Best Tablets for Kids

Review & Comparison, Last Update August 31, 2017
Have you ever noticed how curious children are about new things that surround them? If you have, you also should have noticed their interest in modern technologies. That's why we offer you to have a look at several models of tablets invented specially for kids. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
AGE RANGE
SAFETY
DISPLAY
PROCESSOR
MEMORY CAPACITY
INTERFACE CONNECTIVITY
CAMERA
OPERATING SYSTEM
FEATURES
BATTERY LIFE
WEIGHT
 
PROS
Battery life duration allows kids to use this tablet for a long time, 2-year warranty.
CONS
Some functions are available only when Internet access is provided.
OUR VERDICT
Tablet's interface is very simple in use. It helps children to learn how to use the gadget within a short time. Moreover, Amazon FreeTime App gives a chance to investigate unlimited amount of useful content.
detailed parameters
AGE RANGE
3-10
SAFETY
Dust-and-moisture-proof, shock-proof, parent control
DISPLAY
7" IPS, Touch Screen, 1024x600
PROCESSOR
Quad-Core 1.3 GHz
MEMORY CAPACITY
8 GB or 16 GB, microSD card, RAM - 1 GB
INTERFACE CONNECTIVITY
Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), 3.5 mm, Bluetooth, micro USB
CAMERA
Front camera 0.3 MP, Rear camera 2 MP
OPERATING SYSTEM
Fire OS 5 (Android OS customized for Amazon)
FEATURES
Own content library, 4 personal profiles
BATTERY LIFE
7 hours
WEIGHT
0.89 lbs
PROS
The tablet offers many educational questions as well as Maths, Reading and Writing lessons.
CONS
When customizing the permission list of apps for Nabi mode, you’d need to go back to adult mode all the time.
OUR VERDICT
Nabi tablet is powerful enough. Thus, not only small kids can use it. It will be also interesting for elder children as the tablet can cope with the games with high system requirements.
detailed parameters
AGE RANGE
6-9
SAFETY
Shock-proof, parent control
DISPLAY
7" IPS, Touch Screen, 1280x800
PROCESSOR
Quad-Core 1.3 GHz
MEMORY CAPACITY
16 GB, microSD card, RAM - 1GB
INTERFACE CONNECTIVITY
Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, 3.5 mm, micro USB
CAMERA
Front camera 2 MP
OPERATING SYSTEM
Android 4.4 KitKat
FEATURES
Own social networking, own content library, switch between adult and child modes
BATTERY LIFE
6 hours
WEIGHT
1.31 lbs
PROS
HDMI port allows your child to watch cartoons which are on tablet via TV.
CONS
Battery life is not lasting.
OUR VERDICT
The gadget is very compact and its use becomes possible even for small children with tiny hands.
detailed parameters
AGE RANGE
3+
SAFETY
Shock-proof, parent control
DISPLAY
7'' IPS, Touch Screen, 1024x600
PROCESSOR
Quad-Core 1.2 GHz
MEMORY CAPACITY
8 GB, microSD card, RAM - 1 GB
INTERFACE CONNECTIVITY
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, 3.5 mm, micro USB, HDMI
CAMERA
Front camera 2 MP, Rear camera 2 MP
OPERATING SYSTEM
Android 5.1 KitKat
FEATURES
Kidoz, switch between adult and child modes, personal profiles for every child
BATTERY LIFE
3 hours
WEIGHT
0.57 lbs
PROS
Can be used as a phone (there is a SIM card slot) and for the Internet access.
CONS
The slot for battery charge isn't universal, so charging is possible only via the original 2.5 mm cable.
OUR VERDICT
This tablet for toddlers includes many applications which work without the Internet. Thus, your child will be able to use it even if there is no Wi-Fi.
detailed parameters
AGE RANGE
3+
SAFETY
Shock-proof, parent control
DISPLAY
7" TFT , Touch Screen, 1024x600
PROCESSOR
Quad Core 1.5GHz
MEMORY CAPACITY
8 GB, microSD card, RAM - 1 GB
INTERFACE CONNECTIVITY
Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g), 3G, 3.5 mm, micro USB, DC Charge Jack
CAMERA
Front camera 0.3 MP, Rear camera 0.3 MP
OPERATING SYSTEM
Android 4.4.2 KitKat
FEATURES
Switch between adult and child modes
BATTERY LIFE
5 hours
WEIGHT
1.28 lbs
PROS
One of the simplest-to-use tablets for kids in our review. Can be used and played on the go just like when playing Tetris.
CONS
Display is of a bit lower quality in comparison to other models.
OUR VERDICT
A great content library offers your child a lot of educational applications and games. Additionally, you can choose a game level for your child according to his/her age.
detailed parameters
AGE RANGE
3-9
SAFETY
Shock-proof
DISPLAY
5" TFT , Resistive Touch, 480x272
PROCESSOR
Quad-Core 1.0GHz
MEMORY CAPACITY
4 GB, RAM - 1 GB
INTERFACE CONNECTIVITY
Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), 3.5 mm, mini USB, cartridge slot
CAMERA
Front camera 2 MP, Rear camera 2 MP
OPERATING SYSTEM
Own patented OS
FEATURES
10 applications and games, safe Web browser, handy stylus
BATTERY LIFE
6 hours
WEIGHT
0.85 lbs

