Should I bring a tablet along on vacation?

Tablets are very useful travel devices to take with you on vacations or road trips. They’re fun and entertaining gadgets but they can also be very useful and convenient tools to use when you’re travelling.

When I first thought about it, I felt like tablets didn’t really have many practical uses and were just an additional bulky item to deal with. However, nowadays I can confidently say that they are a must because of their portability and versatility. My tablet has become my trusty device to take anywhere and everywhere.

In this article I want to share the things I tend to use my tablet for when I’m on a trip.
● GPS directions
● Portable library
● Video calls
● Social Media
● Cooking and measurement conversions
● Enjoying shows and movies
● Entertain my children
● Take photos and record videos
● Learn new languages
● Organize my travel plans

GPS directions

Your tablet can also function as a great navigation system that’s voice-enabled and will give you instructions turn by turn without having to spend on a data roaming plan. In my opinion, this single feature makes it a must since it has helped me figure out my location many times.

On my tablet I prefer to use the OsmAnd app since it makes great use of the embedded GPS chip that your tablet has. However, it’s important to remember that not all tablets have built-in GPS, so make sure to do your research on your particular model to see if you can take advantage of this feature.

This app is strictly for Android but if you have an iPad, you can use the Co-pilot app.

Portable library

At home I prefer actual physical books, but when I’m on the go or on vacation, it’s much more convenient to have all your books in a small container and at the palm of your hands at all times. So if you suddenly have to wait for a long time or have to stay at the hotel but don’t want to watch a movie or a show, this is the perfect solution.

And even if you’re not that big of a reader, having a tablet around is useful to carry language dictionaries, guidebooks or books for your children.

On my tablet I like to use the Moonreader app since it’s very cheap (less than $5) and it can read a variety of file formats such as e-Pub, PDF and even the Mobi format from Amazon e-books. If you’re only going to read books from Amazon, then the free Kindle app would be the best option for you.

Video calls

Since tablets are lightweight and small, but still pack a screen bigger than a cellphone, they’re a great device for video calls. They’re also easier to hold and carry places where laptops aren’t really the best option.

On my tablet I use Skype since it’s completely free, just remember you do need WiFi in order to use it. Another recommended apps are WhatsApp and Facebook messenger. You might have heard how FaceTime has become a very popular way to video chat since it’s very simple to use.

Social Media

a facebook app, one of the well-known social media

Just like with the video calling situation mentioned before, tablets have more screen real estate without the hassle of carrying a laptop around. So if you like social networking sites, a tablet is a great way to use when you’re on vacation.

You can definitely use the social media sites on the browser in your device, but I prefer using the apps since they’re properly optimized to run on the device’s screen size and will send notifications for any updates.

Cooking and measurement conversions

cooking recipe in a tablet

I really enjoy cooking but I don’t usually buy recipe books since they end up bulking up my kitchen space. That’s why the internet becomes your best friend when you need a new recipe or simply some inspiration.

Since the tablet doesn’t take up much space, I can easily follow a YouTube recipe or read through my recipe notes without having to deal with the small screen of a cell phone. I can also easily convert measurements so I know how much I’ll need of each ingredient, even if the measurements are different where I’m on vacation.

YouTube is a great app for this since you can check out the ingredients and also check out how things are prepared and/or cooked. This is particularly useful for new recipes that require some level of technique.

Enjoying shows and movies

There might be a short moment where you feel like watching a movie or a TV show in your native language. If you’re abroad, this can be almost impossible since all programming is usually dubbed.

This is where tablets can easily become your portable TVs. I like to download the TV network apps so I can watch custom shows, or you can simply get Netflix and Hulu and enjoy a large repertoire of TV shows and movies.

On my tablet I like to keep CBS, Netflix, Hulu and BBC, since they’re easily available and easy to use. You might need to play around with your VPN settings if you’re overseas since some apps are only available in the US.

Entertain my children

Even though you shouldn’t rely entirely on it, a tablet is a great tool to keep your keeps busy and entertained. They’re especially useful when you want them to be at ease in planes, long road trips or any other situations where you don’t have alternatives to keep them entertained.

Just take your time to transfer or download games and movies onto your tablet and you’ll be surprised how much fun they can have for long periods of time.

I tend to prefer games for the tablet rather than a portable gaming consoles since they’re more affordable and you don’t have to worry about carrying out gaming cartridges and/or DVDs.

Take photos and record videos

You can avoid missing out on great photo opportunities where you don’t have your professional camera at hand, by using your tablet as a great backup camera. Sure, your phone could work, but why use your phone’s battery when you can resort to your tablet?

Tablets are lightweight and slim which means they’re very easy to carry and have access to so you will never have to miss a video or photo-op again.

Thankfully, all tablets have pre-installed camera apps so you can take photos and video without having to install any additional apps. If you want to spice things up, you can also download image and video editing apps for your social networking sites.

Learn new languages

Tablets are also a great way to practice and learn a few new words and staple phrases for your next foreign trip. There are a large variety of language learning apps out there, some even have audio so you can learn how words are really pronounced.

There are also versions for kids that are designed like games so they can join in on the fun, on the way there or during the vacation as you encounter new situations.

Organize my travel plans

planning a trip

Last but not least, if you do a lot of travelling or you’re planning to go on vacation with your whole family, keeping track of everything can become a chore. This is especially true if you’re relying on paper.

I started using Google calendar to keep track of activities, plans and more. It worked fine (and much better than paper) but I always ran into a couple of issues. Then I discovered TripIt.

This is an amazing web-based site where you can enter all your travel details: transportation information, hotel details, and dates and times for everything. It also has some nifty features such as local weather information, restaurants, maps, and so much more that can definitely keep your trip enjoyable.

Additionally, TripIt can is able to sync to the Google Calendar app so everything is easily accessible on your tablet. Then you’ll be able to keep tabs on family member arrivals and activities so you can continue to enjoy your end of things.

On top of all of this, you can easily share your plans and travel itineraries with the rest of your family members by simply clicking the “Share” button next to your itinerary on TripIt. It can also let you post them to social media but I definitely don’t recommend it.

Final Thoughts

A tablet definitely can’t replace a laptop since it’s directed towards consumption instead of content creation. It makes things such as watching movies, listening to music, checking out social networks and/or directions. And it’s perfect since when you’re on vacation you’ll be focused on content consumption anyway.

And one final tip: if you’re considering buying a tablet or you already have one ready, make sure you buy a cover for it. Tablets will be handled roughly. They’ll be shoved into your bags, crammed together with other objects, dropped, examined at security and so much more. So make sure you get a strong cover for it in order to keep it safe.

Tips on How to Discipline Your Child in Using Tablets and the Internet

Are you sometimes concerned or amazed at how fast your 4-year old child learn stuff? Well, to tell you the truth most parents do! The fact of the matter is that kids even as early as 24 months old are already capable of deductive reasoning much like the Bayesian mathematical probability model. Scientists think that this is how children are learning faster than adults, or perhaps adults are just more naive as they grow up than little children are.

Parents with their child

In relation to this essential data, the internet is now probably the most common place where people go to for acquiring knowledge and information. However, the internet does not have safeguards or protocols that will protect your child from accessing information that is detrimental to their health – particularly their mental health. But the good news is that you can be the safeguard for them! What you need to do is to teach your child how to safely navigate the web when using tablets and the internet.

