Children have different needs than adults and their tablets should also follow that rule. Not only do kids tablets have a thick bumper case all around, but their software experience also differs from a regular tablet. This MyNextTablet guide will help you pick a tablet that exactly meets your and your child’s list of requirements. Let’s get started!
Tablets for children, but why?
No matter what the newest notion is, kids do need tablets to be introduced to the digital world they’d be stepping into soon anyway. There is no denying that their access to such devices must be controlled by parents and there are enough software controls in place on all popular platforms. Used in the right manner, tablets can not only keep the little kids entertained but can even help them learn a couple of things or even discover some of their hidden talents.
Won’t my tablet suffice?
Tablets for grown-ups are generally fragile machines that’d need extra cushioning if you plan on putting one of them in your child’s hands. Several for-kids cases are available, and we have recommended a few, based on their user reviews, for the tablets that’d need such protection. On the other hand, there are brands like Amazon who have a separate lineup of slates for children that are designed considering their particular needs.
Here are our recommendations for the best tablets for children.
Apple iPad 7 (2019)
The newest toy in Apple’s tablet portfolio for 2019 is the iPad 7 with its all-new 10.2-inch display. This model will be particularly useful for your kids because of several changes that Apple has made, including the support for a keyboard cover. Especially for older kids, the keyboard is a necessity for getting the homework done or practice typing before they can get their hands on a real computer. The support for Apple Pencil lets your children bring out their creative side or even use it to handwrite stuff if they prefer.
Moreover, the new software that comes preinstalled on the iPad 7 allows for better multitasking features. They’ll come handy when your kids have a few things to manage at once. Being an iPad, you will have access to a range of games, story apps, and many other learning apps that your children can use in their playtime. Apple priced the machine at $329, but you can often find one retailing for as low as $249 on certain days.
Kids-Friendly Case for Apple iPad 7
If your iPad 7 will be used by younger kids, then you might want to use a thick cover to keep your new possession safe in case of a drop. We’d suggest getting this heavy-duty case from Cantis that is colorful enough that kids will like it, plus, it has got a stand on its back to hold the tablet upright both in landscape and portrait mode. A front cover has also been included to protect the tablet’s display, which is the most fragile part. This cheap case gives your tablet three-layered protection, and is available for purchase from Amazon.
Apple iPad 6 (2018)
Without a doubt, Apple iPads offer a superior tablet app selection across categories. A search on the App Store is unlikely to feel scant, be it for learning apps or games. The 2018 Apple iPad (review) perfectly fits the bill and it can be grabbed for as low as 249 USD during sales. Its display is large and sharp enough for going through comics or watching a movie.
Many schools even have their students use these Apple slates servicing your child a dual purpose. Plus, the 2018 iPad supports the Apple Pencil which not only helps get things done faster but can also bring out the artistic side of your kid. Apple iOS has a robust parental control system baked in at the OS level giving you all the extra controls over your kid’s tablet use.
Kids-Friendly Case for Apple iPad 6
The Apple iPad is already a delicate device and it gets even more so in a child’s hands. You might want to get this HDE bumper case that gives all-round protection to your flashy-new tablet. It has a thick cover for the back and sides to keep the device safe from random drops.
Unlike many other cases, this one has a screen protector for safeguarding the front glass as well. Worry not, your tablet won’t lose its support for the Apple Pencil. The case has a handlebar on the top that, aside from having a slot for the Pencil, can turn into a stand for the device.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2019
Samsung has announced an entire range of tablets in the past few months to touch every price segment and this 10-inch model falls under the budget category. It is a fairly low-cost tablet with some solid features including an excellent metal build and the latest Android 9 Pie OS. It has just the right mixture of specifications and value to make it fit for a kid’s use.
Its decent battery can keep the kids hooked for long and that 10.1-inch display is large enough for just about anything. With that, Android has no dearth of good apps meant for kids and their varied needs all through the day. The Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (review) has a built-in kids mode, with some interesting apps, that you can manually activate. Google, too, has a great parental control feature called Family Link that gives you full control over your child’s digital activities.