What is a Tablet For Kids

Children discover the world through numerous ways. They watch cartoons, listen to their parents, touch furniture or taste their toys. At first, their interest in new things is unconscious, but later kids become more and more aware of what they are doing. That's why it is so important to pay attention to children's early development, and IT sphere - to be specific, tablets for kids, - is one of the things which you may need. Tablets can develop child's communicative and educational skills with the help of games, special programs, and a function of video communication, for example, with their grandparents.

However, kids tablets should be different from the ones adults are used to. As children can easily damage things, even if they don't want to, their tablets should be of higher durability and be resistant to possible strokes and moisture. Moreover, kids should also be protected in case of undesirable information from the Internet.

We can also help you choose the optimal tablet for entertainment and business needs. Instead of going through a thousand tablets presented on the market, visit our review on the best tablets and pick the one among the most popular models and brands.

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What Features to Compare

Display

The display should be of high quality not only because children are fond of bright pictures, but also to provide necessary safety for kids' eyes. Thus, the tablet screen must be bright and have a glare filter to be able to provide a proper image which doesn't become dim when you look at it from an angle. The resolution should be good enough to produce pictures without visible pixels. And, of course, sensor response should be quick and accurate otherwise, your child will refuse to play with the tablet.

Efficiency

Children grow fast and their interests change, so you will need to upload new and more difficult games. Thus, the device must be effective enough to run a game with high system requirements. Tablet's efficiency is determined by several factors.

  • A processor makes a great part of kids tablet's efficiency. To run games which are interesting and useful for your child, it must be powerful and able to respond to every child's movement. Weak processors will spoil games - the speed will slow down, the figures will jam, the game will malfunction, and child's mood will be brought down.
  • RAM, or Random Access Memory, should be no less than 1 GB. As this characteristic is responsible for tablet's ability to run several applications at once, its capacity is important for a proper work of all opened apps. If RAM is less than 1 GB, applications can suddenly stop working and close.
  • Graphic processor is one more significant feature which will help your child enjoy playing the tablet. Its main function is to run graphics of high quality and make games with high system requirements work properly.  

Design and features 

Design of a tablet is of vital importance as children perceive the world mostly with the help of visual senses. Thus, if a tablet has an unusual form, if its case is bright and pleasant to touch, there are more chances that your child will like the gadget. Except for a nice look, your child's tablet should possess some features to protect it and provide it with longer durability. Taking into account children's peculiarities such as an inability to control their feelings well and, as a result, possible strokes and falls of a tablet, your device should be at least shock-proof. Moreover, the materials which it is made of must be nontoxic as the gadget will be in child's hands most of the time. And, of course, don't forget to pay attention to parent control function which will help you be aware of what your child is doing with a tablet and prevent him from coming across undesirable content.

