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best tablet for kids 4-10 years old

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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2014 12:35:45 PM PST
L barb says:
the Nabi did not last long with the 4 year grandaughter and it was pricy

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2014 12:35:02 PM PST
L barb says:
ugh , the nabi from last year didnt last long before it quit on the 4 year old

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 24, 2013 8:13:17 PM PST
Diane G. says:
Yeah, I get that. The problem IS the links (book covers). I read a lot of Mystery, Thrillers, Paranormal, Fantasy, etc. He's just 3 and sometimes the pictures can be a bit scary. For now I'm going to use the favorites list over the Carousel and he knows to click on the FreeTime to get to his stuff. His mom can remove the links if she wants and I'll leave it at that. Still, it's not ideal. I'd rather each device have their own little library, and sure you can share, but only your choices end up on your personal Kindle. We'll see. Thanks for the comment.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 24, 2013 6:30:45 PM PST
B. Marks says:
It doesn't really go to all your devices. A link to everything you purchase goes to the Fire to make it easy to download it there. But its not there. Just the link.


Posted on Dec 24, 2013 10:12:42 AM PST
Diane G. says:
My grandson has been using the Kindle Fire since the age of 2 - I just purchased his own for him and a very cool case for it as well. He picked a lovely bright orange one :) He also can get a bit frisky with it but with fequent reminders that he won't have it anymore if he breaks it, and the awesome case, I'm fairly sure he will be fine. He got angry when it went to sleep on him once and was caught pounding the screen. It was not damaged but he did lose privileges until the following day. Since then, if he displays a temper in the slightest he loses privilege. This has worked tremendously for him and he rarely displays anger or takes it out on his tablet. I have since discovered an issue with it (for me), and that is that my content auto appears on his Carousel. I've asked for help here and so far the solution is either to open a new account to connect his Kindle to or pull the favorites section up to cover the Carousel. I haven't done it enough to know if it actually stays up when rebooting or goes to sleep, etc but I don't want to pay for another Prime account so I will try this for awhile. I'm not liking that my choices are front and center for all to see on all my devices, of which two are not even used by me, this being a matter of principal and not about the content. Also, what is the point of selecting where a purchase is sent to if it goes to all devices regardless? We love our Kindles and will figure it out somehow until they offer a solution. I recommend the Kindle Free Time Unlimited for children. It is awesome and inexpensive considering all you get. Best luck!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2013 12:28:28 PM PST
FAL says:
Buy the $80 nook hd, $90 sero 7pro, $100 nexus 7,kindle fire.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2013 11:20:20 AM PST
B. Marks says:
I'd avoid off-brand tablets. They tend to have lots of problems and little or no support. Well made tablets don't cost that much more these days. A Kindle Fire HD is $139. An Asus Memopad HD 7 is $129.


In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2013 9:08:37 AM PST
N. Tegeler says:
I've been considering getting my 9 and 7 year olds their own tablet they constantly fight over my kindle fire! I'm tempted to buy the less expensive Google Android tablets thatrange from $59-$100, however I bought one expensive off brand tablet for my daughter a year or two ago and it felt cheaply made and the touch sensitivity was horrible - that's my fear of buying something "inexpensive" or off brand but I do not want to spend a ton either...

Posted on Nov 29, 2013 7:32:01 AM PST
M. MccOmas says:
We are looking for a tablet for our special needs 6 year old. We had an iPad which seemed to have tons of special needs and special education apps.... any others that you can suggest that have similar types of apps that include things like speech and fine motor , without the high $$ of the iPad?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2013 9:22:15 PM PST
jamied516 says:
I bought my 4 year old son the Nabi2 tablet for Christmas last year. It is GREAT! he is the youngest of four children the oldest being 13 and she enjoys the tablet just as much as the 4 year old. It is a full functioning tablet with parental controls. all you have to do is log into mommy mode and it is a regular android tablet. It has never froze or locked up. Runs very smooth and gets used very extensively. the only complaint is that it does not have google play but there are many other app stores you can use and you can side load google apps. I would suggest it to anyone that wants a durable android.

Posted on Nov 27, 2013 10:29:53 AM PST
Madi says:
I bought both of my kids a Nabi 2 for Christmas last year. I do not recommend it. It is a neat device and we liked it for the two days it worked. All that money down the drain! My daughter was so devastated. Hers stopped working for no reason day 2 and my sons stopped working (would not change) after about 2 weeks. I was so upset. No, they did not mistreat it or break it. I was sitting next to her when it started to act up. It would power down for no reason and lose charge even with a full battery. My sons did the same and after about a week and half just stopped working all together. Walmart told me I had to contact Nabi. Well, they were no help. They did not know what was wrong with it. The parental features are neat but take a lot of managing. A standard android tablet can be locked down a lot easier and takes less management. Often the setting has corks. It would not allow my son to access his age group. I went back in there 3 times to check the settings and they were indeed accurate. For the short time they worked we had many corks with it.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2013 9:24:01 AM PST
B. Marks says:
I strongly suggest not buying those cheap no-name tablets. They're unreliable. You might get a good one but even then there'll be no updates, some things won't work and if you're not an experienced tablet user you'll think it's your fault. Other things will work but not correctly and again you won't know it's the tablet and not you. Battery life tends to be very short. If something goes wrong with the tablet after the 30 day return period the manufacturer warranty is often useless.

