Best Overall: Apple iPad (Probably Yours!)
Apple is one of the best tablets you can buy.
And no matter what your children are, they can learn to use iPadOS without much effort. If they've mastered pushing a button, they're probably ready for the iPad's software.
With an iPad, you can access many apps, parental controls, and more than you can count.
And iPads include a feature no other tablet can match, a giant swath of third-party education accessories and apps. That includes STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) concepts, iPad-compatible coding kits, or free education courses. Endless Alphabet and Skybrary (formerly Reading Rainbow) often come to the iPad first and android later (if at all).
But rather than buy your child a new iPad, you should give them yours. Then buy yourself a new iPad, especially now that Apple recently announced a new, smaller, entry-level iPad . The 7th-generation iPad picks up an optional Smart Keyboard, so you could upgrade your typing experience while delighting your child with their very own iPad.
Best for Young Children: Fire HD 10 Kids Edition Tablet
Fire Kids Edition tablet , As the name implies, Amazon designs this tablet with kids in mind.
That means it comes with a rugged child-friendly case, but that's not the best part. Amazon wants to replace it with the first two years-no questions asked. No other tablet includes that for free, at best you'd have to pay for a replacement plan.
You also have parental controls and a host of kid-focused media, like Disney and PBS kids shows. Amazon includes a year's subscription to FreeTime Unlimited for additional content.
Amazon uses Android as a starting point for the OS on Fire tablets, but it does not have the Google Play store (unless you're willing to sideload it). Best for Young Children – Seven Inch