Battle Of The Birthday Presents: Tablets My Kids Own

This year both my kids got tablets for their birthdays.

They’re both used to having access to iPads at school but they’re not exactly cheap.

I’m also not an Apple fan so tend to avoid their products.

Thanks to their grandparents they both got Android tablets which they’re both enjoying.

The tablets are different makes and each have their good and bad points.

Acer Iconia One 7

My son received an Acer Iconia One 7 for his birthday.

It has a quad core processor running at 1.3Ghz, 1GB of ram, 16GB of internal storage and the one my son received runs on Android version 5.

With 5 1/2 hours of battery life, there’s enough juice in the engine to keep my son entertained.

It has a 7 inch screen with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, as well as a built in speaker and webcam.

Thank goodness it’s wifi enabled too because without that we’d be stumped.

The Good Points

As tablets go, the Acer Iconia One 7 is reasonably priced and does everything my son would need it to do.

There are plenty of apps and games he can download and use.

The Google Play store allows you to turn parental controls on so it’s safe for kids to use without constant supervision.

The battery life feels adequate for his needs and allows him to watch Netflix and Youtube Kids to his hearts desire.

It’s lightweight and doesn’t get hot to the touch when it’s being used.

There’s a microSD card slot if you need the extra space beyond the 16GB of internal storage.

The Not So Good Points

To use the tablet, you need to have a Google account.

But you can’t have one of those until you’re 13 so as a parent you have to let them loose on your account.

Although since Android 5, restricted profiles have been available not all devices support this feature.

Sure enough, the Acer Iconia One 7 doesn’t on my son’s tablet.

With it being an entry level tablet, there’s little chance of it ever getting updated to the latest Android version.

So until my son turns 13, he’ll have to use my Google account.

Another downside of Android 5 is the usefulness of the microSD expansion slot.

I bought my son a microSD card thinking he’d be able to transfer apps onto it.

Unfortunately that’s not possible so it’s as good as useless.

You can take images and videos and save them to the card as well as music but they’re less relevant on my son’s tablet than being able to store apps.

Amazon Fire 7

The Amazon Fire 7 was the birthday present my daughter received.

It has a quad core processor running at 1.3Ghz, 1GB of ram, 8GB of internal storage and runs on Fire OS.

The version my daughter received has up to 7 hours battery life.

It has a 7 inch screen with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, as well as a built in speaker and webcam.

It’s also wifi and bluetooth enabled and has a microSD card slot which can take memory cards up to 256GB.

The Good Points

For the money, you can’t beat the Amazon Fire 7.

It’s kids friendly, easy to use and has a decent battery life.

Two adults and four kids can have profiles on the device.

Adults can restrict everything and only let the kids see apps and things they want them to have access to.

Amazon also have a subscription service called Fire for Kids which is designed specifically for ages 3 to 12.

It’s currently only available in the UK and gives access to 1000s of kid friendly books, videos and games.

The microSD slot allows you to save many apps onto the card so even if you opt for the 8GB model, you’re less likely to run out of space.

The Not So Good Points

Fire OS is based on the Android OS but Amazon have their own app store so you can’t access the Google Play store ordinarily.

There are much less items available on the Amazon Store and they seem to be older versions too.

The thing which perplexed me the most was the lack of access to Youtube Kids.

If you want to get the benefit of the Google Play Store you have to sideload four extra apps.

It’s not difficult to do but sometimes Fire OS updates can break things so you might need to reinstall some of the apps from time to time.

Once you’ve got everything set up though, it’s worth it; even just for Youtube Kids.

The other bugbear of mine about the Amazon Fire 7 is all of the ads or as they call them “Special Offers”.

They appear every time the tablet goes into sleep mode and for me are just too in your face.

I know it allows them to subsidise the price but most people won’t realise what they’re buying and that there’s a charge to get rid of these ads.

If you want to get rid of them, you have to pay a one time charge of £10.

It’s well worth it.

Is There A Tablet You’d Recommend For Kids To Use?

Do your kids own a tablet?

Which one and would you recommend it?

Do they have either of the ones I’ve mentioned?

What do you think of them,?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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