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While many parents work extra hard to raise their children without the assistance of electronic devices, the busiest parents will be unable to hide their own obsession with digital handhelds from their curious kin.
And depending on how they take care of their own toys, it is probably not reasonable to trust them with your own $300 tablet. Many come with pre-loaded educational content, and considering that tablet OSes are being taught as early as grade school, just giving a child a chance to explore a digital interface can put them ahead. If your child is hankering for her chance to dive into self-directed electronic entertainment, consider one of the tablets below.
Beyond your free year, the service will be $2.99 a month for Amazon Prime members, but once you utilize its extensive parental controls, you will find that it is certainly worth the money. FreeTime Unlimited offers an enormous amount of content, and will be able to please just about any child, but note that its performance is far from perfect. This is a simple process, as Fire OS 4.0 includes the ability to create unique profiles for different users. The included bumper case is further complemented by a 2 Year Limited Warranty, which gives added peace of mind. The Kindle HD comes standard with a 6 inch screen and 8 GB of memory, but each can be upgraded to 7 inches and 16 GB for an additional $40 and $20 respectively.
The Nabi DreamTab HD8 is Nabi’s top of the line kids tablet, and one that is made in special partnership with Dreamworks Studios.
As it is one of the most expensive tablets, expect the DreamTab to provide a lot of extra power that others cannot.
The only thing slow about this tablet’s processor is how it handles over-the-air updates, of which there are currently a few you receive out of the box. Externally, the tablet comes with a protective red silicone sleeve, as well as pegs on the front side that prevent the screen from being scratched when placed face down on a flat surface. There is much to do in the child-friendly Nabi Mode, and Dreamworks-based content pre-installed can keep a child busy for hours.
One of the coolest features is the Maxthon Kid-Safe Browser, which is basically a limited web browser that allows parents to use a special password to approve access to specific kid-friendly sites on the tablet. Equally impressive is the Nabi Coin system, which rewards the user for playing educational games with virtual currency that allows them to acquire new, more entertainment-based apps and content. Parent Mode is another excellent feature, as it enables a full Android tablet, meaning you can share this tablet with ease.
While the maximum battery life is supposedly 8 hours, user reports estimate that it is more like 4-5 hours with regular use.
The Kurio Xtreme is another speedy Android tablet that can bridge the gap for kids just old enough to have outgrown the educational content of the DreamTab or Amazon’s FreeTime Unlimited. Internally, the tablet packs a decent Atom processor, and a nice 16 GB of memory with a MicroSD expansion option.
The Kurio Xtreme comes preloaded with over 90 apps, many of which are arguably geared towards older users.
One awesome addition Kurio made that others did not is motion control games, which use the built-in camera and an included tablet stand to provide games that get kids off the couch and moving. Other features do suggest a little more mature usage as well, though, like Kurio’s Genius Internet Filtering, which still allows custom filtering and blocking, but can also be lessened in strictness as the user grows older.
With a parent password, you can even download straight from the Google Play Store, but younger users are not left in the dust, as the Kurio store allows you to download curated app for children as well. LeapFrog has been making interactive kids toys for many years, and with their newest LeapPad model, they are now bringing their game-based learning into the 21st century. This tablet is best for younger kids in the age range of 4-9 years, and their previous model, the LeapPad3, is even easier for a younger audience to use. LeapPad’s Learning Suite includes some great pre-loaded digital learning content, but the selection is certainly not unlimited. One the coolest ones is LeapSearch Zui, a kid-friendly web browser that provides multimedia content that has been pre-screened by parents and caregivers. While this is plenty of pre-loaded content for some kids, those who get bored of their toys quickly will eventually want to explore additional game cartridges or digital downloads, of which there is a staggering amount.
This much extra content could be a pitfall if it’s for more finicky users, but others may enjoy the benefit of simply being able to buy or download a new game to keep their kid happy rather than having to shell out for an all-new device.
