Kid’s tech, it needs to be robust, safe and good value. No jammy hands or overexcited pokes should be able to topple this tech, so when it comes to tablets, you’re going to want to invest in something that can put up a fair fight against your kids.
Lending out your £500 iPad for the sole use of playing whatever farm game appears to be top of the app store is not your idea of productive use, but keeping them entertained is worth the substantial risk.
Well what if you don’t want to take the risk anymore, or you’ve finally given into the consistent pestering and are ready to but a tablet? What’s on the market when it comes to kids tablets? We’ve devised a list of the some of the more budget friendly tablets on offer for kids.
Kurio broke into the mainstream tech scene 2013 with the Kurio Tab, a 10inch tablet designed just for kids. This year they’re back with a couple of new devices for the kid’s tech market.
The next generation on from the very popular Kurio Tab is the Tab 2. Fittingly the Quadcore Mediatek processor is twice as powerful as its previous incarnation and comes with a GB of RAM. You’ll also get 8GB of on board memory and crucially an expandable SD card slot so you can load movies and TV shows directly onto the tablet, ideal for car journeys or non-Wi-Fi video viewing.
As the Tab 2 is designed for kids, gaming is pretty big part of the ecosystem, the Kurio comes with two player Motion technology, which includes 18 pre-loaded games including Mountain Bike, Dance, Drone Race and Wingsuit.
Unlike many other kid-focused tablets the Kurio range allows you full (parental controlled) access to the Google Play store.
Security and safety on the Tab 2 works via the ‘KurioGenius’ parental controls, which allow parents to set age appropriate internet filters, time controls and app management. These restrictions can be tweaked and changed depending on age, rules and preferences across eight child profiles.
Inside the box you’ll get the Kurio TAB 2, a Kurio stand, a nice chunky protective bumper and a home charger & USB cable.
-Quadcore Mediatek MTK8127 Processor
8GB Internal Storage (32GB SD expandable)
7" Touch Screen
Bluetooth + Wi-Fi
Android 5.0 Lollipop
If you want your kid’s tablets to be for more than just gaming and browsing Kurio have also launched their first hybrid device.
Partnering with Windows, Kurio Smart is a 2 in 1 tablet, with detachable keyboard, meaning it can be used for both homework to play.
The Kurio tab comes with a few more bulked up features compared to the Tab 2. As well as running on Windows 8.1 OS (Upgradeable to 10) it has a huge 32GB of internal memory, expandable micro SD and a HDMI port. You’ll also get access to Windows programs like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and more, meaning your kids can do all of their school tasks with ease before diverting to CandyCrush.
Like the Tab 2 the Kurio smart tab comes preloaded with a selection of games, including Minion Rush, Sonic Dash, and lots more, with other apps available from the Windows Store.
Intel Atom Clover Trail+ Z2520
32GB + Expandable Micro SD
8.9" IPS capacity touch screen
Wi-Fi, + Bluetooth
Windows 8.1 (Upgradable to 10)
Amazon’s Fire HD Kids tablet bundles 7-inch (6.15”) slate, a new protective bumper and a year’s subscription to Fire for Kids Unlimited. You’ll also get a pretty sweet 2 year guarantee, for accidents, and a choice of two vibrant colour bumbers.
The Fire HD 6 comes with tidy high-definition (1200×800) touchscreen, a Quad-Core processor and 1 GB of RAM.
However unlike the Kurios, storage may be a bit of an issue, with 8GB (or16GB) of on board storage, no expandable micro SD and the OS itself taking up 4GB alone, it might be a bit tight when it comes to movie/TV storage- Hence the need for the Kids Unlimited subscription.
Battery life on the Fire HD is pretty impressive at 8 hours and can be easily charged with a standard micro USB-B, however some users have complained about unusually long charge time.
Quad-Core Processor (1.5 Ghz)
1 GB of RAM
Storage 8 or 16GB
6" (15cm) high-definition touchscreen; 1280x800 resolution
192 mm x 126 mm x 26.4 mm
Price -£99 -£110
If you’re looking at tablet for much younger kids (under 7’s) the LeapPad range is the place to start. LeapFrog runs from its own OS and in turn has a myriad of educational games, programs and apps for younger kids. The advantage of Leapfrog software is that, while not as cheap as Android or iOS mobile apps, it’s been built by educational experts with both fun and learning in mind.
The LeapFrog3 is visibly designed with younger kids in mind sporting a bright green sturdy case, shock absorbing frame and protective screen capable of repelling the attacks of jam hands and accidental drops.
The LeapPad3 has 4GB of internal storage, USB Rechargeable Battery Two Cameras, Microphone and the kid safe web Leap Search built in.
TESCO HUDL 2
Honourable mention to the Tesco Hudl here. Arguably the best-selling value Android tablet of 2014 (Hudl 2) will not likely be back for 2015. Tesco announced that they will not be stocking the popular tablet this year and have squashed rumours that the Hudl 3 will even go ahead in 2016.
If you can get your hands on a well kept, refurbished or 2nd hand version for the same value price (£69.99 at one point in 2014!) it’s a great option for kids and can be easily customised for parental controls.
Price £50-100 (Unavailable new)