“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin was an American polymath and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States as he was best remembered, valued knowledge and education more than anything in his life.

Sadly though the academic excellence or the enthusiasm to seek it out as a personal achievement among many kids these days is deteriorating. So it begs the question, why do we need to educate our children when information can be easily accessed by a simple Google search?

Well being properly educated and learn wisdom from a young age makes people civilized, intelligent, respects one’s self and others, which obviously a child won’t become if you just let him or her browse the web from their tablet all throughout their lives.

In fact, without your guidance as a parent, they would become the opposite of being an educated person, which would make them problematic citizens of the community. Being educated is a state of mind, not just having a bunch of certificates and it is your duty to guide your child’s state of mind in order to bring out the best in him/her.

Kids and WiFi

Kids these days always play with their phones whenever and wherever they are.

Kids these days basically cannot be separated by modern “fun” gadgets like smartphones, tablets, laptops and other devices that can connect to a WiFi, for apps, chatting and streaming video like youtube or netflix.

Although I encourage parents to limit your children’s exposure to handheld electronic devices to a maximum of 2 hours a day, you can give them a free pass on certain days like the weekends.

However, I do recommend that you let them be entertained by educational content so that it’ll pay off instead of just let them wander off of YouTube videos or other pages that might lead them to inappropriate content.

Google Maps, for instance, can really be fun to play around with as kids will be able to tell where they are exactly or approximately by turning on the tablet’s GPS. Pretty soon they’ll be the ones to tell you that “we’re here at (insert the name of the park or special place here),” instead of asking where you are located.

Make Learning Fun for Them

I think I don’t have to tell you that the reason why you’re going to the beach or park to hangout is to have fun. Kids especially take these matters to heart, so don’t be the guy to ruin it all for them, but you can make camping or hiking in the park educational without being too obvious about it.

As you go along use the tablet to make Google searches on the variety of plants and animals in the area’s ecosystem that live there. Even though kids are on the web most of the time, they may not know a whole lot of things yet, so you can use this opportunity to teach them and make learning fun with apps too!

"FUN" written with several colors of lego

Take a look at these 5 tablets for kids with WiFi access:

1.) Volkano A730

It’s no good to give your kids a tablet that is not at least 3G or has no WiFi access as the primary reason for having one is to connect to the world wide web.

The tablet can both be used for educational purposes, meaning you can search the web for just about any kind of information that you’re curious about or want to know more about.

The other use of the tablet is to pass up the time and entertain yourself with tons of game apps from Google’s Play Store and The App Store from Apple. Some mobile games are actually quite educational and can help sharpen your kid’s cognitive abilities.

Speaking of a competitive tablet brand the Volkano A730 is winning in sales in the African consumer electronics market! And the reason is because it is competing very well with well known brands like Apple and Samsung.

This tablet has a 1.2Ghz dual core processor which is not as intimidating as the quad core or octacore processor that a lot of China made and South Korean made smartphones and tablets is built with now, but it can still deliver the quality that you’d expect from a tablet in this category.

Its 1024×600 16:9 aspect ratio resolution makes picture and video quality great and allows your kids to read content from educational sites without making any complains about poor screen resolution quality or hard to read texts. They can also make video calls on this tablet with the front and rear cameras. Overall it’s a great tablet for a very affordable price and it’s made in South Africa too!

Pros:

  • Locally produced in South Africa
  • Innovative design
  • Competitive price
  • Has standard Android and Google apps
  • Easy to use
  • Long battery life

Cons:

  • Specs are not for long time video streaming or gaming
  • Overheats and may damage internal parts
  • Non-HD screen resolution

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2.) Amazon Fire HD 8

Apple isn’t the only tech giant that dominates the United States consumer electronics market, because Amazon is also taking a huge chunk of that market too! Even in African online retail stores Amazon is among the top brands that customers go to for tablets for their kids.

The Amazon App Store has a lot of interesting stuff to check out and you can access that if you’ll get an Amazon Prime membership; however, if you’ll purchase the Amazon Fire HD 8 kids edition, then it will come with a one year subscription. It’s a great way to expose your kids to child-friendly educational material on the web!

The Fire HD 8 is built with the 1.3 GHz Cortex-A53 quad-core processor and is paired with the equally powerful Mali-T730MP3 GPU. This plus its 1.5GB of RAM makes video streaming and game playing very smooth with no chance for the screen to freeze or the device working slow.

