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Best tablets for kids (updated July 2022)

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Best tablets for kids (updated July 2022)
Tablets are a great choice if you are looking for a computing device for your little one. They are — obviously — bigger than a smartphone, thus allowing them to enjoy their content and play games better. Plus, they can actually be put to work towards light school work or research.

And there's a plethora of devices to pick from — be it expensive and super-powered ones to affordable entertainment machines. Here are our recommendations: 

Best tablets for kids on this list:

  1. Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 (2022)
  2. Apple iPad mini 5
  3. Apple iPad mini 6 (2021)
  4. Amazon Fire HD 8
  5. Apple iPad 10.2 (2020)
  6. Onn. 10.1" Tablet Pro
  7. Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE
  8. Apple iPad Air (2022)

Psst! Want to buy a nice tablet for yourself too? Check out the best iPad deals at Best Buy, Amazon, Verizon and more!

Best small tablets for kids

Small tablets are easier to hold, lighter and cheaper than their big-screen counterparts, and are comparable to a large smartphone, but without the phone calling capabilities. If a smaller size is important to you or your child, below are some suitable devices to choose from.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A8

Samsung Galaxy Tab A8

Samsung Galaxy Tab A8

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The new Galaxy Tab A8 is a multimedia consumption device through and through. Stereo speakers, and a pretty-looking 10.5-inch LCD display make sure you can binge Netflix in comfort. The processor is not super-powered and we don't have a lot of storage or RAM to work with. But you can rest assured that it can also play a lot of the games on the Play Store with little issue.

Obviously, it's a casual tablet for casual use, but at $200, it's perfectly fine.

Apple iPad mini 5

Apple iPad mini (2019)

Apple iPad mini (2019)

The Good

  • Light and small with class-leading internals
  • Lightning quick performance is smooth and effortless even in heavier tasks
  • Solid camera in daytime lighting
  • Easy-to-read display in almost any situation
  • Great battery life
  • Apple Pencil support

The Bad

  • Older design looks like the first 2012 iPad mini
  • Gesture navigation needs some streamlining
  • Camera isn’t a great low-light performer
  • Takes forever to recharge

The iPad mini 5 is getting a bit long in the tooth, but the A12 Bionic chip that powers it still has some juice to go in 2022. There's already an iPad mini 6 out, but retailers have old stock of the mini 5 lying around and are happy to let it go for about $330, which is not a bad deal.

Sporting a 7.9-inch display and weighing just about 300 grams, in addition to supporting the (first-generation) Apple Pencil, the iPad Mini 5 could be a child's perfect tablet for watching videos or for doing school work and taking online classes.

Apple also includes parental controls on its devices, letting parents set content and privacy restrictions, as well as daily screen time limits. In addition to that, parents of gamers may be interested in an Apple Arcade subscription, which allows for access to hundreds of ad-free games.

Apple iPad mini (2021)

Apple iPad mini 6

Apple iPad mini 6

The Good

  • Perfect size and weight for reading and jotting down notes
  • Unrivaled performance on a small tablet
  • Punchy stereo speakers
  • USB Type-C
  • 2nd-gen Apple Pencil support

The Bad

  • Unimpressive display, wavy scrolling in portrait mode
The new iPad mini is kind of like an iPad Air (2022) in a smaller body. It has that new thin bezel design, stereo speakers, and a fingerprint scanner in the power button. It's... cute and kind of looks like a mix between an ebook and a tablet.

The iPad mini 6 supports Apple Pencil Gen 2 — the one that attaches to the tablet magnetically and charges this way. There's a USB Type-C port, instead of lightning, making it readily compatible with a wider range of accessories. And its A15 Bionic chip is fresh and top of the line. Funny thing — the iPad mini 6 is slightly more powerful than the iPad Air 4.

