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When buying tablets for kids, there are different considerations than for adults. At the top of the list: educational features and durability. A child’s tablet shouldn’t emphasize screen resolution, processing power, and apps for multimedia or gaming. That said, check out these best tablets for kids.

Considerations

Before taking a plunge into the world of tablets, review your requirements. Children need durable devices. Kids probably won’t be using the same apps as adults: it’s unlikely they’ll spend most of their time scrolling through Netflix asking “what do you want to watch” until one of you picks a movie or show. Start by compiling a list of educational apps and see what ecosystem (Android, iOS, Windows) those are available on. From there, browse potential tablets.

Durability is another key factor. Lots of manufacturers provide tablets with extra protection built in, but the addition of a case makes for a simple do-it-yourself (DIY) set up. Thus, don’t feel limited to the tablets marketed specifically for kids as you can cobble together a kid-friendly tablet quite easily.

Budget Tablets for Kids

nabi Jr. (UK/CA)

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The nabi Jr. debuted as a tablet designed for kids. With its bright colorway and rugged structure, the nabi Jr. is an excellent tablet for the kiddos. With a standard screen protector and protective MegaBumper, it’s sure to hold up when tossed in bookbags or dropped onto the floor. There’s also a “parent mode” that lets adults navigate beyond the Nabi user interface for more advanced configuration. Think of this as a superuser mode.

Since the nabi Jr. runs Android, there are loads of apps available. Default programs include Winds First Steps Plus. It also features educational games and exercises for kindergarten and pre-kindergarten old children. There are also more than 30 games pre-loaded with an emphasis on learning. You can also install Netflix so your kids can binge watch Stranger Things… er, I mean, Thomas & Friends.

Users did note that the 4 GB of included storage space was pitifully small once you begin installing numerous apps. For more tech savvy users, the nabi. Jr. is reportedly rootable, which means there’s a workaround to move apps to your (optional) microSD storage.

For around $50, the nabi Jr. is a great budget device for younger kids.

Perfect for ages 3–10.

Pros

  • Inexpensive.
  • Durable.
  • Rootable.
  • Expandable storage.

Cons

  • Limited internal storage.

nabi DreamTab HD8 (UK/CA)

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At around $80, the nabi DreamTab HD8 offers extraordinary value. The DreamTab sports an 8″ screen, Android 4.4 KitKat, and powerful Nvidia Tegra graphics. 16 GB of storage and 2 GB of RAM mean the DreamTab comes with premium specs at a budget-friendly price. It’s still available in fun colors, but the DreamTab HD8 caters to an older crowd. Think nine-year-olds and up.

Yet nabi retains features such as a parent mode for control over what children can access. With a standard stylus, microSD card slot, Google Play access, a silicone bumper, and additional storage space, the DreamTab HD8 is a solid pick for kids. It offers a combination of educational apps and durability. But its streamlined look doesn’t appear as juvenile as other tablets. Plus, it’s stronger than the nabi Jr. and therefore allows for intenser gaming.

Perfect for pre-teens and teens.

Pros

  • Powerful Tegra graphics.
  • Expandable storage.

Cons

  • Short battery life.

Mid-Range Tablets for Kids

LeapFrog Epic (UK/CA)

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When you think of durable and educational tablets for kids, LeapFrog is among the first names you probably think of. While LeapFrog might not have invented electronic toys for kids, they certainly helped usher in the age of child-appropriate tablets. The Epic tablet is a great example. Specifically catered to children aged 3–9, it’s surprisingly premium. With a 7″ screen and 16 GB of memory, the Epic specializes in education. The Me Learning proprietary tech offers personalized education.

Along with Me Learning, the Epic features more than 20 Android apps aimed at kids. Parental controls ensure that adults can monitor the content their children access. Further, the LeapSearch web browser provides a safe playground for the little ones.

Perfect for ages 3–10.

Pros

  • 16 GB internal memory.
  • Expandable memory.
  • Pre-loaded kids content.

Cons

  • Additional apps and games are pricey.
  • Can create multiple profiles, but no separate password/PIN.

Amazon Fire Kids Edition Tablet (UK/CA)

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Amazon built a dynasty. Between the e-commerce store, set-top boxes, and even tablets, Amazon boasts an impressive lineup. So it’s not surprising that the Fire Kids Edition Tablet ranks among the best tablets for kids. The so-called kid-proof case offers durability in a visually appealing form factor. It comes with up to 16 GB of internal storage. On top of that, there’s a microSD slot which can expand storage capacity to 200 GB.

