Kids Tablets Buying Tips

Introduction

If you have an iPad, Kindle Fire or any other type of tablet and have ever used it around a child, chances are you’ve seen how fascinated youngsters can get when you put it in their hands. They tend to love the intuitive, interactive nature of the devices and want to play Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja for hours, but it can be hard handing over a fragile tablet to a child who may be prone to drop or mishandle it.

Sure, kids love tablets, but giving them free reign on them can be a little disconcerting. How do you ensure they handle it properly? How do you make sure they only see appropriate content? Most importantly, how do you justify shelling out at least a few hundred dollars for something that doesn’t sufficiently address any of these questions?

Luckily, manufacturers have also taken note of how much kids love tablets. Last year, we saw the LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer become the first kids tablet to gain some serious buzz, making it one of the hottest (and hardest to find) toys last holiday season. 2012 is following that trend with a handful of kids tablets that offer educational, engaging content your kids will be sure to love.

Kids tablets utilize touch screen technology but are designed with children in mind. Typically, they’re sturdier, they offer curated apps and app stores and they allow for parental control over the device. They’re also – for the most part – easier on your wallet than their fully featured relatives made for adults.

If you're interested in picking up a kids tablet this season, now may be the perfect time to surprise your child with their very own model designed just for their age group! Read on to find more about how these tablets actually fall into two separate categories, then grow acquainted with a few offerings from each type.

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November 18, 2012
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