Also read: what to do if your child is addicted to their screen

Here are 5 crucial tips that you must learn, as a parent, in guiding your child in using the internet:

1. Make learning fun to do – You may have spotted the word “discipline” in the title of this article, but that word doesn’t mean that you’ll be hard on your kids while you teach them new things. Like the internet, for example, while there are many not-so-very-nice things out there, it can actually be a powerful tool to build up your child’s intelligence and logical reasoning. The key here is, when using tablets and the internet, don’t make it seem like a classroom setting for your child. He’s already been bombarded with semi-dictatorship style of learning in school and the last thing he wants from you is a similar experience. Loosen up and have fun as you help your child learn new things on the web, even if it’s those silly online games. It is a big deal for them and it will also help their development as you spent time with them.

2. Do not tell them more than what they need to know about the internet – DO NOT EVER TELL THEM about the sad and gloomy stuff on there, like terrorism or the lewd things that are not even appropriate for their hearing at their age. Be responsible with the information you share with your child – even if it’s just the briefing time when you inform them of how you navigate the web. What sites to visit, what games to play, what they should and should not do while using tablets and the internet.

using tablets and the internet

3. Learn how to use parental controls on tablets as if you were the one who made them – It’s sad to know that some parents do not take this seriously. I’ve heard a few times that some child inadvertently accessed a gambling or disturbing news video on certain websites and had caused the child to have PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) or a negative outlook about financial management as a result. This could have been avoided if the parental controls were calibrated and did what it was supposed to do to exactly prevent such things from happening. So the best thing for you to do while using tablets and the internet is to read, memorize, practice and master the device settings of the tablet you bought for your child. This will help you protect your child from potentially harmful information on the web.

4. Watch your child while he or she is using the web – You being present while your child navigates the web is very important not only for his or her safety, but it also helps them appreciate you spending time with them as it builds strong affections between parents and children. This will instill the thought in the child that you are someone who they can depend on for anything and they will see you as their hero too! They will not only learn right from wrong, which creates their moral compass, but they will also understand why certain things are right and some are wrong. In time your child will not only grow knowledgeable, but also wise.

5. Be supportive and talk to them about what they’ve learned each day – Each day your child learns something new. Whether it’s educational or recreational it can be useful to their development and you, as a parent, have a responsibility to help the child develop and mature and become a responsible and reasonable person that they ought to be. So encourage them and cheer them up every time they’ve succeeded in reaching a new level in the games that they’re playing, or when they found out that matter is made up of tiny stuff called atoms, etc. etc.

using tablets and the internet


Conclusion

Once you’ve implemented these subtle disciplines on your children when they’re using tablets and the internet, then you will be amazed at how this parent-child relationship works. You’ll be able to bond with them at the intellectual and emotional level and your kids will want to be like you when they grow up. You will be their hero as they’re growing up and sure enough, they will be the bright and responsible adult that you’ve always wanted them to be.

Read more: how to limit the screentime on your kids’ tablet

Best Android Apps Highly Recommended for Kids

Previously we’ve talked about how to discipline your children when using gadgets and when they access the internet. Today let us step a notch further by looking into best android apps and games that are appropriate for them.

Also read: the best educational apps for their tablet

best android apps

Google Play Store has over 3 million apps that are downloadable and used for any android tablet. Some of them are paid but most are free to use. Surprisingly, a good percentage of those apps are kid-friendly games and educational tools that parents and children can enjoy together! As you may already know kids learn very quickly. Normally that’s a good thing; however, if you won’t filter out what they’re learning from the internet, then they could potentially learn bad things pretty fast.

To avoid such a scenario, here are 10 best android apps that you can teach your kids to use:

  1. Kids Place – A customiser app that allows you to organize all other apps that you’ve installed. It’s sort of a virtual sandbox for your kids to play in and with the parental controls in the settings and special features, you can set time limits as to how many hours per day you want your child to use the tablet, prevent new apps installation and blocks in-app purchases as well as pop ads. You can also create multiple custom profiles for different users and it’s free to use. Kids Place is best for tablets and laptops, but you can also use it in smartphones.
  2. iStoryTime Storybook Library – Normally it’s preferable for parents to read story books to their kids as it strengthens the bond between them; however, if you find yourself in a predicament of time management, then perhaps you could let iStoryTime Storybook Library do the reading for you. As amazing as it sounds, this app is actually designed to do out-loud reading which kids will find adorable and would want to keep listening to the narration more and more each day. The best thing about it is that kids as young as 3 can use it and it’s free to download.
  3. YouTube Kids – For children ages 3 and up and is also free to download, YouTube Kids was designed by Google to specifically cater to small children in order to facilitate their learning and enhance it. The app promotes content such as childhood classics that includes Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends to videos from Super Simple Songs to the Mother Goose Club, and topics like sports, animals, crafts, and more. It also comes with good user interface features that’s custom-made for kids and parental control settings that gives you control over what your kids are watching.
  4. Endless Alphabet – This app is excellent for children from 3 years old and onwards, because it let kids learn about the English alphabet in a fun and engaging way. It helps them spell words correctly by turning education into entertainment (it’s an “edutainment” if you will) and kids attempt to rearrange word puzzles to get the correct word spelling. Whether they got it right or wrong the app gives a short animated video after each puzzle to explain how the word should be spelled, what it means and how to use it in a sentence. The app is also free to use.
  5. Dr. Seuss Collection – This $14.99 worth app from Oceanhouse Media is truly worth the price tag they’ve placed on it. First of all, they have digitally adapted Dr. Seuss’ classics of children’s literature which includes Cat in The Hat, The FOOT Book and Fox in Socks. As if that wasn’t enough they’ve also added a feature where you can record your voice and let the app narrate the story as if it was you who is reading it in real time! Your kids will absolutely love it, especially when they’ll hear your voice narrating the stories on the android tablet. Dr. Seuss Collection is good for kids from 2 – 6 years old.
  6. PicsArt Kids – Of all the things that your kids love to do, perhaps the most engaging to them is drawing and doodling. PicsArt Kids lets them do exactly that and they can play with endless colors, shapes and even coloring puzzles and games. I have not seen a child who doesn’t draw or doodle. Even children from poor countries who couldn’t afford a tablet or paper and coloring pens will still draw and doodle on the soil. With this app you can even play and assist your children on learning to draw simple animals, shapes and other objects as well as color them. Use this with your toddler and they will love it.
  7. Artie’s Magic Pencil – Another good educational app for children is Artie’s Magic Pencil from Minilab. If you want to teach basic moral values and empathy to your kids, then this app should be included in your Kids Place organizer app. Artie’s journey which is played like a movie in the app lets children use his magic pencil to help people, whose property has been damaged by a monster, rebuild and restore them to their former state. Your child may be more interested in Artie’s magic pen for now, but the moral lessons of the game will surely be imprinted onto his subconscious and help him/her become a better person when they’ll grow up. This is app is also free to download and is good for kids from ages 3 and above.
  8. Super Family Hero – What better way to teach your kids how to use tablets and surf the web than to play with them together as a family? Well, the Super Family Hero app does just that and it’s also super fun that everyone in the family will enjoy. This app is a co-op multiplayer game designed to be played together by the whole family on a tablet screen. Battling the villain Dr. Excuses and his robot minions. Clearly the game teaches kids to be productive or become like Dr. Excuses, so this game is not only cool but also educational.
  9. Dragonbox Algebra – This app is a combination of math, Artie’s Magic Pencil and Endless Alphabet and will subtly teach your kids algebra without them ever knowing about it until they’ll encounter it in school, which should be when they’ll reach the K-8 curriculum (6 – 14 years old). It’s a good thing because it teaches your kids math and somewhat complex algebra at the tender age of 5, so when they’ll get formal education, they’ll be able to distinguish it almost immediately. Even though this app costs $4.99 per download, it can help your child learn math early and develop his or her math skills rapidly.
  10. Lego City My City 2 – Finally, the game that every child will love will test his/her logic reasoning skills in building and managing a Lego city as they play through the game. While this game was not designed to teach a child empathy or morality, it does teach them how to become good managers. It’s basically an entry-level lesson to leadership and every child, even if they won’t have to become great leaders someday, will need leadership skills. The practicality of the Lego City My City 2 app is a worthy inclusion in this list. This app is good for kids from 6 years old and upwards.
best android apps

