For parents tasked with purchasing a tablet, the choice can be overwhelming. There are many factors to consider, including price, parental control, durability, and ease of use. To help you out, in no particular order, here are a selection of top tablets for kids & families this Christmas 2022.
Don’t forget to look at accessories that may be needed too – is the headphone connection compatible with your headphones, is a protective case required to ensure extra protection, would WiFi only be suitable for our needs, do I need to take out some form of personal or ‘gadget’ insurance to cover loss or breakage? These questions may help you make your decision, but may also add to the final cost so are definitely worth keeping in mind before you make your purchase.
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Top Tablets for Kids
Pebble Gear Toy Story 4 7″ Kids Tablet
Suggested age: 3-8 years
The Pebble Gear Toy Story 4 tablet is available from Currys.
Learn and play with your favourite Toy Story 4 characters on the Pebble Gear Toy Story 4 7″ Kids Tablet. It comes with Toy Story games, apps and e-books pre-installed.
With the Pebble Gear OS you get a full parental control. Create up to 4 child accounts, each with their own customisable security level.
Then there’s the Game Store Junior. There your kids can choose from over 500 more fun games and apps, no charge, no in-game purchases, zero ads. Just a ton of fun with Disney characters.
Also available from Currys in Mickey Mouse & Friends or Frozen 2 versions.
Main Features on Pebble Fear Toy Story 4 Kids Tablet
- 7″ display screen
- 2 year guarantee included
- 1 year subscription to GameStore App Junior included
- Bumper case included
- 16GB storage
- Up to 9 hour battery life
- 0.3MP front-facing camera and and 2MP rear-facing camera
- Built in microphone
Apps & Games
The Pebble Gear Toy Story 4 Kids Tablet comes with in-built Toy Story games, as well as a 1 year free subscription to GameStore App Junior with over 500 more fun, free, ad-free games and apps.
Safety & Parental Controls
Parental Controls are easy to set up, giving you maximum peace of mind over how the tablet is being used. Designate hours and duration of play, access to specific apps, however you’d prefer.
Fire HD 10 Kids Pro
Suggested age: 6-12 years
The Fire HD 10 Kids Pro is available on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com
Fire HD Kids Pro is a popular tablet for kids, and this year you can get a 1 year subscription to Amazon Kids+ included (with access to thousands of books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games), a 2 year worry-free replacement guarantee, and a durable kid-friendly case.
In addition to Kids+ content, Kids Pro tablets include access to a digital store. Children can request apps, while parents approve purchases and downloads.
The web browser comes with built-in controls designed to help filter out inappropriate sites and let parents add or block specific websites at any time.
Children can also make voice and video calls and send announcements over WiFi to approved contacts with an Alexa-enabled device or the Alexa app.
Main Features on Fire HD 10 Kids Pro
- 10.1″ HD display screen
- 2 Year worry-free guarantee (“If it breaks, return it and we’ll replace it for free”)
- Slim, kid-friendly case
- Screen made with strengthened aluminium silicate glass
- 1 year free subscription of Amazon Kids + included
- 32GB storage (expandable by up to 1 TB)
- Up to 12 hour battery life
- 2MP front-facing camera and and 5MP rear-facing camera
- Built in microphone
- Easy to use parental controls
Apps & Games
The Fire HD 10 Kids Pro comes with 1 year free subscription of Amazon Kids+, packed with fun and educational content from Disney, Harry Potter, LEGO, National Geographic and more. Hand-curated and age-appropriate, it includes thousands of popular apps, games, videos, books and Audible audiobooks.
Children can request more content from the digital store, like Netflix, Roblox or Minecraft. Parents can approve the purchases and downloads, as well as give access to more content.
Safety & Parental Controls
Access easy-to-use controls in the Parent Dashboard via the Amazon Kids app or website to set limits and educational goals, view usage history, and enable access to voice and video calling, the digital store and web browser.
LeapFrog Rockit Twist
Suggested age: 4-8 years
The LeapFrog RockItTwist is available on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com
The LeapPad Rockit Twist is a handheld console, the perfect learning toy to get started with maths, literacy, science and encourage creativity. Loads of fun guaranteed as kids guide characters through puzzles, play music and much more.
Twist, turn, play and learn with the RockIt Twist rotatable, single-player game system! Four sides of colourful, light-up controls include buttons, dials, a spinner, slider, switch and D-pad to provide a totally unique way to play exciting video games.
Twelve preloaded games across five categories have three levels of difficulty that help kids learn skills including literacy, math, problem-solving and creativity all while having fun! Make delicious recipes and stir, weigh, chop and more as you bake in the Cookie’s Sweet Treats game pack. Dig into the prehistoric world and search for fossils and more in the Dinosaur Discoveries game pack.
The game packs also include two virtual RockIt Pets, a doughnut named Sprinkles and a dinosaur named Sprout. Since there’s no need for WiFi, kids can play anywhere. Listen to your own music with the built-in MP3 player with volume controls and headphone jack. Expand the fun and learning with additional games for download from the LeapFrog App Center (sold separately).
- 12 preloaded games across five game play categories have three levels of difficulty that help kids learn skills including literacy, maths, problem solving, science and creativity.
- There’s no need for WiFi, kids can play anywhere.
- Listen to your own music with the built-in MP3 player
- 2 game packs included, more games available to buy from LeapFrog App Centre.
- Rechargeable batteries included.
From crafts and science kits to the latest books and magazines, these subscription gifts for kids and teens will keep them engaged and interested long after the gift has been received. Plus, who doesn’t love to get something fun in the post?!
Top Tablets for Older Kids and Families
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite 10.4″ 4G Tablet
Available from Currys
An idea can strike anywhere. Don’t let it get away and capture it with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite 10.4” 4G Tablet. Edit photos, jot down notes and browse the web on the 10.4” touchscreen.
Whether you’re sketching out a new design or scribbling down notes in a lecture, unleash your creativity with the Bluetooth-connected S-Pen. Feel like you’re writing on paper with precise, accurate movement and pressure sensitivity.
A new, improved user experience allows for wider customisation. And sharing all your stuff with the rest of the family has never been easier. Syncing with other Samsung devices takes just seconds.
Main Features of the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
- 10.4″ display
- 128GB storage (expandable up to 1 TB with a microSD card)
- 5MP front-facing camera and 8MP rear-facing camera
- Up to 13 hours battery life
- S Pen included
Apple iPad Pro 11″
Available from Currys and other retailers nationwide.
If you are looking for a general family use tablet, then iPads are ideal for both parents and children. The 10.2″ iPad is one of the most popular tablets currently on the market.
Powered by a A13 Bionic chip, iPad makes multitasking easier than ever. Sketch out your latest masterpiece with your 1st generation Apple Pencil (sold separately), switch between apps and stream shows. All without being slowed down.
Main Features of the iPad
- 10.2″ display for razor sharp text and images
- Light sensors to adjust colour of the display depending on where you are
- Up to 10 hours battery life
- Built-in 8MP Wide camera and 12 MP Ultra Wide FaceTime HD camera
- 256GB storage