The last year has seen some major developments in the colourful world of children’s tablets, with Samsung the latest tech giant to jump on the bandwagon, responding to demand for a kids’ tablet that is safe, affordable and most importantly can put up with a bit of ruff-and-tumble.
In this parent guide we take a look at 3 of the best kids’ tablets available at the moment and give you our 2 pence on whether they are suitable to let the kids loose on whilst being worth the cash. If you’re not too worried about whether to get the kids something bang up to date then it may be worth checking out this review on last year’s top tablets.
The bright and fun Samsung Galaxy 3 Tab Kids - £139.99 – Age 4 – 9
This recently released yellow and orange Andriod 4.1 tablet ticks most of the boxes parents will be looking for. Its bright soft cover will protect the tech from inevitable bumps and also offers extra grip for sticky fingers, there’s also a chunky stylus (a cheeky paid for extra!) which can be used for drawing games.
As far as software is concerned, Samsung has made a considered effort to make the most fun apps and games available to kids whilst ensuring parents can maintain control over usage. The hardware is relatively unimpressive which is not necessarily a bad thing, it keeps costs down and means that ‘you’re still the daddy’ (or mummy) with your shiny iPad.
We recommend this for younger children as a first tablet. Most older kids we speak to are keen to play the latest apps (or just Minecraft!) which are not available on the Samsung Kids Tab. They are however available on the tablets below…
The Kermit-green Kurio range has always been popular with Roosterbank parents. Naturally, we expected the new Kurio 10s to impress us, and that it has.
The improvements are due to recent software updates which make the tablet much more than just a big screen for kids, the key update being the introduction of access to the Google Play Store. Although the Kurio 10s lacks the crisp display of an iPad, kids don’t seem to mind as long as they can play their favorite games, and now they can.
Rocking a fairly chunky bumper the Kurio 10S looks tough yet cool. To be honest, the hardware isn’t great and when the Kurio cost £200 it wasn’t worth it, however a recent drop means it deserves much more consideration.
In terms of parental controls, the Kurio 10S can’t be beaten allowing parents to choose appropriate apps for kids and easily set up time limits for play. Match that with custom Kid-Safe web surfing and it really stands out from the crowd.
If your kids are at the age where the internet is a vast expanse that they are keen to explore the this is a safe way to let them do it. One caveat is that the Kurio doesn’t have bluetooth so wireless accessories won’t work with it, if that’s not an issue then have a closer look at it’s specs here>
The notorious red Nabi 2 – £114.99 – Age 6 – 10
This tablet has been around for over a year now, but still holds up against the newcomers with a slick kid friendly interface and a range of educational apps and games. The Nabi 2 crew pride themselves on giving parents an unrivaled amount of detailed control on their kids’ usage. For example parents can see exactly how much time children have spent on educational apps vs the mind numbing (yet highly entertaining) Angry Birds, and limit time allowances accordingly.
As with the Samsung Kids Tablet and Kurio 10S the Nabi has a front facing camera, however with only 2 mega pixels the newer tablets are well ahead of Nabi in that area. In response to this Nabi have also released a 10 inch tablet due to the success of the first, the Nabi XD (pictured) which is also well worth considering.
The family tablet kids can use – Amazon Fire HD 6 Tablet – £89.00
A slightly chunkier and more affordable version of Amazon’s swish HDX range, the Fire HD 6 can be set up as a great little family tablet. With ‘Kindle Freetime’ parents can have a level of control over what children can access, for example web browsing can be disabled along with in-app purchases at the touch of a button. Parents can also set time limits on certain games to ensure the tablet is being used responsibly, a feature which we love!
The Amazon Fire HD 6 has been included in this list because the value is outstanding and offers a family solution, not just something for the kids to play on. If you do decide to go with it we recommend purchasing a case for extra protection.
The verdict on what’s the best kids tablet!
At the moment we are warming to the Kurio 10S however find it difficult to put it ahead of the Kindle Fire HD6 Tab due to its technical power. All the tablets come preloaded with a range of apps and games that should keep your wallet in your pocket for a while and with the Nabi 2 and Kurio 10S now boasting access to Google Play kids have access to thousands of free apps and games .
If you are looking for a tablet that lets the kids take brilliant photos and generally have a play around then we recommend the Samsung Galaxy 3 Kids Tablet. If parental controls and lots of apps for free is a priority then the Kurio 10S is perfect. We recommend that anyone who has their eye on the Nabi 2 should chech out the Nabi XD first.
If your child is on the boundary of kids tablet and adult tablet (we’d say this is age 11-12) then a good option could be the recently reduced Kindle Fire Range (Starting at only £89), we featured it last year and it’s still unbeatable at that price!
What are your experiences with kids’ tablets? Would you or have you bought your child one? Share your thoughts in the comments.