Kids asking for tablets? Consumer Reports put them to the test
What’s better for little fingers that can’t yet navigate a keyboard than tablet computers?
But which is best for the kids in your life?
Consumer Reports called in the experts to help find out.
These kids, along with Consumer Reports testers, put six kid tablets to the test, checking touchscreen response and color accuracy.
“If you’re in the market for a kid tablet, you want to keep in mind how many kids are going to be sharing it, the ages of the kids, what kind of screen size you want,” Consumer Reports’ Carol Mangis said. “They come in phone size and they come in full 10-inch tablet size.”
The $230-dollar KD Interactive Kurio 10 with its large 10-inch screen and wide viewing angle is good for two kids to watch at a time and has a healthy battery life, averaging more than 7 hours.
All the tablets tested include pre-loaded, kid-appropriate content, a Wi-Fi connection and a camera.
They all have parental controls as well but the options vary.
“Parental controls can let you determine how long your kid can play on the tablet,” Mangis said. “You can also set access to the internet, whether you want them to be able to go to the web or not, and if so, which sites they can access.”
The Ematic Funtab Mini 2 for $70 allows parents to set up individual profiles so different kids can have age-appropriate experiences.
But one drawback, its battery averages less than five hours.
Most of the kid tablets come with a little extra protection, grippable frames that make them extra kid-friendly.