If you’ve got kids then you’re more than likely concentrating on how to keep them busy during the school holidays. But perhaps you should also be thinking about something that they’ll need when school starts again in 2015, a new tablet.

With so many schools, both government funded and private, making the transition to tablets as the centre of their curriculum, the new year could see you wondering which tablet is the best option for your child to be packing in their school bag come Monday morning.

The good news is that we’ve been playing with quite a few tablet options in 2014 and have come up with four top contenders for your back-to-school tablet budget come January.

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Asus TF303CL – R5 999

The Android powered Asus TF303CL may not have the sexiest name in the tablet game, but it certainly has the power to knock the competition flat. With an impressive array of specs and a keyboard dock that transforms it into a mini notebook, the TF303CL is a brilliant little machine for everyone, especially kids.

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iPad Mini with Retina Display – from R3 999

Apple’s iPad is the quintessential tablet boasting the largest app ecosystem and a range of accessories that is enviable. With the latest models having only added the TouchID fingerprint scanner, now is the time to find the previous generation model at a fantastic price.

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Microsoft Nextbook – from R1 499

Running full Windows 8.1 and with a one year subscription to Office 365 to boot, Microsoft Nextbooks are a formidable choice. There are two models, one with an 8 inch and one with a 10.1 inch display with the latter having a detachable keyboard to go full notebook when needed.

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Vodacom Smart Tab 3G – R999

The budget winner by a country mile is Vodacom’s Smart Tab 3G which, while having the lowest price in the group, also comes bundled with 200MB of 3G data for the first 12 months. It’s small, light a portable and is a lot of value for what is essentially a very low price.

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