Conclusion

As good and responsible parents you need to ensure that your kids are getting the right kind and amount of information that’s educational and helpful to their development. You also need to make sure that they will not be led into information that will lead them to do things that are harmful to them and others. You have to understand that your child’s mind is fragile at these tender ages and you need to guide them through their development. So be very selective in choosing the best android apps that you want your kids to be exposed to, and leave the rest behind.

Also check out these top tablets for toddlers

Balanced Lifestyle for Your Kids: Limit Time Spent on Gadgets

We see it all around us day-in and day-out children are becoming more connected with technology as tech companies wants their products to be integrated to people’s lifestyle. Unfortunately, children have more time to allocate to learn about these latest technologies than adults do, and as

I’ve mentioned before – they learn faster than us too! Suddenly people are talking about transhumanism nowadays and this term means humans adopting cybernetic implants for augmentation to become stronger, smarter and better than the average human being.

balanced lifestyle

While that notion is way too far ahead to consider, it would be best to keep yours and your family’s lifestyle tech-free or at least keep exposure to technology minimal. This is especially true for your kids.

Do you remember the 1980s or the 1990s? Kids from that time developed better emotional intelligence and social interaction compared to today’s kids. Various research have been conducted and scientists are astounded to come to an alarming conclusion that our children today suffer depression 30% – 40% higher than we did back in our day due to the nature of technology, particularly on how it is being used in social media.

Children Suffer an Identity Crisis
Kids who use android tablets and other gadgets wander off in virtual space absorbing all sorts of information they can find. The reason why this is happening is due to irresponsible parents, very young kids gets mixed up with older kids who can bypass the parental controls set on their gadgets and are unsupervised by adults accidentally access information not appropriate for their age, and other unexpected factors.

Once they begin to learn about pop stars, modern culture, how the world is being polluted and destroyed on a daily basis, etc., then they start to have depression and identity crisis.

balanced lifestyle

They’ll just come home from school or playing with their friends one day and tell you that they want to become ScHoolboy Q or Beyonce or Miley Cyrus. These celebrities sing songs that inspire violence, terrible attitudes towards women, celebrating criminality, unapologetic rampant consumerism, drug-addled, status-obsessed and being hedonistic. This will absolutely turn your innocent child into a deranged lunatic!

Learn and Play with them Together
Think of your children as investment portfolios and each one requires your attention almost on a daily basis. You need to sit down and play online games with them on their android tablet for kdis, guide them through the stuff their playing, ensure that the games do not inspire violence or any negative behavior, and teach them some moral lessons (if necessary).

Even more important is when they’ll research information on the web. There are ocassional pop-up ads that might lead them to inappropriate sites that you don’t want them to wander off to. Aside from placing parental controls on their tablet or laptop, do your own manual filtering as well.

Plan Daily Activities
As a safety precaution you can create a daily strategy of pre-planned activities that your child will enjoy doing besides using their tablet or other gadgets. Pediatricians recommend that a maximum of 2 hours screen time per day is enough for your toddler or adolescent kids. But since there are times when they use the android tablet to learn, create art and music, then that could be considered as an exception to the rule. Apparently, kids use screen time in foud different ways according to the The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Tweens and Teens:

  • Passive consumption: watching TV, reading, and listening to music
  • Interactive consumption: playing games and browsing the Internet
  • Communication: video-chatting and using social media
  • Content creation: using devices to make digital art or music
balanced lifestyle

Three out of four of these things are actually useful in the mental development of the child, so I’d say, if you were to set a time limit for them using android tablets and other gadgets, then allow them to do so with this in mind.

Here are some activities you can include in their daily lifestyle (for children not ready for school yet):

  • Watch their favorite shows on tv or on YouTube Kids at 9am – 10am, or take them to music lessons or martial arts/other sports activities
  • Let them play with their playmates or siblings out in the lawn or the play ground at 10am – 11am
  • Lunch break from 11am – 1pm
  • Nap time from 1pm – 3pm
  • Learn new things and play games online from 3pm – 5pm
  • Review what they’ve learned from 5pm – 6pm
  • Dinner at 6pm – 7pm
  • Bed time by 8pm
balanced lifestyle

You can do daily variations of the things you want to do with your kids to make it more enjoyable as you go along. The important thing is to keep them busy so you can get them off being on android tablets and other gadgets all day or more than the time they should be on it.

Also read: how to limit the screentime on your tablet

8 Useful Tips on How to Buy a Tablet

Even though we admonish parents to only use tablets specifically designed for children, we are, in fact, an educational site to the extent. So at the very least we want parents to be tech-literate when deciding on which brand to purchase, features to choose and how much money they should shell out for something that could sometimes be useful and trivial at the same time.

The child tablet buying guide secret does not necessarily require you to take course in IT (information technology), but rather just the basics and enough information to understand how the vital parts of a tablet works.

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Tablets, much like smartphones, works very similar to big and bulky desktop computers, except they’re lightweight and about 30 times smaller than those things you see in your office.

They all have the basic stuff in them such as the core processor (responsible for all the computations that your device makes i.e. open a browser, play videos, music, games etc.), RAM or random access memory (responsible for making your computer faster when loading programs – the bigger the RAM, the faster your computer/tablet/smarphone works), GPU or graphics processing unit (it’s similar to the core processor, except that it is specifically designed to run graphics on your gadget’s display), motherboard (houses all of the essential parts i.e. core processor, GPU, RAM, etc.), HDD or hard disc drive/internal memory (in desktop pcs and laptops they have HDDs; however, in smaller devices they have a solid state drive or SSD to store the data in).

All these parts work together in harmonious patterns to give you the best experience in using your tablet or smartphone. To help you make informed decisions when buying a tablet or smartphone, here are 8 tips that you can use to determine the quality of the device and if it is worthy of the price tag they’ve placed on it.

