Tablets are a great way to keep your kids entertained, especially when you’re traveling or you just really need them to sit still for a while. But there are all sorts of reasons why you don’t want to hand your iPad over. They could spend a fortune on your iTunes account, stumble upon extremely inappropriate things online, or break the machine itself. Getting them their own, cheaper tablet is a great idea.
Some tablets are actually designed specifically for children, but these aren’t necessarily the best options as they often lack the full functionality of a regular tablet. Since you can install parental controls on any tablet, this isn’t really worth it.
Take a look at the reviews below to figure out what will actually work for your child:
iPad Mini 2
This super reliable model of the iPad Mini can usually be purchased for around $270-300 and is a great option for any kid over the age of seven. It has all the functionality you would expect from an iPad and as far as your kids are concerned it will function just as well as the iPad Mini.
Featuring many of the same programs you would expect to see on a regular iPad and a range of office programs, this is a particularly good tablet to get if your kid is likely to use it to work on school notes or presentations while they’re on the road.
Amazon Fire HD 7
The Amazon Fire HD 7 is an entertainment tablet that happens to be an excellent choice for your kids. It features a crisp, bright display that is easy for anyone to navigate and a sturdy design that will make it easier for your kid to keep throughout the years.
Like most Amazon tablets, the Amazon Fire HD 7 also comes with exceptional parent controls including a FreeTime program which allows you to choose exactly how much time your kid can spend on their tablet each day.
At the low price of $150, this tablet is an incredible deal and a great first tablet for any kid. The only exception is if your kid will want to actually use their tablet for schoolwork or drawing, in which case you’ll want to get a tablet that doesn’t focus so heavily on entertainment.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4
Samsung has become one of the most popular tablet providers and for good reason. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 features an 8.4 inch, 2560 x 1600-pixel display which makes it one of the best tablets for watching movies on.
The Galaxy Tab S 8.4 also comes with a Kids’ Mode which automatically prevents your kids from stumbling into inappropriate things online.
This tablet runs on Android so it also comes with some organizational features your kids can enjoy and will come to really appreciate as they get older.
You will pay a premium price for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4—usually around $400—but the extra money is well worth it for the screen, which is one of the most beautiful display screens currently available. Your kid will definitely love this tablet.
Amazon Fire Kids Edition
If you’re buying a tablet for a younger kid who won’t be using it for anything school related this is probably your best option. The Amazon Fire Kids Edition has a protective bumper so younger kids won’t break it and you can choose the colour of your bumper from a few different options including blue, green and pink.
Another notable thing about this particular tablet is that it comes with a free subscription to Amazon’s FreeTime unlimited, which provides you with access to over 10, 000 books, videos and educational apps specifically curated for children.
At $99, this tablet is an incredible deal and might be one of the best purchases you ever make for your kids.
In today’s online world, getting a tablet for your child can be a nice little investment for education, relaxation and quiet time!