.
    
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