Which tablet to buy for your kid: These are the best right now

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Kids are device-hungry nuts these days. Seriously, WTF happened to Sesame Street and a book before bedtime? But we digress.

Technology has changed a lot since you were small. Your kids have probably mastered the features on your iPhone better than you have due to constantly asking to play with it. And when you do eventually get it back, it’s a sticky mess covered in slobber and other unexplainable slimes. But in the age of touch screens and constant connectivity, there’s not really a way to say “no” without feeling like a parent from the dark ages. Even the animals in Zootopia have smartphones. (Seriously.) Read more…

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BEST COMBO OF SPECS AND KIDS' CONTENT

Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet

Amazon has outdone themselves with an ultra durable version of the Fire HD Tablet that can take whatever kids throw at it.

Resolution: 1280 x 800

Storage: 32 GB

Battery life: 12 hours


$129.99 from Amazon


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BEST FOR TEENAGERS

9.7-inch iPad

Apple's most affordable option has computer-like features and will likely last for your kid's whole school career.

Storage: 32 GB, 128 GB

Resolution: 2048 x 1536

Battery life: 10 hours


$249 from Amazon


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MOST DURABLE

Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet

Energetic kids are no match for the new Fire 7's improved protective case and Amazon's worry-free guarantee.

Resolution: 1024 x 600

Storage: 16 GB

Battery life: 7 hours


$99.99 from Amazon


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BEST IPAD FOR FAMILIES TO SHARE

iPad Air

Consider it the diet iPad Pro: The 2019 Air is speedy and packed with power that lasts all day.

Storage: 64 GB, 256 GB

Battery life: 10 hours

Resolution: 1920 x 1080


$499 from Amazon


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BEST ANDROID TABLET FOR FAMILIES TO SHARE

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1

Kids will love the interactive learning in Kids Mode and parents will love having a totally separate interface.

Storage: 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB

Resolution: 1920 x 1200

Battery life: 10 hours


$229.99 from Amazon


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BEST FOR INTERNET SAFETY

Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite Kids Edition

Ideal for parents who want to watch kids' behavior like a hawk, *without* the kids feeling restricted.

Storage: 8 GB

Resolution: 1024 x 600

Battery life: 9 hours


$127.99 from Amazon


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BEST FOR PRESCHOOL AGED KIDS

LeapFrog LeapPad Ultimate

Large icons, specially curated-for-kids internet access, and a shatterproof screen makes this great for kids 6 and under.

Storage: 8 GB

Resolution: 1024 x 600

Battery life: 5 hours


$99.99 from Amazon


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BUDGET PICK

Kurio Xtreme Next Tablet

A decent amount of pre-downloaded content and parental controls for balling on a budget.

Storage: 16 GB

Resolution: 1024 x 600

Battery life: 6 hours


$79 from Walmart

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