The MEEP tablet from Oregon Scientific is one to consider when shopping for a more kid-centric tablet, especially as we near the holidays. It offers the standard features like pre-loaded content (games, eBooks, multimedia), a built-in camera and parental controls. You can also purchase MEEP accessories like a roll-out piano keyboard or steering wheel for gaming that will make your kids even more excited about owning their own tablet. ($149, available now).
We have an original iPad around our house, but the price is pretty steep compared to the $149 for a child’s tablet. If you aren’t going to be sharing this is a great alternative. My son is very careful with his, but I’ve seen other kids not as gentle. I’ve seen an iPad thrown across the room. *Even my 19-year-old has broken a screen (iPhone in that case). I suspect these will be hot items for the holiday season this year. I haven’t tried the MEEP, but most of these tablets allow children to use educational apps and add on as they grow. Some even have the android operating system accessible, in case you want a cheap tablet you can share. They are easy for kids to figure out and give them their own educational device to play with. It is more screen time for the kids, but these educational apps can do everything from help a child learn to read to move them forward in math and science. (They also include great music and art apps too!)
Tabeo – Kid’s Tablet that Parents Can Use!
Toys “R” Us recently launched a new tablet called the Tabeo, which is geared more towards kids than adults. It comes pre-loaded with 50 apps, but also offers access to the Tabeo App Store with more than 7,000 to download for free. While it’s designed for kids, parent’s can use it too! If you are looking for a shared tablet, this one has 4 GB of storage and HDMI output, and can unlock the parental controls for your own use. ($149, exclusively at Toys R Us).
The HDMI out means you can hook it to the TV if you have a TV with HDMI input. This is another tablet that we don’t have, so I can’t honestly tell you the bugs or pros for it – but these tablets are much more affordable than the iOS iPad. If you are looking for a Christmas present to get back your tablet or for a shared family tablet, these are more affordable for the family than the iPad (though I love our iPad) This is definitely worth dropping by the store to compare and see if it meets your needs if you are in the market for a table this year.