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The best tablets for children
There are so many tablets on the market, making a choice for adults can be difficult enough -- what memory do I want, what operating system, what applications do I want access to, and how much am I willing to spend? However, when you add children to the equation, you must also consider how you can both keep them entertained and safe at the same time.
Detecting a niche in the market for family-friendly devices, a number of tech firms have begun offering tablet computers aimed at the younger generation. Whether you're looking for an entertainment, education-based or budget-friendly tablet, here are a number of options suitable for you -- and tips on how to keep your device child-proof.
Child-proof your device tip: 'Free to Play' labels on applications do not necessarily mean there are no in-app purchases -- which your child could use to buy virtual items. Avoid bill-shock and check apps that your child has access to before they play.
Kindle Fire HDX
The Kindle Fire HDX, marketed as a family-friendly tablet, is a good choice for children not only due to its price, but Amazon's Kindle FreeTime feature. The tablet allows parents to create a different profile for each of their children and tailor access to content accordingly. If you want to encourage your children to complete educational tasks, you can block access to entertainment apps until these goals are met. In addition, parents can choose when the tablet will work for their children, depending on the time of day and how long children are allowed to use the gadget.
The tech specs: 7-inch, 8GB/16GB storage models, 1280x800 high-definition LCD display, a dual-core processor, Imagination PowerVR 3D graphics core, anti-glare technology.
Child-proof your device tip: Invest in a strong, robust case for the tablet. Children aren't always exactly the most careful of creatures.
Price: £119 ($200)