Best Tablets for Kids: Durable, Affordable, & Versatile

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Today’s kids may be tech-savvier than any generation before, but there are still some child-specific things to look out for when shopping for tablets.

Kids are more likely to damage a tablet, so durability is extra important. Even the most robust kids’ tablet can only withstand so much rough-and-tumble play, so you may want to consider a more affordable—and therefore replaceable—option. Versatility is also an essential factor. You may initially be looking for just a children’s electronic learning tablet, but a good device with games and video playback capabilities can double up as an entertainment provider.

Some tablets are purposely designed for kids, but options for all ages can be suitable too. Optimum has rounded up a list of the best tablets for children.

Apple iPad (9th generation)

There are more affordable options than the Apple iPad, but it remains unrivaled in its features. Provided that your child is not particularly accident-prone, this could be worth the investment due to its versatility.

A child can utilize an Apple iPad for electronic learning or fun—or both, simultaneously. If you pair it with an Apple Pencil or a keyboard (which doesn’t have to be an Apple product), the iPad becomes a powerful tool for homework.

The 9th generation Apple iPad boasts an impressive 10.2-inch display. And with even the basic option having 64GB of storage, its owner certainly has enough room to download movies—perfect for road trip entertainment.

The device also gives you easy access to the Apple App Store, which has thousands of apps—many of which have been purpose-built for children. Setting up parental controls to block unsuitable applications and websites is simple. You can also customize settings to stop purchases, so you don’t need to worry about a surprise bill caused by a child buying in-game add-ons.

Screen size: 10.2 inches

Storage: 64GB or 256GB

Battery life: 10 hours

Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition

The Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition may be a good choice if you want something built with children in mind. It’s preloaded with child-friendly apps and comes with a one-year subscription to Amazon Kids+, which gives children extensive access to age-appropriate books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games. Of course, there are parental controls too.

The affordability and durability of the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition make this option stand out. The device is designed with a chunky outer layer to withstand damage. Amazon is so confident in its durability that they guarantee to replace it within two years of purchase if it breaks.

Screen size: 8 inches

Storage: 34GB

Battery life: 12 hours

Amazon Fire HD 10

Buying for an older child? The Amazon Fire HD 10 is a great option. You’ll still have a two-year guarantee and a year’s subscription to Amazon Kids+, and you also get a larger screen.

The Amazon Appstore features a variety of apps, including Microsoft 365 and Zoom. When connected to a keyboard, a child can easily use the device for homework. However, do check what software your child uses at school. Amazon tablets are incompatible with Google apps (such as Docs and Sheets), which may cause issues if this is your child’s usual suite of educational tools.

The Amazon Fire HD 10 also has a Kids Pro model if you want to stick to a children’s tablet.

Screen size: 10.1 inches

Storage: 32GB or 64GB

Battery life: 12 hours

Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 Lite

Another affordable option is the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 Lite. This lightweight tablet is excellent for watching videos thanks to its 10.5-inch display, built-in quad speakers, and Dolby Atmos support, providing high-quality sound and visuals.

Its Android 11 operating system will protect your children while they browse online. Plus, its parental controls let you limit what your kids can do and how long they can use the device—ideal for reducing screen time.

The combination of a front and back camera makes this a great device for video calls with faraway relatives too.

Screen size: 10.5 inches

Storage: 32GB or 128GB

Battery life: 9 hours

Lenovo 10E

Running on Chrome OS, the Lenovo 10E is designed to give children all the power of a Chromebook in the form of a tablet.

With a MediaTek 8183 processor and 4GB of ram, this tablet is well-equipped to handle game-based learning applications. Its long-lasting 16.5-hour battery life means it can last throughout a whole school day and much more.

Plus, its Dragontail Pro glass screen and bumper edges will help it withstand accidental drops by little hands.

Screen size: 10.1 inches

Storage: 32GB

Battery life: 16.5 hours

Once you’ve picked a tablet, make sure your WiFi is up to par for completing homework, playing games, and more.

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