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Fire Kids Edition 7-inch

Display

Fire Kids Edition Tablet has a 7-inch IPS display. These characteristics are responsible for colors of the display - they provide high color rendering which is close to a natural palette. Moreover, the picture doesn't worsen when you look at the screen at an angle. 1024x600 resolution is good enough to exclude possible fuzziness. Additionally, a polarizing filter makes colors brighter and adds contrast to an image.
Review of Fire Kids Edition 7-inch Tablet

Efficiency

The tablet is equipped with a quad-core 1.3 GHz processing unit and 1 GB of RAM which gives the gadget a possibility to run not only simple games and educational programs but also applications with high system requirements. The manufacturer has provided 8 or 16 GB of internal storage and foreseen an ability to use 128 GB additionally with the help of microSD card. Possessing such characteristics, Fire Kids Edition Tablet will be interesting for both small kids and those who are older.
Fire Kids Edition 7-inch Tablet in the use

Design and features

The given model has an attractive design and a special protective case which is available in three colors - blue, green and pink - which makes it possible to choose that very tablet which a child likes best. The possibility to create several personal profiles will be useful if you have, for example, 2 children - both of them will have their own special space to play and learn. FreeTime application will be helpful if you want to find colorful cartoons, gripping games or educational programs. To protect your kid from visiting undesired content on the web, there's a parent control function so you can customize the gaming place for your kid to fit his/her needs.
Detailed review of Fire Kids Edition 7-inch Tablet

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Fire Kids Edition 7-inch
Fire Kids Edition 7-inch
 

nabi 2S Play&Learn

Display

The display is developed in accordance with demanding conditions of the modern world and up-to-date children's needs. It shows detailed and clear pictures thanks to IPS matrix which also provides deep and bright colors, and doesn't spoil the image at an angle. Having a 7-inch diagonal, the display also possesses 1280x800 resolution which makes all pictures realistic and watching films or cartoons brings only pleasure.
Review of nabi 2S Play&Learn Kids Tablet

Efficiency

2S Play&Learn Kids Tablet works with the help of modern NVIDIA® Tegra® processing unit consisting of four cores 1.3 GHz each. One of the cores has energy-saving function which lets the gadget work longer provided that it doesn't carry out difficult operations. This powerful processor is ideal not only for children's needs - even an adult can use this tablet downloading "heavy"programs. 1 GB of RAM is enough to cope with almost any program you'd like to download, and internal storage will keep all your games, books, pictures and videos. Even if you lack this space, you'll be able to extend it with a microSD card.
nabi 2S Play&Learn Kids Tablet in the use

Design and features

This model of kids tablet is protected with a shock-proof red case. However, if you or your child doesn't like red, you can buy a case of a different color. The back side of the device is equipped with a puzzle which your child will assemble eagerly. The front camera makes photos with 720p resolution, and available social network makes it possible to exchange these pictures with friends or relatives. You are able to keep an eye on your children with the help of a parent control function. Additionally, you can assist in your child's development using a special shop with numerous educational and entertaining applications.
Detailed review of nabi 2S Play&Learn Kids Tablet

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nabi 2S Play&Learn
nabi 2S Play&Learn
 

Dragon Touch Y88X Plus

Display

Just like other tablets for kids, display of Dragon Touch Y88X Plus Kids Tablet is created in accordance with all major requirements for a kids gadget. Convenient screen size with 1024x600 resolution, bright colors, clear image, the stability of picture even if an angle is changed - all these peculiarities are integral elements of this model. Moreover, an IPS screen helps children play, watch cartoons and do developing tasks more and never have eye strain.

Review of Dragon Touch Y88X Plus Kids Tablet with Pre-installed Kidoz

Efficiency

Quad-core processor 1.2 GHz along with 1 GB of random access memory gives a possibility to meet all child's needs. The powerful processor uses all its resources to run any program, game or cartoon downloaded from the Internet. Additional storage assists in keeping all necessary stuff for child's entertainment and development. Cooperating together, these characteristics create a perfect gadget to make your child's spare time more exciting.

