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Best Educational Tablets for Kids Review
Best Tablets for Kids
Tablets have been the rage for quite some time. Not only are they handy to have, but they can be a good learning tool for your children. The benefits of tablets will keep you happy and your kids quiet. I am not sure how we even lived in our home without a tablet before. Now, my kids don't ask to confiscate my phone to play games on it, they have more quiet time, and since we have one for each child, they fight less. The main benefits of having a tablet for your children include:
Educational tablets make learning fun with educationally geared apps and games. Your child may not even realize he is learning by playing with his tablet.
Practice with technology
Schools across the country are starting to adopt the convenience, and ease, of having their students use tablets. The practice your child will get on the touchscreen and navigating the device, will help them at school if/when they use technology there.
Tablets for kids are more durable
Having a tablet specifically for your kids will mean that you no longer have to worry about them breaking yours. Many tablets for children are made with extra durable materials, and some include bumpers along the edges for extra protection as well.
An outlet for creativity
Your children will be able to exercise their creativity by using drawing apps, movie apps, or other games.
More online protection
If safety is an issue for you, don't worry; many tablets for kids come with extra security measures to keep your kids protected from the dangers of the Internet.
Best Educational Tablets for Kids - Review
Two of the most popular kinds of tablets on the market right now for children, are the LeapPad and the NABI. They both have great benefits, and we will be discussing both products here. The first thing I noticed between the two, is finding apps and accessories for the LeapPad are a lot easier than for the NABI.
The other main difference you will notice between the two devices, is the price. Nabi is much more expensive, but here's why - it can be used as a standard tablet if a grown up wants to use it; there is a special mode you need to select to do this however. It also has a screen that is 7 inches, versus just 5 inches on the LeapPad.
Kids Tablets Storage Space
The NABI also only has 1GB of memory, but the LeapPad has 4GB. You can do more with pictures and video on the LeapPad though, so this memory difference might be important to you. The LeapPad also features two cameras, where the NABI only has one. There are similar apps on the NABI, but nothing beats the LeapPads reading apps that bring the words, and characters to live just by touching them.
This is very beneficial because of the phonics involved, and it helps build comprehension and vocabulary. Both devices give you a way to track your child's progress. Another big difference between the two, are that the apps can be pretty pricey with Leap; some games are being priced at $25! So, even though the LeapPad is cheaper, you will need to spend a good deal of money on more apps for your child, and you end up spending about the same as the NABI.
Best Tablet App Choices 2013
You need to keep in mind that the LeapPad is a locked down system. Meaning, anything you put on your device will come straight from LeapFrog. However, the NABI does let you use the Amazon app store so it is not closed. The NABI has the most powerful processor that you can find in tablets right now. The LeapPad has a resolution of 480 x 272, while the NABI has 1024 x 600.
The NABI allows you to sync with your computer to download favorite photos and videos, but the LeapPad does not give you that feature at all. I really like that the LeapPad gives you the option to set up different user profiles; this is very handy when more than one child will be using the device. The LeapPad will be better for younger children. If you are buying a tablet for an older child, the NABI is your better choice. I found that the NABI was a bit more user friendly when it came to set up than the LeapPad; it also didn't take as much time.
Best New Tablets for Kids 2013 Review
Fuhu NABI Tablet
The Fuhu NABI Tablet is an Android 4.0 device that will help your child, grades K-5, learn even more. It comes with NVIDIA Tegra 3.0, has 1GB of memory and runs on 802_11_BGN wireless which means it won't slow down your other wireless devices. I love that the screen size is 7 inches; it is big enough to adequately see the apps in use. It features some metrics based reinforcement that allows you to follow their progress and find the areas that they may need help in.
I love that the Treasure Box rewards my kids with games, apps, and accessories for when they pass certain educational levels. Not just a learning tool, the NABI is also great for some good old fashioned fun. There are over 9,000 albums of kid friendly songs that they can choose from to jam to. We have only one television in our home and it's in the basement. However, it is nice to put on a video for my children that they can watch at the kitchen table while I cook dinner, or quietly in their rooms. The NABI comes with Spinlets+TV which gives them access to all the shows they love to watch on a typical Saturday morning.
I cannot tell you how much I love the Chore List in this device! We are able to keep up with the daily chores and this app teaches them to be responsible for their environment. If your children want to have special pictures or videos on their device to show to their friends, you can now sync wirelessly to your computer. You simply have to install the app on your computer and syncing is a few clicks away. It has a rubberized grip that helps keep it in your childs hands and is made to last. I did notice some drawbacks to this device.
First, the parental controls are not that user friendly and it takes a while to learn how to use them the right way. I was also disappointed that the server this device uses, does not support silverlight software which is what Netflix uses. The view of the screen gets really bad when you are off axis; if two of my children want to watch a video or game, one of them can't see the screen very well. If you find you have trouble with getting Android apps, then consider downloading the Amazon app market which will give you a plethora of apps to choose from.
Best Educational Tablets for Kids
LeapFrog LeapPad 2
On the flipside, the LeapFrog LeapPad 2 is also a good choice for parents. You get 4GB of memory with this device which is very nice. I love that this device has front and back cameras so my kids can have fun with video. There is a library of more than 325 game cartridges and downloadable apps for your kids enjoyment. You get five pre-installed apps that are geared toward creativity and learning. These include being able to create your own pet, direct cartoons, learning songs and an art studio. I like that not only can you use your finger on the touchscreen, it includes a stylus as well. Make sure your stylus comes with a cord to attach to your device so it doesn't get lost.
Lots of Accessories Available
I love that you can buy different colored skins to protect the device, along with a host of other accessories like a carry bag, ear buds, car adapters, screen protectors, and backpacks. This device will eat up batteries like no other, so you really want to make sure that you buy the rechargeable battery pack. I have noticed that some of the apps are quite pricey, but you can find many that are under $5. Set up for this device can take some time and you will want to be willing to spend some more money to buy some more apps to go with it. Once you've done that, your child is ready to go.
The resolution is not the greatest, but for children, they will probably never notice. The screen size is 5 inches, which isn't tiny, but it's not the biggest you can find. I've been really impressed with the beating that this device has taken in my home, and it still works fine. I would recommend a screen protector though; younger children will not be so gentle with the stylus, and having a protector will ensure your device stays protected. This tablet is good for children ages 5 to 9 to use.
Best Educational Tablet and Accessories 2013
Best Educational Tablets for Kids - LeapFrog LeapPad 2
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