Best Tablets For NY Kids
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When it comes to shopping for a best kids tablet, hardware specs like a fast processor or several gigabytes of RAM aren’t the most important qualities to consider. Durability, a long warranty, and the availability of parental controls are some of the features to keep in mind as a parent. Downloadable or pre-installed kid-friendly content is also essential.
We consulted with our parenting editor, Latifah Miles, whose 6-year-old son has gone through three tablets. She gave us the scoop on features she looked for when shopping for a kid’s tablet.
We also researched other publications, read parenting blogs, and scoured the internet for tablet reviews from New Real Review to see which tablets they were most happy with and why.
Ready to discover exactly which tablet for kids is best for your child’s age needs and your budget? Shop our picks below so you can have the confidence knowing you bought a tablet that will not only last a long time, but will also keep your son or daughter occupied while also helping them learn some in the process. Here are the best kid- and parent-approved options! Learn more about our top picks below.
Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet
Hands-down, the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition is the best tablet you can buy for your son or daughter. It’s the tablet of choice by our parenting editor for its tough build, 2-year warranty, a 10-hour battery, and a robust set of parental controls. The tablet’s foam case — which comes in yellow, pink, or blue — protects it from drops and scratches. Even better, the Fire HD 8 comes with Amazon’s 2-year “Worry-Free Warranty,” which covers accidental damage. So, if your child jams a candy bar in the charging port or drops it in the toilet and renders it useless, Amazon will replace it, no questions asked.
The tablet runs Amazon’s modified version of Android, so it doesn’t have the Google Play Store on it, but it’s much easier to use and navigate. You can change the user experience based on who’s using the tablet, whether it be a child, teen, or parent — a feature the iPad lacks. Parents are able to set preferences that limit usage, block purchases, and protect against age-inappropriate content.
Apple iPad (6th Generation)
The iPad has a beautiful high-resolution 9.7-inch display, an impressive 10-hours of battery life, and an operating system that’s superior to any other option.
While testing the iPad, we found that it is well-designed and superbly crafted. It feels solid, but not heavy, and there are plenty of rugged cases to choose from that’ll keep it in one piece when your child inevitably drops it. Most importantly, Apple’s App Store has the widest selection of apps, games, and educational content in the business.
Despite all this, we don’t think the iPad is the best tablet for kids. We named the Amazon Fire HD 8 the best kids’ tablet over the iPad, not for its performance or expansive app library, but because it’s a better value and has a much more extensive set of parental controls.
The iPad — which costs $329 for consumers and $299 for schools — has some settings to prevent access to explicit content, and prevent in-app purchases, but parental controls are harder to access and get set up than on Amazon’s tablets. Not only that, the iPad lacks several sought parental control features. For instance, there’s no way to make an iPad turn off when it’s time for bed and keep it powered down until morning, or incentivize behavior (e.g. you can’t reward your son with 15 minutes of game play after he reads for 30 minutes).
Fortunately, you can set a daily allotment of time for a specific app or app category (think games, social media, entertainment, etc.) on the iPad. Once time runs out, the iPad blocks access to those apps. Your son or daughter can ask you for time extensions, which is displayed as a notification on your own personal iOS device. But these notifications get annoying very quickly, and make it easy to cave in.
Geoffrey Fowler, a technology columnist at the Washington Post, said he was surprised at how difficult Apple’s parental software was to use. “We also found loopholes. If you’re watching a video on Netflix and then press the home button to make it appear as a picture-in-picture, the minutes won’t count against your Screen Time limit. Junior could watch all day long,” he said.
LeapFrog Epic Academy Edition Tablet
What’s better than a virtual world designed for kids to grow intellectually? This tablet will adapt to your kid’s learning level by adjusting the skill level for the different games and activities offered in the form of apps! New challenges will appear as your little brainiac hits mental milestones. Plus, we love its shatterproof screen for slippery fingers and tantrum throwers.
We’re glad to see that the home screen is customizable, so your little one can easily access their favorite apps. The tablet teaches your child a new word every day, and it’ll help with spelling, reading, writing, and science. There are plenty of activities for your child to explore, but if they get tired of what’s pre-installed, you’ll have to pay a $6-per-month subscription for new content, or purchase apps individually.
Like Amazon’s tablet, this one runs a modified, but easy-to-navigate version of Android with parental controls and a kid-safe web browser. Although it’s slower than Amazon’s tablet and the iPad, it’s still equipped with 16 GB of expandable storage, dual cameras, Bluetooth, and a headphone jack. It comes in pink or green.
LeapFrog recently launched a new kid’s tablet, dubbed the LeapPad Ultimate Ready for School Tablet. While the tablet comes with a handful of school readiness, music, and creativity-inspiring apps, unfortunately, several of the apps are only demos. We recommend the Epic Academy Edition over the newer tablet because it runs Android and allows you to install apps from Amazon’s app store without incurring additional charges.