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  1. Stand-Alone or Convertible Tablet? – The first thing you must know about tablets is that there are two types of them being sold in the market. One is the stand-alone type which is lightweight, compact and has no detachable keyboard, but instead it is a full touch screen UI (user interface). The other is the convertible tablet which either folds or has a detachable keyboard. It looks very similar to netbooks, except it is much lighter and smaller and weighs as much as the stand-alone tablet. They’re both great and the only thing that you really need to decide on is whether or not you want a separate keyboard for your tablet, or are you fine just using a virtual keyboard.
  2. Sizing them Up – The size of the display of the tablet that you’re going to choose will basically depend on what you need the tablet for. Will you be using it for purely multimedia purposes? Or do you need it with you while you’re moving around or traveling? Do you need a tablet that’s both handy to carry and yet is decent enough to watch movies and play video games on? If you’re the type who likes to doodle so much on your tablet, then we recommend that you go for those that have a screen range size of 10 – 18+ inches wide. However, if you’re the modest type who likes to do everything discreetly, then the 10 to 7-incher tablets would suit you best.
  3. Choosing an OS (Operating System) – Besides the commonly known operating systems like iOS (Apple), Windows (Microsoft) and Android (Google) there are actually other OS’ that you can use for your tablet. Linux, Ubuntu, Chrome, ReactOS and SkyOS are among the examples of paid and open-sourced (free) software packages; however, Android and iOS has the larger market share based on the number of users who use it. Most tablets also have a default OS in them and it’s either Android or Windows 10 for non-Apple products and iOS for Apple products. Plus each of these tech giants already have their own Play Store which other OS developers just can’t compete with. Still if you prefer to be unique or you want to tinker with the other OS, then by all means install them.
  4. For what Purpose? – How you’re going to use the tablet is also another consideration that you need to take into account. If you’ll only use it for light performance like web browsing, email, listening to music and so on, then there are a lot of 7-incher tablets out there that meets these requirements. If you plan to use it for work, then we recommend that you get those tablet brands within the 9 – 13 inches range and with a much efficient computing power than the average. Some people want to play online or stand-alone video games on their tablet and so for this you’ll need the best of the best when it comes to the specs department for your tablet. You will want those tablets that have quad-cores (4) or octa-cores (8) processor in them to give your tablet a superstrong computing power. The RAM and GPU (as discussed earlier) should also be able to keep up with the processor speed. If you want a larger-the-life display, then buy the Samsung Galaxy View tablet which has a ridiculous 18.4-inch full HD screen! If the reason why you’re purchasing a tablet is because you want your kids to use it, then you can find several tablets which are designed for kids such as the LeapFrog LeapPad Platinum, Amazon Fire HD 8 and Verizon GizmoTab.
  5. Consider Apps and Content to Use – All major OS developer which are iOS, Android and Windows have their own app store where you can download apps and content for free or paid options. Windows has Windows Store although you can download apps and content from any other store also. Android has Google Play Store which has millions of apps and content. iOS simply named their store the App Store and is exclusive to Apple users only Amazon also has the Amazon Prime Store, but the company requires you to become an Amazon Prime member before you can access the store.
  6. Specifications – We’ve already discussed the basics previously and now we’ll go into detail and brand-specific features of the hardware on your tablet. When it comes to processors Apple uses its custom A-series chips inside its iPads and this includes the A7, A8, A8X and the A9X and their speeds range from 1.3 – 1.85 GHz dual-core processors. This means that there are literally 2 processors in a single chip and in reality it’s computing power is 1.85 GHz x 2! Android tablets, on the other hand, use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors (i.e. Snapdragon 400, 600 and the 800 series respectively). The Snapdragon 430 and 435 are all octa-core processors (8 x 1.4 GHz speed) while the 427 series is a notch lower that has 4 cores (quad) and the same processing speed. The Snapdragon 652 and 653 has also an octa-core processor that runs at 1.8 GHz, while the 650 has a unique hexa-core (6 x 1.8 GHz). Finally the Snapdragon 820 and 821 clocks at 2.2 and 2.4 GHz quad-core respectively, but the 835 is probably the most powerful among the lot, because it has an octa-core processor clocked at 2.45 GHz! Android is clearly leaps ahead on anything that Apple can make. If consumers realize this fact, they will ditch all of their Apple devices for good! Windows heavily depends on Intel processors and by comparison, I’d say they come in second place to Android’s Qualcomm processors as they stick to the Core m3, i5 and i7 series which either has a dual or a quad-core processor. They are usually clocked at 1 – 3 GHz typically. The other thing to consider is a large RAM and storage. Typical tablets have 1 – 4 GB of memory built in them; however, some have very large RAM allocations that go as high as 16 GB! Storage normally has 8 – 16 GB of space, but there are the 32- 64 GB versions also and they also have expandable card slots up to 256 GB now.
  7. Battery Life – What’s more important than having great features on your tablet? Battery life! Yes, because if your battery doesn’t have enough life to keep up with all that high-performance computing, then your tablet will not be as entertaining as you’d hoped it would be. Recently we tested several tablets from across different brands and found out that there were 3 devices that had the longest battery life. The Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 came out on top with a 15.09 hours of battery life in a single charge! Then came the iPad Mini 2 in second place that lasted 11.06 hours after getting a full charge from an AC outlet. Lastly is the Dell Venue 8 7000 which has a meager 9.74 hours of battery life after discharging its full battery capacity. The problem with high-end specs is that they consume too much battery life which quickly drains it, but you can find mid-tier range tablets that offer both good specs and a battery that can endure tablet operations for several hours.
  8. Pricing – With tablets being developed by different brands, having various sizes, specs and features you can be certain that their price will also vary from the low-end (starting at $50) to the high-end products ($400 – $1,000 or higher). The choice, however, is completely up to you and it will largely depend on your purpose for purchasing a tablet. Necessity is what determines your decision. More computing power means that you’ll need to multitask on your tablet, while streaming videos and other multimedia tasks will only require low-end specs on your tablet. Choose a tablet based on your need and purpose for it.

Conclusion

Whatever your reason for buying a tablet, be it an Apple, Android, Amazon or Windows based platform, we hope you will enjoy and be satisfied in using it in your everyday life. Additionally there are other tablets that cost less but have great features that you may want to consider instead of paying a lot for a known brand. Watch out for more tablet and gadget news on our website as you continue to subscribe and follow us on social media sites. Don’t forget to drop a comment below in case you have an opinion that you’d like to share.

Also read: these are the best pink tablets for your daughter

What to Do if your Child has Become Addicted to their Gadgets

“Giving your child a smartphone or a tablet is like giving them a gram of cocaine.”
– Mandy Saligari, Harley Street Clinic Director and Addiction Therapist

This is rather a very disturbing news coming from someone who has been treating drug addicts for years! Who knew that technology could lead to certain addiction? I mean, this isn’t like caffeine in your coffee that has a slight potential to make you a coffee addict or simply just being addicted to video games. This has been equated to be “as addictive as” 1 gram of cocaine! And you give that to your kids. Let that sink in for a moment so you could understand the implications of this study.

We here at Tablet For Kids are very serious when it comes to technology/gadget addiction and child discipline, which is why we highlight this new research in hopes to save lives – of children no less.