Save your money and get a brand name. A $139 Kindle Fire HD is an excellent tablet. The Asus Memopad HD 7 on sale now for $129 is excellent. The $129 Nook HD is a fine tablet. These are trouble free, fast enough, with good battery life and good service if you should need it. The firmware gets updated. They're made by people who care.

If you can't afford that right now save till you can. If you buy a $50 piece of junk it could easily discourage you and make you decide never to get another tablet. And this I know from experience. I bought a $90 tablet a year ago which I found useless and defective in many ways. But due to circumstances I was unable to return it. So I gave it to the maintenance man where I live. He'd been saving for a tablet. He got so frustrated that when he gave it back to me he told me he was glad to find out tablets were no fun and he doesn't want one anymore.

I then gave it to someone else who had a similar experience and gave it back. I finally found someone who wanted an e-reader and I gave it to her with a Kindle app on it and she's been using it, although with lots of problems.

That was my second experience with a cheap tablet. My first one was worse but fortunately I was able to return it.


In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2013 8:51:31 AM PST
sheila says:
I have also been on the fence for the visual land 7, been humming and hawing between that and the nextbook 8 that will be only 50.00 on Thursdays second event at Walmart. I wish you could tell me more by turkey day, I will have to make my decision by then. Wish me luck and I hope it is exactly what you were looking for!!!!!!

Posted on Nov 26, 2013 8:24:56 AM PST
What is best tablet for 10 year old?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2013 12:30:49 PM PST
which device are you referring to? My grandkids are the same ages and I am perplexed.


Posted on Oct 11, 2013 6:53:58 PM PDT
B. Marks says:
I don't have any experience with Nabi tablets or really know much about them. But the choice isn't between a Nabi and an Ipad. There are a lot of quality name brand tablets now for the same price as the Nabi or even less. I can't say they're better than the Nabi because I just don't know. But there are a lot of good choices now.

That wasn't true this time last year. The only cheap tablets until this year were junk. I know. I tried some. But now there are quite a few.


In reply to an earlier post on Oct 11, 2013 4:50:47 PM PDT
Julz says:
My 8 year old has similar issues. He's using the polaroid kids tablet and it seems pretty sturdy. Check prices Amazon vs. Walmart and see which deal is better - I mostly buy from Amazon, but I'm also cheap :)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 5, 2013 5:18:31 PM PDT
R. Paulo says:
We got this for our 4 year old last xmas. I researched for a long time before I decided on this one. He shares it with his 8 year old brother. What I liked about the Nabi 2 was that your children can use it into their teens- yah it was for the 4 year old- he won't be little long. We got it for educational gaming and parental controled internet. Mommy can use it too in "mommy mode" and it's just a regular tablet for me. If you don't want to buy a $500 and up ipad for children, then this is the absolute best for your money.

Posted on Sep 29, 2013 8:40:02 AM PDT

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2013 10:21:32 AM PDT
R. Gilmore says:

Any tablet that is thrown is going to break. You need to look into a very good case for the tablet and supervise the child when she is using it. There are some really good cases made of a rubber like, if not rubber, material that can shield the tablet from dropping...say 2 feet...but throwing is a whole other matter. Maybe she is too young for a tablet or check into the children's leap pad, which is made to withstand a child, although I believe they would say not to throw it too.
Hope this helps.

Posted on Sep 26, 2013 8:33:35 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 26, 2013 9:12:15 AM PDT
me and my mother is looking for a tablet for my 6 year old sister she kinda gets mad sometimes throw things so we need to know what is a good tablet that wont break easy

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Posted on Sep 26, 2013 8:27:41 AM PDT
hayy me and my mother are trying to find out some info about a tablet that cant break easy any one know anything about one

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 12:39:12 AM PST
toby says:
Just thought I'd add my two cents in. I bought an Kindle Fire HD for my 3yr old. All these other tablets made for kids dont have enough to keep them entertained or if they do you are paying through the nose. I decided to go with the kindle for "Free Time". It allows me to set the device to his specific age and let him download anything that's applicable. So all the movies and Games are made for that age and there is no restriction on him downloading any of it. You install the Apps so you don't have to be connected to wifi. This was the kicker to me. So if we're going on a trip he Downloads all the books he wants before we go and then we're done we can leave he can watch or play or do whatever he wants and I don't have to worry about it. It's 4 bucks a month if you have prime or 6 without it. A HUGE value. I don't know why more people aren't talking about this awesome feature.

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 2:45:07 PM PST
$50 Kyocera Slide here on amazon, 3.5" screen, front camera w/flash and video, slide-out keyboard, android 4.
If you want to activate it as a phone $35/mo for 300 minutes and unlimted web and text through Virgin Mobile (Sprint network), but no need to activate, use through wireless N anywhere you find a hotpot, even home.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2012 5:58:04 AM PST
B. Marks says:
I have the Galaxy Tab 2 7" and I like it a lot. I think it probably would be a good choice for kids. It's well made and will probably hold up well under rough treatment. It doesn't have parental controls built in but I've heard of apps that supply those. I don't know much about them.

I'm not sure the Samsung would be my choice of a kid's tablet, though. The micro SD slot matters to me but I'm not sure it's important for kids. Probably the same is true for the HDMI. I don't think it would be a bad choice, but I'm not sure it's ideal.

I'd look more to a Nook tablet or a Kindle Fire for kids. The Fire HD also has an HDMI port and all of these tablets have parental controls built in.

I guess a lot depends on whether it's just for the kids or for you and the kids.

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