If 2011 was the year of the tablet, 2012 is destined to be the year of the kids tablet. Back at Toy Fair in February, there were countless toy manufacturers showing off their new tablets designed for children. But the reality is that much like the tablet market for mom and dad, most of these tablets are not going to thrive in the midst of such strong competition.
With that said, here are three of our top picks for kids tablets for 2012.
Techno Source’s Kurio Kids Tablet
Unlike so many of the other kids tablets running Android, the Kurio Kids Tablet actually works as a full-fledged Android tablet. That means that mom and dad can use it too. That also means, that unlike most other kids tablets out there, the Kurio is designed to grow with your kid as they get older and are able to use the Android operating system. Finally, the device also comes running the latest version of Android – Android 4.0 AKA Ice Cream Sandwich, meaning that it is also pretty future proof.
VTech InnoTab 2 Learning App Tablet
The VTech InnoTab 2 Learning App Tablet is a second generation tablet from VTech, so they must be doing something right! And while this tablet isn’t the most powerful kids tablet out there, it’s the perfect educational tablet for younger kids aged 3 to 9. Spec-wise, the InnoTab 2 comes complete with a 5″ touch screen, a tilt sensor, a microphone, a built-in digital photo/video camera, and a stylus. All in all, the InnoTab 2 makes a great first tablet, and is priced competitively at just $79.99.
The New iPad
No matter how many innovative tablets for kids come out, children are always going to want to play with their parents iPad. And why shouldn’t they – when there are thousands and thousands of high quality educational apps and games designed for kids on iTunes app store!? So perhaps instead of picking up a separate tablet for your kid, invest in a tough kid-proof iPad case like the Laugh & Learn Apptivity Case from FisherPrice for $35. This case is perfect for allowing worry-free access to your iPad for little ones. For older kids, M-Edge’s SuperShell or Speck’s iGuy are two other fun protective iPad case options.