Budget tablets for kids
Giving your kids a tablet doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are the best choices available right now.
While Samsung has the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids aimed at children, it is an expensive gadget to hand over to your child, costing around Rs23,000. When it comes to gadgets that kids can use, you want something that doesn’t cost too much and which allows you to have some degree of control over a safety and security point-of-view.
Here is the moneysaverindia.com list of a few such devices:
Last updated on January 13, 2014.
The Swipe Junior is a cheap, 7-inch tablet for your kids. Running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, it comes with a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory, expandable up to 32GB. It also has built-in Wi-Fi and will accept an external 3G dongle. In addition, it has a 2-megapixel camera at the rear and a VGA front-facing camera, along with a 3,000mAh battery. Its parental controls feature lets you limit how long your kids use the device and control which games and apps can be used. It also allows for a separate parent login and usage reports. It’s made from environmentally friendly, food-grade material.
HCL ME Champ
The HCL ME Champ is a 7-inch kids’ tablet running on Android Jelly Bean. It comes with 1GB of RAM, a 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor and 8GB of internal storage which can be expanded to 32GB. In other specifications, you’ll get a 2-megapixel rear camera and a VGA front-facing camera, Wi-Fi and 3G (via a USB dongle) capability, a 3,100mAh battery and a multi-touch screen. It too features parental controls so you can monitor and control the kind of content your child is exposed to, and limit time spent on the device. Further, it comes with some free educational content and eBooks.
Kindle Fire HD
While the Kindle Fire HD is a little expensive, it offers a bit more in terms of specifications. It comes with 16GB and 32GB storage options, and there is also Amazon’s cloud storage to tap into. On the connectivity front there’s just Wi-Fi, while internals include a 1.2GHz, dual-core processor. While not strictly for kids, the Kindle Fire HD offers 10-point multi-touch on its 7-inch, 720p display. It too has parental controls, and by setting a password you can restrict your child from getting making unapproved purchases online. In addition, there is a selection of books and games for kids.
Price Rs11,999 (16GB), Rs15,999 (32GB)