Best Tablets for Teens 2013
Tablets for Teens - Android, Apple and Windows
A guide to the best tablets for teens in 2013. Teenagers use technology for socialising, homework, gaming, reading and lots more. Tablets can be used for all these things, it's worth thinking about the main things your teen will use a tablet for to help guide your decision.
Some teens love to read and convenient access to eBooks will be an important consideration. Other teens are movie buffs. Some love to chat to their friends on Skype. Other teenagers need their own device to do homework on as the family computer is shared.
With younger teens you may still want to control or monitor what they can do with their tablet. You probably also want to give them the ability to spend some money, but not run up a huge bill.
Image: Acer Tablet with Keyboard
Fuhu Nabi XD 10.1 Tablet PC, 16GB, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Optimized for Tweens
The Nabi XD is aimed at tweens, but it's a great Android tablet for teens and adults too. Don't discount it for teenagers. It's a well-specified device for its price and it's stylish enough to appeal to an older audience.
I think a lot of adults will be buying the Nabi XD. It has a large 10.1 inch screen which is great for playing games, sharing the screen with a friend and watching movies.
You can also add a keyboard to turn the Nabi XD into a homework machine - there are plenty of office apps for Android available now.
Kindle Fire HD 7", Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Wi-Fi, 16 GB - Includes Special Offers
Kindle Fire HD 8.9", Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Wi-Fi, 16 GB - Includes Special Offers
The Kindle Fire HD is a good all-round family tablet for reading eBooks, watching movies, playing games, browsing the web, Skype etc.
One of the useful features that many other tablets don't have is the ability to set up accounts for different family members. So if you don't want younger kids having access to the books your teen is reading then you can give them separate accounts.
You can get a 3G version of the Kindle Fire HD 8.9", but Wifi is sufficient for most teens.
Kindle Fire HD: The Best Way To Watch The Hunger Games
This Kindle Fire ad aimed at teens focuses on the movie-playing abilities of the Kindle Fire - high quality sound and picture, X-Ray for finding out more about the movie and actors and HDMI out for connecting to a big screen.
Windows 8 Tablets
2013 is the year when Windows 8 tablets start to be a viable option. The latest version of Windows has additional support for touchscreen devices, and tablet format devices are now powerful enough to run a full operating system. The main advantage of a Windows 8 tablet is that kids are familiar with Windows from school and home. Many Windows 8 tablets have keyboards as add-ons so a Windows 8 tablet can be a good homework machine for teens (a netbook replacement.)
Windows 8 tablets are currently more expensive that Android tablets and they are very new. If you can wait until mid-2013 then you'll have more choice and the devices will be more mature. Definitely an interesting option for a tablet that can be used work work, and fun too.
Acer Iconia W510-1422 10.1-Inch 64 GB Tablet with Keyboard Dock (Silver)
iPad or iPad Mini
A lot of teens will already know where they stand on the Android/Apple/Windows debate. If your teen has grown up with iPods and has an iPhone then they may covet an iPad and already have a library of iOS apps that will run on it. The iPad is a brilliant tablet but you do pay for it. The iPad is not a cheap option.
Is your teen careful with their belongings? Are they already plugged in to the Apple ecosystem? Can you afford an iPad or iPad mini for them? If not, they'll cope with a cheaper Android device until they're earning enough to buy an iPad for themselves.
An Android Gaming Tablet
Does your teen actually want a tablet to play Android games on? If that's what they'll use the tablet for then you could consider an Android gaming tablet. These devices are designed for game playing but run Android so you can play free and purchased apps and games, read eBooks and browse the web.
We'll be seeing more devices like this coming along during 2013.
5" 4GB JXD S5110 Capacitive Game Console 5inch Cortex A9 1GHz DDR3 512MB Android 4.0 Tablet PC Wifi TV-out HDMI OTG Support lots of Games - Black
Lujex 7 inch 8GB Android 2.3 Capacitive CortexA9 Tablet PC Game player Game Console JXD S7100 White
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