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Talking Tech about Kids Toys (4min read)


February 14, 2016 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ March News



Welcome to another edition of Talking Tech with T. Wynn. Since tax time is here, I’ve decided to focus on the kids. T. Wynn is for the kids after all. With that in mind, let’s discuss some of the best options for kid friendly tablets on the market.

 

Amazon Fire HD 6 Kids Edition($99)

The Amazon Fire HD 6 Kids Edition is a full-featured Fire tablet with a 7″ IPS display and front and rear cameras. It also comes with 1 year of Amazon Free-time Unlimited, a blue or pink Kid-Proof Case, and a 2-year worry-free guarantee. The subscription service, Amazon Free Time provides unlimited, free access to 10,000 kid-friendly books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games. It also provides parental controls allowing you to manage usage limits, content access, and educational goals. Specs aside, my favorite feature with this tablet is the 2-year worry-free guarantee. If your child breaks it, Amazon will replace it for free. No questions asked.

Tech Specs:

Size: 7 inches Operating System: Fire OS 4

Memory: 1GB RAM Storage: 8GB internal + micro SD card slot

Screen Resolution: 1024 x 600 pixels   

 

Nabi Big Tab ($299/$399)

The Nabi Big Tab is just that, BIG! Coming in 20 inches & 24 inches screens, this is the biggest tablet we will cover today. While some will question why so large, the large screen is actually one of this tablets strongest features. The large screen makes this tablet great for viewing movies and videos. It also is great for playing multi-player games. Traditional board games play great on this tablet. The tablet comes with a kid’s mode that limits access to parent approved apps, games, and content. Parent mode provides access to parental controls and the stock Android experience.

Tech Specs

Size: 20 inches/24 inches Operating System: Android 4.4

Memory: 2GB RAM Storage: 16GB internal + micro SD card slot

Screen Resolution: 1600 x 900/1920 x 1080 pixels  

 

LeapFrog Epic ($130)

The LeapFrog Epic is LeapFrog’s actual tablet. What do I mean by actual tablet? Well LeapFrog technically makes a few children’s tablet, but the Epic is closest to being a full-featured tablet. Unlike LeapFrogs other tablets which run on LeapFrog operating systems, the Epic runs on Android 4.4. It comes web-safe and age appropriate out of the box. Included is access to exclusive LeapFrog apps & games and access to educator-approved kid-favorite Android apps. Both the LeapFrog & Android apps have no in-app purchases or annoying ads. Parental controls allow parents to allow access to more Android apps and web sites. Other than its sturdy child-like design, this tablet can actually grow with your child. As your child ages and matures, you can use the parental controls to allow the Epic to function more and more as a regular tablet.  

Tech Specs

Size: 7 inches Operating System: Android 4.4

Memory: N/A Storage: 16GB internal + micro SD card slot

Screen Resolution: 1024 x 600 pixels

  

 

VTech InnoTab Max ($99)

Much like LeapFrog, VTech makes educational tablets. Like the Epic is LeapFrog’s actual tablet, the InnoTab Max is VTech’s. At its core is a 7 inch Android tablet. It comes with web-safe and age appropriate apps and content installed. Educator-approved kid-favorite Android apps are available. Parental controls allow parents to set time restrictions. Of the tablets on this list, this is probably the most limited in terms of features and functionality. One thing that some parents will feel make up for its limits will be the fact that the InnoTab MAX is compatible with most titles in the InnoTab Cartridge Library.

Tech Specs

Size: 7 inches Operating System: Android 4.2.2

Memory: N/A Storage: 8GB internal + micro SD card slot

Screen Resolution: 1024 x 578 pixels  

 

Now all of the tablets listed above are designed specifically for children. One thing parents may want to consider is buying a tablet not designed for children. Popular tablets such as the iPad Mini and the Google Nexus 7 have apps available to set up parental controls and a children’s mode. These tablets will lack the pre-installed educational games that the listed tablets come with, but educational apps can be found in their respected app stores.

 

iPad Mini ($244)

Tech Specs

Size: 7.9 inches Operating System: iOS 8

Memory: 512MB RAM Storage: 16GB internal, no micro SD card slot

Screen Resolution: 1024 x 768 pixels  

iPad Mini ($149)

Tech Specs

Size: 7 inches Operating System: Android 4.3

Memory: 2GB RAM Storage: 16GB internal, no micro SD card slot

Screen Resolution: 1920 x 1200 pixels

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