With school slates costing upwards of $500, the Kurio 7 is like a breath of fresh air. The tablet uses the latest Android 4.0 software, has a 7-inch screen that can show 800 by 480 resolution and has a pair of cameras. It connects to the school’s network via WiFi and includes 1GB of RAM and 4GB of storage space, which can be beefed up by 32GB with a microSD card. The slate comes with drop-safe edge bumpers, is set up ad-free and the teacher can control what the student sees and – more importantly – doesn’t see. Best part: Kurio 7 costs $150.