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Tablets are really irresistible devices for children: as soon as they see one, they become absolutely ecstatic; they beg to use them “even for five minutes” and when the time comes to turn them off, they cry endlessly.

Putting a tablet in the hands of a child, however, carries a certain amount of responsibility: you need to be careful about the content they view, the applications they download and the amount of time they spend using the device.

That’s why more and more companies are making tablets designed exclusively for the little ones; tablets that, in other words, have simplified interfaces, include educational content and have protective covers that make them resistant to shocks and falls.

Children’s tablets come in all prices and sizes: if you want to learn more and want help choosing the ones that best suit your needs, or better, the needs of your children, keep reading. Below is a list of the main features you need to consider before buying such a device and a list with some of the most interesting models currently on the market. Enjoy your reading and have fun!

Technical Features

Children don’t care much about tablet performance. If the device takes a second, two or three to load an application makes no difference to them. However, before concluding a purchase, try to analyze the technical characteristics of the device you are about to purchase.

At least do it because buying a tablet with too little performance will make it impossible to run a variety of games and applications, contents that are of great interest to the little ones in our homes!

The components you need to look at to evaluate the performance of a tablet for children are the same as those you need to look at when buying an adult tablet: display (size, resolution, pixels), processors, RAM, internal memory, cameras, battery, support wi-fi, bluetooth support, ports.

Aside from these hardware features, what really matters in children’s tablets is software. There must be games that are suitable for the age groups to which the device is destined, didactic applications and advanced functions, such as parental controls, thanks to which parents can choose which contents to display and which are not appropriate for their children.

It should be emphasized that many tablets for children are equipped with customized versions of Android, the well-known operating system available on many smartphones and tablets for the “big” ones. This means that within a simplified interface for children you’ll still have the possibility to access the Play Store and download any type of app, even those not suitable for children.

1. Apple iPad – Cheap iPad for Kids

The iPad is one of the best tablets available with no weaknesses, and it has everything your teen needs to work and play. It’s very slim, has a beautiful 9.7-inch display, and offers access to the best selection of dedicated tablet apps that you’ll find. Battery life is great, the camera is good, and it sports Touch ID.

For families already invested in the Apple ecosystem, this tablet makes a lot of sense, and may even be something to look at for younger kids if you have the necessary budget for it. You can use Family Sharing to give everyone access to any apps, books, movies, or music that you’ve purchased.

Apple’s parental controls, called restrictions, allow you to dictate what your child can access on the iPad and you can restrict content by age rating. There are plenty of parental control apps if you want to maintain a tighter grip. In the 2018 iPad, Apple added support for the Apple Pencil, which could be ideal for kids who love to draw, though you do have to buy it separately.

If you want an advanced product for your kid, an iPad is always a good choice.

The product works really well, and many costumers find it very fast and precise to connect to various WiFi and Bluetooth. It is integrated with a fast operating system, a very beautiful design and powerful screen. The speakers are better than most tablets in the same price-range.

PROS

  • Perfect design
  • Easy to use
  • Great video reproduction
  • Fast charge
  • High-quality video
CONS

  • Short battery time
  • Problems with charging
  • Problems turning on or off
 

2. Amazon Fire 7 – Small Tablet for a Child

Another tablet that isn’t exclusively for kids, yet highly recommended for them is Amazon Fire 7. It is an extremely versatile and inexpensive tablet that, thanks to its robust construction and its rich set of apps and games (it is based on FireOS, a modified version of Android that can play both the Play Store and the APK applications downloaded individually from the Internet), is ideal for boys and girls who are looking for a “big” tablet.

It is equipped with a 7 ″ display and 1024×600 pixel resolution, a 1.3 GHz Quad-core processor, 1, 8 or 16 GB of internal memory expandable up to 256 GB with microSD and a battery that provides up to 8 hours of battery life. It also has two cameras: one with 2 and other one with 0.3 Megapixel, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support.

The product is certainly valid for its price and has a quality/price ratio which is more than appropriate, but certainly is not made for pro users. It is great for light uses such as: reading and sending mail, surfing the internet, listening to music (preferably with headphones, bluetooth or other speakers), watching movies, consulting sites with dedicated apps (banks, newspapers, social networks, etc.).

The tablet is not very suitable for more demanding uses such as photo editing, video and / or audio editing, and the like. Additionally, during normal use it suffers from some slowdown, especially if used after a long time off, but once started it works well almost everywhere; suffers a little in the heavier sites, with many photos and with pages very rich in elements, but still manages to visualize them.
PROS

  • Good dimensions
  • Acceptable weight
  • Easy to use
  • Very convenient for the price spent
  • It has many of the most common apps
CONS

  • It does not support the google app
  • The RAM is not very powerful
  • Speakers are not high-quality
 

3. Nabi Jr. – Cheap Nabi Tablet

Amid the endless number of children’s tablets, Fuhu seems to have decided to launch a turbo device for the small ones. Nabi Jr, as it is called, features a powerful dual-core processor Tegra chipset – enough to allow children to play any game – and comes in a colorful design.

However, the power of the device is not its only quality: its modified Android 4.0 system comes with the Wings Education System, an app package designed to teach children while they play.

If you were interested in purchasing a Nabi Jr, you can buy it in 4 and 16 GB versions. The tablet also comes with many accessories to buy separately.

The parental controls are comfortable to use and easily accessible when you want to change or add things to the tablet, and the Android system is familiar so the kid can navigate through it without too many problems.