Unlike many other tablets on this list, the Amazon Fire Kids Edition isn’t a watered down version of a better tablet. Rather, it’s a full-fledged Fire tablet loaded with a 7″ IPS screen along with front and rear cameras. The combination of adult-level hardware with ruggedization promises longevity. On top of that, parental controls provide full control over content and usage.

What makes the Fire Kids Edition tablet an excellent deal is its warranty coverage. It spans a huge two-years, and as Amazon boasts, “If they break it, we’ll replace it. No questions asked.” Plus, you get a year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited. Add to that free access to 10,000 kid-oriented TV shows, games, educational programs, books, and films, and this is a winner. Clocking in at about $100, the Fire KE is a high-end tablet that’s sure to remain relevant as your kids grow.

Perfect for pre-teens and teens.

Pros

  • 16 GB memory.
  • Expandable memory.
  • Durable.
  • Phenomenal value.

Cons

  • Limited battery life.
  • No Google Play access.

High-End Tablets for Kids

iPad Mini (UK)

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The iPad Mini is not cheap, but the quality is spectacular. With its retina display and up to 128 GB of storage, the iPad Mini is a formidable device in a tiny package. The 7.9″ screen is perfect for younger children since it’s easy for them to hold. As a device for children, the iPad Mini has several advantages. Most tablets aimed at kids are decidedly cheap, and that low cost comes at a price: usually these arrive with pretty low-end specs. That’s fine for youngsters, but as they grow older or even as app updates roll out, these tablets may begin to show their age. Not so with the iPad Mini.

However, opting for the iPad Mini is expensive. The base 16 GB model runs just under $300, and that doesn’t include a case. Especially if you’re buying for a kid, you’ll want a case. But if you and your child share the tablet, then this could be a solid deal. Another potential drawback is that unlike tablets designed for children, this isn’t preloaded with educational software, nor are parental controls set up by default. Looking for educational iPad apps for the little ones? Try these four programs 4 Wonderful Educational iPad Apps For Kids 4 Wonderful Educational iPad Apps For Kids There are wonderful educational apps out there, many of which cost $10, $20, or even more. I’m not here to say they’re not worth it – you’re going to pay much more for a textbook... Read More . You’ll be responsible for creating a safe, fun, educational environment for them to play and learn in.

Perfect for pre-teens and teens.

Pros

  • Amazing hardware.
  • Adults and kids can share.
  • Promises more longevity.

Cons

  • Expensive.
  • Case extra.
  • Not kid-friendly out of the box.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A (CA)

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Like the iPad Mini, the Galaxy Tab A is a conventional tablet. Accordingly, you’ll need to install apps and set permissions accordingly. But for the price, it’s got a lot of features and is more future-proof than a kid’s tablet. If you’re willing to endure a configuration process, you can give children a tablet with an 8″ or larger screen, 16 GB of storage, and a quad-core processor.

Again, this won’t be ready for kids to use out of the box. Moreover, you will need to purchase a case separately. But this can be an excellent buy considering how much more customizable the educational experience may be. Rather than relying on pre-loaded apps, opting for this or an iPad Mini forces you to seek out apps and games for children to use. You will also need to secure it in some way, but apps like LOCKiosk LOCKiosk - Make Your Kid's Android Tablet or Phone Safer LOCKiosk - Make Your Kid's Android Tablet or Phone Safer Talking with your kids and teaching them better ways to use their Android is a great start, yet there are many ways they can make mistakes and get into trouble with a phone or tablet. Read More make it pretty simple. Also as with the Mini, parents and kids can share the same device, which helps justify the higher price.

Perfect for pre-teens and teens.

Pros

  • Powerful hardware.
  • Good overall value.
  • Promises longevity.

Cons

  • Case extra.
  • Not kid-friendly out of the box.

What Are the Best Tablets for Kids?

These may be the top picks for kid-friendly tablets, but they certainly aren’t the only options. Notably, the Kurio Smart (UK) and Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite Kids (CA) are fantastic devices. The Kurio received rather mixed reviews however, and the fact that it’s running Windows (which might not be as user-friendly for children) make it difficult to recommend. Also, once you do pick out a tablet for your children, don’t forget about the Netflix just for kids section.

Which are your best tablets for the kiddos? Comment below and tell us what tablets you find most educational and durable!

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  1. afatheroftwo
    December 20, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    Great article, ca you recommend good learning apps for android please?