The 5 Best Family-Friendly Tablets for Entertainment
Tablets are incredibly useful devices. Not only can they perform a variety of practical tasks, but they can also provide an excellent distraction. If you need a way to pass the time indoors, that extra screen could make all the difference.
If you need to occupy the kids while you work, or you want some down-time of your own, here are our five best tablets for all the family.
1. Fire HD 10
If you want a tablet that will immerse the kids in Disney+, then the Fire HD 10 is it. As the name suggests, the 10.1-inch screen is full 1080p HD. This means you can enjoy Prime Video, Netflix, or any other online streaming service, straight from the tablet. It also ships with either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage. So, you can pop movies on there for watching offline, too.
The Fire HD 10 has a long battery life, occupying users for up to 12 hours. The Fire HD 10 charges via its USB-C port. As this is an Amazon product, it obviously has Alexa built-in. This means you can control the tablet hands-free. Not only that, but you can control other compatible smart devices around your home, too. So, this isn’t just a great choice for kids. It is also a great choice for adults!
Another advantage of this being an Amazon device is that you have instant access to Amazon services. Brands such as Kindle, Prime Movies, Prime Music, and Audible launch straight from the home screen. They sit at the top of the display, so they are easy to find.
2. Apple iPad
The Apple iPad is arguably one of the best, if not the best, tablets out there. We’ll get to the finer details, but what makes it so good for the whole family? Well, the parental controls, for a start. If you tie your iPad in with your Apple account, you can control how your little ones use it. For example, you can monitor and enforce screen-time with the iPad. This will hopefully prevent any difficulties when it is time to go to bed.
The Apple iPad comes with a 10.2-inch Retina Display. This makes it a great tablet for watching movies, TV series, and cartoons—just what you need to keep everyone out of trouble. The stereo speakers should be more than enough for sofa-based entertainment. With up to ten hours of juice in the on-board battery, you have plenty of wire-free watching ahead of you before the iPad requires another zap from the mains.
The latest iPad is available with either 32Gb or 128GB of internal memory. This means you should have enough room for all your apps, plus movies, music, and games.
You may recognize Vankyo for its line of home and portable projectors. But did you know that it also manufactures tablets? The MatrixPad S20 is one of the brand’s more recent tablets, and it’s a great choice for families with older children. It runs on Android, so you have the benefit of the many apps and games on the Google Play store.
While the tablet is a great all-rounder, one feature that really stands out is the Read Mode. This converts the screen into a black and white printed-style display. Potentially, then, this can mimic, and therefore replace, a Kindle or similar e-reader. If you have a house full of bookworms, giving them access to literature is important, and the MatrixPad S20 can assist here.
The addition of the Eye Health feature will be most welcome in such cases. It automatically adjusts the backlight, so that eye strain becomes a thing of the past. The S20 model comes with 32GB of on-board memory. This is expandable up to 128GB, leaving lots of space for movies, music, and ebooks.
The Lenovo M10 Tab is an excellent choice for families with small children. It may lack a rugged design (so we suggest buying a bumper case if you plan to let a small child use it), but it’s great if you’re concerned about your child’s online safety. That is thanks, in part, to the M10’s Kid’s Mode.
This simplifies the tablet screen, making it easier for younger children to use. You can customize the screen for your child. This, combined with the other parental controls, means you’re the boss when it comes to what they see online. You don’t even have to worry about them accessing your account by mistake, as facial recognition will ensure they can only log into their own child-friendly profile.
Aside from these obvious benefits, the tablet comes with a generous 10.1-inch display. Ideal, then, for watching TV shows or playing games. Movies should perform well here, too, thanks to two the front-facing speakers and Dolby Audio packed under the hood. You get 32GB of storage on-board, but you can expand this with anything up to a 256GB micro-SD card.
5. Contixo V8-2
To round-off the list, our final entry, the Contixo V8-2, is perfect even for very young children. The screen is only seven inches, but that shouldn’t really matter when it is in tiny hands. This isn’t really a tablet for the whole family, per se. But, it can occupy your little ones while you get on with adult pursuits like work. This can make it an invaluable tool in your parenting toolbox.
A rugged rubber bumper houses the tablet. This means it should be capable of withstanding even the most belligerent of flings to the floor. That way, you won’t worry so much about anyone damaging the tablet when you’re not looking.
As with the Lenovo M10 Tab, the Contixo V8-2 features a special children’s mode. This is called the Kid’s Place and features a full range of customizable parental controls. However, the V8-2 also comes bundled with a load of educational apps. All software is easy to launch with one touch, so your little ones can learn while they play. A win-win all round!
The Best Tablet for Your Family
While not every tablet is suitable for every family, there are enough options here for you to make an informed decision on which is right for you. Whether you choose Apple’s iPad or one of the range of Android tablets, you’ll be able to stay up to date and entertained.
If you’d like to play games on your tablet, maybe check out the best gaming tablets for some quick-fingered entertainment.