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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2012 8:23:37 PM PST
B. Marks says:
I'd look at the Kindle Fire or Kindle Fire HD. They're really pretty perfect for kids. They have serious parental controls and you need that with young kids. They work great. They're not expensive and there's a lot of content geared to kids and Amazon has just committed to providing a lot more of that.

Barry

Posted on Nov 24, 2012 8:01:27 PM PST
S. Meunier says:
This thread is super helpful. I agree that Google was right-on to populate this discussion when searching "tablets for kids".

I, too, am looking to get my son a tablet that will encourage educational growth, books and occasional game play - with parental controls.

Hadn't even considered the Kindles - will add it to the list. Thanks for the suggestions.

Any one have comments on durability on tablets? What about wireless keyboard compatibility? Saw someone typing with a tablet the other day...

A

Posted on Nov 24, 2012 8:39:01 PM PST
JC says:
If you want a tablet that will be durable, I suggest buying a name-brand one that is well made. Some of the cheap off-brand ones I've seen used very cheap materials in an effort to help keep the price low, and as a result they are much more fragile than the name brand ones.

Another suggestion for durable tablets for kids, would be to check out the surface of the back of the tablet. Some of them are more "grippy" than others and might be easier for kids to hold onto, which would hopefully reduce the risk of them dropping it.

I bought my tablet about 7 months ago. I generally take good care of my things, but I didn't do anything special with my tablet that I don't do with any of my other electronics. It still looks new and the screen has no scratches or chips. I don't use screen protectors. I have a case, but I don't use it all the time.

Depending on which tablet you choose, you may have a couple of options for external, keyboards. Some tablets have a mini USB port and "host" capability, and you can plug in a USB keyboard. These are very inexpensive, I've seen some less than $10. Some tablets have bluetooth capability, and can connect to bluetooth keyboards. These are slightly more expensive, but still affordable. I have a $30 bluetooth keyboard that works just fine with my tablet. Just be sure the tablet you buy has at least one of these two features if you want to add an external keyboard.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2012 7:12:26 AM PST
B. Marks says:
The Asus Transformer line of tablets have an optional keyboard dock that lets you clip the tablet to the keyboard and use it like a laptop. It even folds up and closes just like a laptop. It's a very handy thing to have if you're going to do much typing. It takes about 3 seconds to atach or detach the keyboard dock and it's good protection for the tablet.

The keyboard also contains an extra battery that can keep the tablet charged for a few hours longer.

This configuration seems to be catching on and some other tablets are also making this kind of dock available. It's fairly expensive, probably 3 times as much as a bluetooth keyboard, but it really works well.

The Asus Transformer line also are excellent tablets.

I haven't personally used a bluetooth keyboard but a lot of people do use them and find them handy.

For durability stick with a major brand. The off-brands tend to be problematic and often there's no real service. I suggest sticking with brands like Kindle, Nook, Asus, Samsung, Toshiba and Acer.

Barry

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2012 7:44:59 AM PST
martha yates says:
I bought 4 of these , would like to find a bumper case that would fit , have a child with autism and need a little extra protection , as far as tablet i really like it alot for the $ , any suggestions on a case would be greatly appreciated !! :o)

Posted on Nov 25, 2012 7:46:02 AM PST
I purchased Kindle Fire's when they first came out for my 4 girls. Two aged 7 and two aged 4. All four have used and loved them. Nothing has ever needed repairs. I have been a little disappointed with two aspects. The first one is that the girls unknowingly made purchases - games, music etc. Amazon was great to refund and said it is a problem they are trying to correct. The second one is we can visit websites but can't play the games available there, starfall.com, ixl math etc. Brainpop just came out with a kindle app so we can now use there site. Other than that we have been incredibly happy. There is a new free app available every day and at my last count I had about 7000 free books on my account - Children and Adult. I would absolutely recommend a Kindle.

Posted on Nov 25, 2012 7:49:17 AM PST
martha yates says:
Need some kind of bumper case for a 7 inch visual land connect , any suggestions ?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2012 9:56:10 AM PST
B. Marks says:
The newer Kindle Fire and Fire HD have a kids mode called Free Time where parents can control whether their kids can make purchases with the devices as well as limit what they can purchase, if anything. It also lets you decide what websites they can browse and what apps they can use, etc.

Web games are a problem on all tablets. Basically they don't work. Most use features of Flash that were never included in mobile versions of Flash and now that Flash is going away, they never will be. Probably now that web access is getting very mobile oriented those websites will start changing that but at the moment web games mostly don't work on any tablets.

Barry

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2012 11:44:56 AM PST
M. Law says:
I did exactly the same thing! I am way more pleased with my decision!

Posted on Nov 25, 2012 12:09:46 PM PST
I just got the Nabi on black friday for $129. I took it out of the box to charge it and set it up so its all ready for my 1 year old on christmas. I wanted something that will last and did some research and i deceded on this one. it is good for a 1 year old because it is teaching colors, shapes, and letters and it is a tablet that can grow with her through the years. just played with it for about 45 mins then put it back in the box till christmas. i know she will love it because she plays with my kindle fire all the time, i just wanted one for her so she dont break mine.

Posted on Nov 25, 2012 5:46:08 PM PST
Bought my 7yr old daughter Kindle Fire last year. Best deicsion we ever made. She reads every night in her bed on it. It has great educational apps like any Android and fun ones to download for free. The parental security (blocks) are so much better than I thought they would be. I highly recommend it and will be buying my 6 yr old one this xmas.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2012 8:18:42 AM PST
PeggyPaine says:
Hi Jennifer - I'm getting lost on the threads...are you talking about the Nabi 2? That's the one you got for your kids and love? Thanks!!!

