This article is for 2014 and has been updated: Best Tablets for Kids – 2015
So you’ve decided to buy a tablet for the kids. Hopefully you’ve already thought about whether you are prepared to accept the intrusion of technology into your young one’s life. It can be a great benefit, but also has some downsides. Before you run out and plunk down hundreds of dollars, take a look at the options to figure out the best fit for your family. Here are some of today’s top choices based on age, price and overall excitement factor.
Tablets reviewed in this article:
LeapFrog LeapPad Ultra
LeapFrog LeapPad Ultra 2014
Pro: Great educational tablet for young kids
Con: The apps can get a little expensive, and not a good tablet for older kids or adults
This is a great first tablet for a young child, especially in the 4- to 9-year-old range. The LeapFrog LeapPad Ultra has an education focus and is covered with plastic bumpers (for those little accidents in life), a large 7-inch touch screen, full Wi-Fi capabilities and a rechargeable battery. Kids love the front- and rear-facing cameras, the MP3 player, and that it just looks like a fun toy. While it’s tough enough to hold up well through various spills, drops and other kid-life wear and tear, this is not a tablet for the older siblings will want to be seen with.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 – Kids Edition
Samsung Galaxy Tab – Kids Edition
With a bright, easy-to-use interface, kid-friendly app store, and durable case, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids is the ideal tablet for your kids’ digital playing and learning time. Preloaded with top-ranked apps for kids, the lightweight Galaxy Tab 3 Kids also features a built-in camera and parental controls for access and time limits. It transforms from kid to standard mode so you can enjoy the same familiar features as a regular Galaxy Tab 3.
This tablet is only about $50 more than the LeapPad shown above. You actually get a lot of additional benefits for not much additional cost.
Kindle Fire HD Kid’s Edition
The Kindle Fire Kid’s Edition from Amazon is basically a Fire HD6 (or HD7) with the following additional features:
– Kid-proof case
– 2-year worry-free guarantee
– 1 year of Amazon FreeTime unlimited
We certainly like that Amazon has not created a completely different tablet for kids, but we’re not sure the additions warrant the additional cost. It may be possible for you to buy the HD6 for $79, which makes the Kid’s Edition $70 more, then you could add the case and protection yourself. But if you simply want to make a single, convenient purchase this package looks pretty good to us. If you’d rather have the 7-inch table it is about $40 more.
Of course prices and deals change continuously, so keep your eye out. For more information about the HD6 features and specifications visit the Amazon HD6 description.
Fuhu NABI 2
Fuhu Nabi Tablet
This tablet is one in a line of at least four (4) kid-based tablet products from Fuhu. As the world’s first full-featured Android tablet made especially for kids, the Fuhu nabi delivers a wide range of experiences to engage, entertain and educate kids including kiddified Web browsing, watching movies and TV shows, reading books, learning math and playing games. Because nabi is a true tablet, it grows with kids over time rather than being discarded like toy tablets. It’s also full-featured enough for parents – with the tap of a button and a password, parents can enter Mommy Mode for full Web and app store access.
Utilizing the nVidia Tegra 3 Quadcore processor and Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 Operating system, the nabi tablet is very fast. Enjoy movies and read e-books on the 1024×600 resolution screen. Kids have access to a full curriculum from Pre-K through 6th grade to learn and parents can track their growth. Synchronize with your home computer or laptop easily with the nabi synch application. 2G of free nabi-cloud for storage.Includes: USB Cable, Quick Start Guide, AC Power Adapter.
Tablets to Grow With
Kindle Fire HDX
Kindle Fire HDX
The Kindle Fire HDX tablet is the flagship tablet from Amazon. It provides a ton of functionality for a reasonable price. There are variations of this tablet that are higher and lower in price, but this is right in the middle and provide a great balance of features versus cost – perfect for the tween or just about anyone on your gift list.
The features of this tablet cannot be fully described in this short post. I recommend going to the Amazon page and reading about all of the great features of this product line. Here are some feature that stand out:
- Perfect-color HDX display, plus powerful quad-core processor for fast, fluid performance and immersive entertainment
- Exclusive 7″ HDX display (1920×1200), high pixel density (323 PPI), and perfect color accuracy (100% sRGB) for vivid, lifelike images that go beyond standard HD
- Ultra-fast 2.2GHz quad-core processor—3x more powerful than previous generation—with 2GB of RAM and Adreno 330 GPU for fast, fluid gaming and video
- Introducing the “Mayday” button—revolutionary, on-device tech support, exclusive to Kindle Fire HDX tablets. Connect for free to an Amazon expert 24×7, 365 days a year
- Stay productive on the go with ultra-fast web browsing, built-in OfficeSuite, and updated e-mail and calendar support for Gmail, Outlook, and more
- Immersive entertainment experience—see trivia and character backgrounds with X-Ray for Movies and TV, follow along with lyrics with new X-Ray for Music, fling videos to your TV with Second Screen, and more
- Over 100,000 apps and games available in the Amazon Appstore, including a new paid app for free every day
Update: There are (4) Kindle Fire tablet models at the current time – click the links to see directly them on Amazon:
- Fire HD6 – Base model, 6 inch screen, under $100
- Fire HD7 – Bigger screen, about $30 more than the HD6
- Fire HDX – Better screen, more powerful, 4G capable, about $70 more than the HD7 (described above)
- Fire HDX 8.9 – Even bigger screen and more powerful than the HDX, and about $200 more
Google Nexus 7
Google Nexus 7
The Google Nexus 7 is another great tablet option for kids. The Nexus 7 comes loaded with your favorite Google apps – like Chrome, Gmail, YouTube, Hangouts and Google Now – so you can browse, watch, share and stay connected wherever you go. And because Google apps are designed for the cloud, everything is simple and works seamlessly across your phone, tablet and computer. Now you have all the stuff you need, when you need it.
Nexus 7 is the first tablet to ship with Android 4.3, the latest version of the world’s most popular mobile operating system so it’s fast, fun and easy to make your own. Share your tablet with friends and family – each person has a separate customizable space, including personal homescreen, wallpaper, apps, storage, and more. You can also manage access to apps and content to create an experience that’s appropriate for each member of the family.
Nexus 7 is great for gaming and with favorites like Prince of Persia, Asphalt 8, and Riptide GP 2, you can tilt, tap, and touch your way to the top. The brand new Play Games app also lets you track your achievements, play with (or against) friends and gamers around the world, and discover new exciting games. And with an ever-expanding number of tablet-optimized apps like Flipboard, Expedia, or The Fancy, you’ll find all the apps you love, and love the many new apps you’ll find.
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