With the rise of the tablet market and the ever-expanding range of devices, it was only a matter of time before some manufacturers began to offer tablets specially adapted to children.
However, the wide range of options currently available along with the extensive catalog of applications and accessories for tablets have caused many parents to be overwhelmed and not clear what criteria to consider for the purchase.
To make the decision easier for you without having to consult a lot of web pages, in this article you will find the most important aspects to take into account before buying a tablet for a child as well as a selection of the 5 children’s tablets with the best value for money of the moment.
The age of the child is one of the fundamental factors. For very young children, the ideal would be a simple tablet, with large buttons, bright colors and protected from shocks.
For children under 4 years there are tablets like the VTech Storio Max that are practically toys. Usually their possibilities are quite limited and a parental control system is not necessary since they only allow you to install games and stories.
For children from 5 years of age, a tablet that is too simple can generate rejection and limits their potential. There are other models with a child interface but that allows much more freedom to add applications and games, such as the Tablet Clan or the Dragon Touch Y88X.
These tablets incorporate parental control so that parents establish the limits they deem appropriate, but also allow the child to access new content as it develops. They also include several educational and recreational applications as standard.
From 9 years of age children are already able to perform advanced functions on a tablet. The ideal in this case is to purchase a standard tablet, which is not limited to children, and install the necessary parental protection complements. This will allow the child to access useful computer programs in the school environment within a safe environment.
The intended use will, above all, mark the size of the tablet to buy.
For children under 6 years of age, most tablets are small (7 or 8 inches diagonally) to reduce weight and prevent tiring holding it.
From that age, if you only want to play, read or use educational applications, an 8-inch tablet will be enough and it will be more manageable for the child. If, on the other hand, its main use is going to be watching movies in the car or on the couch, or working with it at school, a size close to 10 inches will be ideal.
Google Play is the online store where Android tablet users search and download all applications, whether they are paid or not. Not all tablets for children have it due to the risk of accessing inappropriate content or making unauthorized purchases. In that case, they usually have their own stores aimed at children (and much more limited).
However, in many of the tablets with Google Play it is possible to restrict their access through parental control systems. This is usually the best option as it allows parents to freely use the tablet by accessing their profile.
If the child is not very young, it is probably a better idea to buy a standard tablet such as the Fire 7 or the Samsung Galaxy Tab A and install the necessary applications to limit the content they access. This way you ensure that the tablet is not quickly out of date.
Furthermore, tablets designed specifically for children tend to be more expensive and have lower characteristics than their adult counterparts.
To have parental control on a standard Android tablet, you can install an application like Kids Place to block advertising, access to Google Play and restrict the use of the applications you want. It also allows you to limit the time of daily use, something very useful to establish hours of use.
When it comes to educational or recreational applications, some of the most common free options are the following:
The stories of Lisbon Labs (you have Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Pinocchio or Alice in Wonderland, among others)
The classic stories of La Caixa gathered in a single application
The interactive stories of Play Tales
Google Play has a section of family applications where you will find several that promote the educational development of the child, such as this application for children from 6 to 12 years old to learn English
From 3 to 11 years
The VTech Storio MAX is a very rugged, simple tablet for a wide age range that works with game cartridges.
The VTech is a robust tablet so that little ones can use it every day without being too afraid of shocks and falls, thanks to its plastic structure and the contour is reinforced with an anti-shock material.
The 5-inch touch screen is a bit small (to give you an idea, a medium-sized mobile is 5.5 ’’), but for children it may be enough.
The front has a wide frame in which several controls have been placed. Surrounding the screen we find the start, return, menu or help buttons, as well as a directional pad.
The tablet comes with a soft stylus included. It is practical for the little ones, who use it for games, drawing and coloring.
It is a good device for children’s use with an efficient parental control so that we can be calm, although perhaps the VTech Storio Max is considered more as a gaming device than as a tablet.
From 3 – 7 years
The Tablet Clan incorporates a protective silicone sleeve to avoid accidents as well as many parental control options, several preloaded Clan games, and the Kurio and Google Play stores to add more applications.
It is a 7-inch tablet with what its main use will be to play and read. It is not too light because it incorporates an extremely impact resistant silicone sleeve, and that can make it somewhat uncomfortable to hold up. Its measurements are 24.9 cm high x 17.5 cm wide and a surprising 0.8 cm thick.
The Clan TV range of tablets has taken a step forward with this model, both in specifications and in the freedom of having Google Play. Its 7 inches make it a handy device and especially recommended for playing and reading.
From 7 years
The Dragon Touch Y88X tablet is an ultra-economical Chinese tablet adapted for children, and the truth is that it does not disappoint. Inside the case it has an eminently childish aesthetic but with adequate features for slightly older children, since its possibilities are practically the same as a tablet for adults.
Its design is sober and incorporates a protective rubber shell with rounded edges, which facilitates its grip and serves as a protector against impacts, something essential for this age group.
Its 7 inches make it an ideal tablet for the little ones in the house to play, read or even watch a movie. It also weighs little (259 grams), so you can hold it without getting tired. Its measurements are 18.2 cm high x 12.2 cm wide and 1.0 cm thick.
The Dragon Touch Y88X Plus tablet is an excellent choice for its versatility, performance and tremendous price, making it one of the best options for children older than 7 years (although the Kido’z environment and the case also make it suitable for little ones)
From 3 years
A device that stands out for offering the best security and parental control on the market, ideal as the first tablet for children from 3 to 7 years old.
The SoyMomo Tablet Lite offers a sober and resistant design. It comes inside a protective rubber casing with three handles to improve its grip and is available in two colors (pink and blue).
It incorporates a 7-inch screen, probably just the right size for the little ones to handle it with ease. In addition, it incorporates a 5 Mpx rear camera and a 2 Mpx front camera that, although they offer a fair quality, are more than enough for the function they are going to perform.
The SoyMomo Tablet Lite is a highly recommended tablet for two reasons. The first, for not having a closed ecosystem and using Google Play to be able to offer more content to the child. And the second, for its exhaustive parental control system that will delight those parents who want to monitor and protect their children at all times.
An exclusive Amazon tablet, small and very handy, ideal as a first tablet or for children to watch movies or play games.
We are facing a solid and resistant tablet. The Fire 7 is not a waste of benefits but for the price it has, it fulfills very well what we expect from it.
With its 7-inch screen, it is a small tablet that children can easily handle, but at the same time with a size that already allows you to enjoy videos and movies in conditions.
The Fire 7 is a good choice for several reasons. The most interesting are its robustness, simplicity and price: since we are looking at tablets for children’s use, the fact that it is cheap is an incentive to buy. If it is the first tablet that you are going to acquire for your children, this one from Amazon is a serious option to value