A gadget for your child ?
Not only grown-ups are offered tablets to occupy their time with. In 2012 the companies are reaching their antennae to kids, too, who are known to be very curious about everything surrounding them. The majority of them refuse Barbie dolls or electrical trains, but say yes to gadgets from an early age. Tablets in this case make for best birthday or Christmas presents, so we thought of a list that would include all the ones we deemed suitable for children. Here they are the best tablets for kids in 2012.
If your kid is between 4 and 9 years old and wants to learn how to read and create things at the same time, the $98 LeapFrog LeapPad tablet should be the first option to consider. The 5″ display of this tablet will be easy to control with their small fingers or there’s a stylus if she or he doesn’t like touchscreens. The gadget contains 100 app games that don’t cost a thing. The LeapFrog LeapPad is not at all dangerous and can be left with the kid should you want to do something else in another room for a while; and, if you’re worried about potentially dangerous Internet-related activities, no worries: there’s no access to the net to begin with. The material this tablet sports is very resistant, so you shouldn’t worry about spending your money on an easily breakable product.
The uDraw Game is a tablet that will be an instant hit with kids who love to draw. The gadget works insanely well with Xbox 360 and PS3 and features creative functions like High-Definition, a selection of Wii games (that are completely new, apart from the Kung Fu Panda 2, SpongeBob SquigglePants and others that are already installed) and Touch-Screen Capabilities.
Barnes & Noble Nook Color
Barnes & Noble have manufactured a tablet especially for kids who are over 9 years old. The $208 Nook Color is its name and it offers many reading possibilities which open once children access the gadget’s library filled with a wide selection of comics, eBooks, children books and magazines. New titles are added constantly, so there won’t be time to get bored with reading the same content every day. A connection to the Internet is made possible and the 16GB of memory can store large content. A voice recorder, Nook Apps, parental control and a microphone are features that the Barnes & Noble Nook Color boasts with great success for your kid to use.
The $79.99 VTech InnoPad has a great appeal for parents who want tablets that are friendly toward the children. It’s both a gadget for educational purposes as well as a gadget for entertainment times. It’s a tablet that shows its qualities in a package that is full of color and can put a fight if it’s dropped. The 5-inch display of this tablet is one of the best tested and responds very well even if the kid tilts it and the tablet can be connected to a computer or laptop for program downloading. The VTech InnoPad is great for other activities, such as: playing videos, reading eBooks and listening to songs in the MP3 format.
Toys “R” Us Nabi
Here’s a more expensive tablet, but with a lot more features and specs: the $299 Toys “R” Us Nabi. The display of this gadget is larger than what the norm these days is: 7″, so that your kid will see all the details of whatever he is watching in viewing conditions that are simply the best. The 4GB of memory, the books that come pre-installed, the gaming applications and the preloaded music will be sure to provide children with means of entertaining themselves in a fun and educational manner.
XO 3.0 tablet
There’s one foundation whose members didn’t forget children in developing countries: One Laptop Per Child. They have released at the beginning of 2012 the 8″ XO 3.0 tablet, a gadget which will greatly help kids who don’t have enough money to buy a notebook. This device is the first of its kind to mind the environment and it gets its power from the sun. To charge it, all you need to do is use the solar panel of the device’s optional cover or the hand crank. The tablet comes in green and it’s very comfortable to use thanks to the rugged surface on the rear. The OLPC XO 3.0 tablet will feature two kinds of screens; one of them will boast an 1024 x 768 LCD pixels of resolution and the other PixelQi 1024 x 768 pixels that will be easy to read when the sun is at its peak. One USB port, one audio in/out input and one mini USB port provide the options to get this gadget connected to others.
2012 will certainly be a good year for tablets, be they made to be used by adults or by children. The market for this gadgets will see some definite changes as time goes by, so watch this space for more updates on what will happen in the near future.