Looking for the best kids tablets for Christmas 2012? You’ve come to the right place. We are going to go over some of the best computer tablet devices for children of all ages. While the iPad is awesome in many ways, you may not want to buy one for a small child considering the price. There are a lot of great tablets that have been designed just for kids, however, so you can still get them something. Most – but not all – are based on the Android operating system from Google.
Ages: 3 to 9 Years Old
The VINCI Tab II M can also be networked together with other tablets for children to be able to play in groups. The newest version also has WiFi access, making it easy to get it online – with parental controls, of course. (Click here for price)
This comes with built-in software. You get a Digital Reader, Game Player, Note Pad, Art Studio, MP3 Player and Photo Viewer. This is going to be more than enough for some children – especially for a first tablet. The Fisher Price iXL is made from durable plastic and holds up well even for younger children.
Additional iXL features include an SD slot for more memory (built-in memory is up to 150 MB), and a standard headphone jack for long car rides! Unlike some of the other tablets, this one is really inexpensive because it doesn’t do as much as some of the tablets based on Google’s Android operating system. (Click for price)
Available for around $100, this is a tablet from a company that has been making educational toys and games for children for quite a while. There is a library of over 300 hundred cartridges and downloadable apps. These include games, videos, music, as well as apps for creativity. Requires 4 AA batteries (which are not included) although you can (and should) get the charger so you don’t burn through a lot of batteries. The basic tablet comes with five apps installed, but you can get more online or by buying special Leappad cartridges. This tablet is very versatile and a lot of fun for children. (Click for Prices)
The original Vtech InnoTab was popular with a lot of children, but the new Vtech InnoTab II this year is even better. This kids tablet is really good if your child is into games and gaming. It comes with a digital camera, video camera, photo viewer, video player, MP3 music player, e-reader, art studio, plenty of games, and a microphone.
The tablet has 2GB of onboard memory with an expandable SD card slot if you need more. It is designed with nice, thick rubber corners all the way around so that if your child does drop it, there’s not much damage they can do. (Click to Buy)
This is new and really hot for 2012 for good reason.It runs on the Android 4.0 operating system, which means you can get new apps for it (many free) from the Google Play store. This makes it a little different than most kids tablets because it is not a closed, proprietary system. The MEEP! tablet is kidSAFE Certified, which is nice so you don’t have to worry so much. From games to music to art to learning, there are a lot of different ways that the Meep really excels. Overall, it’s our number one recommended kids tablet this year. (Click for Price)
Kid tablet comparison table
Here is a further breakdown of the various kids tablets that we have looked at.
|Fisher-Price iXL||LeapFrog LeapPad||Vtech InnoTab||Vinci Tab||Meep|
|Age range||3 to 7||4 to 9||4 to 9||1 and older||6 to 10|
|Size (H x W x D in.)||5 x 4.8 x 2.1||1 x 5.1 x 7||9 x 1 x 10||7.2 x 10 x 0.6||8 x 0.8 x 5.5|
|Colors||Silver, pink, or blue||Purple or green||Pink or blue||Black with red bumper||Orange|
|Batteries||4 AA||4 AA||4 AA||Rechargeable||1 Lithium ion (included)|
|Can upgrade memory?||•||•||•||•|
|Tested battery life||13.7||7.6||3.1||5.3||6.3|
If you have experience with kids tablets with Android or another operating system, we’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.K. Paul Mallasch