Are you looking to buy your child a tablet? Or are you considering buying yourself a tablet and letting your kids use it?
When looking for a tablet for your kids, 2 immediate contenders may come to mind: the Apple iPad and the Amazon Kindle Fire. After researching both, here are the pros and the cons of each when considering purchasing for a child – or for kid use.
The Apple iPad is the end-all-be-all to tablets. With the simple design and intuitive user interface, your children will be able to easily figure out how to work their way around the iPads OS.
- Thousands upon thousands of applications for both fun and education
- Easy to use interface
- Several iPad cases for kids available to protect your device
- Price – even if you were to buy a refurbished 1st generation iPad, you will be spending over $300
- Size – the iPads are quite large, which could be a disadvantage to small hands carrying around
While I LOVE my Apple iPad, if I were buying for my child, I would consider another device due to price.
Amazon Kindle Fire
The Amazon Kindle Fire is selling more than a million devices a week (December 2012). How kid friendly is the Amazon Fire?
- The price is right at $199
- Apps are available via the Amazon app store
- The Kindle Fire’s size fits perfectly in the hands of kiddos.
- Easy access to Amazon – great for streaming movies
- The Kindle Fire does not have near the quality of apps that is available to the Apple iPad
- Not as many cases or covers that can protect the fire like there are for the Apple iPad
- No 3G access (there is wifi – but you have to provide your own connection)
The Amazon Kindle Fire provides a fabulous alternative to the iPad if you don’t need all the bells and whistles.
Tablets and Kids
Check out Michael Sheehan’s post over on Babble: Tablets Can Help You Kids Develop a Passion for Reading
Would You Consider Buying Your Kids a Tablet?
The Latest Delivered To YOUR Inbox!