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The Best Tablets for Kids

Thinking of a tablet for Christmas? Here are five affordable options
Jamie Pearson. and work as an Freelance writer, a mother of two, and the publisher of two popular-ish websites: Best Kids Apps and Travel Savvy Mom. at BestKidsApps.

If you’ve been waiting to buy a tablet for your kids (so they’ll stop hogging yours), you’re about to be rewarded for your patience!  If an iPad or an iPad Mini isn’t in the budget, don’t despair.  Many more affordable, kid-friendly models are now available, just in time for the holiday season.  Here are some of your best options:

1.  LEAPFROG LEAP PAD 2
Ages: 3 to 9 | $99 

A chunky 5×7-inch handheld gaming and learning device for the littlest kids.  This entry-level gizmo comes with front and back cameras, five wholesome preloaded apps, and now compatible with both LeapFrog cartridges and the LeapFrog App Center — a library full of amazing educational and age-appropriate apps for kids.

Unlike other tablets, this one runs on AA batteries (compatible with the recharger pack, sold separately).  This makes it singularly ideal for travel, when on-the-go recharging isn’t always an option.

>>Read more about the LeapPad 2

2.  NABI 2,
Ages: 4 to 10 | $199 

A sturdy 7-inch Android tablet with Wi-Fi, a camera, and an included rubber shield that comes pre-loaded with $150 worth of games and ebooks, both educational and just for fun.  Also included are free trial subscription-based streaming video and music apps.

Finally, it has a chore list that can be tied to a reward system (coins that can be exchanged for apps).  Sadly, it can’t tell if your child really made his bed or just said he did, but what tablet can?

>>Read more about the Nabi 2

3.  VTECH INNOTAB 2
Ages 4 to 9 | $74

An absolutely bombproof handheld gaming and learning device for small kids at an attractive price.  The Vtech InnoTab 2 is tricked out with a camera, video camera, photo viewer, video player, MP3 music player, e-reader, art studio, games, and microphone.  Game cartridges will cost you, but will be offset by the low device price.  Apps, e-books, and music can be easily uploaded too.

Since it takes AA batteries, it’s great for travel (since it’s not always convenient to recharge on the road).  Consider investing in a battery recharger though, so you won’t be buying, using, and recycling way too many batteries.

>>Read more about the Vtech Innotab 2

4.  KINDLE FIRE
Ages 6 to adult  | $160

A full-color, 7-inch tablet with multi-touch display, Wi-Fi, and (perhaps most pleasing of all) really nice integration with Amazon’s endless emporium of books, movies, magazines, games, and apps.

When Amazon released the HD version of the Kindle, the price on this base model Kindle came down $40.  This is really good news for you, because you get a lot of value for your money with this model.   Find my full review (from last year, but still totally relevant) here:  Best gift of the season?  The Kindle Fire.

>>Read more about the Kindle Fire

5.  GOOGLE NEXUS 7
Ages 6 to adult | $265

Some people want a 7″ tablet, but don’t like being locked into a device that confines them to consuming media from Amazon.   For these people, the clear choice is the Google Nexus 7.

This device is almost identical to the Kindle Fire HD (not listed here, because we recommend the cheaper version). It’s an absolutely great little machine.  Slightly more expensive than the Kindle Fire HD, but slightly less expensive that the iPad Mini.

>>Read more about the Google Nexus 7

 

3 thoughts on “The Best Tablets for Kids

  1. derek says:

    The Google Nexus 7 has always been only $199 when sold by Google. I recommend purchasing from them directly to avoid the up-charge. For $249 the larger 32 gig version is available, and $299 for the mobile data version. Either way a much better deal than the listed amazon one.
    https://play.google.com/store/devices/details/Nexus_7_32GB?id=nexus_7_32gb

  2. aa says:

    but insted of buying somthing like that, buying an ipad altogether would be a much better deal

  3. Angela says:

    We have a leapfrog that we use almost exclusively for travel (we travel quite a lot) for our 4 year old son. The fact that it is battery powered is key!! We usually bring along several spare sets of batteries. :) The leapfrog is fantastic though – it allows our son to entertain himself and stay seated for the duration of our plane flights!

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