A tablet can be very educational if you use it properly and you definitely MUST find a way to limit screentime and make help your kid to use their devices in a responsible manner.

addicted to gadgets

Treating Gadgets as Harmless
Doctor Saligari said that the problem with smartphone or tablet addiction is that parents often overlook the fact that these things appeal so much to the human brain as chemical drugs do. It’s not to say that parents are to blame, rather the lack of information about the harmful effects of gadgets on people is the main reason for such neglect. Manufacturers of these electronic devices have only one driving motive and that is profit. So they may not proactively instruct their marketing department to create campaigns to raise awareness of this kind of addiction, which is, sad to say, becoming more and more rampant nowadays.

With all the billions of dollars that go into the pockets of these electronic giants, they may even consider suppressing the information about gadget addiction instead of helping proliferate it for the benefit of their consumers. Since that is the case and the fact that you’re reading this article (whether you’re a parent or not yet), you have the moral obligation to control the use of smartphones and tablets by your children. Safety first as I always say!

Identifying the Triggers
There are ways to find out if your child is starting to become addicted to his or her smartphone or tablet and once you’ve identified these triggers, then you can come up with methods to counter the addictive effects of the gadgets. I could say that the difference between the children’s upbringing of my generation is somewhat disproportionate to today’s kid’s upbringing, and I’ll go out on a limb and say that it isn’t progressive in the general sense. If anything, most of the children’s development in just about every society nowadays is closer to degenerative in some sense. Although there are some kids that had become very good in adapting to the information technology that has become the way of life of every modern society today.

Child screaming at gadget

Here are some signs and symptoms of smartphone/tablet addiction:

  • Spends a lot of time on their smartphone or tablet
  • Interacts less and less with their environment and prefers isolation
  • Sleeps late because of using their smartphone/tablet browsing the web, hanging out on social media sites and live streaming videos and music
  • Wakes up very late and does not eat breakfast
  • Deteriorating health condition due to improper diet
  • Becomes either an obese or malnourished
  • Rejects hanging out with their friends or hangs out with friends who are also gadget addicts
  • Rarely makes new friends or attend public gatherings to build a social life
  • Does not understand what playing outdoor kid’s games is or finds it boring
  • Has virtually no physical exercise to improve health and wellbeing
  • Is somewhat depressed or is already suffering depression
  • Fails in school or have been caught cheating by their teachers with the culprit being their smartphone
  • Has trouble doing their chores, because they prefer to spend their time with their smartphones or doesn’t do their chores efficiently due to, again, their tablets or smartphones
  • May have had put themselves in mortal danger at least once, because they’re so focused on their gadgets instead of carefully observing street traffic while crossing the street, falls off an open manhole, or a ditch

If you’ve noticed your child behaves in certain ways that result in even half of what was mentioned above, then seek professional help immediately! An addiction therapist in your area would be the best person to go to and ask for help.

Child staring at screen

Ways you can Do to Prevent Smartphone/Tablet Addiction
Smartphone or tablet addiction is not beyond help, in fact, you can prevent it if you guide your children to the right path in life. I think it’s safe to say that a parents’ love will see their kids through anything even certain addiction. Yes, your love and bond with your family members is stronger than any addiction or problem that you’ll encounter in life and you will overcome it all together. Here are some ways you can dissuade your children on not to be on their smartphones/tablets all the time.

  1. Keep communications open – talk to them often and try to be their best friend more than just a family member, so you’ll be updated with everything that happens in their life. This way you can spot red flags and immediately remove it from their daily routine or divert their attention from it to more constructive ways of living.
  2. Go on family picnics regularly – let them see the beauty of family bonding via camping, hiking, fishing, kayaking or any other exciting outdoor activities. This will help reduce stress and encourage them to want to do more stuff other than just sticking their faces on the screens of their smartphones or tablets. In time they may even influence their friends to try out what you’ve been doing as a family and, who knows, help their friends get rid of their gadget addiction too!
  3. Encourage them to join sports activities – whether in school or elsewhere where sportsmanship spirit and camaraderie is emphasized take them there and have them join that sport. This will help build their confidence, make new friends, build their social network outside of Facebook or Instagram, and become better individuals in the community.
  4. Lure them to health concealed in your delicious meals – okay, maybe they’re not all that interested in healthy diet or vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids, green tea and other food that’s beneficial for their health; however, if you’re clever enough, you can make them eat healthy foods without them even noticing it! Kids often prefer junk food and fastfood over real healthy food, because they are being targeted by ads from tv, radio and even the web that they access daily through their phones. So you can’t just outright tell them to stop eating junk food lest you want to be branded as Hitler or a communist dictator of the house that is. You need to slowly and in a friendlier way convince them that what they’re eating isn’t healthy and why they need to eat real food. From a simple mango oatmeal breakfast smoothie to a maple salmon or the flavorful of the ginger-glazed mahi-mahi and other amazing yet healthy recipes that you can find! I highly recommend AllRecipes.com for tons of recipes which are submitted by members from all over the world. You’ll have an endless resource of healthy recipes to entice your kids with!
  5. It’s still okay to let them use their smartphones/tablets – but you may want to impose some soft restrictions on their use so as not to let them go beyond the recommended limit that could potentially make them addicted to the device. Maybe set a limit of 2 hours a day for using their gadgets and then teach them to be responsible kids on the rest of the day, but don’t forget to make it fun. Discipline doesn’t have to be boring or puts you on a stiff situation where you become the bad guy.
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Closing Notes
It seems that we have an unacknowledged stigma from the smartphone industry that still eludes the mainstream media, don’t we? Information is crucial in making people realize the danger that gadget addiction poses to people, especially to our children; or it will get so bad that we’ll just wake up one day with tech addicts walking around like zombies. Or worse, what if we’ve all become zombies and never wake up from this virtual reality nightmare, which had replaced reality? Thankfully we can still do something about it and that is to create an awareness about it one person at a time. I admit that even though I’m writing about how to prevent smartphone/tablet addiction, yet I cannot escape the fact that some of you (or most of you) are still reading this blog post on their tablets or smartphones.

Hypocritical of me, I know, but like I said using such devices is not wrong at the very basic level as they were designed to help us access information, and we need information to survive in a technological society. I’m merely pointing out what Dr. Saligary found out in her research and that is to help children avoid being gadget addicts. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to drop a comment below.

Also check out these tips to make your tablet more child friendly

Toddler apps for Android that will help them learn

The Google Play Store contains more than 600 apps designed for toddlers. Not only is it important to only allow your child to have screentime for a certain amount of time but it is also important to know what the child spends this time on.

Besides, you don’t want to download apps that would take a bite out of your money every time. Some apps can become quite costly! In this article you can read more about the hundreds of toddler apps for Android that are available, to hopefully make the choice a bit easier.

Toddler and screen time.

Official guidelines about how long a child may spend time on a tablet do not exist. Although advice on the topics pro’s and con’s are found everywhere online. In an article written by the NRC, the opinion of Delfos, a phsychologist can be read. The core of the story is about ‘boundries and accomaniment’. Het most important thing to watch for is the affect it has on the behavior of the child, to determine how long he or she can spend on the tablet. It is very important to install the right app to be able to determine this.

