Best Tablets for Kids That Help Grow Smart

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 23, 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
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CONS
OUR VERDICT
AGE RANGE
SAFETY
DISPLAY
PROCESSOR
MEMORY CAPACITY
INTERFACE CONNECTIVITY
CAMERA
OPERATING SYSTEM
FEATURES
BATTERY LIFE
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PROS

The operating system gives you access to a huge library of multimedia content. There you can find exciting games, books, and cartoons for your child.

CONS

The interface is somewhat unusual, you may find it tricky to get used to.

OUR VERDICT

This model is an updated version of a versatile tablet with a large amount of built-in memory. It is designed specifically for children's education and entertainment.

detailed parameters
AGE RANGE

3+

SAFETY

Shock-proof, parent control

DISPLAY

8" IPS, Touch Screen, 1280x800

PROCESSOR

Quad-Core 1.3 GHz

MEMORY CAPACITY

32 GB, RAM - 1.5 GB 

INTERFACE CONNECTIVITY

WiFi, Bluetooth, micro USB, 3.5mm, MicroSD card slot

CAMERA

Front camera 0.3 MP,
Rear camera 2 MP

OPERATING SYSTEM

Fire OS 5 (Android OS customized for Amazon)

FEATURES

1 year of FreeTime Unlimited with access to more than 15,000 kid-friendly books, videos, educational apps, and games

BATTERY LIFE

Up to 12 hours

WEIGHT

1.1 lbs

PROS

Your kid will definitely like 20 pre-installed developing and learning games and he or she will be wrapped up in playing with the tablet. 

CONS

The charging connector is a bit fragile.

OUR VERDICT

The tablet comes with a protective case and a screen protector. The device is simple, convenient, and safe, so even the smallest children can play with it.

detailed parameters
AGE RANGE

3+

SAFETY

Shock-proof, parent control

DISPLAY

7", Touch Screen, 1024x600 

PROCESSOR

Quad-core ARMv7 1.5GHz

MEMORY CAPACITY

8 GB Nand Flash, RAM - 1 GB

INTERFACE CONNECTIVITY

WiFi, Bluetooth, Micro USB, 3.5mm, MicroSD card slot

CAMERA

Front camera 0.3 MP,
Rear camera 2 MP

OPERATING SYSTEM

Android 4.4 KitKat

FEATURES

0+ FREE Top Educational and Game apps pre-installed, age appropriate for each kid

BATTERY LIFE

Up to 6 hours

WEIGHT

1.5 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
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
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 non-toxic 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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Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition

Display

The Fire Tablet will become a choice of parents who are looking for a simple yet functional device not only for their kids' fun but also for their development. The 8" high-definition touchscreen and the resolution of 1280 x 800 (189 ppi) the gadget offers are sufficient to get a good-quality and detailed picture. The HD video playback feature allows children to enjoy watching their favorite cartoons and videos with incredible clarity. The size of this tablet for kids is 9.6" x 6.1" x 1". This model is bigger than the previous one from the company. As a result, the display is larger and more convenient to use.

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Efficiency

Talking about this model of a kid tablet, the first feature to mention is its long-lasting battery life which reaches up to 12 hours. It is a big plus, especially when you and your children are on a trip and there is no possibility to recharge the battery.

This tablet operates on the Quad-core 1.3 GHz processor. This processor is powerful enough for you to download and run any game, program, or cartoon from the Internet with no problems at all.

Also, this model offers RAM of 1.5 GB and 32 GB of internal storage. It is one of the largest offered on the kids' tablets market. It is a plus if you have more than one kid and they all prefer different apps or content. To expand storage capacity even more, you can purchase a micro SD card to store numerous games, cartoons, and other data. The device supports cards of up to 256 GB.

In addition, this tablet for kids has a built-in microphone and dual stereo speakers.

Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet in the use

Design and features

This kid tablet is equipped with a protective case, special functions, and applications. It is made in classic form factor and there are three stylish color solutions—blue, pink, and yellow. Importantly, the case is kid-proof. It means that it protects the tablet from accidental drops or other damage children can do while playing. Besides, the manufacturer provides a worry-free guarantee for two years. In case your kid did manage to break the gadget, Amazon will replace it for free.

Purchasing this product, you will get the FreeTime Unlimited signup for one year. It implies you will have access to 15,000 various games and applications, books, videos, and other educational information from Disney, Nickelodeon, PBS Kids, etc. to develop your kids.

Detailed review of Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet

Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition
Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition
 

Contixo LA703-KIDS-2

Display

Scratching your head over a nice gift for your child, grandchild, or your niece or nephew? Look at the Contixo LA703-KIDS-2 kid tablet, it might be of interest to you. With the dimensions of 4.8 x 7.1 x 0.3 inches and the screen size of 7 inches, this gadget can be rightfully called one of the most compact models. Due to this size, the tablet will fit perfectly in small kid's hands. The touchscreen's native resolution is 1024 x 600. That is quite a satisfactory value for a tablet of this class and it enables the user to watch videos in HD quality. And thanks to the screen rotation feature, your kid can watch something or just play with the tablet even holding it upside down.

Review of Contixo LA703-KIDS-2 Kids Tablet

Efficiency

The Contixo Kids Tablet has the Quad Core 4x 1.5GHz A7 processor. It is pretty powerful, so all the content you would like to have on the kid tablet will launch quickly and easily. The Android 4.4 KitKat system ensures fast and efficient multitasking and makes the interface simpler and more user-friendly.

The RAM is 1 GB. It allows running a few applications simultaneously with no malfunctioning. The storage memory is 8 GB. Not the largest space out there but it is still quite enough to store some amount of basic content needed every day.

This tablet supports Bluetooth speakers, Bluetooth headphones, Bluetooth keyboards etc. which makes it a multifunctional device. For sure, this gadget is not just a "toy", it is a useful "tutor" for your children.

Contixo LA703-KIDS-2 Kids Tablet in the use

Design and features

This model has a pre-installed free screen protector made of a special material that does not affect the sensitivity of the screen and perfectly protects it from scratches, rubs, and other damage. Regarding the durability of the device, you will notice a special lightweight case included in the set. The case is made of high-quality soft silicone material, so the tablet will be securely protected. Besides, it is environmentally friendly and harmless to health. It is an essential feature, as your child is likely to spend a lot of time using the tablet. A wide range of case colors the manufacturer offers is really impressive: there are nine to choose from—black, blue, dark blue, green, orange, pink, purple, red, and yellow. Certainly, your kid will find the loveliest one.

Furthermore, Contixo has installed more than 20 newest games and educational apps on the device. On the list, you will find those which will be suitable for the age of your kids.

Considering all that, the price is really nice so any family can buy this kid tablet and the purchase will not hit their pocket too hard.

Detailed review of Contixo LA703-KIDS-2 Kids Tablet

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Contixo LA703-KIDS-2
Contixo LA703-KIDS-2
 

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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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