Extensive parental controls and the fact this is strictly a kids’ tablet means that content will always be age-appropriate and carefully chosen. The one downside of this tablet is that its 800MHz processor handles internal functions rather sluggishly, especially the web browser.


Even if the tablet can run a little laggy at times, you can get up to 9 hours of battery life, meaning that it has to be plugged in and charged far less often. The Vtech Innotab Max, as its bulky shape and simple menus might suggest, is an alternative option to the LeapPad Ultra, which likewise has a younger target audience than other tablets on this list. Kids in this age group will appreciate the bright 7 inch (1024×600) display and the flip stand that doubles as a protective cover with a handle. You get 15 onboard apps (plus more when you register online), including Wonder Cam Max, Movie Maker and my Magic Beanstalk. Performance is a little sluggish, and although the tablet includes a stylus to help develop writing skills, the screen is often easier to use with a finger. What is the best kids tablet for downloading tv programmes and films, such as peppa pig and disney films?
In light of the web series’ popularity, the Peg Heads will soon be given their own toy line. Still, with revenue increases now significantly outpacing losses, that’s a good sign for the service. What 2016’s revenue increases will look like remains to be seen, but the company could have a few costly financial drains on its hands this year. The Swedish streamer also is working on new original video offerings, and given a push for quality, that could end up costing a pretty penny as well. Still, rising revenues are good news for the streaming industry in general, as big-name players like Apple Music and Spotify compete to prove that large-scale on-demand music can be a profitable enterprise. But from a bottom-line basis, consumers who just buy data plans bring in less revenue, which is not such good news.
According to our Customer Loyalty Engagement Index, the category that was once driven by “Brand Reputation and Technological Leadership” has shifted to “Equipment,” with tablets at the top of the list of technology consumers crave most. Visit our YouTube channel to learn more about Brand Keys methodology, applications and case studies. Successful Strategies, Marketing Misdeeds, and the Brands that Loved Them on What Happened? Our measurement methodology correlates very highly with sales and profitability, making it an accurate means of predicting sales and future in-market behavior. As any experienced parent knows, most children ages 3-10 will want a turn with the shiny touch screen toy that you use to play games and watch videos. Parental controls make it easy to balance work with play, as well as keep kids away from websites and settings screens that can lead to trouble.
The reason for this is that the Fire HD Kids Edition is practically the same as a regular Fire HD except it comes bundled with a protective bumper case in one of three colors, plus 12 months of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited. FreeTime Unlimited is a hand-curated subscription of over 5,000 kid-friendly books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games. Time limits can turn off the tablet at a specific time of day, or after a specific amount of usage, and can even block specific entertainment content until educational goals are met. For instance, some users have had trouble with offline usage, and those with sensitive children have even higher demands for content control than the device can provide.
Cooler yet, when you switch to a password-protected parental profile, you have access to the full features of the Kindle HD, making it a tablet that can still be easily shared. It is recommended to upgrade the memory to 16 GB, as Freetime Unlimited plus the OS itself takes up over half of this memory on its own.
The beautiful packaging seen in the above video unfolds as a popout of Dreamworks character like Shrek and Po of Kung Fu Panda, sure to excite users age 3-9. They take longer than expected to complete, which can be a frustration if this is given as a gift to be enjoyed right away. The tablet’s stylus pen enables creative drawing in DreamPro Studio and allows your child to practice handwriting. Time controls are powerful, allowing you to limit the time spent on a specific app, and to review the amount of time your child spends on specific tasks.
This is a little shorter than one would hope, but the tablet’s great reward system and fun educational games can keep a young one entertained and productive down to 0% battery, while still giving you plenty of control over the experience.
This battery, similar to the Nabi DreamTab, is rated for 8 hours of usage but can vary greatly depending on what’s running. While it is still kid-friendly content, you won’t find common Android games like Angry Birds Space, Fruit Ninja, and Subway Surfers on other kids tablets.
