Best Tablets for Kids and Adults 2016

There are a tremendous selection of tablets that are appropriate for kids in 2016.  We find them broken down into two categories: General tablets, and Kid-designed tablets.  So let’s find out which are the best tablets for children in 2016.

Google Pixel C

Google Pixel C Tablet

Google Pixel C Tablet

The Google Pixel C Android tablet has a compact and slim aluminum design that feels very sturdy, and when kids are using a tablet sturdiness is what you need. It has a long-running battery and its performance is very quick.  You do have the ability to attach a keyboard, but for kids that is rarely needed (just maybe if they need to sue this for homework in the higher school grades).  In summary this is a very good tablet for the money.

Display: 10.2 inches, 2560×1800 pixels

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Apple iPad Mini 4

The Apple iPad Mini 4 comes with all the power and features of the iOS operating system that Apple is known for, with the smaller design that works better for kids’ smaller hands.  It has the 7.9″ Retina display, a dual-core A8 chip with quad-core graphics – all combining to yield top-rate performance.  The 8MP camera is world renown.  In summary we love this tablet for kids, especially if the parent are already immersed in the Apple product line.

Display: 7.9″, 2048×1536 pixels (Retina)

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8-inch tablet is a very respectable device, with a lower price point that makes it quite attractive as a kid’s tablet, even compared against the iPad Mini. It is thinner and lighter than the iPad Mini 4, and has more internal storage as well.  The HD screen is very crisp and clear. For an Android tablet this would be a very good choice for a child.

Display: 8 inch, 2048×1536 pixels

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Amazon Fire HD 8

Amazon Fire HD 8

There are three levels of the Amazon Fire Tablet (6, 8, and 10), and they all are generally less expensive than all of the other tablets listed above.  The least expensive is the Fire HD 6 with a display of only 6 inches.   We recommend at least the HD 8 if you can afford it.  We suggest you dig into the specifications of all three tablets before purchasing, but one thing to be aware of is that all three models have the same number of display pixels (even though the displays are different sizes), and they all have the same processor.  The differences are seen in the additional features such as camera quality, WIFI capability, colors, and weight.  Also, all tablets can be purchased in different memory capacity (go for the larger if you can).

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Best Tablets for Kids – 2015

We’ve gone through and updated our list of best kids tablets for 2015.   As in 2014 there are a lot of new tablets to choose from, and not all of them are appropriate for all kids. Before you run out and plunk down a few hundred 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.

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Starter Tablets

LeapFrog LeapPad Ultra XDI

Leappad Ultra XDI

Leappad Ultra XDI

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 XDI 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.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 – 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. Pre-loaded 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 uses essentially the same technology of the wildly popular Samsung Galaxy 3, so right off the bat you have a certain level of assurance that you’re dealing with a quality product.

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Amazon Fire HD 6 Kid’s Edition

kindle-fire-kidsThe Amazon Fire HD 6 Kid’s Edition is not considered a toy, but a full-featured Fire HD tablet with an HD display.  Among many of the features:

– Front and Rear cameras
– Kid-proof case
– 2-year worry-free guarantee (including breakage)
– 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.  This tablet may cost $50 or more over the standard HD6. But if you simply want to make a single, convenient purchase this package looks pretty good to us.  Amazon is also releasing a somewhat cheaper Kid’s Edition with a 7-inch non-HD display.

Of course prices and deals change continuously, so keep your eye out.

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Tablets to Grow With

Kindle Fire HD 8

Amazon Fire HD8

Amazon Fire HD8

The Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet is one of the flagship tablets 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:

  • Stunning 8-inch HD display (1280×800), plus a powerful quad-core processor
  • Quad-core processor—3x more powerful than previous generation—with 2GB of RAM and Adreno 330 GPU for fast, fluid gaming and video
  • “Mayday” Screen Sharing—Supports revolutionary, on-device tech support
  • 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

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MORE: There are (4) Kindle Fire tablet models at the current time – click the links to see directly them on Amazon:

  • Amazon Fire – Base model, 7-inch screen, basic display
  • Fire HD 6 – Base model with HD display, about $100
  • Fire HD 8 – Bigger screen (but same pixels), better cameras, about $50 more than the HD 6  (This seems like the best value to us)
  • Fire HD 10 – Even bigger screen (but still same pixels) than the HD 8, and about $80 more

Google Nexus 7

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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Top Leapfrog Toys for 2014


LeapFrogLogoLeapfrog has been around for 20 years, being founded in 1995.  LeapFrog designs, develops, and markets technology-based learning products and related content for the education of children from infancy through grade school.  The product line of this innovative company has continued to grow year after year, and 2014 is no different.

