You know what kids like? Adult gadgets. Even a 1-year-old knows the difference between a Fisher-Price phone and a real one. No matter how young she is, your child wants a “real” tablet with access to the top children’s websites and the leading kids’ games. Child-friendly slates like the Discovery Kids techTab and Oregon Scientific Meep look like they’ll make great gifts, because they feature age-appropriate software, parental controls and durable chassis.
However, almost all of these tablets for tots suffer from serious performance issues, dim and low-res screens, short battery life and extremely limited software. Your child will thank you for buying a grown-up slate and turning on parental controls like the Restricted Profile feature on the Google Nexus 7 or the Kindle Fire HDX’s FreeTime, which limits the amount of hours she can spend on the device.
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