The best tablet to buy for your kid this Prime Day

Technology has changed a lot since you were small. Your kids have probably mastered the features on your iPhone better than you have due to constantly asking to play with it. And when you do eventually get it back, it’s a sticky mess covered in slobber and other unexplainable slimes. But in the age of touch screens and constant connectivity, there’s not really a way to say “no” without feeling like a parent from the dark ages.

Enter kids’ tablets: the happy medium between giving your kids the access to tech that they want, without turning them into a technology zombie. (You know what we’re talking about — those kids who have their faces glued to a smartphone while they get pushed around in a stroller. It’s weird, right?) Read more…

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BEST COMBO OF SPECS AND KIDS’ CONTENT

Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition

Amazon has outdone themselves with an ultra-durable version of the Fire HD Tablet that can take whatever kids throw at it.

  • Resolution: 1280 x 800
  • Storage: 32 GB
  • Battery life: 12 hours


$139.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR TEENAGERS

Apple iPad

Apple’s newest entry-level option has more power than many PC computers and will likely last for your kid’s whole school career.

  • Resolution: 2160 x 1620
  • Storage: 32 GB, 128 GB
  • Battery life: 10 hours


$329 from Amazon

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BEST 2-IN-1 CHROMEBOOK

Lenovo Chromebook Duet

For the tasks a kid needs to do, this 2-in-1 is a champ that’s much cheaper than other Chrome OS tablets.

  • Resolution: 1920 x 1200
  • Battery life: 13 hours
  • Storage: 128GB


$299 from Amazon

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MOST DURABLE

Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition

Energetic kids are no match for the Fire 7’s protective case and Amazon’s worry-free guarantee.

  • Resolution: 1024 x 600
  • Storage: 16 GB
  • Battery life: 7 hours



$99.99 from Amazon

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BEST IOS TABLET FOR FAMILIES TO SHARE

Apple iPad Air

The diet iPad Pro welcomes a blistering fast processor and is Apple’s best bang for your buck

  • Resolution: 2224 x 1668
  • Storage: 64 GB, 256 GB
  • Battery life: 10 hours


$599 from Amazon

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BEST ANDROID TABLET FOR FAMILIES TO SHARE

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite

Little ones will love the creative leeway of the S Pen and parents will love having a totally separate interface.

  • Resolution: 2000 x 1200
  • Storage: 64GB, 128GB
  • Battery life: 7 hours


$349.99 from Amazon

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BEST BATTERY LIFE

Lenovo Tab M8

Kids can set alarms or Google questions via voice commands, squeezing some self-sufficiency into their tablet use.

  • Resolution: 1280 x 800
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Battery life: Up to 20 hours


$99 from Walmart

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BEST FOR PRESCHOOLERS

LeapFrog LeapPad Academy

Large icons, specially curated-for-kids internet access, and a shatterproof screen makes this great for little ones.

  • Resolution: 1024 x 600
  • Storage: 16 GB
  • Battery life: 7 hours


$124.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR AVID READERS

All-new Amazon Kindle Kids Edition

Though it’s nothing special in the spec department, this distraction-free platform can help young bookworms tackle lengthy reading lists (while building their vocab along the way).

  • Resolution: 800 x 600
  • Storage: 8 GB
  • Battery life: Up to four weeks


$109.99 from Amazon

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