Collectively, tablets and smartphones are as much as a paradigm shift as the television was when it first came, but tablets posed a far more dynamic change than others before it, since the level of interaction and freedom it gives a child was and still is unprecedented.
Technology in general should always be moderated or be given ample moderation if a child intends to take advantage of it. There are a lot of associated horrors with children and technology, and as a result, responsible parents know fully well that they shouldn't haphazardly hand out devices to their children.
Fortunately, there are ways to mitigate this. Traditional tablets tailored for adults aren't apt for excessive usage by a child, so here are the best tablets parents can get for their children — tablets that are safe to use and easily operable by kids.
Unlike most kids' tablets, Verizon's Gizmotab comes with 4G LTE connectivity, which is great for streaming content if there's no Wi-Fi available. The 8-inch tablet comes with a protective rubber housing that adds a touch of protection. For those who'll purchase the Gizmotab with a data plan, they'll get access to 300 age-appropriate apps centered on education, entertainment or a conflation of both.
Verizon claims that the Gizmotab can provide up to 14 hours of playtime. The device rocks an 8-inch screen with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,200, which is a pleasant surprise for a kids' tablet. It comes with 16 GB of internal storage and runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box.
The Verizon Gizmotab is available via a two-year contract for $10.41 a month.
PBS Playtime Pad
The recently released Playtime Pad is a kid-friendly Android-powered tablet by PBS, which is fairly priced at $79.99. The great thing about this tablet is that it comes with over 25 preloaded games, with 120 video clips and music videos taking care of PBS Kids' educational content, so there's always going to be something for kids to play, watch or listen to.
PBS Playtime Pad is available at Best Buy at a discounted price of $69.99.
Fisher-Price Kids Learning Tablet
The Fisher-Price Learning Tablet was a collaboration between Fisher-Price and Nabi, both formidable echoes in educational products geared for children. The 7-inch tablet ships with 35 preloaded titles designed to aid children from 3 and up learn. The preloaded content comes with six volumes of Storybook Rhymes, Wings Learning System and a treasure trove of educational videos.
Best of all, the Android-powered tablet has 16 GB of internal storage and Play Store access, so there surely won't be a shortage of content any time soon.
The Fisher-Price Kids Learning Tablet costs $99.97 on Amazon.
Amazon Fire Kids Edition
The Amazon Fire Kids Edition was made especially for kids, if its name wasn't enough to glean that tidbit from. It sports a very durable form factor that will weather drops, bumps and other possible mishaps a clumsy and frantic child might invoke.
It even comes with a boatload of child-friendly content, with a free two-year replacement program in tow, for which Amazon has a "no-questions asked" policy.
The Amazon Fire Kids Edition costs $99.99 on Amazon, but interested customers can get it now for $10 less.
LeapFrog is a popular kids brand for educational entertainment products, so its own children-centric tablet, called the Epic, is an apt device that does right by its name. It features a robust and sturdy design for heavy duty use by children, and it comes with proprietary LeapFrog apps, though these are very expensive, and kids and parents are better off sideloading the Amazon App Store instead.
The Leapfrog Epic costs $97.05 on Amazon.
LeapFrog Epic rocks a 7-inch screen, which is a tad small. It runs on an Android-based operating system and comes with 16 GB of internal storage. The LeapFrog Epic, because of its simplicity, will be great for very young children.
Admittedly, both the Amazon Fire Kids Edition and LeapFrog Epic were released in 2015, so it's a little bit odd to see them placed here, but both devices, in spite of their release date, are still well-performing tablets even in 2016. For good measure, it's worth noting that tablets made for children are spewed out in the market at a slower rate than general tablets, so the climate, in terms of competition, is lukewarm — that's why kid-friendly tablets released in 2015 still hold their mettle even today.