It is becoming more and more common for parents to allow their children to play on a tablet computer. There are many great games, videos, and apps dedicated to entertaining and educating your little ones. and they are made even easier to access with new tools like Google’s Play Store for kids and YouTube for children.
With such great material at your fingertips, it may be time to look at purchasing a dedicated tablet for your child. Perhaps a tablet that can take a bump and spill, maybe even with a no-questions-asked warranty, and without breaking the bank.
With so many tablets to choose from, allow us to help out, together we can find the best tablet for kids, or at least the best for your child.
Amazon Fire Kids Edition Tablets
Amazon sells three Fire tablets for everyone, in 7-inch, 8-inch, and 10-inch sizes. The retailer also sells special kids edition tablets in those sizes as well. All three Amazon Fire Kids Edition tablets come with their own sturdy rubber bumper case to make sure that the tablet is safe from all of the abuse that children might inflict on it. You can even pick which color you want the case to come from a variety of choices.
All of the Kindle tablets run Amazon’s in-house created version of Android with all of your apps, games, and media coming from the Amazon App Store. The Kids Edition versions also come with one free year of FreeTime Unlimited. which gives the tablets access to 15,000 popular apps and games, videos, books, and educational content from PBS Kids, Nickelodeon, Disney, and more. After the free year is up, parents can continue to subscribe to the service for $2.99 a month.
In addition, the Amazon Fire Kids Edition tablets all come with parental controls. Adults can set up screen time limits for their kids and filter out more mature content. Parents can also set educational goals for their kids, and monitor their web browsing access.
The Amazon Kindle Fire 7 Kids Edition is priced at $99.99 and comes with 16GB of storage. The Kindle Fire HD 8 Kids Edition is priced at $129.99, and the Kindle Fire HD 10 Kids Edition costs $199.99, both of which have 32GB of storage.
Apple iPad Mini
Apple’s iPad Mini devices are still great tablet offerings, especially if you want to introduce your children to the company’s iOS interface. The company does seem to be phasing the iPad Mini out slowly. However, you can still find great deals on the original iPad Mini, which is a more than capable tablet for your child’s entertainment. The newer iPad Mini 2 and iPad Mini 3 will run you a good chunk more money, but it may be worth it if you are familiar and comfortable with the world of iOS and the Apple App Store.
We certainly would not recommend the iPad Mini for everyone, as the metal backed device offers a rigidity not suited to bumps and spills, and the OS requires some work on your behalf to ensure controls of your child’s experience. The best part of the iPad Mini is the ability for the device to grow with your child, you can install a child safe bumper case now, and swap it out for a more teenage appropriate look when the time comes.
Best Buy has some great deals on refurbished older iPad Mini tablets, and you can get the current iPad Mini 4 from the retailer for the price of $399.
RCA Voyager 7 III tablet
RCA has been releasing Android tablets, under the Voyager brand, for some time, and they have some rock bottom prices. The latest such tablet is the Voyager 7 III, which has a mostly pure Android 7.0 Nougat operating system., along with a 7-inch display, 16GB of onboard storage, and a microSD slot for adding up to 128GB of storage. Best of all is the price; it’s just $50 when purchased at Walmart.
While this tablet is solid enough for kids, be aware that, even with the pure Android experience and access to the Google Play Store, the Voyager 7 III may not be for everyone. It has a plastic body that may crack if your kids abuse the tablet, so you might want to purchase a case as well. In addition, the battery life is not the best, as it will only up to six hours on a single charge. However, if you cannot afford the Amazon Fire Kids Edition tablets, and can get a third-party case, the RCA Voyager 7 III may be for you and your children.
Kurio Xtreme Next Tablet
KD Interactive says that the Kurio Xtreme Next tablet is the best such product made for kids? Why? The company says it is because of its extensive parental control features. They include an app management system that lets parents control which apps, games, and ebooks their children can use on the tablet, and you can set up a separate profile for each of your kids. In addition, the tablet allows parents to set up all kinds of time limits for their children, and its web browser can not only filter out mature content, but parents can make their own lists of both approved and blocked sites.
As with the Kindle Kids tablets, the 7-inch Kurio Xtreme Next includes a protective bumper case to protect the tablet, and the tablet comes with a year-long Surprise-A-Week App program, which means every week, your kid will be able to download a new app, game or ebook. In addition, the tablet will last up to nine hours on a single charge. The only issue is that this tablet has just 8GB of onboard storage, but thankfully there’s a micoSD card slot for additional storage. Best of all, this tablet is affordable; Walmart is selling it for just $79.
Microsoft Surface Go
If you want to introduce your kids to the Windows 10 OS, there are plenty of affordable tablets that you can buy using Microsoft’s long-running platform. The newest such product from the company is the Surface Go, which is on the pricey end at $399. However, this 10-inch tablet may be the best Windows 10 device you can buy for this price point.
For that price, you get a tablet with a magnesium body, which is a bit tougher than the plastic bodies on most Android devices. It also has a built-in kickstand with support for 165 degrees of movement, It has a low power Intel Pentium 4415Y processor, running at 1.6GHz, which should be enough to run most kids apps. The Surface Go can be bought with an optional Type Cover keyboard, with prices starting at $99. It also supports the Surface Pen, which also costs $99.
You can get the Surface Go from the Microsoft Store now, priced at $399 for 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage, or for $549 with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
There you have it, there are many good tablets to choose from, and that remains true when shopping for a child. We do recommend looking into one of the devices that pairs with a child-friendly app and game market, but rest assured, you can get by with any of these great tablets, regardless the OS.
What is the best tablet you have purchased for your child?