5 Great Tablet Computers for Kids


Vtech InnoTab

Vtech Innotab
Vtech Innotab

The Vtech InnoTab is aimed at children aged 4 to 9 and in February 2012 was priced at $79. Consumer Reports rated this tablet as best for games, and reviewers have noted that it's a godsend for long car rides. The InnoTab is the only kids' tablet with an "accelerometer," which means the tablet responds when you tilt it. So, for instance, a ball will roll around the screen based on how the user tips and tilts the device.

You also don't have to plug this tablet into a computer in order to set it up, as you do with the others. However, the customization options aren't as detailed as with other tablets, either. The InnoTab doesn't have a built-in camera, but you can buy an add-on for $40.

In terms of learning, the tablet comes with an interactive e-reader, which allows the child to choose whether he wants to read a book on his own, have a book read to him, or click on individual words to hear them read out loud. Games teach math and letters, and an art studio is also included, which offers painting and coloring applications. Kids can draw with their fingers or with a stylus (included), and they can even add special effects to their drawings; using Color and Pop, their drawings will become 3-D. The 5-inch (12.7-centimeter) screen is encased in plastic, making it rugged enough for kids.