Dragon Touch Y88X Plus Kids Tablet with Pre-installed Kidoz in the use

Design and features

The tablet has a special shock-proof case which can be found in blue or red color. It protects the device in case of strokes or falls. Dragon Touch Y88X Plus Kids Tablet gives children a chance to feel special as it provides a function of creating personal profiles. Android operating system gives an access to numerous useful and funny applications. However, it is Kidoz which makes this model special and different from other tablets. This application lets you choose a special safety mode which a child can surf the Internet freely and not come across any adult, unwanted content.

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Dragon Touch Y88X Plus
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iRULU BabyPad Y1

Display

iRULU BabyPad Android Tablet has an incredibly pleasant display for children's eyes. 7-inch diagonal makes the size of a picture convenient for kids. 1024x600 resolution is perfect for reproducing a clear and realistic image. What else you should know about this model is that it has an ability to detect 5 finger touches at once. This function is very useful while playing, learning games or drawing. Moreover, sensibility of this screen is much higher and your child won't feel any inconveniences while using his tablet.
Review of iRULU BabyPad Y1 Tablet for Toddlers

Efficiency

A powerful processor of this gadget is created by the Intel company and consists of four cores 1.5 GHz each. The efficiency is also increased by 1 GB of RAM. Working together, these characteristics maintain quick start and smooth operation of every application. 8 GB of internal memory, which can be extended with the help of microSD card, will become a perfect place for storing all the games, cartoons, and programs your child loves playing or watching.
iRULU BabyPad Y1 Tablet for Toddlers in the use

Design and features

What we like about this iRULU BabyPad tablet for kids is its protective silicon case, made of non-toxic material. This means that it won’t break down on tiles in case your little one ever accidentally drops it, and it won’t pose a health risk to children. You can pick the case from three available color options - blue, pink and yellow, to please your child and highlight his or her personality. Like most modern tablets, iRULU has a parental control function for customization of the apps. Now, you can choose only those games and videos that you’d like your little one to access. This is super convenient!
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iRULU BabyPad Y1
iRULU BabyPad Y1
 

LeapFrog LeapPad3

Display

In comparison to the other tablets that we’ve analyzed before, this one possesses a smaller screen size with a 5-inch diagonal, which isn’t exactly a shortcoming considering small hands of children. Of course, if your kid is already 6-7 years old, he or she would definitely prefer having a bigger one to see a higher image detail. But most small kids would be absolutely delighted with this model of tablet. The resolution is not the highest though, it’s only 480x272, but for most small kids who only play games, this is more than enough. The table is compatible with a stylus as well, so you can let your child draw and pick the apps with a comfy pen in hands.
Review of LeapFrog LeapPad3 Kids' Learning Tablet

Efficiency

Quad-core 1 GHz processor is powerful enough to make LeapFrog Tablet work properly and without glitches. These characteristics along with a lithium ion battery are also responsible for more than 6 hours of continuous operation of the gadget. If you want to provide your child with educational programs, colorful books, fascinating cartoons or learning games, you are free to use 4 GB of internal storage capacity.
LeapFrog LeapPad3 Kids' Learning Tablet in the use

Design and features

One thing that definitely puts this tablet aside from the others reviewed here is its colorful, froggy-style design which is very much alike to a toy appearance. So, if you’ve got kids who are 3-4 years old but crave for parent’s gadgets, give them this tablet and worry not. It’s shock-proof and it’s wrapped in a protection cover so as not to break on the first drop. The tablet comes with an extensive library that includes over 1000 games and apps to suit children of a different age. You can customize it for several kids as well, for it allows to set 4 different profiles. On the contrary to other tablets, this one isn’t driven on any particular operating system which even more makes it similar to a toy, but it’s got a safe browser with no access to dangerous content.
Detailed review of LeapFrog LeapPad3 Kids' Learning Tablet

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LeapFrog LeapPad3
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