Tablets: iPads, Windows, Androids | Chromebooks | Laptops: Apple, Windows

Changes in device requirements

We’ve made some changes to what we consider acceptable devices based on feedback from teachers and students. This does not mean that you have to buy a new device for your student. But when you do buy a new device, it should meet these new guidelines:

Battery life: The minimum battery life requirement remains the same at 7 hours. You might consider a device with a longer battery life if you will want your student to use their device after school as well as during school. Students are expected to come to school with a fully charged device each day.

Screen size: A few years ago we upped the minimum screen size to 9 inches.  Students tended to have more problems with smaller screened devices and students with larger tablets report that they are happier with their devices.

Tablet Storage: The minimum memory requirement remains the same at 16MB. Please note however that this is the amount of space that we recommend for school use. If a student will have their personal games, music, photos and videos on a device then you should look for a device with more memory, expandable memory or cloud storage.

Tablet Type: Students have had more problems with certain types of tablets than others. While these devices might work fine for some applications, they don’t work well for school work. We no longer recommend Android devices (including Kindles and Nooks). We also don’t recommend Windows Tablets that use the discontinued version of Microsoft Windows (Windows RT).

Tablets (iPads)

The majority of our students use the Apple iPad. They report very few problems with the full size iPads. Our teachers all have iPads and will be more likely to be able to help with iPads than with other devices. You can lease an iPad from Lincoln Lutheran for $17 per month.

All of the iPads listed below are current models, but last year’s models will work fine as well. At the recommendation of students, we no longer included the iPad mini in the list.

You might consider checking out the Refurbished iPads from the Apple Store. They come with completely new exteriors and a full warranty. Mr. Sommerer has been happy with the refurbished Apple products that he has purchased for school and personal use. The iPad models that are available from their refurbished section change frequently.

NameCostBattery LifeScreenResolution & PPIWeight (lbs)Cameras (b, f)RAM, SSD, HDProcessor
iPad$279.0010 hours10in2048x1536 @ 26418,22, 32, 0A9
iPad Pro 10.5$549.0010 hours11in2224x1668 @ 264112,74, 64, 0A10X Fusion
iPad Pro 12.9$679.0010 hours13in2732x2048 @ 2641.512,74, 64, 0A10X Fusion
  • The cost column is the lowest price we could find; typically refurbished or Black Friday.
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Tablets (Windows)

If you are a Windows household, but would still like to use a tablet, these are the Windows tablets that we recommend. Note that two of the tablets come with a keyboard and one does not.

BrandNameCostBattery LifeScreenResolution & PPIWeight (lbs)Cameras (b, f)RAM, SSD, HDProcessorNotes
AcerSwitch 3 (or 5 or 7)$439.008 hours12in1920x12002.85, 24, 64, 02.5Ghz Pentium N4200includes keyboard
MicrosoftSurface Pro 4$799.008 hours12in2736x18241.71, 14, 128, 0Intel Core m3
LenovoMiix 510$899.008 hours12in1920x10802.82, 58, 256, 02.7Ghz Core i5-7200Uincludes keyboard

Tablets (Android)

Android tablets were the devices that students were least satisfied with for school related uses. We no longer recommend Android devices (this includes the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes & Noble Nook). There are hundreds of Android devices. The ones listed below have the best chance of working as part of our 1:1 initiative. Be wary of purchasing a similarly named, but older version of these devices. If the prices are a lot cheaper than the prices listed here, make sure you are getting the same device. Again, based on our student survey results, we do not recommend these devices. But if you need to purchase an Android device, these are probably your best bet.

BrandNameCostBattery LifeScreenResolution & PPIWeight (lbs)Cameras (b,f)RAM, SSD, HDProcessor
LenovoTab 4 10$169.0011 hours10in1280x80015, 22, 16, 0Snapdragon 425
AsusZenPad 3S 10$296.008 hours10in2048x153618, 54, 64, 02.1Ghz MediaTek MT8176
SamsungGalaxy Tab S3$520.0010 hours10in2048x153613, 54, 32, 0Snapdragon 820


Chromebooks were rated highly by our students this year.  They seemed to work well for school related tasks. Mr. Heibel has been using a Chrombook for the past 4 years. Chromebooks are not full-featured laptops. They are designed to use Google’s internet based applications. They also don’t cost as much as a laptop. There are other Chrombooks available, make sure you check their battery life before purchasing. The combination of a Chromebook and a smartphone may be a good combination for some students.

