2012: The Year of the Kids Tablet

kids tablet

Move over IPad, there’s a new tablet in town. The kids android tablet has now arrived.

For better or worse, kids can now have their own tablet reader. This is good news for me because I’ve been quite skittish about handing over my beloved Nook Color to my kids (ages 6 and 7)  Now both my kids can have an android tablet for less than the price of one IPad 2.

Almost all of these kids tablets offer lots of features including Wi-Fi, Android OS, a built-in camera, and pre-loaded with apps, ebooks, and games (i.e., Angry Birds, Flight Frenzy). Most of them ranged from just under $100 to about $200.

Here’s a roundup of kids tablets that I’ve discovered so far:


AKids Android Tabletrchos Childpad

This kids tablet will be available at the end of March. Priced at $129 SRP, it features a 7″ color touchscreen, 1GHz processor, 1GB of internal memory, and a kids apps store with 10,000 apps to choose from.

It also comes preloaded with 28 kids’ apps preloaded (including Angry Birds, Pig Rush and Flight Frenzy).

Nabi Tablet

Nabi Kids Android TabletFeatures a 7” capacitive multi-touch screen, Android 2.2, Wi-Fi, pre-loaded with 30 e-books, 30+ apps (for drawing, painting, and creating professional quality books) and a game console with tilt-sensor controls and multi-touch display.

Other features include the Kids Mode and Mommy Mode. With the Kids Mode feature you can choose what apps your kids can access and the Mommy Mode changes it into a full-featured tablet.

And don’t worry, you kids can also learn while they’re having fun too. The Nabi Tablet features Fooz Kids University with over 22,000 state standardized math skills covering grades Pre-K through 5th

Ematic FunTab Kids Tablet

Currently being offered exclusively at Walmart, is the cheapest kids tablet priced at under $100.

It features a 7″ color resistive touchscreen, Android 2.2, 4 GB internal memory (up to 32 GB with a micro SD card), back-facing camera, and even a voice recorder. It has a rubberized finish and comes in four fun and bright colors – Pink, Blue, Red, and Green.



Vinci Learning TabletKids Tablet

This is the most the expensive of the kids tablet readers that I’ve found. This kids tablet is more for kids 4 and under.

It features a 7-inch touchscreen, Android 2.3, no Wi-Fi (for some parents this is good news), choose from 4GB or 8GB internal memory, and rear-facing camera. Pre-loaded with a number games, story books and music videos specifically for kids 4 and under.

It’s nice to finally see kids tablet readers available in the marketplace. With more children’s books being available in digital format, I think we’ll be seeing more kids tablets in the marketplace.

Can’t wait until we see a kids version of the Kindle Fire!




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