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Tablets are all the rage these days, and with good reason. With the latest generation of iPads and Amazon tablets, it’s now possible to take an incredible amount of computing power with you on the go, and the technology only seems to be growing more powerful and compact by the day.
But the tablet revolution hasn’t just affected adults. There are now plenty of tablets that have been crafted with children in mind, and they vary a great deal in both aesthetics and computing power.
But buying a tablet for your child is very different than buying a tablet for an adult. When it comes to a kid’s tablet, the look and durability of the gadget are usually more important than the RAM size or processor, and it’s likely that your child will want to graduate to a more mature tablet in the coming years—meaning you probably don’t want to drop an exorbitant amount of cash on the latest iPad.
It’s also worth taking into consideration that fact that most kids tablets only allow kid-friendly apps, as opposed to adult tablets that allow you to download and perhaps accidentally share a more adult-level app that you wouldn’t want your kid seeing.
And although your child’s specific age plays a significant role in the type of tablet you buy, there are some tablets made exclusively for kids that are simply better and more reliable than the others, and we’ve rounded up the best ones for you here.
Remember how we said that when it comes to choosing a truly great kids tablet, durability is key? Well you’d be hard-pressed to find a tablet that’s more durable than this Fire 7 Kids edition, which features what Amazon calls a kid-proof case along with padding that makes it immune to virtually every type of drop or toss your kid will be able to throw its way.
And it’s not just the durability of this tablet that makes it a great choice for kids. It comes with one year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, which gives your kids access to over 20,000 apps, games, books, videos, audiobooks, and educational content from PBS Kids, Nickelodeon, Disney, and more.
This subscription will save you countless headaches and hours of trying to track down great content for your child, and you’ll be able to of course continue your subscription after the trial period if you find it useful.
This tablet also lets you create screen time limits, set educational goals, and filter content with easy-to-use parental controls, and you’ll be able to stream via WiFi or view downloaded content on the go with 16 GB of internal storage. You also get a whopping seven hours of battery life on a single charge, and you can add a microSD card in order to up the storage levels to 512GB if you choose.
And since this compact tablet is small and light enough to take with you in your bag, it makes it a perfect option for families who enjoy their share of road trips and plane rides.
Although we believe that $99 is a fairly reasonable price to pay for a tablet that offers as many features and access to content as the Fire 7 at our number-one spot, we completely understand if that price is still a bit too high.
If you’re looking for something a bit more casual for occasional viewing and want to spend a little less cash on something your kid may grow out of within the year, we highly recommend this iRULU Kids Tablet, which comes with a series of features that make it easy for both adults and children to navigate.
This tablet comes preinstalled with hundreds of free applications for learning and playing, and your child will be able to explore countless games, media, eBooks, painting apps and more.
It also comes loaded with a Quad Core 1.2GHZ processor and the Google Android 7.1 operating system, which allows for impressive responsiveness and speed—especially if your child enjoys games.
This tablet also features 1GB of RAM, 16 GB of flash storage (which is extendable to 32 GB with Micro SD card) and dual cameras along with Bluetooth 4.0 capabilities.
You’ll also be able to initiate a large number of parental controls that can restrict access to certain content that you don’t want you child to see, and you can enable password protected areas for added protection.
This 7-inch tablet even comes with a durable and lightweight case that can protect against the occasional bump and drop.
Upping our price range just a little bit we find this supremely-cool Vankyo MatrixPad, which comes with a kid-friendly design that’s both aesthetically pleasing and durable.
This tablet comes with COPPA Certified App Kidoz preloaded, a shock-resistant bumper and Eye Health mode which filters blue light (a major plus if you’re concerned about your child experiencing eye-fatigue), and it support no less than 38 languages—including Spanish.
Your child will be able to browse unlimited kid-friendly content since this tablet offers access to a wide range of age-appropriate and up-to-date fun content including games, videos, paintings, educational apps and kid-safe websites—all of which are designed to hone in on math skills, reading, music, puzzles and creative arts.
Much like the top-two tablets on our list, this tablet comes loaded with a series of helpful parental controls that will allow you to filter the content your child sees, and you’ll be able to set up security parameters and passcodes in order to ensure that they only watch what you deem to be safe.
This tablet also comes with an impressive 32GB of onboard storage that’s expandable up to 128GB via a microSD slot, and you’ll be able to keep your child entertained for hours on end thanks to a 1,500mAh battery that ensures eight hours of mixed use on a single charge—again making it ideal for trips.
This Tagital tablet is another great option for kids of varying ages, since it comes with a Kid Mode pre-installed—meaning there’s no need to worry about unfriendly content on the Internet.
You also get access to a quad-core CPU for more advanced apps and games, and you’ll have unlimited access to countless educational games and videos that will help you child develop STEM skills.
This tablet is also great for parents who want to check out their kid’s progress in certain activities at the end of the day, and it even features a parent “play along” mode in iWawa that gives you full access to sites and more freedom to guide your child’s experience.
And although this tablet isn’t necessarily as durable as some of the others on our list, it’s more than capable of withstanding its fair share of bumps and drops.
A must-have for Disney-lovers of all ages, this Dragon Touch tablet is equipped with the latest Android 9.0 Operating System, a 1.5GHz Quad core Processor, and 16GB storage with 2GB of RAM.
You’ll be able to view virtually all new Disney movies and content (including 18 Disney story books and 6 audio books, such as Frozen, Beauty and the Beast, Brave, Cars, Coco, Finding Nemo, Cinderella, Moana, Winnie the pooh, Zootopia, and Toy Story), and you get 16GB of internal storage along with a microSD card slot that can accept memory cards up to 128GB in capacity.
You also get a safe, kid-friendly case that’s made of high-quality soft silicone material.
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