 

Here is a run-down of some of the newer product releases of Leapfrog.

LeapPad3

LeapPad3

LeapPad3

The Leapfrog LeapPad series has been a mainstay product line for this company for many years.  The Leap Frog LeapPad3 tablet is the very latest version in this perennial favorite.

New features for the LeapPad3:

  • 5-inch capacitive resistance screen … very responsive to a finger’s touch
  • Built-in Lithium ion battery – 6+ hours of charge (new for the Leappad3)
  • 480p video recording … a big improvement over the Leappad2’s 240p
  • WIFI-capable, and LeapSearch – the kid-safe searching feature
  • 1GHz processor

Also features the following:

  • Includes 10 apps (onboard and downloadable): Photo Lab, Art Studio, Pet Pad, LeapFrog Learning Songs and more.
  • Works with LeapFrog’s educator-approved library of over 1000+ games, eBooks, videos and more.
  • Rechargeable Battery – no need for disposable batteries
  • Recommended for Ages 3-9 years

This nearly brand-new release already has very good reviews on Amazon, such as:

“Great update to the trusty and kid-friendly LeapPad” – D.F.

“Overall a solid improvement over LeapPad2” – Jeffro

“My 7-year old Approves!” – Krissy

LeapPad2

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LeapPad2

Also available is the is the LeapPad2.  If you are tight for money this tablet is perfectly functional, since it was only just replaced by the Leappad3.  This version of the LeapPad has the following features:

  • Features front-and-back 2 megapixel cameras/video recorders, eReader, music player, motion sensor, 5-Inch touch screen and 4GB memory.
  • LeapPad2 Power includes 9 apps (onboard and downloadable): Photo Lab, Art Studio, Pet Pad, LeapFrog Learning Songs and more.
  • Works with LeapFrog’s educator-approved library of over 800+ games, eBooks, videos and more.
  • Rechargeable Battery – no need for disposable batteries
  • Recommended for Ages 3-9 years.

LeapReader

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Leapfrog LeapReader

The Leapfrog LeapReader helps your child learn to read and write with confidence by teaching reading comprehension, vocabulary and listening skills.  LeapReader is the complete learn-to-read-and-write system that helps your child learn to read and write by sounding out words and guiding letter strokes interactively.  LeapReader engages kids in imaginative stories with lively character voices while building vocabulary and reading comprehension skills.

  • Features a LeapReader, activity sampler, Learning Paper writing sheet plus download 1 Audio Book Bundle, 1 Music Album and 1 Trivia Challenge pack
  • Works with LeapReader and Tag books* (a library of 150+ books, games and more). Sold separately. *Select Tag books only
  • Teaches reading, comprehension, phonics skills, vocabulary, writing and letter forms
  • Recommended for Ages 4-8 years.

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LeapFrog My Own Leaptop

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My Own Leaptop

The My Own Leaptop has the following features:

  • Learn the alphabet, spell your name and more!
  • Customize My Own Leaptop to spell your child’s name.
  • Send and receive pretend emails, learn letters and animal names, and sing along with 16 songs and melodies.
  • Packaging, color and functionality may vary. Ages 3+ years.
  • 4 learning modes, including ABCs, Messages, Games, and Music.

Scribble and Write

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Scribble and Write

The Leappad Scribble & Write offers multiple levels of learning fun, from early exploration of letter shapes to stroke-by-stroke instant accuracy feedback. Kids are guided to write letters in an engaging and interactive experience at their own pace.

  • Trace the lights to learn how to write!
  • New writing accuracy feedback and easy-grip stylus
  • Now teaches A-Z and 1-10
  • Ages 3+ years

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Best Tablets for Kids – 2014

This article is for 2014 and has been updatedBest 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:


 

Starter Tablets

LeapFrog LeapPad Ultra

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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.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 – Kids Edition

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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.

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Kindle Fire HD Kid’s Edition

kindle-fire-kidsThe 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.

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 Fuhu NABI 2

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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.

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Tablets to Grow With

Kindle Fire HDX

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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

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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

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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