BrandNameCostBatteryScreenResolution & PPIWeight (lbs)Cameras (b, f)RAM, SSD, HDProcessorNotes
LenovoIdeaPad N42-20$219.0010hrs14in1366x7683.30, 24, 16, 01.6Ghz
AsusChromebook Flip C101PA-DB02$299.009hrs10in1280x8001.90,14, 16, 02.0GHz Rockchip RK3399Folds to tablet
SamsungSamsung Plus (XE513C24-K01US)$321.008hrs12in2400x1600 @ 2342.40, 24, 32, 02 Ghz ARM OP1Folds, built-in pen
DellChromebook 3189$329.009hrs12in1366x7683.20, 24, 32, 01.6Ghz Celeron N3060Folds to tablet
AcerR 11 C78T C5R6$335.0010hrs12in1366x768 @2.80, 24, 32, 01.6Ghz Celeron N3150Folds to tablet
AsusFlip C302CA$464.009hrs13in1920x1080 @ 1762.60, 14, 64, 02.2Ghz Core m3 6Y30Folds to tablet

Apple Laptops

Apple laptops received high scores from our students. We recommend that you take a look at the refurbished ones on Apple’s online store. If you are buying local, Computer Hardware Inc (just South of O street on 70th) has always been very good to Lincoln Lutheran. NOTE: There should be a new model of MacBook Pro coming out this Summer. I would strongly recommend waiting until the new models come out before purchasing.

NameCostBattery LifeScreenResolution & PPIWeight (lbs)Cameras (b, f)RAM, SSD, HDProcessor
MacBook Air$999.0012 hours13in1440x900 @2.90, 28, 128, 01.8Ghz i5
MacBook$1,299.0010 hours12in2304x1440 @20, 28, 256, 01.2Ghz m3
MacBook Pro 13$1,299.0010 hours13in2560x1600 @ 2272.90, 28, 128, 02.3Ghz i5
MacBook Pro 15$2,399.0010 hours13in2880x1800 @22040, 216, 256, 02.8Ghz i7

Windows Laptops

There are many more Windows Laptops with an acceptable battery life than there were just a few years ago. The list below is no longer a complete list of Windows Laptops that have a battery that will last at least 7 hours. The less expensive devices on this list are also much less powerful than the more expensive devices. TANSTAAFL.

BrandNameCostBattery LifeScreenResolutionWeight (lbs)Cameras (b, f)RAM, SSD, HDProcessorNotes
HP11EE G5$200.008 hrs12in1366x7682.50, 14, 32, 01.6Ghz Celeron N3060
AsusVivoBook E403SA$439.009 hrs14in1920x10803.20, 14, 128, 02.4Ghz Pentium N3700
LenovoThinkPad 13 (gen 2)$584.009 hrs13in1920x10803.14, 128, 02.3Ghz Core i3-6100U
SamsungNotebook 7 Spin$779.998 hrs16in1920x108050, 112, 0, 10242.5Ghz Core i7-6500U
DellXPS 13 9360$799.0014 hrs13in1920x10802.80, 24, 128, 02.4Ghz Core i3-7100U
LenovoYoga 910$889.0010 hrs14in1920x108030, 28, 256, 02.7Ghz Core i7-7500UFolds to tablet
HPSpectre x360$1,319.0010 hrs16in3840x21602.80, 48, 256, 02.7Ghz Core i7-7500UFolds to tablet
MicrosoftSurface Book 2 13.5"$1,499.0013 hrs13.5in3000x20003.388, 58, 256, 03.5 Ghz Core i5-7300UAlso a tablet
LenovoX1 Carbon$1,591.0011 hrs14in1920x10802.50, 28, 512, 03.4 Core i5 8250U
MicrosoftSurface Book 2 15"$2,500.0013 hrs15in3240 x 21604.28, 58, 128, 03.5Ghz Core i7-8650UAlso a tablet