Best tablets for kids in Australia
We looked at hundreds of customer reviews to find a range of the best tablets you can buy for kids today.
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The best tablets for kids in Australia
- Best tablet for most kids: Apple iPad
- Best tablet for kids (under $200): Lenovo Tab M8
- Best cheap tablet for kids (under $100): Lenovo Tab M7
- Best educational tablet for kids: LeapFrog LeapPad Ultimate
- Best big-screen tablet for kids: Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1
- Best small-screen tablet for kids: Apple iPad Mini
How did we pick this list?
Finder's team trawled through dozens of product listings and selected these top picks based on customer reviews left around the web. In every category, we thoroughly checked key features and found which products would be most suitable to take on what your kids had to throw at them.
Best tablet for most kids: Apple iPad
Why we chose it
Our pick for the best tablet for kids is Apple's iPad, a tried-and-tested device that's easy for kids to use. Fittingly, the iPad also featured in our best tablets round-up.
The iPad can do just about everything any kid could dream of, regardless of whether that's playing games, learning through apps or watching videos. Not only that, Apple's tablet will be a trusty companion for your kids for the foreseeable future. Its support for the Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard means as your child grows, the iPad won't become just another abandoned toy.
While the iPad packs slightly less of a performance punch than Apple's higher-end iPad Air and iPad Pro, kids aren't likely to notice the difference in the kind of games and apps they'll likely be investing their time in.
Despite Apple moving the iPad Pro, iPad Air and MacBooks over to the world of USB-C, Apple's cheapest tablet is yet to convert from its trusty Lightning port. While it's unlikely to make much of a difference to your kids, it's something for you to consider when working out how to charge each of your devices.
The iPad comes with just 32GB of storage on the base model, which some customers note is probably not going to be enough if your kids are content-hungry or if they want tons of apps and games. There's also a 128GB model, but with 4 times the storage, that comes with a much heftier price tag.
Best tablet for kids (under $200): Lenovo Tab M8
Why we chose it
Combining its affordable price, decent specs and a rating of 4.5 out of 5 from just shy of 1,000 Google reviews, Lenovo's Tab M8 is the best tablet for kids coming in just shy of $200.
The Tab M8 comes bearing an 8-inch HD display, which is on the smaller end of the tablet screen-size spectrum. That's not necessarily a bad thing, with its compact size and weight of just 305 grams making it an incredibly portable tablet for easy use anywhere, by anyone.
The Tab M8's included storage clocks in at a measly 32GB, but luckily, the tablet boasts a handy MicroSD slot. Conveniently, this means you can add anywhere up to 128GB of additional storage to keep your kids content. The downside? MicroSD cards aren't free. You could expect to pay at least $20 for a 128GB card.
With the latest Android devices and laptops moving to USB-C, Lenovo's Tab M8 is stuck in the past. This probably won't make a great deal of difference to how a child feels about the tablet, but it does bring with it the added inconvenience of having separate chargers for your devices.
While charging the Tab M8 might be a little inconvenient for some, your kids won't constantly be demanding a charger. Reviews repeatedly mentioned the tablet's impressive battery life, but also made note that the device wasn't the snappiest when it came to some games and apps.
Best cheap tablet for kids (under $100): Lenovo Tab M7
Why we chose it
With a 4.1 out of 5 rating from hundreds of reviews Google reviews, the Lenovo Tab M7 is a highly-rated and budget-friendly tablet suitable for kids. If you're looking to pick up a tablet for young ones but you don't want to worry about them breaking an expensive device, the Tab M7 is what you want.
The tablet boasts a lightweight metal and plastic build, weighing in at merely 236.9 grams. That's just about the same weight as Apple's iPhone 12 Pro Max.
While the 16GB of onboard storage won't take you that far at all, you can add up to an additional 128GB of space via its MicroSD slot. To help cut down on used space, the Tab M7 uses Google's slightly-modified version of Android: the Go edition. Go is designed specifically to give you and your kids more storage and better performance right out of the box than Android typically would allow for.
The Tab M7 comes sporting a 7-inch HD display with a brightness of 350 nits. While that brightness should be fine for normal usage, it does mean the screen could be a little hard to see if your kids end up using the tablet in bright rooms or outdoors.
On paper, the performance of the M7 isn't all that impressive. The low-end processor and its tiny amount of memory mean you shouldn't expect it to run anything more than a couple of basic apps and games. Some users noted that the tablet was a little slow in some applications, and others found that sometimes Internet connectivity was variable.