The App Store

The Google Play Store offeres thousands of apps which contain more than 600 specifically for toddlers. This many opportunities can make it hard to make the right choice. Luckily, every app is divided in to categories.

To be able to view the toddler apps, you click on the categorie “family”and the sub category “up to 5 years”. You will now be able to see three different tabs:

  • The Homepage shows you paid and free apps and sorts them in to very clear categories: fun apps & games, recommended for you, educative apps, brain games, action games, roleplay games, shapes & colors, early learners, puzzles & games, music games and fun creatures.
  • The popular items will show all available apps that are based on popularity. You can fist make a choice if you want to see the paid or free section of apps, which after you will see all the available apps.
  • The tab New Releases will show the newest toddler app for Android. With this tab you have to choose paid or free apps as well before seeing the available apps.

As we said, there are apps that you pay for and free apps. The apps that cost money usually rein between $0.99 and $8.94. This is a fee that you pay once that makes the app available at all times on your device until you decide to delete it.  The apps that are free often contain advertisements to get the costs of the app out of the game that you download. Before you download an app, it is always important to see if the app offers “in app purchases”. This means that after you play a few levels you have to pay to be able to keep playing, to unlock the rest of the game.

Before you click the download icon in the store app, you will always be able to see if it is a free or purchasable app. Watch for this before your child gets excited for an app you might have to pay for later.

3 best apps for toddlers

  1. Youtube kids is free and contains advertisements. It is a toddler friendly version of Youtube that, as the makers describe it, offers a safe and more simple way for children to explore the online video world. It is a passive way of exploring. If you want your child to play actively itself, the next few apps might be a better choice.
  2. Funny food is free and offers in app purchases. This popular and educative app contains different games within the app and is focused on learning shapes, sizes, colors, sorting, counting, comparing and more. The down part about this is that after a few games it does asks for a fee to keep playing the game and unlock more possibilities.
  3. Kid Brain Trainer is a free game and contains (even though the description says otherwise) advertisements. This too is an educative app who focuses on the development of the child by playing different games like memory and spot the differences.

In short

It is not so much about how long your child plays on his/her tablet, but about what your child spends its time doing. Between the hundreds of toddler apps available for Android, there are a few things to concider. Free apps can contain advertisements of can be asking for a fee after playing for a while. Paid apps often don’t contain advertisements, you download (and pay) just once and keep the game for ever. Always read what it says at the description before downloading.

There are many different apps for passive and active learning behavior. To decide what the best choice is for your child, you just have to see and try different apps to see in what way it affects your child’s behavior. At least now you know what to consider when choosing an app for your toddler!

Also check out these top tablets for toddlers

Use these ten ways to make your own tablet child safe

With the rising of technology in the past few years, tablets are almost impossible not to think about in society. Tablets these days have the same aspects as computers and laptops, but they have a much easier use because of their size and the use of a touch screen.

Hospitals, schools and companies: the tablets are used everywhere, for instance to keep up administration, to learn and even to keep an eye on financial situations. Almost every household has a tablet, if not multiple. Because of the tablet being used so much these days, it is logical for kids to be in contact with these devices as well.

Parents don’t usually care for this idea, mainly because they can’t really keep an eye on what their child does on the tablet. The fear exists that kids will see things the parents don’t want them to see. This is totally reasonable. Although there is lots you can do these days, because most tablets have different options to make a tablet “child safe”.

How do I make my tablet child safe/ kid friendly?

To help you make sure your child is safe while using your tablet, we will give you some simple tips.

To make your tablet child safe and kid friendly, you can use these 10 options.

  1. Protect the App Store
  2. Install a special internet browser
  3. Make a special kids account on the tablet
  4. Protect your tablet with a tablet cover
  5. Make YouTube kid safe
  6. Buy a special kids tablet
  7. Download a “kid zone” app
  8. Buy a screen protector
  9. Use the “hold screen” option
  10. Put a password on your tablet

I will explain how to put these steps in to action more precisely down below.

(Also read our post about educational apps for kids to make your tablet an educative work station or read our guides about buying a safe tablet and cover for your child).

child safe tablet cover

Tip 1: Protect the app store

It does not matter if you have an Apple, Android or Windows tablet; every operational system has an app store in which you can download fun and handy applications for your tablet. The danger with this is that you child can download whatever it wants, even if you as a parent wouldn’t want them to. It also happens that a child will be able to buy apps from the app store without him/her noticing.

As a parent you also won’t notice until it’s too late, or until you get a big bill sent to your home. Thankfully this is very easy to prevent. Each app store is different, so we will talk about each app store separately and explain how you can prevent these things from happening.

If you have an Android, it is easy to protect the Google Play Store. Open the Play Store app and open settings. Search for the option “content filter”, here you can choose what can and can’t be downloaded on your tablet.

Simple right?

If you have an Apple tablet, it is just as easy to protect your App Store. You can do this by opening the settings. You press general and scroll down to where you see “limitations”. Click this and choose “apply limitations” or something similar.

After you have done this, you can easily turn off sliders like “install apps” and “buy from the app”. Do this to be sure you won’t be surprised.

Tip 2: Install a special internet browser

As a parent you might think that the internet browser is the most dangerous zone for your child. In this app your child can look up whatever it wants, the internet won’t know any limitations. However, luckily it is very easy to limit your Childs access to the internet.

All you have to do is download a child safe internet browser. For Android tablets we recommend the “safe browser” app from the Google Play Store.

Download the app on your tablet, this will able you to do things like put a password on the internet and block certain websites on the tablet.

This way you can be sure your child will be on a safe internet browser.

If you are the owner of an Apple tablet, we recommend the “MetaCert Browser” app. This app automatically blocks more than 700 million inappropriate websites and also filters images and videos.

As a parent you will also be able through these apps to watch exactly what your child is doing on the internet. Very safe indeed!

Tip 3: Make a special kids account

Another handy tip is to make a special kids account on your tablet. At this moment it’s only possible to do this on an Android tablet with an Android version higher than Android 4.3. So if you are an Apple user its best to skip this tip.

The good thing about having a kid’s account on your tablet is that you as a parent can choose exactly which apps your child can and cannot use, what your child can and cannot look up and so on. This will save you a lot of time because it’s faster than downloading all these “child protection apps”.

The safest way is of course to make a special kids account and to download only child safe apps. This way you can be sure that you child will be safe while using his/her tablet.

A special kid’s account is super easy to make. Start by going to settings on your regular account. Click “users” and press “add user”.

You’ll be seeing two options: user or limited profile. Choose “limited profile”. After this you will see a long list of which you can choose which apps your child will be able to access.  Use care while choosing these apps to be sure your child won’t be able to do unusual stuff on the tablet.

Click continue and you are done making the special kids account. To switch to this account simply close the screen and press the logo in the right top corner of the screen. There you can choose to use the newly made limited profile. Now your tablet it all ready to be used by your child!

Tip 4: Protect your tablet with a tablet cover.

This tip won’t prevent your child to see or do something inappropriate on the tablet. However this tip is still very important to be sure your tablet won’t break after a couple weeks of using it. A tablet cover will prevent the tablet from breaking when being dumped.