The review video below demonstrates this in action, but note that it does require the stand or someone to hold the tablet for full functionality.
The tablet even includes a limited email app that allows for parent screening, and of course time controls as robust as any other kids tablet.


Users of any age will benefit from the kid-tough casing, although the tablet is somewhat bulky, making it a little too heavy for much younger users and a little too childish for older users. It comes with 11 apps: Photo Fun Ultra, Art Studio Ultra, Pet Pad Party, Utility Suite, Pet Chat and more. Parents can further modify what content is available by blocking specific sites or adding additional ones to the browser’s approved list. The LeapPad Ultra comes with some computer software that adds extra functionality as well, allowing parents to monitor and limit what type of content is most used by their children. The 8 GB of memory is adequate though, as its less graphically-intensive games take up minimal space, and can always be bought as individual cartridges. A good battery is invaluable if you are buying this for a child too young to handle plugging in and charging themselves, which is the exact age group for which this tablet is ideal. The Innotab Max is intended for ages 3-8, though one could see interest waning at age 6 or 7. Among others is a kid-friendly web browser, time controls, and VTech Kid Connect, which your kid can use to communicate with any parent-approved device that has the Kid Connect app installed.
It has 8 GB of memory, and features a MicroSD slot which allows you to expand by up to 32 GB. Given that time spent with electronic toys should be limited, this is not a terrible downside, but one to consider nonetheless. Guided by the pen of veteran animation writer Jeffrey Scott, the titular characters have one wacky misadventure after another. The series chronicles free-spirited Peg, smarty-pants Zippy and perpetual goofball Spinner’s efforts to thwart the diabolical Queen Brictoria and her resident mad scientist Dr.
The popular Swedish music service has finally released its financials from last year, showing revenues that grew a staggering 81 percent year-over-year to $2.2 billion.
And it will likely boost future investor confidence; Spotify will probably go public in the next 12-18 months, given the terms of its recent $1 billion bout of debt-based funding. Spotify officially announced that it had 30 million paying users as of March, and is expected to grow at a rate of approximately 1 million per month.
Spotify is currently in the process of renegotiating its distribution contracts with major labels, and some sources speculate it may have to pay massive upfront fees to continue offering their music. Partially because they’ve used “AT&T” for a long, long time, but mostly because telegraph via wires disappeared in the very early 20th century thanks to Marconi, and traditional telephones gave way to cellphones and smartphones, thanks to Motorola in the early 1970’s.
And “A Selection of Calling Plans” has changed to “Data Options,” including elements like daily data options for tablets and lower-data plans for smartphones.
But as consumers can get 3 gigabytes of data for their tablets, as low as $30.00 a month, you don’t need a calculator app on your tablet to do that math and see what is (and isn’t) more lucrative for the carrier. To some the concept may seem outright irresponsible, but rest assured, most tablets made specially for kids grant the parent ever-important control over their time spent using it as well as what they use it for. You can even approve specific content from the parent mode of the tablet that can be shared with the child profile. However, if you can teach your kid some patience for technology, and you don’t have abnormal needs for parental controls, FreeTime Unlimited is a handy and valuable addition to this package.
A MicroSD slot would have been a great solution for this issue, but even without expandable, the Kids Edition Fire HD is definitely still a fantastic buy. This is possibly because they lack an educational element, and are among some of the more addictive games available. Many apps have educational content, and more apps can be added via cartridges or Vtech’s Learning Lodge store.
With these toys, your little ones will be able to take Peg and the gang on adventures of their own creation. That said, the KX also has some of the same educational content that Nabi tablets have, so you do get a mix.
These baddies seek to cover the entire world in flavorless opaque blocks, making it every bit as drab and emotionless as the aforementioned monarch. Aiding the Peg Heads in their quest is the kindhearted Professor Laserus, the benevolent founder of New Pegland and inventor of the consistently useful Power Peg.



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