The 6 Best Kid's Tablets

Updated July 31, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

6 Best Kid's Tablets
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We spent 40 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. Give your little one a technological head-start. Your child will have fun while learning math, reading, spelling and more with something from our selection of the best kids' tablets available today. And, of course, when all the "work" is done, they can also show movies and play music. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best kid's tablet on Amazon.

6. Kocaso iROLA

The Kocaso iROLA features extra large protective bumpers on its corners, so a drop won't be the end of its operational life. It has a decent screen image and access to app stores for games, but it doesn't contain dedicated parental control features.
  • very low price tag
  • only has 512 mb of ram
  • included charger is low quality
Brand iRola
Model LYSB00V93QSTO-ELECTRNCS
Weight 1.6 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

5. LeapFrog LeapPad Platinum

The LeapFrog LeapPad Platinum has a large 7" high-resolution, multitouch capacitive screen, and comes with access to LeapFrog's learning library, which only has games approved for kids by LeapFrog educators. It feels very durable and has a shatter-safe LCD screen.
  • remembers curricular progress
  • also accepts cartridge games
  • pricey for a kids' tablet
Brand LeapFrog Enterprises
Model 31566
Weight 2.4 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

4. Dragon Touch Y88X Plus

The Dragon Touch Y88X Plus comes preloaded with links to Zoodles, an online space created just for kids that features thousands of fun and educational apps and games, and which is guaranteed to be safe for kids. It also has a 178-degree wide angle viewing screen.
  • includes 1 gb of ram
  • silicone case with adjustable stand
  • has bluetooth connectivity
Brand Dragon Touch
Model Y88X PLUS KIDS PK
Weight 2.1 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

3. Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite

The Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite has been specifically designed to engage your child with a user-friendly interface enriched with bright colors and animated characters. It has a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and contains content aligned with STEM and Common Core curriculum.
  • includes a trial to samsung kids
  • tablet has been drop tested
  • compatible with micro sd cards
Brand Samsung
Model SM-T113NDWACCC
Weight 15.2 ounces
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

2. Nabi Jr.

Perfect for early childhood education, from pre-K through kindergarten level, the Nabi Jr. comes with the adaptive Wings Learning System, designed to teach your children about letters, vocabulary, counting, and tracing. It is also preloaded with 30 kids' apps.
  • kid-safe right out of the box
  • runs on android kitkat
  • camera rotates 180 degrees
Brand Nabi
Model SNBJR-MT5C
Weight 1.9 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

1. Amazon Fire Kids Edition

The Amazon Fire Kids Edition has a bright 1280 x 800 IPS display, which produces vibrant images whether watching movies or playing games, and both rear and front-facing cameras. It also has a neat feature that lets parents set educational goals, too.
  • 8 hours of battery life per charge
  • parental controls for limiting usage
  • sturdy case comes in three colors
Brand Amazon
Model SV98LN
Weight 1.3 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

A Long Way From the iPad

No matter how you dress it up, there's something about the iPad that is distinctly not kid friendly. It's not that it's too complicated. I was once talking with a woman at the grocery store as her two year old boy swiped away at the iPad mini in the kart behind her. After some short pleasantries about the price of grape juice (it was on sale!), her boy began waving at her and tapping her on the arm, all the time saying, "Pahwud, pahwud!" That's two year old speak for "Password."

The little guy had navigated through the app store to a game that looked candy-like and undeniable, and had made it all the way to the point of purchase, with only his mother's password protecting her from surprise. So it's not an issue of complication.

Really, it's about cost and convenience. Most kids tablets are seven inches or smaller and cost under $200. That's a big difference compared to the hundreds lost when little Johnny suddenly decides to use your new iPad as a fly swatter. And if you've got a full sized iPad, placing it's weight, width, and worth in a toddler's hands is just terrifying.

So the market found a hole, and a dozen companies came along to fill it with bright colors, durable casings and apps designed to teach as much, if not more, than they were to entertain.

LeapFrog had already been designing its games just behind the curve of tech advancements for years, and their emphasis on education set them at a distinct advantage in software development.

But with a demographic most often under 5, the need for hardware research failed to present itself to LeapFrog with the same urgency, and now companies like Amazon and Samsung are presenting higher resolution screens and systems with which a kid can grow well into grade school.

You Know, For Kids!

What differentiates a kids tablet from a regular tablet? Really, it's nothing much. Think about how a Mercedes Benz by Power Wheels is different than the real thing, and you'll start to understand.

For starters, they're made a little more inexpensively. The resolutions aren't as high, the screens don't have as wide of a viewing angle, the processors are slower, and the batteries don't last as long. But don't let that discourage you; remember what would happen if you let your kindergartener drive your car to school.

Also, keep in mind that the specs on your iPad are what make it four to seven times the cost of these kids tabs, and that even the most durable of these products, in the hands of most well-behaved child has a limited lifespan. Odds are that, at some point, it will be dropped, kicked, slammed, flushed, blended, even burned. So don't fret too much about build quality.

That said, your kid deserves the best, I know. And you want to protect them, right? Well, that's where the important differences come in, and they're all software.

Kids tabs are going to have more comprehensive child safety mechanisms built into their software, as well as more child-targeted apps. You'll encounter options for multiple profiles (perfect if more than one monster is going to share one tablet), playtime limiters and tracking, content controls, and more. Plus, those kid friendly apps, especially if they're conveniently preloaded, are going to keep your babies entertained (and quiet?) while secretly teaching them a thing or two.

Buy It, Charge it, Swipe It, Like It?

Change is scary, but it doesn't have to be.

A long time ago, there was a technological advancement that proved rather controversial, and a prominent voice of the time spoke out vociferously against it.

The thought was that if we came to rely on this new technology we would lose our ability to be truly present with one another, our capacity for memory and for original thought would be all but destroyed, and our collective intelligence would degrade at a pace hitherto unforeseen, perhaps causing–or, at least, signifying–our ultimate end as a species.

I'm not talking about tablets, or the internet, or computers. I'm not talking about television.

The prominent voice speaking out against this new technology was Socrates himself, and the technology against which he railed was none other than the written word. Seriously, look it up.

All this is to address the looks of condemnation you're bound to get on that airplane or at that restaurant when some high-idealed Socratic type sees your kid with a tablet. And it is to say that there is nothing remotely inherently wrong with the technological advancement of our culture.

If this mean-spirited person (who probably doesn't even have kids) has the gall to say anything about it to you, all you need to do is ask them if they can read, if they enjoy the printing press, or if they make use of the telephone.

"Of course, I can read!" they'll defend. And you, knowing what you know of the value of the written word and the resistance it faced so long ago, can rest happily that this person is wrong, and that you're doing right by your babies.



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Last updated on July 31, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as behind the computer screen, Brett can either be found hacking furiously away at the keyboard or perhaps enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He hopes to one day become a modern day renaissance man.


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