Posted on Nov 26, 2012 8:58:44 AM PST
D. Garcia says:
Thanks to everyone that has taken the time to post suggestions. I am looking for a tablet for my son because he is always stealing my Nook to play games. He is ten now so has outgrown many of the animated kids books on there. Just wanted to mention that Whispersync is a good option for people looking for help on reading skills. Look up "immersion reading."

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2012 10:29:16 AM PST
momof3 says:
Which tablet are you referring to?

Posted on Nov 26, 2012 11:15:35 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 26, 2012 11:35:58 AM PST
nzrogers says:
We have Samsung phones, ASUS, iPad Vizio, and Nook tablets. we love our Android systems and Google Play store. the granddaughters use the Nook and the Vizio. the biggest difference is the Google Play store . Nook is very limited with free games and apps. Nook is not compatable with Google apps. we have had to purchase apps through BN Temple Run isn't an option with BN. there may be other apps but that was the most important one . Vizio is a good Android tablet but we have had to have the operating system repaired. Vizio is a good company for repairs, they Do stand behind their work. i have make it a point to be sure that the tablet is Google Play store compatable and the added accessories such as screen protection and a good case or even a rubberized protector is a must with the young children or a replacement plan, just not BestBuys replacement plan, it is open to whatever they think is a good replacement product if the one you own isn't in their inventory anymore even if its at Best Buy online store

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2012 11:27:08 AM PST
B. Marks says:
About screen protectors, if your tablet has hardened glass, and nearly all the name brand tablets do today, it's very difficult to scratch. It takes a lot of force and something very hard to scratch it. Anything that can do that will go through a screen protector and not even notice it.

Screen protectors provide absolutly 0 protection to hardened glass. Of course they also don't do any harm so if they make you feel better that might be reason enough to use one. Just don't buy one thinking it really protects anything.

Barry

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2012 9:31:43 PM PST
K. Strong says:
I received a Kindle Fire last year for Xmas. Since then my 4 year old son...soon to be 5, has completely taken it over. I can not pull it out to use it, without him immediately harassing me to give him HIS "iPad"!!!! The tablets offers hours of entertainment, however, it is a battery HOG, when playing video game type apps (educational, sports, interactive, etc.) Annoying the number of times I have to recharge the device for less than one hour of play. The Kindle is wonderful for its main function as a reader, and although, it has a lot of great features, the frequent charging due to the short battery life, for both Kindle

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2012 9:34:47 PM PST
K. Strong says:
I received a Kindle Fire last year for Xmas. Since then my 4 year old son...soon to be 5, has completely taken it over. I can not pull it out to use it, without him immediately harassing me to give him HIS "iPad"!!!! The tablets offers hours of entertainment, however, it is a battery HOG, when playing video game type apps (educational, sports, interactive, etc.) Annoying the number of times I have to recharge the device for less than one hour of play. The Kindle is wonderful for its main function as a reader, and although, it has a lot of great features, the frequent charging due to the short battery life, for both Kindle & Kindle HD is a bit annoying. Also, the charger/battery port has not maintained a snug fit when connected for charging. Still, over all, when charged and when my little guy gives me a turn, I have enjoyed every Kindle feature!

Posted on Nov 27, 2012 8:18:13 AM PST
What is the best tablet for a 9 year old boy. He would be using it mostly for playing games and music. I know that most of the apps on my smart phone are free(HTC ONE X) and am wondering which tablet would have the best apps. Please help, I have a headache from reading so many reviews and am even more confused now than when I started.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2012 9:40:42 AM PST
B. Marks says:
I think a basic Kindle Fire might be a good choice for a kid. It gives you control over what he can do with it and there are lots of apps and games on Amazon, many free. Also they have one free paid app every day, and lately those have been kid oriented most days.

Barry

Posted on Nov 27, 2012 7:39:24 PM PST
S. Meunier says:
Initially, I also was looking at the Nabi 2 for my soon - to - be nine year old son. I am leaning toward a standard tablet since the parental control features doesn't seem to have the span of supervision I assumed that it would. Of course, my information is based on what research I have been able to piece together on my own.

Seems like you can add apps from google play and amazon with a work-around with the caveat being that the parental controls inherently installed on the Nabi platform would not apply to the non - Nabi apps that are downloaded.Anyone else find this fact to be true?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2012 8:19:10 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 27, 2012 8:20:10 PM PST
S. A. French says:
Any regular android tablets with access to the G-P-S (Google Play Store) have plenty of features and apps that will let you limit your child's experience. You should tell the tab to require a password to download (and spend money on) apps from the G-P-S and also disallow deleting apps, browsing the file structure of the tablet, internet access, or any other stuff that you want to do.... In short, "there's an app for that".

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 9:35:05 AM PST
L. Passanita says:
Anyone tried the Trademark TDDA40T7 model? Says it competes with the Kindle Fire and ipad?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 11:34:17 AM PST
B. Marks says:
People who read something like that and believe it probably deserve a $99 tablet. :)

Save your money till you can buy something decent. As long as you're willing to spend $100 on something just because it's called a tablet there will buy guys standing in line to take your money with strange things they mysteriously call tablets.

Barry

Barry

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 1:03:06 PM PST
Ubermom says:
I purchased a tablet for my 4yr old for Christmas and after an exhaustive search of several tech reviews, operating systems and the like found the following.

If you have young children and plan to use the tablet for travel, movies, social and educational aps the Kindle Fire HD is your choice especially given the parental controls function. If your child is approaching the advanced teenager level (or adult) you would find the Google Nexus 7 tablet a better option as it is often seen as the affordable alternative to the Ipad. Some tech reviews have preferred the Nexus 7 to the Ipad.
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