I would find out if she is an "apple person" with the iphone, mac at school, etc. Mac people are damn loyal, if not obsessed, with their mac stuff. If not, then I suggest the Nexus line. I have a Nexus 7 and really like the pure android, and you cannot beat the price. As others have said, tablets do not take the place of laptops. They are essentially for "info out" for browsing, looking at pics, etc. Laptops allow you to have "info in" through the physical keyboard.