This Amazon tablet is a no-brainer for families that already have Amazon Prime accounts. Kids will be able to watch Amazon Prime videos and take advantage of special discounts on a variety of Amazon add-ons for Prime members. For example, Freetime Unlimited offers numerous books, videos, and more to keep children entertained with educational materials.
The Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition comes with a rugged, rubber protective cover. However, while it is drop-proof, it isn’t waterproof. The larger screen makes it a breeze to read children’s books. Also, a weight of just over one pound makes it easy to hold. It does include a headphone jack for parents who need a bit of quiet time.
The newer processor inside the Fire HD is incredibly powerful, providing a smooth viewing experience. Additionally, the battery offers average dependability with just over six hours of viewing time when using Wi-Fi at the maximum screen brightness. At lower brightness levels, you can get up to 12 hours.
Despite all the wonderful features, the price tag of $199.99 may make it inaccessible for some families.
- Very durable
- Excellent no-questions-asked return policy
- Fast and easy to see
- Excellent children’s materials with Amazon Freetime
- High price tag
- Not waterproof
This Barnes & Noble Nook is the least expensive children’s tablet available today that works with Google Play. Priced at only $49.99, it is accessible for many families that are working hard to stay on strict budgets.
Unlike the Amazon Fire HD that has a two-year return guarantee, the Nook has only a 15-day return window. It does come with customer support both online as well as in the store, which makes for a smoother set-up experience.
With a smaller screen and lighter weight, this seven-inch tablet is a cinch for even the smallest children to handle. Although it does not have a rubber cover included, it is fairly durable thanks to the fact that it does not include any glass parts.
One downside with this smaller Nook is the viewing experience. With a 1,024-by-600 screen, its colors and lights are dim with a blue tint. Furthermore, users cannot adjust color settings.
In addition to the poor viewing experience, the single speaker is not very loud for children watching videos. Plus, the Nook only gives children approximately three hours of video viewing when using Wi-Fi with the screen at the brightest level.
- In-store customer support
- Budget-friendly price tag
- Google Play compatibility
- Short return window
- Poor battery life
- Poor screen and audio quality
Lenovo Tab 4 8 is another solid children’s tablet option that also gives users access to the popular Google Play. Plus, it rings it at a moderate price of $129.99, making it a good option for families that want to watch videos and have a tablet with them while traveling.
Made entirely of plastic, the Tab 4 8 is generally rugged while still providing a faux-metal look for attractiveness. Additionally, the back of the case has a soft-touch finish to reduce the risk of children dropping it.
Measuring in at 8.3 inches by 4.9 inches and weighing just under 11 ounces, it is easy to hold even for long periods. Children will be able to enjoy nearly eight hours of video time over Wi-Fi when the screen is at its brightest.
The eight-inch screen provides crisp video and text for easy viewing pleasure. However, it can be difficult to see in direct sunlight.
On the other hand, the tablet does work quickly thanks to its 2GB of RAM. A good amount of memory lets apps open quickly, which is perfect for impatient children. However, with no dual-band Wi-Fi, it may be difficult to connect to the Internet in some scenarios.
- Excellent battery life
- Affordable option
- Plenty of RAM and memory
- No dual-band Wi-Fi option
- No protective cover included
The Apple-loving family will definitely be able to get behind the iPad. This is a particularly smart choice for families that are willing to invest a bit more in a tablet now to allow the device to grow with their children. However, with a far higher price tag than any other tablet, it should definitely be seen as an investment.
The newest iPad starts at $329, which is significantly lower than other iPad versions, such as the Air or Pro.
The baseline iPad model offers 32GB of storage, which is certainly enough for younger children but may not be enough for preteens and teens who love their music libraries. For $100 more, parents can opt for the larger 128GB model. Parents may also want to consider a cellular model that can access the Internet even when away from Wi-Fi.
As with all Apple products, the iPad offers an amazing design with plenty of features to keep all members of a family happy. Children can find numerous free and paid apps from the App Store to keep them happy for hours. Parents will fall in love with the many educational apps that are supported by iOS.
Overall, the iPad works quickly, has a gorgeous screen, and provides a smooth, intuitive experience.
- A solid investment for older children
- Top-of-the-line performance
- Thousands of kid-approved apps
- Supports Apple Pencil
- Hefty price tag
- Not very durable
Ringing in at $299, the Asus ZenPad 3S 10 is nearly as expensive as the Apple iPad. However, this price gives users twice as much storage space as the $329 iPad does. Plus, the ZenPad includes a microSD expansion slot for more storage.
In addition to the larger storage, it has a great battery life of over eight hours makes it a smart choice for long trips.
Colors are bright and vivid without being overwhelming. Moreover, the Asus filters blue light to help protect children’s delicate eyes.
However, the Asus does not have as many features as the iPad and is not quite as fast and simplistic to use. Plus, children may complain about continual screen reflections from bright lights or the sun.
Children who want to listen to music or watch movies may find that the experience falls a bit flat. Bass sounds are muted through the speakers. Also, the speakers are easy to muffle when holding the tablet.
- Sleek design
- Thin and lightweight
- Great battery life
- Blue light filter
- Suboptimal speakers
- Not durable
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