Best Tablet For Kids 2017: 5 great tablets for children

If you’re looking for an excellent tablet for your younglings, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve rounded up some of the best kids tablets around, and they’re all right here.

The children’s tablet market isn’t huge, so picking a slate that’s right for your child is actually fairly difficult. While some manufacturers have started to market budget tablets as child-friendly, and other brands pitch products directly at children, they don’t always offer the best deal. To help any parent on the market for a kid friendly tablet, we’ve sifted through the top-rated tablets to bring you five options that are sure to delight any child.

Aside from cost, the primary criteria for choosing a kids’ tablet should be its build quality. Not only does it need to have a decent chassis surrounded by a slightly rugged material, but an official, IP-certified splash-proof rating – such as IP52 – will be a welcome addition too.

iPad mini 2

1 of 5

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Key features:

  • Access to over 1 million apps
  • Includes 5-megapixel camera
  • Great screen for reading
  • Review Price: £319

The iPad Mini 2 may not be the newest tiny tablet from Apple, but it’s the best value for money at the moment.

The Apple tablet is an expensive investment and it’s not exactly built to be thrown all over the place, but if you invest in a decent tough case like the iSpeck iGuy it can be made kid-friendly. If you have a little extra cash to burn, it’s also got a decent stock of toy add-ons, like the educational OSMO starter kit.

The iPad Mini 2’s iOS 9 operating system also has a host of parental features that actually make the iPad Mini more suitable to hand over to your kids. You will be able to restrict the Safari web browser from showing adult content and the ability to install apps. Additionally, you can disable access to explicit content if you don’t want them to listen to music, podcasts with rude words or more adult-themed TV shows.

With access to the App Store there’s a wealth of child-friendly games, apps and ebooks to buy and download. If you can afford to spend a little more, the iPad Mini is a tablet both parents and children can use, though it’s probably better suited to slightly older children.



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Kurio Smart

2 of 5

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Key features:

  • Runs Windows 10
  • Good battery life
  • Includes detachable keyboard
  • Review Price: £160

The Kurio Smart breaks the trend for children’s tablets, taking the form of a Windows 10-powered slate with a detachable keyboard. Arguably it offers the best compromise of any tablet on our list, being as adept at work as it is for play.

Design-wise this tablet is distinctive, with bright blue and white plastic featuring heavily. When it comes to features, though, it’s basic. Neither the tablet nor the dock include a full-size USB port. On the plus side, there is an HDMI connector, for doing homework on a larger screen.

The built-in screen has a 1,280 x 800 pixel resolution, and while this shows itself in a bright panel with responsive touch controls, it will prove frustratingly low for anyone with ambitions of multi-tasking.

It isn’t particularly powerful either. The quad-core Intel Atom processor will be pushed to its limits with only a few web browsing tabs and applications open, but it will easily handle a few basic games and meet most children’s needs.

Battery life is excellent; in long-term testing with a child who uses it every day, we’ve found it lasts between six and seven hours on a single charge, although you should still carry the power supply with you when possible.




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Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition

3 of 5

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Key features:

  • Good screen
  • Sturdy build and protective case
  • Great kids content
  • Review Price: £129.99

Amazon once again makes the best dedicated tablet for kids, adding a sturdy bumper case and lots of content to its Fire HD 8 slate. Buy this tablet and you’ll not only get an impressive 12-hour battery, decent 8-inch display and 32GB of storage, but also a 12-month subscription to the Fire For Kids service that packs in books and TV shows aimed at children.

We’d have liked to see an included screen-protector along with that bumper case though, and none of the Fire For Kids video can be stored offline. Still, this is an excellent tablet.

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Key features:

  • Two-year accidental damage warranty
  • Chunky case
  • Excellent Amazon Fire for Kids content store
  • Review Price: £119

We reviewed the Amazon Fire HD 6 tablet and were pretty impressed. The tablet is cheap, compact and offers reasonable – if not stellar – performance.

With the Kids Edition, Amazon has bundled the original tablet with a chunky blue or pink case, access to Fire For Kids Unlimited content store and, most importantly, a two-year accidental damage warranty.

It’s an all-in-one package for which you pay a premium, but it’s definitely worth the money if this will be your children’s primary entertainment device.

The tablet has a 6-inch, 1,280 x 800 IPS screen, which is good enough for most content – although we did find reading smaller text a bit of a chore. Battery life is decent: you can expect around eight hours of modest usage, although this will half if you’re playing a game.

The Fire for Kids app is excellent, with a store full of content that you can trust will be suitable for children under eight years old. Here you can also set time limits on certain activities. If you want to encourage your child to read, for example, you set a target for the amount of time spent reading.

You get a full year of access to the store, after which it will cost £3.99 per month if you don’t have Amazon Prime, or £1.99 per month if you do. This can be changed to a set of four children for £7.99 and £4.99 respectively.

As far as one-stop-shops go, the Amazon Fire HD 6 Kids Edition is a terrific choice, but it is undoubtedly expensive.




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LeapFrog Epic

5 of 5

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Key features:

  • Chunky design
  • Simple interface
  • Educational LeapFrog apps
  • Review Price: £119

This chunky tablet is ideal for children under five. It offers a robust design and a very simple, Android-powered user interface. It’s basic, though, so its lifespan will be limited, both in terms of it entertaining a child beyond a certain age and its technical capabilities too.

First-party LeapFrog apps are available for the device, but these are quite expensive and we actually found that side-loading the Amazon Appstore was a better bet with this device.

The 7-inch screen has a resolution of just 1,024 x 600. This is incredibly low, and the actual quality of the panel isn’t great either, displaying fairly muted colours.

On the plus side, is the ability to create multiple user profiles for several children – something that became a standard part of Android tablets a couple of years ago.

With five hours of battery life, it will easily see younger children through only one sitting, but we’d advice regularly charging it anyway.




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