The amount of times I’ve heard about kids accidentally tossing their glass of lemonade all over the new tablet, the kids dropping the tablet or anything similar is beyond counting.

It’s a shame, because these things are easy to prevent and you can hardly blame your child for these sort of things. They are still kids and will be clumsy every now and then.

There are a lot of great tablet covers available for regular prizes. A lot of tablet covers will fold in a certain way to make the tablet stand upright. A lot of people find this very handy.

Let’s look for example at the “Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 Book Cover”. This tablet cover offers a whole hype of different options for a reasonable price. Just make sure when buying a tablet cover that you buy the one that has the right size for your tablet. Our tip would be to quickly Google  “your tablets name + cover”.

This way you can be sure that you are buying a cover that is suitable for your tablet. We wrote a whole article about tablet covers that can be handy in this case!

Tip 5: Make YouTube kid safe.

An average of 1 to 2 kids will watch YouTube videos daily.

YouTube is crazy popular and will just keep growing. There is a big chance your child will be watching YouTube videos on your tablet. But how do you know that he/she won’t be watching anything weird or inappropriate? YouTube now has a suitable solution to this problem; Safety Mode.

The safety mode that YouTube uses is pretty simple and uses information collected from the database from YouTube and the opinions of all YouTube users to filter out videos on YouTube. This system however is very new to YouTube so it is not without flaws. It will however make sure that your child will not be recommended any video’s containing violence for instance.

The safety mode is easily turned on in a few easy steps. You start by opening the YouTube app or opening the website on your tablets browser. First, log in to the YouTube account that you want to make safe.

Scroll all the way down and go to settings. Click on “safety”. Now it will give you the option to turn on the safety mode. Click this to make YouTube a bit safer.

If you let someone else use YouTube later on, you only have to log out of that YouTube account and log in to their own account. Pretty simple I’d say.

It is nice to know that at the moment, Google is working on a special YouTube app that is specially made for kids. This app will be called YouTube Kids and will contain tons of different options for parents to choose what kind of videos their child will be able to watch.

This app may already be available in your country, so be sure to look it up in the Google Play Store!

The special YouTube kids app will have options like “kids profile, blocking search options and viewing history”, this will only make the app safer for your child. Like I said, the app might be available in your country, but it will still be in a test phase.

For more information on YouTube kids, you could go to kids.youtube.com. We also wrote an article about kids tablet and the YouTube app.

safe youtube settings for kids

Tip 6: Buy a special Kids tablet.

Maybe you think all the things you have to do to make your tablet child safe is very complicated and you would like for these things to already be installed. With the making of the kids tablet this is actually possible. A kids tablet is pretty much the same as a regular one. The kids tablet usually runs an Android operating system and is optimalised for children.

As parents it is super simple to apply settings to a kids tablet about what they can and cannot do. However, this is not mandatory, for the tablet already comes installed being kids safe. This is why a kids tablet is very handy when you are unsure if you are handy enough to put in all these safety options yourself. But where do you buy a kids tablet and which one do we recommend?

A kids tablet is very easily available on amazon.com or at best buy, target and even walmart. There are kids tablets available for not too high of a price. The average price for a kids tablet is between 50 and 400 dollars. However, a higher price does not necessarily means that the tablet is better than a low price tablet.

We recommend a fairly cheap model: the Kurio Tab 2. This is one of the few tabs that have the child safety features and all the kid related internet features-at the same time it serves as a great android tablet. It has a very decent look and comes with a factory bumper case – which is rather streamlined and this makes it look sleek. This tablet is on the market for around 80 pounds.

Tip 7: Download a Kid zone app

Another great tip that can help making a tablet child safe is to download a special “kid zone” app. As soon as you download one of those apps, the tablet will switch over to a completely new safe environment that only contains material and apps that are appropriate for children, this often also contains apps that are very educational. You can think of this as a zone that has educational games, fun stories and funny videos for kids.

A good kid zone app that we recommend is the app called “Kids Mode” made by Samsung. Download the app in the Play Store or App store and open the app. You will automatically be directed to a virtual safe playground for hours of entertainment for the kids. The environment has friendly 3D figures. The child can click on these figures, the figure will take the kid to a game arena to play lots of fun and educational games.
Sadly, these apps are not available for the Ipad, it is limited to Android tablets only. Although the Ipad has lots of available apps to download as well.

Tip 8: Buy a screen protector

Another maybe smaller tip we can give you is to buy a so called screen protector for your tablet. This is a see through stick on piece of plastic or glass that you put on top of your tablets touch screen to protect it from scratches. Buy this together with a tablet cover and your whole tablet will be almost completely safe from accidents! Just like you do with buying a tablet cover, it is also important to watch for the size when looking for a screen protector.

Especially with screen protectors it’s important to get the right size. If you buy a size too small it will not cover the whole screen, but if you buy a size too big it won’t fit at all. This will still make for scratches to appear on the screen. A good quality screen protector will cost anywhere from 10 to 30 dollars and is easily available at amazon.com. In total protecting your tablet will cost you around 50 to 60 dollars, but believe me when I say it is definitely worth protecting your Childs tablet, this way you won’t have to jump at every bump it makes because it will have protection around it.

Tip 8: Use the “hold screen” option

It may so often happen that you as a parent is still working away on your tablet when your child asks if it may play a quick game on the device. You might be almost done so it wouldn’t be a problem, you just want to make sure your kid doesn’t accidentally edit or delete any of you work documents. How can you give you child access to the tablet for a quick game without making a whole new profile and everything?

This is possible thanks to the option called “hold screen”. It might be important to know that this option is only available to Android tablets that contain an Android version of Lollipop 5.0 or higher. If you have an Apple or Windows tablet this might not be an option for you. On your Android device, go to settings and type in the search bar “hold screen”. Click on this and it will tell you exactly how to get this option set up. Now your child can play a quick game and you can be assured he/she is not able to reach your work documents.

Also check out our post on the best tablets for toddlers

Tip 10: Put a password on your tablet

Maybe the best tip out there is to simply put a password on your tablet, one that your child doesn’t know and can’t guess. If you don’t have this it is highly likely for your child to just grab the tablet whenever he/she pleases. Without a password, when your kid has the tablet in hand, he/she can access the whole tablet without you knowing. By putting a password on your tablet, this will not happen.

Because of this, your child will have to ask a parent or adult to unlock the tablet itself. This way you can be sure of knowing when your child has access to the tablet. This is the best solution because you can easily know when he/she wants to play on the tablet, plus you get to sit next to your son/daughter and watch them play and explore.

Since you might be sitting next to or close to your child when he/she is playing on the tablet. You might be able to give your kid some tips on how to work the tablet and together explore new fun and educational games for them to play. This way your child will learn from you how these devices work, later this might make the step to for instance a smart phone a bit easier.

A password is very simply put on any tablet or device. For an Apple IPad you can put the password in by going to settings and selecting “touch ID and code”. On an Android device you can make this change by going to settings and pressing “safety” and continuing on to “screen lock”. You can choose if you want to put in a pattern, word or number code as a password. We recommend a letter word password because it is not as easy to guess for children.