Kids-Friendly Case for Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2019
This poetic silicone case should get the job done without adding a ton of bulk to the Galaxy tablet. The case’s protection extends from the back all the way to the front to keep the display from shattering when dropped. While it has all proper cutouts for the tablet’s ports and buttons, it even manages to sort of direct the downward-firing speaker sound to the front.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) T290
The 8-inch Samsung tablet for 2019 is their entry-level offering that is powerful enough to serve your kids well. Its performance turned out to be better than Amazon Fire tablets in our review, thanks to the Snapdragon 429 chipset. However, you shouldn’t expect it to handle demanding games as well as it manages basic tasks. It dons an 8-inch HD display which is a large-enough size for your kids to grasp without being unwieldy.
You can insert a microSD card to expand its 32GB memory while we learned that its 5100mAh battery lasts for up to 13.5 hours. Samsung released the tablet with Android 9 Pie running out of the box with the company’s new One UI. Like its 10-inch sibling, the Tab A 8.0 (2019) also has Samsung’s kids’ mode to keep the young ones entertained. You can even get the budget tablet with 4G LTE connectivity. Make sure to find a good cover to save this tablet from breaking.
Amazon Fire Tablets
Amazon’s entire lineup of Fire tablets offers a reliable combination of hardware and software that is affordable by all. Being inexpensive devices, the tablets are made using plastic which, in fact, is sturdier than aluminum and glass. Even without a thick case, these tablets should be relatively safe with kids. Though the Fire tablets don’t have the Play Store, there is a quick workaround to have this richer app store installed.
Fire HD 10 (2019)
Amazon surprisingly refreshed two of its budget tablets this year, and the largest Fire HD 10 got an update after a gap of almost two years. We recently reviewed the tablet, and all the changes Amazon made warrant a strong recommendation from us, especially for its unchanged pricing. The tablet has got its basics right, and your kids are going to have a good time watching their shows and playing a game or two, while you sit back and relax for a bit.
Fire HD 8 (2018)
This one sits right in the middle of the two other screen sizes that the Fire tablets are available in. Updated last year, the Fire HD 8 has one of the longest batteries among its peers, allowing you to keep your children busy for long, like on a flight. At just $80, you won’t be spending a lot of cash to worry about how your kids handle the device, although its build is robust, which should withstand a few drops. It runs Fire OS that is easy for kids to understand and use, while built-in Alexa features can let you play bedtime stories or automate many aspects of your child’s routine.
Fire 7 (2019)
For the smaller Fire 7, you can go ahead and get it without giving another thought. Its $50 price in the US should alone convince you to get one of these for your kids if all they need is a decent screen for doing some basic things. Its 7-inch IPS display is good enough for such use cases, and its plastic body ensures better protection against drops. If you’re still worried that your kids may damage the tablet in no time, then Amazon also offers a solution in the form of its Kids Edition tablets that we’ve detailed below.
All three Amazon Fire Kids Edition tablets come preinstalled with a thick case that shall protect the tablet in any case whatsoever. Though the Kids Edition models are priced much higher than the regular models, Amazon throws in additional perks to maintain their competitive value. For one, the company offers 2 years of replacement guarantee in case these heavily protected devices break. Additionally, the kids-specific variants come with Amazon FreeTime Unlimited included for 1 year.
The software installed on these devices is further customized to suit the needs of children and to include parental control features. As part of FreeTime Unlimited, your kids will have access to thousands of apps, books, movies, games, audiobooks, and other content specially curated for children while the browser is made kid-safe with appropriate age restrictions in place.
Lenovo IdeaPad D330
Kids grow fast, so do their needs. If you want your kid to learn to type early on, the Lenovo IdeaPad D330 should meet your needs as a budget offering. For a starting price of 299 euros, Lenovo is bringing you a full Windows 10 experience in a compact design that should be just fine for kids. It is actually a convertible and can be detached from its keyboard dock to have the portability of a tablet.
In our review, the Lenovo IdeaPad D330 (review) proved to be a good performer for its price and it has a decent full HD display too. Its battery life is among the best in the Windows ecosystem allowing it to stay awake with your child through his/her overnight schoolwork. The tablet has a plastic shell which should be rugged enough for regular use but, unfortunately, it cannot have any additional protection in the form of thick cases.
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