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Apple iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3

Off to university? Or perhaps looking to buy a swanky gift for someone headed into higher education? There's a tablet out there to compliment those studies. Click through the slideshow to check out the top tablet picks.

Let's get the obvious out of the way: Apple iPads are a solid choice.

If you can't keep your hands off of your iPhone, an iPad will seamlessly fit into your everyday routine. The Air 2 is one of the most powerful and stylish tablets out there, and the iPad Mini 3 isn't too shabby either.

More high-tech presents to give students this way.

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Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 with AnyPen

Sometimes it's just easier to write something down. Whether you're frantically scribbling notes in a lecture or indulging in the odd doodle in one of your less attention-grabbing seminars, the simple task of putting pen to paper gets a digital upgrade in the Yoga Tablet 2 with AnyPen.

The 8-inch Lenovo tablet lets you use any metal object as a stylus, whether it's a pen, pencil or set of keys. Easily jot dot notes during classes just like we used to in the old days...but way cooler.

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Google Nexus 9

If you're partial to the Android operating system, the Google Nexus 9 is the best tablet to get.

The 9-inch performance monster runs a pure version of Lollipop 5.0, Google's latest OS, and since it's a Google branded device, it gets the latest updates as soon as they're available.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3

A tablet can't replace your computer, which is still the best choice for typing out those lengthy essays -- but it can come close. The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is the best desktop replacement we've seen thus far and for good reason.

The productivity-powerhouse packs a stylus and one of the most stylishly innovative tablet keyboards. If it's out of your price range, Microsoft also offers a cheaper model.

If you're on the fence about choosing a tablet over a more traditional laptop, we've also picked the best one of those to get.

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Dell Venue 8 7000

The Dell Venue 8 7000 might not have the snappiest name, but this tablet looks as good as it performs.

This slate does exactly that. It's one of the skinniest tablets available, and it offers the fun feature of depth-sensing cameras -- sure to liven up those blurry shots of the student union.

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Sony Xperia Z4 tablet

Lucky enough to have a bath in your student digs? Find time to unwind with the waterproof Sony Xperia Z4, whose resistance to spills also makes it a solid choice for the accident-prone.

The slim and trim 10-inch tablet features an IP65 and IP68 rating, meaning it's waterproof up to 1.5m deep for 30 minutes. With its bright 2K screen you can enjoy this bad boy any day or night.

At this point, you've probably settled on at least one tablet to haul off to university. If you're looking for more gadgetry that's suited for students however, check out more uni tech here.

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