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Kids love touchscreens. They are accessible and intuitive to use. That makes tablets ideal for both learning and play. The Android platform offers some really great apps for kids and manufacturers are starting to see the potential for dedicated child-friendly devices. That means you can reclaim your own toys devices and keep the kids happy with a tablet of their own.

We thought we’d take a look at some of the dedicated best Android tablets for kids that are now hitting the market. It’s worth considering one for your child for a number of reasons. They can help children learn about various subjects, improve their motor skills, spark their creativity and keep them amused on road trips or while you cook dinner.

The question is – are these dedicated child-friendly Android tablets worth getting as opposed to a standard Android tablet with the right collection of apps? Considering that you can install parental control apps and limit what your kids do with a standard Android tablet, the limitations of dedicated tablets for kids might be enough to make you think twice. Let’s take a closer look at what’s on offer.

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Amazon Fire Kids Edition

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Android purists are not huge fans of Amazon’s Android UI, but we must accept it is actually very intuitive, simple and eye-catching. As a tablet it works pretty well for an $89.99 pad. It won’t blow you away, but it will definitely get the job done for the little ones.

And parents can rest assured that their kids will use the Amazon Fire Kids Edition responsibly. Parents can create child profiles, give them time allowances, block content and more.

Specifications:

  • 7-inch touchscreen (1024×600 resolution)
  • 1.3 GHz quad-core processor
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 8 GB memory (and micro SD slot)
  • 2 MP rear-facing camera
  • 0.3 MP front-facing camera
  • 219.0 x 138.0 x 25.5 mm, 405 grams

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Buy the Amazon Fire Kids Edition

Kurio Tab 2

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When it comes to making good affordable tablets for kids, Kurio definitely doesn’t fall behind. Sure, it’s a brand you probably have never heard of, but this bad boy is fast enough for your kids’ educational and entertainment uses. It also comes with over $200 worth of kid-focused apps.

Specifications:

  • 7-inch touchscreen (1024×600 resolution)
  • 1.3 GHz quad-core processor Mediatek MTK8127 processor
  • 8 GB of internal storage
  • 2 MP rear-facing camera
  • 0.3 MP front-facing camera
  • 240 x 170 x 60 mm, 581 grams
Buy the Kurio Tab 2

Fuhu Nabi 2s

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Fuhu has had a long history of awesome tablets for kids, and the Nabi 2S is just one more tablet we would recommend. While it’s still no powerhouse, the tablet does have pretty good specs for a kid’s device. And of course, there is your set of parental controls and security features. And since it’s currently under $130 from Amazon, you really can’t go wrong here. Exclusive features includes “gamified” learning content, time controls, a kid-safe mode a reward system and more.

For those looking to spend as little as possible up-front, Nabi also offers a subscription service called “Nabi Pass”, which for $10 a month includes access to additional content as well as includes the Nabi 2S for no extra price — as well as free replacements in the event your kid gets a little overzealous when using the Nabi tablet.

Specifications:

  • 7-inch 1280×800 display
  • NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB of internal storage (plus microSD card slot)
  • 2 MP front-facing camera
  • 4350 mAh battery
Buy the Fuhu Nabi 2S

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids Edition

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This is pretty much a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 tablet with a new color and a protective bumper cover. This is not necessarily a bad thing; the Galaxy Tab 3 was a good device. The Kids Edition is not completely the same, though.The main difference is in the software. Of course, Samsung made it more kid-friendly and included all the parental controls you may need.

Specifications:

  •  7-inch display (1024×600 resolution)
  • 1.2 GHz dual-core processor
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 8 GB of internal storage
  • 3 MP rear camera
  • 1.3 MP front camera
  • 111.1 x 188 x 9.9 mm, 302 grams
  • 4000 mAh battery
Buy the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids Edition

Not made specifically for kids, but still great

Who says all products have to be labeled for their specific markets? Some general tablets will also make great devices for kids, so we thought it would be a good idea to simply offer you a list of tablets that would make good tablets for the little ones. Let’s check them out!

Nexus 7 (2013)

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The Nexus 7 (2013) may be a bit old, but it can still be a good tablet for the young ones at home. It has decent specs, a good screen and overall fair performance. Just install your own parental controls, get a nice case so your kids won’t destroy it and you are set to go! By the way, this thing is currently priced at only $129.

Spcifications:

  • 7-inch 1200×1920 display
  • 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 16/32 GB of internal storage
  • 5 MP rear camera
  • 1.2 MP front camera
  • 200 x 114 x 8.7 mm, 290 grams
  • 3950 mAh battery

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Buy the Nexus 7

NVIDIA Shield Tablet K1

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We know you are thinking this tablet is probably too much for a kid, but the truth of the matter is we can’t expect all kids to be playing around with cheap devices. At $200 the NVIDIA Shield Tablet K1 is still pretty affordable, and it truly offers that punch the older gamer kids will need. You can also find plenty of rugged cases for it. Buy the way, this is one hell of a tablet with a ton of console-quality games optimized for it. Your kid will love you!

Specifications:

  • 8-inch display (1920×1200 resolution)
  • 2.2 GHz 192-core NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB of internal storage
  • 5 MP rear camera
  • 5 MP front camera
  • 19.75 Watt Hour battery

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Buy the NVIDIA Shield Tablet K1

Amazon Fire family

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Amazon already has its Fire Tablet Kids Edition, but their other tablets could also be great for the little ones in the family. For starters, they happen to be quite resistant tablets, featuring a full plastic body that can endure some abuse. Their specs are decent, and the interface is already simple and intuitive. Not to mention the fact that all of these feature parental controls. And if you really think your kid will break it, there are plenty of cases out there.

And did I mention the price?! Oh yeah – these are as low as $50.

Check out the Amazon Fire Tablet family

Which are you buying?

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So there you have it, guys. These are our very favorite tablets for the kids. Will you go all out and spend $200 on one of the best tablets at this price, or will you go for a much more affordable device? Also, should you pick a general device or one that is focused for the kids? It truly depends on your needs. It is true that kid-oriented devices come with better software (for parents) out the door. You don’t need to look for anything. And there’s the benefit that they happen to be affordable. At the same time, a standard tablet may better ‘evolve’ with your kid’s needs as they age.

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