PROS

  • Very long battery life
  • Easy to use
  • Very durable (can be dropped or covered in food without breaking)
  • High quality for a low price
CONS

  • It does not support the google app
  • The RAM is not very powerful
  • Speakers are not high-quality
  • The silicone cover is very convenient
 

4. LeapFrog Epic – Cheap Android Tablet for Kids

LeapFrog Epic is one of the best choices among the 7-inch tablet recommended for children up to 5 years. The tablet is designed specifically for children, so they can learn new things and carry out activities independently.

It supports apps and games like Fruit Ninja Academy, Math Master and Doodle Jump, and also offers a pre-installed secure browser that opens only websites which are suitable for children. In addition, parents can unlock the browser as the child grows up, keep track of the child’s activities and progress and set a specific time limit for use if desired.

The LeapFrog Epic is also very good technically, powerful enough to ensure performance without slowing down. In addition, it boasts a 16 GB internal storage space, further expandable for storing apps and games. Overall, the LeapFrog Epic is a good tablet for children: it will be their perfect childhood companion.

Kids particulary love the fun and unique homescreen of the tablet and the preloaded apps. Furthermore, the tablet comes in a Kermit-green rubber case, it is easy to hold and looks perfect for children. It comes with a pen – Leapfrog Epic – which is heavier than the opponents’ pens on the market, therefore especially for younger kids it could be difficult to hold for longer periods.

PROS

  • Many educational apps and games
  • Great OS
  • A lot of hidden features
  • Sturdy
  • Allows to download apps from Android store
CONS

  • The apps are quite expensive
  • Issues with screen
  • Issues with lithium battery
  • Quite challenging to use

5. Yuntab Q91

If you need a device dedicated to children of all ages but don’t want to spend too much for it, you should consider a product from a lesser known brand, but of extremely valid quality, as the Yuntab Q91.

It is a 7″ tablet equipped with a 1024×600 pixel screen and a protective silicone cover that prevents children from getting hurt or breaking it. The structure houses a 1.5GHz Quad-core processor, a 1GB RAM and 16GB of internal memory expandable up to 32GB with microSD.

It also features two 0.3MP and 2MP cameras and Wi-Fi support. It is based on Android 5.1 with iWawa, interface for children, allows access to the Google Play Store and comes with many educational applications, games and parental control functions for parents.

However, it does not include a mode to control the time kids are allowed to play.

PROS

  • The screen is bright and high-quality
  • Long-lasting battery life
  • It comes together with several apps and games
  • Small dimensions
  • Durable and resistant
  • Looks great!
CONS

  • Slow while using certain apps
  • Gets slower the more apps you download
 

6. Sannuo 10″

The Sannuo 10 ″ tablet for children is a more traditional tablet but is dedicated to children, and comes in two versions – typically one for boys and one for girls. This model uses the pre-installed IWawa app to provide a personalized environment for children, so they can play, have fun and at the same time learn under parental control.

The hardware platform is based on a quad-core processor, 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage space, with the possibility of expansion via microSD to a maximum of 32 GB.

Unlike other smaller models, Sannuo’s product is characterized by a 10″ panel with a resolution of 1280×800 pixels, combined with a photographic compartment with two 2 and 5 MP modules in the front and rear cameras and a battery with 5,000 mAh. This model implements both Wi-Fi connectivity and a 3G modem for mobile use.

PROS

  • Great software to limit functionalities
  • Fast video reproduction
  • Nice games and software to draw
  • The bumper in rubber is very convenient
  • Low price
  • Long battery life
  • Great wireless reception
CONS

  • Many games are not compatible
  • Issues with touch screen
  • Slow to turn on
  • Aside from the games included, downloading others is very difficult.
 

7. Zonmai A1

The Zonmai A1 is a cheap tablet for children that proves to be a valid purchase for those who do not want to invest a large sum, and yet want to bring back home a good product. This is a relatively recent device that works with an Android 8.1 system and an HD display.

The quad-core processor is flanked by just 1 GB of RAM, offering more than adequate performances for kids all ages.

Despite suffering from some sporadic slowdown, the tablet is a very valid device, and the 16 GB of storage are expandable up to 64GB.

It also supports Wifi and comes with a high-functioning parents control: parents have full control over what child can access, thanks to parental setting areas and password only areas where parents can modify the parameters of the usage time, apps, and use of the browser.

It comes with a nice and colorful silicone case to protect it from getting damaged when dropped or hit. Safe also for children, given the presence of a protected environment that allows you to choose which apps and sites can be opened and which not.

PROS

  • Great starter tablet for kids
  • Low price
  • Cool design
  • Almost no glitches on youtube
  • Good to play games
  • Long battery life
CONS

  • Sometimes it glitches during video reproduction.
 

Conclusions

These children’s tablets have been launched on the market in the latest years, and even though they cannot be compared to the top tablets on the market, have very similar specifications to many lower priced ones.

Their biggest weaknesses are the quality of the display and the battery. These tablets often have a poor autonomy for use outside of the home.

In addition to a setting for educational games, it is important that the children’s tablet has some specific features.

All of them include parental control functionality: if it shouldn’t be, it can easily and quickly installed. This feature can be a simple application or integrated into a user interface, which also adapts the graphics of the operating system to be more appealing and easily understood and used by children.

All have apps for children and some offer access to own stores with more apps and content. Normal tablets can be a good alternative as long as they are properly fitted. You could be able to buy one for around 50 dollars, but the screen will be poor and the battery life short. For an approximate price to those of tablets for children, you can find devices with much higher quality.

These solutions require parents to equip their tablet with a parental control app, a selection of free educational apps (available on PlayStore) and a good cover to resist accidents. After all, children are the ones who subject the devices to the toughest tests.

As it is a product that will stay in the hand of a child, it is important that it is resistant to withstand possible falls. Even if the product supports these impacts, it is worth putting on a protective cap just to make sure everything will be fine. And whenever possible, be aware of the content your child is consuming.

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