As tech's main attraction for 2010, Apple's iPad is ideal for students seeking a one-size-fits-all device for books, note taking and Web access in the classroom. With a custom-built 1 GHz Apple A4 silicon chip and a LED screen with 1024-by-768-pixel resolution, the 10-in. tablet is a high performer with a sleek body. (For seasoned Mac users, the synching features are just an added bonus.) Downloads in your iBooks library will appear on all of your Mac devices: computer, iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Weighing in at just 1.5 pounds, it fits nicely in backpacks, and campus trekkers can and should save their muscles for, ugh, textbooks. Browse iBooks for your required reading, or download apps like Coursesmart, a top e-textbook seller, or The Chegg, a leader in textbook rental for your course reading.
Price: Starts at $499
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