10 best tablets for kids
Fuhu Nabi 2 tablet
Kids are getting increasingly tech-savvy, and makers of tablet computers are taking notice. Whether it’s Android tablets for toddlers, 7-inch tablets for teens or powerful laptop replacements for college students, flat is where it’s at. — Shannon McCarthy
Bing | Fuhu Nabi 2
With its bright orange “bumper,” the Nabi 2 is built for the rigors of the 7-to-10 age range, but its impressive tech also garners high ratings from reviewers and parents alike. This Android tablet is Wi-Fi ready and offers tons of apps for learning and play, plus a variety of kid-safe media streaming and a dedicated cloud content service.
LeapFrog LeapPad 2
Bing | LeapFrog LeapPad 2
LeapFrog’s original LeapPad was a popular and well-reviewed success, and this latest model does the brand proud. With more than 800 available educator-approved apps, a responsive yet sturdy touch screen, two cameras and video recording, it’s a great choice for a child’s (ages 3-to-9) first fully functioning tablet computer.
Polaroid 7-inch Kids tablet
Bing | Polaroid 7-inch Kids tablet
One of the best tablets for younger kids comes loaded with a generous helping of top-rated learning and entertainment apps (more than 35), 10 interactive books including Dr. Seuss titles, access to a kid-safe app shop, and the ergonomics – big buttons, rugged chassis – essential to the longevity of a children’s tablet computer.
VTech InnoTab 3S tablet
Bing | VTech InnoTab 3S
The latest version of the VTech InnoTab is simple enough for the lower end of its intended age group (3 years), but innovative and powerful enough for the young tech vets in the household (up to age 9). Wi-Fi enabled, and with a WonderCam app that’s like a mini Photoshop, this baby will keep them all busy.
Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7
Bing | Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7
At under $200 for the 16GB option, this tablet from Amazon is a smart pick for students on a budget and anyone wanting an impressive first tablet computer. The specs and performance are so good that it’s currently the fourth-place pick – right after the iPads – in Decide.com’s rundown of best-reviewed tablets.
Bing | Nook HD+
With the same amount of memory (16GB) and a screen that’s about 2 inches bigger, for about $50 cheaper, the Nook is even more starving student-friendly than the Kindle. Professional tech reviewers praise its crisp screen and microSD card slot, plus they’re especially stoked about a new full compatibility with the Google Play store.
Google Nexus 7 tablet
Bing | Google Nexus 7
Priced starting at a very competitive $229, the new Google Nexus 7 offers impressive specs suitable for the rigors of most college course study, plus lots of weekend play. The Android 4.3 tablet computer is garnering major buzz for its pixel-rich full HD screen, rear-facing camera and relative bargain status.
Microsoft Surface tablet
Bing | Microsoft Surface
A great pick for college students soon to transition to the world of business, the Surface packs enough firepower almost to qualify it as a full-blown ultrabook. This tablet boasts a sleek, lightweight, carry-anywhere body with a built-in kickstand for easier viewing and, with some packages, the innovative Touch Cover keyboard is included.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet
Bing | Samsung Galaxy Note 8
For students who prefer taking class notes the new-school way, there’s nothing quite like the Galaxy Note 8 tablet computer. While other tablets may offer pen input, none gets the kind of kudos and user ratings this one does: It’s for students who want next-gen innovation in addition to everything else a high-end tablet offers.
Apple iPad Mini tablet
Bing | Apple iPad Mini
Does a student truly need an iPad? Of course not, but the fact is, the iPad is an undeniable icon in the tablet computer universe, offering outstanding quality, reliability and tons of fun (the app selection is enormous). Go the mini route for all that iPad luxe at a lower price and a more conveniently sized 7.9-inches.