Best educational tablet for kids: LeapFrog LeapPad Ultimate Tablet
Why we chose it
Sporting a 4.3 out of 5 rating from hundreds of reviews on Amazon, LeapFrog's LeapPad Ultimate is an educational tablet that has received a lot of praise from parents looking to help their kids learn. The pre-installed educational apps and limited functionality of the rugged device make it a great first tablet for young learners.
As it's running LeapFrog's own Brio OS, the LeapPad Ultimate can only be used as a safe, educational device for young kids, giving parents and carers some much-needed peace of mind. The trade-off? This tablet really isn't for kids who are a little older. LeapFrog recommends the LeapPad Ultimate for children between the ages of 3 and 6.
The apps and features of the LeapPad Ultimate are designed to help teach little learners numbers, the alphabet, counting and more. It can even help with handwriting.
Since the tablet is designed to be used by younger kids, it's built to withstand a bit of wear and tear. The LeapPad Ultimate has a thick plastic shell and a "shatter-safe screen". While the construction of the device might protect the 7-inch display from getting any cracks in it, customers have said it scratches easily and should be used with a screen protector.
While some say the included apps and content are worth the money, other consumers complain that the cost of content from LeapFrog's store makes the device unsuitable for kids who always want something new to keep them busy.
Best big-screen tablet for kids: Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1
Why we chose it
With its kid-friendly features such as Samsung's Kids Home environment and its 4.7 out of 5 rating from more than 18,000 Google reviews, the Tab A 10.1 is our pick for the best big-screen tablet for kids.
As the name suggests, the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 comes packed with a 10.1-inch WUXGA screen (a wider display type that sports a slight quality improvement over Full HD). In reviews, customers have called the tablet's screen bright, crisp and clear.
The Galaxy Tab A 10.1 has 32GB of storage out of the box, which, depending on how content-loving your kids are, won't take them all that far. Handily, the tablet has expandable storage, letting you add up to 512GB via the MicroSD slot.
Samsung's Kids Home gives your kids a playground of their own right on the tablet. Easily accessible through the tablet's quick panel, Kids Home comes with easy-to-use parental control functionality for added peace of mind. The software allows you to conveniently check usage as well as set playtime limits. The secure environment lets you choose exactly what apps, games, music and videos your kids can access.
Customers online mention the tablet's sturdy and durable feel given to it by the device's build quality and metal finish. The Galaxy Tab A's build quality could make the tablet a better pick to withstand the wear and tear of intense usage by children. However, some users also noted performance dips at times.
Best small-screen tablet for kids: Apple iPad Mini
Why we chose it
Featuring a slim body, a 7.9-inch Retina display and clocking in at just 6.1mm in width, Apple's latest iPad Mini is the best small-screen tablet for kids. This choice is backed up by the commendable 4.8 out of 5 rating the tablet has garnered from more than 6,000 Google reviews.
Boasting Apple's A12 Bionic processor, the 2020 iPad Mini features even greater performance over last year's still-powerful iPad Mini, meaning you probably won't be hearing any complaints from your kids about laggy games. Despite being a more powerful and premium option, some basics many people would expect to come with a device at this price point aren't included, such as earphones.
Alongside its sibling, the iPad, Apple's most portable tablet forgoes USB-C in favour of the company's ageing Lightning connector. That'll mean older compatible chargers and accessories should still work with the device, but anything made for the newer standard won't work.
The base model of the iPad Mini comes with 64GB of storage, giving your kids enough space to download plenty of apps and games on their shiny new tablet. Still, it could mean they run out of room quickly if they're into the latest and greatest mobile games, if their favourite pastime is watching downloaded videos or if they're an aspiring photographer.
Reviews from users praised the Mini's portability, saying its size and weight made it convenient to not only use but also carry around, so you can easily keep your kids busy wherever you are.
Kids can really push devices to their limits, subjecting them to plenty of wear and tear over the years. To protect any of these devices, we'd recommend you look for thick and study cases as well as screen protectors to prevent any accidental damage.
Best products chosen
- We've compared products from 20 brands to find the best tablets for kids in several categories.
- We picked out the best tablets using our own reviews as well as those left online by real customers (as of December 2020) in addition to looking into each product's key selling points.
- The products on this list are chosen by our editorial team and are not selected based on commercial relationships.
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