No matter how much you try to deny it, we’re quickly approaching that time of year again when it’s time to clean out your backpack, throw on some nicer clothes, and head back to the daily drone of classes. But as technology gets more and more advanced, it continues to be a greater aid for education. With that said, it’s time to launch into DroidDog’s official back to school guide on what could be a useful asset for you in the classroom!
ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity Or Transformer Pad 300
ASUS has always done an outstanding job with their tablets and these latest entries are no exception. The Transformer Pad Infinity packs a huge punch with beefy specs like a 1.6GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor, 1GB RAM, 10.1″ 1920×1200 Super IPS+ display, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, and microSD card slot. The Infinity is a powerhouse that’s packed to the gills with all sorts of features and still manages to be one of the thinnest and lightest tablets to date. With all that in mind, the Infinity does retail for a fairly hefty $499 for the 32GB version and $599 for the 64GB version. It’s (slightly) lesser kin, the Transformer Pad 300, is another outstanding tablet that comes in at a lower price point than the Infinity. The Transformer Pad 300 packs the same quad-core Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.3GHz and 1GB RAM along with an 8MP rear camera, and 1.2MP front-facing camera, and microSD card slot but the 10.1″ screen has a lower resolution of 1280×800. That’s still nothing to scoff at but you won’t get the same level of clarity as the Infinity. But the benefit is that the Pad 300 comes in white, red, and blue and the 16GB model sells for only $349. What makes these two tablets stand out for school over some others is their optional keyboard dock that brings a full keyboard, trackpad, full USB port, SD card slot, and several hours of extra battery life. Having used the original Transformer and it’s keyboard dock for school through all of last year, I can honestly say that it’s a huge benefit to have a tablet-netbook hybrid like the Transformer series offers.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
If you’re one of those people who prefers to write rather than type then the Galaxy Note 10.1 could be your perfect dream device. Featuring the powerful S Pen, which isn’t your normal stylus, the Note 10.1 is perfect for your inner artist. The S Pen allows precise writing and drawing and the Note 10.1 comes pre-loaded with several applications that take full advantage of it such as S Note, Adobe Photoshop Touch, and a unique multi-screen view that allows two full apps to be open on the same screen at once for PC-like multitasking. Combined with things like a 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos processor, 1GB RAM, 5MP rear camera, 1.9MP front-facing camera, and a 10.1″ 1280×800 display and you’ve got a winner on your hands.
Google Nexus 7
Coming in at a drool-worthy price of $199 for the 8GB model, the Nexus 7 is a new cheap offering from Google and ASUS. Featuring a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, 1GB RAM, 7″ 1280×800 display, and stock Android 4.1 Jelly Bean plus the benefits of being a Nexus device, the Nexus 7 is nothing to be sneezed at. It’s a stunning piece of hardware coming in at a very affordable price point and that could make it a nice option for students on a bit of a budget. Check out our full review here if you need more convincing.
Samsung Galaxy S III Or HTC One X
Both the Galaxy S III and the HTC One X are powerful super phones that are sure to impress. The main thing that differentiates the two is probably the software and maybe the build quality. The One X runs Android 4.0 atop with HTC’s Sense 4 UI which some people love and others don’t care for. Other specs include a 4.7″ 720p Super LCD 2 display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 8-megapixel camera, and a unibody polycarbonate design. The Samsung Galaxy S III is another beastly phone that also runs Android 4.0 but with Samsung’s Touchwiz overlay. It features similar specs such as a 4.8″ 720p Super AMOLED display, the same 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB RAM,8-megapixel camera, and a nature inspired design with a removable battery door so you can swap batteries or insert a microSD card. Both phones feature 4G LTE and you’re most likely going to be happy with either. Plan your schedule out and stay in touch with your friends constantly with either one of these phones. Don’t forget to use Google Translate for that pesky Spanish homework!
Pantech Marauder Or Motorola Photon Q
If you don’t have the liquid funds for a Galaxy S III or just prefer a device with a physical keyboard then either one of these phones will suit you well. The Pantech Marauder on Verizon costs a mere $49 for a device with a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB RAM, 3.8″ display, 5MP rear facing camera, 4G LTE, and that full slide out physical keyboard. Our full review can be found right over here for your viewing pleasure. If you’re on Sprint and have a bit more money to shell out then the Photon Q could be a good option for folks seeking a high-end smartphone with a physical keyboard. Coming in at $199, the Photon Q features a higher price tag than the Marauder but packs some nicer specs like a 4.3″ qHD ColorBoost display, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB RAM, 8MP rear camera with 1080p video recording, global capabilities, support for Sprint’s new 4G LTE network, and a full 5-row backlit sliding keyboard. Whip out emails like a pro or even edit and create documents on the go with the physical keyboard on either of these devices.
The PowerBag is perfect for students who are constantly using their devices. Featuring superb build quality, this full sized backpack comes with a large battery built right in so you can simply plug in your devices and go while still having them with you. The PowerBag is plenty big enough to hold both those weighty Chemistry textbooks along with any other electronics that you can stuff in it. It works great for those long days of classes or those out of state sports games.
A Strong Case Or Phone Insurance
Students have reputations for letting their slippery little phones take a tumble onto the hard floors of a school hallway. To help protect the expensive pocket-sized computer that’s in your pocket, it’s always a good idea to get a strong case to shield it from the roughness of everyday life. OtterBoxes are widely known for their tough durability but there are plenty of other cheaper alternatives on the market. Browse around for a good deal as you can usually find one. Of course, phone insurance can also help and just requires a simple onetime payment or a cheaper monthly plan.
Now You’re Ready For The School Year
We hope that this list helps you a bit in your quest for new supplies for the school year. Remember to double check with your teachers first before bringing your new electronics into the classroom though, as some teachers don’t take too kindly to today’s fancy gizmos and gadgets. If you decide to get any electronics for the impending year then let us know in the comments as we’re always glad for your feedback!