Best Android tablets for kids

by: Team AADecember 14, 2015
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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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  • Ayman Kouzayha

    I’m looking for bigger tablet for a kid, I found “Cube U19GT” for 215$, 9.7 Inches, Dual Core 1.6 GHz, 1 GB RAM and Quad Core Mali400 GPU

  • Nabi wins

  • the z man

    Recommended the Nabi 2 to my inlaws for my sister-in-law who is autistic. It has been revolutionary for them! The tablets parental controls and use of Nabi coins has helped with their reinforcement of social “rules” and chores around the house. The tablets specs and hardware was also a main selling point. Easily the best recommendation i have given for any android device.

  • The PlayBase tablets are worth a look.

  • Levi Wallach

    Nabi 2 all the way!

  • sredding

    I would say just pick a decent tablet (like Kindle Fire or Acer A 500) and install parental control app like Kids Place that can act as child launcher when your kids use the device and you can use it stand alone like regular table.

  • Miami305

    Got a Matrix One for $60 can’t beat that.

  • nabi 2 Tablet isn’t only the best Android Tablet designed for kids, it’s challenges the Nexus 7 tablet as best Android Tablet, period. Expandable Micro SD Card slot and Mini HDMI out port for watching movies on your HDTV.

  • NabStand

    this is a great accessory for the nabi 2 http://www.nabstand,com It is not from the Nabi company but it was made for it..by an independent company. also you can find it in Ebay. under Nabi 2 stand..

  • Wonsann

    I got my kid a Nabi and she absolutely loves it!

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  • michele

    You can’t purchase an OLPC XO 3 I have exhausted every avenue to find that this model is only offered to big business and government buyers..

  • Samme

    I’ve gone through so many reviews, and I’ve heard so many recommendations of the best tablets for kids and at the end of it all, I’m sold on the Nabi 2! I only know one person who I work with at DISH who has purchased a tablet for his kid, so it was hard to get feedback that covers all models out there. I really like that I’ll be able to access a full spectrum of apps because my kids love the DISH Remote Access app. It keeps them entertained with live TV and our DVR recordings when we’re away from home, and helps to keep them off my nerves –lol!

  • Lucho

    At first the kurio was my #1 choice, after hands-on use for 3 days I returned it. The screen wasn’t as responsive as I thought it would be, battery was horrible, cameraS were worse than expected. I thought of Nabi 2 also but my kid loves to take pics. Hence why I chose Kurio. I think ill probably have to go for a more high quality tablet if I want the better quality rear camera.

  • kakkilea

    Thank you so much for this run down on kid friendly tablets. We are grandparents wishing to purchase a tablet that our ADHD grandson would benefit from and enjoy. After reading this, I think we may lean more toward a kindle fire and get a bumper case. Also, I have a Kindle and I love mine!! I may with supervision let him ” try it out ” to see how he likes it. He has a DS and loves that. I am hoping to reward him with Amazon coins for chores done or extraordinary work done at school, within reason of course. Then he can purchase some child friendly apps. He likes.

  • Ann

    We bought the Kurio Extreme Tablet for our 8yr old and i am not very happy. It took a rather long time to get it set up to a point as to where he was able to use it with the games he loves combined with the learning games. Not a biggy considering its an Android System with tons of add-ons to make it kids friendly and give it that fancy feeling for kids that they are now proud owners of something thats just for them. So far not to bad of a tablet but now comes the kicker. He dropped it ONCE in the 3 weeks he owned it, on the short side of the tablet on a flat surface. You couldn’t even hear a clonk since it literally just slipped and and hit the ground (wood), again let me highlight it did not fall on a corner, got bend or fell on a hard surface from a foot high, it dropped from 2 inches out of his hands. The screen/touchscreen/glass, not the LCD inside, broke and makes the tablet unusable.

    For a kids friendly tablet i would expect a little more then that. I would understand a tumble down all my 13 steps and hitting every corner but this is pretty sad. Now comes the repair part. I can take it to a shop and get it repaired for roughly $100 or i can buy a new tablet because as i was informed this is no warranty issue since it was dropped (kind of understandable) BUT they do not do screen repairs therefor its on you to buy new or dish out for repairs. Now with that being said i opted for door number 3 which is researching all over the place, hunting down how-to videos and bought a $25 replacement digitizer glass and hope that with all my technological knowledge and experience in electronics repair i will be able to make this work for me if not i gained experience and wont make the mistake of buying a Kurio Tablet again.

    Again I’m not saying its a bad tablet but it is definately not a kids tablet unless you got children that don’t ever move and never EVER drop anything.

  • Faisal

    Good article, heping me to buy tab for a kid

  • patstar5

    My brother broke 2 nexus 7s, we replaced one screen and he broke it again…. The nexus 7 is so fragile…..
    For how much money we spent on the nexus we could of got 6 of the fire $50 tablets…

    • I have a 2013 Nexus 7 and it still works well. I would recommend getting a case to protect it. I bought one after accidentally dropping my Nexus 7 which scratched the corner

  • Haggie

    There is a simple answer: The oldest, unused tablet in your home.

  • The 2013 Nexus 7 just got Android 6.0.1 and it has a feature where you can make a kid account and limit access to certain apps.

    • Karly Johnston

      Yeah but browsing is a constant pinwheel of waiting and the audio sux.. K1 is the best value to performance now.

  • rngwrm

    the only things that make a kids’ tablet a kids’ tablet are low specs, high price, and a rubber bumper. crappy restrictive user shell is optional.