Conclusion:

The fear that some parents might feel when they think of children exploring inappropriate stuff on a tablet is not necessarily bad, but it is something you shouldn’t worry about too much. Of course caution is always good when using a device that is connected to the internet, but by following our tips you might find it easier to rest when your child is playing on their tablet. It might take a small investment for a tablet cover and screen protector, or even a special kids tablet. But putting in the settings to make the tablet child safe are completely free.

Putting a password on the tablet, downloading a special kids app or making a kids profile, there are plenty of options to let your child explore at their hearts desire on the tablet without the parents having to worry. We wish you good luck with all these tips and if there are any that we might have missed, or tips that you yourself find very handy, please leave them for us in the comments!

Also read: 9 tips to make your tablet child friendly

Where Do People Buy Their Tablets in South Africa

Let’s admit it, buying a tablet is not as easy as it seems. There are many counterfeit tablets in the country and the few genuine vendors don’t offer pocket friendly tablets. This means that buyers have to be extra careful when buying quality tablets as well as avoiding being ripped apart by vendors.

None the less, there are very good tablets out there, like the ones from our review of the best tablets for this year which are competitively priced. But where can I get such, you ask? Well, worry not, this article will give you insights on where to buy tablets in South Africa. So, without much ado, let’s jump straight into it, shall we?

Price Check

With online shopping being the new order of the day, pricecheck.za has crafted a name for themselves by offering a wide range of products, tablets being one of them. The site is pretty easy to use and the vendor has done well to provide customers with as much information as possible. Price check has an updated search tool mechanism that allows customers to search for a product very easily.

shopmania.co.za

Next up is shopmania an online platform that allows customers to shop a wide range of products from home appliances to clothing to toys. Shopmania has devised their platform to suit customer needs and they have a search bar that helps customers to easily locate their products. The site is easy to navigate and they offer free shipping for the clients.

www.takealot.com

As the name suggests, this platform is set up to help customers shop as much as they would like. The site has focused mainly on computers and their accessories and they have gone to great lengths to ensure that they provide as much information as possible for their products. They have also ranked their products according to prices making it
easier for clients to choose a product from their desired price range. This makes it easier for clients as well as saving them time. When it comes to payments, the vendor has several ways in which clients can pay top among them being; eBucks, Discovery Miles, COD, Mobicred, debit/credit cards among others. The vendor offers free shipping but a customer has to order goods worth R 450 and above to warrant this offer.

illustration of an online shopping

www.ebay.com

This international giant seems to be making a name for itself in South Africa and customers are flocking the site in their thousands to search for various products. eBay has crafted a name for itself when it comes to online shopping and the same experience given to people in other parts of the globe can also be experienced is S.A. The best
thing with eBay is, they have broken down to the very last description of a product and customers get to know the very last detail of a product. eBay also offers clients shipping services and customers can be assured of getting the very best tablets from some of the world’s biggest providers.

Also check out our article on the best kids tablets with Android

bidorbuy.co.za

Bid of buy is another online shopping platform that vendors can visit to buy a tablet. The vendor has stocked the platform with an array of products giving customers the freedom to choose the product they want and at the right price. Even though their search tools are not as advanced as other platforms. Bid or buy has given customers an easy time by categorizing their products into well thought of groups. The vendor also offers customers great offers and discounts with the most popular one being the one dubbed “deals of the week.” Customers should be on the look out since they can get a tablet of their choice at a throw away price.

Also read: how to make your own tablet child safe

Amazon.com

Well, this list could not have been complete without America’s online shopping giant, Amazon. Even though there is no specific South African amazon site, the site continues to be among the top sites people are visiting to buy tablets. The site boosts of having products in their thousands to choose from. They also have excellent searching tools
making it easy to select your tablet of choice without having to through hundreds of them before getting to your preferred choice. You might as well go for Amazon.co.uk which offers good discounts for international shipping’s for selected destinations.

Samsung.com

samsung tab

Where best to buy a tablet than from one of the world’s best gadget manufacturers? With Samsung, you are guaranteed of getting quality tablets that have genuine warranties. Looking at their site, it is well stocked with a wide range of tablets spoiling customers with choices. You can buy the tablet of your choice and have it shipped to you, or if you are in Cape Town, you can visit their store in Waterfront.

Parting Shot

There you go, the above places are good platforms that you can buy your tablets from. I have to admit that the list is in no particular order and you can choose any one of them. Most of these sites have strong security features meaning you purchase is safe and secure. If you were wondering where to buy a tablet there are several places you can get one.

Also read: 8 educational apps you have to try

THE ELEGIANT 3D VR GLASSES WITH REMOTE CONTROL

Virtual reality is very popular in the gaming world today. From the Oculus to the Google cardboard, the technology is amazing. However, the lack of content in the virtual reality world becomes the struggle.

Virtual reality applications are usually available for most Android users. The highly rated Elegiant VR 3D glasses with remote control provide a new experience to the virtual reality world. It is a Google cardboard device. The device works by placing your phone inside, and the applications appear in 3D. A point to note is that the device contains no virtual reality assisted technology. Your phone does all the work after placing it in. You can control your phone using the wireless Bluetooth remote or opt to go without.

This device is affordable and can work with most Android devices.

Remote functionality

The remote controller for the device is a wireless Bluetooth and gamepad controller. The remote controls your Android device works while in the headset. It works to control music, videos, and games among others. The remote accomplishes this through its different modes that control the device. For example, the mouse mode, the video mode, music mode, game mode, the selfie control mode, and the 360-degree rocker mode. It becomes easier to switch in between movies and music as well as games using the remote. The headset maintains the functionality of providing a cinematic virtual reality experience

Headset design

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The Elegiant VR 3D headset comes with large openings on either side. You can, therefore, run wired headset out or even connect your charger. According to the device manual, the openings enable you to charge your phone and allow it to vent. It has a closing clip that is magnetic for a secure closing of the headset. The headset can also handle weight. The iPhone 6 Plus, for example, can be easily attached to the headset with feeling any discomfort when you wear it.

The overall design of the headset will only work with devices with screen sizes ranging from 4.7-5.9 inches.

The limitation of the design is that it will not block entirely outside light. Some will leak through the nose area. Being in a dark environment is the only way of solving this problem. The appearance of wearing the headset is also goofy.

Is the Elegiant 3D VR glass worth it?

The headset is light and comfortable. It is also durable and the pricing affordable hence a favourable choice when shopping around. The lenses are clear with limited distortions. The straps hold the glass securely and are comfortable. There are also various slots on the sides for headphones and USB cables. Lastly, the general feeling when wearing them is comfortable.

A restricting feature associated with the device is the leaking of light when wearing it. There is also a possibility of pressing random buttons when placing your device in the headset. It does not also have exciting new content.

In general, the packaging is commendable and comes with a manual and a cleaning cloth for the headset. The buttons are stiff to feel and do not flex because they are built in well.

Things to note about the device

The headset device should only be used for not more than thirty minutes. Prolonged usage might cause motion sickness from some of the applications. If you are usually not sensitive to movements or your stomach does not experience queasiness often, using the headset will not be much of a problem. Therefore, whether you are trying to find the most rewarding experience, that which looks realistic, be it mobile gaming, playing music, watching 3D movies or only experiencing virtual reality to its fullness, the Elegiant 3D VR Glass headset with remote control is the device of choice.