Tablets have become an integral part of entertainment and productivity for kids and adults. There are some tablets that are aimed specifically at kids compared to regular tablets. This begs the question, what are the differences between them?
The primary differences between a kid’s tablet and regular tablets are that kids’ tablets are slightly more expensive, are more rugged/durable, come with subscriptions to kid-oriented services, and offer more parental control.
What Are Kids Tablets?
Kids tablets are tablets that are designed and created with kids in mind. Contrary to tablets that have some kid-friendly features, these tablets are designed just for kids. Therefore, they have whacky, vibrant designs and kid-friendly features and generally look and feel much more different than normal tablets.
With that said, kids’ tablets are generally based on a generic normal tablet and have features added onto them. For example, the entirety of Amazon’s Fire Kids lineup has an equivalent Fire tablet that retains the same display, size, and specifications.
However, some key differences exist between a normal tablet and a kid’s tablet. We’re going to be looking at those below. But, before we do so, do note that kids’ tablets can perform all the functions a normal tablet can as they still run the Android Operating System.
So, a kid’s tablet can be used to open a Google document, watch a few YouTube videos, open up a spreadsheet, or perform more demanding tasks if the specifications allow for it.
Kids Tablets vs Regular Tablets Differences
The key differences between kids’ and regular tablets are parental controls, durability, design, features, and price.
|Includes features such as content restrictions, time on screen tracking, filtering content by child age, and setting educational goals. You can control all of this from your smartphone.
|Regular tablets have basic parental controls, they do not offer the same level of customization. Requires some configuration before they can reach the same level.
|Built out of rubber/plastic, it comes in extremely durable, rugged designs that can sustain a beating. However, very bulky and harder to carry around.
|Nimble, and relatively fragile. Built out of more premium materials in most cases and cannot sustain a beating. Third-party cases need to be purchased to get them to the same level of protection.
|Designed for kids. Has wonky colors and a vibrant design with extra utilities such as stands in some models. Kids love them.
|Professional design. Monotonous greyed-out tones that are much more minimal and typical.
|Contains the entire Android operating system with a few kid-oriented cherries on top such as access to subscription services that provide kid-friendly content. Netflix, Disney+, Lego, Marvel, etc.
|Operates as a typical Android tablet. Nothing special.
|Little more expensive.
Tablets for kids come loaded with parental control features that help parents define exactly what their children can do with their tablets. If the tablet is GPS-equipped, it also lets parents track their child’s location.
Moreover – parental controls allow parents to control every nook and cranny of the tablet. For instance, setting up timed restrictions, NSFW restrictions, not allowing them to watch certain types of content, or downright banning some applications.
In essence, kid’s tablets offer a level of control and privacy that simple tablets require a lot of setting up to go through to in order to reach the same level of control. For instance, Amazon’s Fire for Kids lineup has a parental dashboard that lets you identify what your kids are doing and also lets you set up multiple accounts with varying permissions. You can receive notifications and manage everything from your smartphone. Making you in charge even from a distance.
Kid Specific Features
Almost all children’s tablets come with some sort of subscription service added to the bundle. For example, Amazon tablets come with a free 1-year subscription to Amazon Kids. Which has tons of free movies, applications, games, videos and books meant for kids. From age 3 to 12.
Amazon Kids tablets also come with a 2-year warranty in case the tablet breaks. In those scenarios, amazon will replace it.
Kids’ tablets are more expensive than the original tablets they are based on. This price difference depends on what tablet you are looking at. But Amazon Kids tablets usually are a bit more expensive than the original ones.
|Amazon Fire 7
|Amazon Fire 7 Kids
Generally, though, there’s a difference of 20-50$ depending on what brand you are looking at.
This begs the question, does the price difference make sense? Well, yes, kid’s tablets are worth the added cost. If you are purchasing them for your child, have the mental peace of knowing the tablet is a bit more durable, and if it breaks, you can get a new one while also containing tons of parental control options and games/movies specifically catered to them from Lego, Disney+, Netflix, Nick and Cartoon Network adds a lot of value.
Kids tablets are more durable(kids-proof cases), have better designs for kids, have better parental controls, and have one year free Amazon Kids+ that gives you access to kids’ books, videos, movies, and educational apps, age-appropriate app recommendations. It’s also a bit pricier than the standard tablet.
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