Apple iPad 10.2 (2021)

Apple iPad 10.2-inch (2021)

Apple iPad 10.2-inch (2021)

The Good

  • The full iPadOS experience at a low cost
  • TrueTone display
  • 64 GB base storage
  • Has a headphone jack
  • Dependable battery life

The Bad

  • Dated design
  • One-sided speakers
  • Lightning port
  • Non-laminated screen
  • Camera is not great

Arguably the overall best tablet on this list, the 2021 iPad is a powerful, affordable 10.2-inch option perfect for entertainment and even education, thanks to its support for the first-generation Apple Pencil, as well as a perfectly suitable gaming tablet.

Despite its low cost, it runs popular games such as Fortnite, Minecraft, PubG Mobile and Call of Duty: Mobile on mid to high settings with no problems.

If size isn't an issue, as it's quite a large device, and weighs 483 grams, about as much as two large phones put together, this iPad may be the best match for most uses and users, and the best bang for your buck on this list.

Like with the other iPads, parental controls are available, as well the option for an Apple Arcade subscription.

Fire HD 8 and 10 Kids Edition

Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids

- 1-year subscription to Amazon Kids+ that unlocks over 20,000 apps, games, books, videos, songs, and Audible books.
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Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids

- 1-year subscription to Amazon Kids+ that unlocks over 20,000 apps, games, books, videos, songs, and Audible books.
Buy at Amazon

Amazon's super affordable 8-inch tablet features easy-to-use parental controls, and with an optional subscription to Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, kids can enjoy over 20,000 kid-friendly titles, including books, games, educational apps, movies, TV shows and more.

Instead of the usual Android, Amazon's Fire tablets run on Fire OS, which is based on Android, but has a more user-friendly UI and its own app store. This particular offer includes two kids tablets for a very low price.

Onn. 10.1" Tablet Pro

onn. 10.1" Tablet Pro

10.1-inch display, 32GB of storage
Walmart has its own brand of highly affordable tablets, with the onn. 10.1" Tablet Pro featuring decent specs for its highly competitive price.

With 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and Android 10 on board, it's a suitable device for watching online entertainment and light gaming. Also, Android 10 comes with handy parental control features built into its Digital Wellbeing settings app.

Best gaming tablets for kids

When it comes to quality mobile gaming, the options available are expectedly more pricey, as tablets need to pack the flagship specifications required for running heavy games at their highest quality settings.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G

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The Galaxy Tab S7 FE is as big as a flagship Galaxy Tab S7+, but comes with slight downgrades which allows it to start at a much lower price. Its included S Pen makes it a great writing and drawing tool, while its support for Samsung DeX and keyboard cases can easily turn it into a computer replacement.

The Snapdragon 750G on board is not top-shelf, but it's definitely considered an "upper midrange" chip — it will surely run any game on the Play Store and whatever learning app your kids have been loving recently.

As previously mentioned, Samsung devices also support Samsung Kids, which features a plethora of useful parental controls.

Apple iPad Air (2022)

Apple iPad Air (2022)

Apple iPad Air (2022)

The Good

  • Unrivaled performance at this price
  • Premium build quality
  • Solid speakers
  • Supports iPad Pro (11-inch) accessories

The Bad

  • 64 GB of base storage is a bit stingy, the only other option is a costly jump to 256 GB
  • Expensive accessories
The 5th generation iPad Air has been called an "iPad Pro killer" by many, for good reason. It takes all the things that make the iPad Pro a powerful and diversified tool — keyboard and Pencil support, powerful hardware, all-screen design — and cuts some corners to offer them in a more affordable package.

The absolute killer deal here is that the iPad Air 5th gen comes with an Apple M1 chip — the same chip that powers the iPad Pros, the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, the Mac mini, and even the most recent iMac. Yeah... all that... in a tablet.

Obviously iPadOS doesn't make use of the full M1 power, but rest assured that buying an iPad Air (2022) today is a great future-proof investment. It will take a long, long while before these tablets are obsolete!

With Notes and iCloud sync, taking notes in class is easy, and with support for DualShock and Xbox controllers — playtime is on. iPad OS has the ScreenTime perk, which opens it up for parental controls, there's access to Apple Arcade and AppleTV+, of course, and pretty much anything else in the iOS ecosystem is opened up for exploration.

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