IDG Answers is a community of experts who are passionate about technology. Ask a question or answer one below.
I’d say the laptop would be better, mainly because of the keyboard and screen size. A significant part of college is writing papers, and while you certainly can do that on a tablet, it isn’t the ideal tool. You can add an accessory keyboard, and if you son really, really wants to go the iPad route I would consider that a mandatory purchase. It’s also a lot more pleasant doing work on a larger screen, which is why you don’t see a lot of 10” displays when you go into an office.