While tablets aren’t as popular with adults these days, the market continues to thrive in other areas, including the kids tablet market.
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Parents who want to give their young kids a tablet are usually looking for a product that’s easy and fun to use for their child. They are also looking for something affordable and pretty rugged, while also featuring parental controls to keep their kids from checking out content on the internet that’s inappropriate for their age. The good news is there are a number of Android tablets for kids with all of these features and many more.
Let’s take a look at the best current Android tablets for kids, primarily younger children in particular. Keep in mind even though these tablets are made for kids, it’s ultimately up to their parents to make sure the content and interactions their children have on the devices are appropriate.
Amazon Fire 7 Tablet for Kids
Amazon recently refreshed its entire lineup of Fire tablets, including its devices for children. The new $99 kids version of the Fire 7 tablet has a 7-inch 1,024 x 600 display, along with 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of onboard storage, with a microSD card slot to add up to 25G GB of storage. It has a quad-core processor running at 1.2 GHz. It also has a VGA front-facing camera. a 2 MP rear-facing HD camera and a battery that’s supposed to last up to 8 hours on a single charge. It uses Amazon’s Fire OS, which is a fork of Android, and its own app store.
The Fire 7 Tablet for Kids includes a rubber “kid-proof” case, in blue, pink, or yellow. Parents can set up to four individual profiles for their children, and the tablet comes with parental controls that can block access to videos and games until their kids reach certain educational goals. They can also set up bedtime curfews, along with ways to block access to social media and in-app purchases.
Purchasing this Android tablet for kids comes with a pretty big perk: a free year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, with access to over 15,000 books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games for kids aged 3-12. The web browser in the tablet offers a curated and appropriate list of over 56,000 websites, videos, and YouTube videos. Finally, the tablet has a two year hardware guarantee — if it breaks for any reason, Amazon will replace it for free.
Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet for Kids
The Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet for Kids costs $129.99. It has an 8-inch 1,280 x 800 display and 32 GB of onboard storage, along with a battery that lasts up to 12 hours on a single charge. It also has dual stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support and Fire OS. Otherwise, the hardware specs for the 8-inch tablet’s processor, microSD card slot and the choices of the “kid-proof” case are the same as the ones found on the Amazon Fire 7 Tablet for Kids.
The 8-inch version also has the same two-year guarantee, the free year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, the parental controls and all of the other features found on the 7-inch model. Basically, you get a few hardware upgrades on this version for $30 more than the 7-inch tablet.
Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet for Kids
The Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet for Kids has a 10.1-inch 1080p Full HD display with a 1,920 x 1,200 resolution, along with a faster 1.8GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot to add up to 256GB of storage, and up to 10 hours of battery life. You still get the same “kid-proof” cases found on the Amazon Fire 7 and 8 Tablets for Kids, along with the same two-year guarantee, the free year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, the parental controls and all of the other features found on the smaller devices. You can buy the Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet for Kids normally for $199.99, but be sure to be on the lookout for Amazon’s frequent discounts.
Leapfrog LeapPad Platinum
PBS KIDS Playtime Pad
This tablet, as the name suggests, comes from the PBS TV channel and has a 7-inch 1,024 x 600 display, 1GB of RAM, a quad-core 1.3 GHz processor, 16GB of storage, with the option to add more storage via the microSD card slot. The tablet uses Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which is still getting close to two years old, but not quite as long in the tooth as the Leapfrog Android tablets.
The PBS KIDS tablet comes pre-loaded with over 23 games, along with 120 video clips, songs, and music videos. The case of the tablet is made of silicon, along with grips on either side so kids with small hands can firmly grip it. As with all of the tablets in this list, the PBS Kids tablet also comes with easy-to-use parental controls. It also has full access to the Google Play Store, if you want to use the tablet for your own needs. Amazon is currently selling the tablet for about $85.
Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite Kids Edition
While Samsung has a number of Android tablets targeted towards adults, the company has also released a few of the best Android tablets for kids over the years. The 7-inch Galaxy Tab E Lite Kids Edition has a 1,024 x 600 display, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of onboard storage, with a microSD card slot to add more storage. The battery is supposed to last up to nine hours on a single charge. The tablet comes with a soft bumper case that’s also easy to grip to help protect it from any drops from their owners.
The Galaxy Tab E Lite Kids Edition also comes with a starter pack of more than 20 apps, along with a free three-month subscription to Samsung Kids, which includes content from DreamWorks Animation, Sesame Street, National Geographic, and more. Of course, the tablet comes with parental controls so they can set time limits for their kids. Parents can also select specific app categories that their children can access, and the tablet does not show any ads or in-app purchases. The only really bad part about this device is that it uses the old Android 4.4 KitKat OS. Amazon is currently selling the tablet for $127.99.
Contixo Kids Tablet
The Contixo Kids Tablet not only has a protective rubber case surrounding the 7-inch tablet, but the corners also have some additional rubber protection, in case your kids run around with the device, Having that extra bit of safety could make all the difference. The tablet can access the Google Play Store, and parents can set up controls to make sure their children are only accessing and downloading the content that they should be using.
Hardware wise, you are getting a 7-inch 1,024 x 600 tablet, with a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of onboard storage, with Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box. It has front and rear cameras, Bluetooth wireless hardware and parental control software for making sure your kids are not viewing content you don’t want them to see. The Contixo Kids Tablet is available on Amazon for $59.99 in pink, blue and green cover colors.