Best Android Tablets for Kids

November 24, 2012 7 Comments

A child-friendly tablet can help kids learn about various subjects, improve motor skills, spark creativity, and keep the little guys entertained on road trips or while you cook dinner. If your child is a little too advanced for the LeapPad 2 and InnoTab 2, then you are probably looking at Android tablets or an iPad.

There are a lot of Android tablets available for kids right now. But a lot of the kid-friendly tablets are barely worth considering because of disappointing specs and high prices. I really liked this review of 6 Android tablet options for kids (Oct 2012). The author concludes that the Fuhu Nabi 2 and the Kindle Fire are some of the best choices and I totally agree.

The Fuhu Nabi 2 claims to be more powerful than the iPad, quicker than the Kindle Fire and more advanced than the LeapPad, and it is made just for kids. This tablet has a kid-friendly, tough exterior and a solid set of specs. The interface, the combination of entertainment and educational content, and the decent quality hardware make this well worth a look.

Fuhu Nabi 2:

  • 7-inch Multi-Touch display with 1024×600 resolution
  • NVIDIA Tegra 3, Super 4-Plus-1 Quad Core with 5th Battery Saver Core
  • 1GB DDR3 of system memory and 8GB on-board storage memory, expandable via MicroSD, plus 2 GB free Cloud Storage
  • 2 MP Front Facing Camera with 720p video
  • Mini USB 2.0 port, Mini HDMI port
  • 3,850 mAh Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery
  • 8.69 inches wide, 6.05 inches high, 1.14 inches deep, weighs 1.31 lbs
  • Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Built-in Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and  Bluetooth 3.0
  • App Zone 2.0 offers over 500 mom-selected, kid-approved apps

The Kindle Fire or Kindle Fire HD are worth considering, especially with the new Kindle FreeTime service for parental controls. This is an Android tablet that the whole family can enjoy. The Kindle Fire lacks a camera (the HD has one though) and there’s no Google Play, but Amazon offers a huge selection of content and there are little extras like cloud storage. It is also lightweight and Amazon claims it’s tough enough to let your kids play with, but some kind of bumper or case would definitely be a good idea.

Kindle Fire HD:

  • 1280×800 HD display with polarizing filter and anti-glare technology for rich color and deep contrast from any viewing angle
  • Exclusive Dolby audio and dual-driver stereo speakers for immersive, virtual surround sound
  • World’s first tablet with dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi for 40% faster downloads and streaming (compared to iPad 3)
  • High performance 1.2 Ghz dual-core processor with Imagination PowerVR 3D graphics core for fast and fluid performance
  • Over 22 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, books, audiobooks, and popular apps and games such as FacebookNetflixTwitterHBO GOPandora, and Angry Birds Space
  • Integrated support for Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo! and more, as well as Exchange calendar, contacts, and email
  • Front-facing HD camera for taking photos or making video calls using Skype, Facebook, or other apps
  • Free unlimited cloud storage for all your Amazon content
  • Kindle FreeTime – a free, personalized tablet experience just for kids on the Kindle Fire HD. Set daily screen limits, and give access to appropriate content for each child
  •  Prime Instant Video – unlimited, instant streaming of thousands of popular movies and TV shows
  •  Kindle Owners’ Lending Library – Kindle owners can choose from more than 180,000 books to borrow for free with no due dates, including over 100 current and former New York Times best sellers

If you want something designed specifically for kids and you have around $200 to spend, then pick up the Fuhu Nabi 2. It combines the best blend of kid-friendly features, usability, and polish.
If you want something for you and the kids, then the ad-supported Kindle Fire is worth a look.

Do you think there is a better kid-friendly Android tablet worth considering?

(Thanks, AndroidAuthority.com)

Fuhu Nabi 2 on Amazon $194.99

Kindle Fire 7  HD w/ Special Offers $139.00

Kindle Fire Certified Refurbished $89

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Comments

  1. Thanks Melanie.

  2. I’m looking for a tablet that is kid friendly and has the capability to play movies without having to be connected to the net to do so. When we’re out I want to use it to play DVDs or downloaded movies. Do either of these do that? Also what does (door cashier) mean?

    • Door Crasher means it is one of the Door Buster deals for the sale. It usually refers to a deal that will be very popular and there may be limited stock too.

    • I’m thinking that you can watch movies on the Nabi 2 & Fire because they have built-in memory (and the Nabi 2 has an SD card slot too). An SD movie takes about 500MB of storage, and an HD movie is 2GB.

    • You can also access mommy mode and stream netflix while on WiFi.

  3. Nabi 2 is the way to go if you’re in the market for a fast, no fuss tablet that you could use but is sturdy enough for your active child. Bought one for my 6yr old. We loved it so much that we bought another one 2wks later for my 4 year old. A parent may be put off from using this tablet too because its referred to as a child friendly tablet but the two modes available on this tablet allows both parent & child to make the most out of the $200 price tag.

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