You’ll also be entertained so much with the 8-inch 800 x 1280 pixels (16:10 ratio) display and the Dolby Atmos sound loud speaker. You’ll get a lot of features from this tablet for only $125! Not a bad deal if I should say so.

Pros:

  • Good value
  • Loud speakers
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi
  • Ease of use

Cons:

  • It’s not a lot of fun if you don’t subscribe to Amazon services
  • Google Apps is missing but you can download and install it manually
  • A single 2MP camera is not well-thoughtout considering it was released in 2017

3.) Apple iPad

iPad by Apple

Despite being overpriced Apple’s products still rank number 1 in the United States and the world over. The latest iPad was released in 2018 instanly became a hit among Apple products enthusiasts and for a good reason!

Apple competes with its unrelenting rival, Samsung, all the time when it comes to new mobile technology and sometimes Samsung releases new proprietary innovation in their smartphones and tablets, then sometimes Apple takes them to the courts to file a patent infringement lawsuit claiming that the tech was stolent or otherwise copied via shady corporate espionage or some other dubious means. Bottom line is these tech giants are essentially the leaders when it comes to new technology and you can experience it in their products.

Total display size is 9.7 inches which will give you great viewing and playing pleasure not to mention the texts of the articles and blog posts that you’ll read for research and learning is very sharp and clear.

Built with the powerful 2.34 Ghz (2x Hurricane + 2x Zephyr) quad-core processor which works together with the 2GB RAM and PowerVR Series7XT Plus (six-core graphics) GPU to give you the best of the best screen resolution at 1536 x 2048 pixels!

It also comes with a 32/128 GB internal storage space although Apple didn’t include an expandable slot as obviously there is no need for it. It’s got a very high quality 8MP camera on the back which rivals other smartphones and tablets today.

Pros:

  • Price to quality ratio is very acceptable
  • Elegant, high-quality apps
  • Supports Apple Pencil

Cons:

  • Not rugged enough and may not survive falls
  • The price is successively increased depending on the additions that you’ll get it with.

4.) Kurio Tab2

This tablet was specifically designed for children and it is one of the few tablets that cater to this kind of demographics among their customers, but Kurio made the right decision in focusing on
the kids share of the market.

This is a decent-looking 7in Android tablet that comes with a protective rubber bumper that’s more streamlined than usual. It cushions the fall and reduces the force of impact to a minimum, which helps make the tablet last longer even under the care of somewhat clumsy children.

This means that kids can enjoy watching movies on it, play games with it and doodle on it as much as they like.

Also read: setting parental controls on an Android tablet

The Kurio Tab2 only has a 7-inch 1024×600 capacitive touchscreen display which is boderline HD quality for streaming videos and games. Reading texts from this display should be with ease and comfort which makes learning easy as well.

Built with the Android 5 (Lollipop) OS and can be updated to the latest Android OS whenver necessary. It sports the 1.3GHz Mediatek MTK8127 quad-core processor that’s paired with a 1GB of RAM plus a credible GPU and will make the UI very easy to work with.

Pros:

  • Handy, lighweight and easy to use even for children
  • Good price for quality
  • Has bumper protection designed for toddlers and small kids
  • Loaded with software, features and child-friendly content
  • Has a 2-year warranty

Cons:

  • Smaller compared to other tablets in this price range
  • Sharing it with friends would be a hassle
  • Lacks Android and Google apps

5.) Asus ZenPad 3S 10

Last in this list is the Asus ZenPad 3S 10 and like its competitors, it also brings a lot to the table without asking you for a lot of money. Based on our research, we found out that this tablet is great for kids even though it was originally for the adult sector of the demographics.

Your kids can do web research from this tablet and find out what they need to learn with a few gestures and presses of the screen. If used properly, your child’s academic excellence can be greatly enhanced not to mention his IQ as well. If he/she gets bored after long hours of studying, then you can let them play games or watch their favorite movies and TV shows on it too!

The Asus ZenPad 3S 10 has an iPad-like design, but not quite the quality. But having the hexacore processor (combined quad and dual core ARM Cortex 1.7GHz and 2.1GHz), a 4GB RAM (the largest among the lot) and the IMG GX6250 graphics with ASUS TruVivid technology gives the 9.7-inch 2048 x 1536 resolution display the greatest viewing experience anyone could ever have!

I could hardly complain about it; however, at $449.77 it does ask for too much when you can get the iPad 9.7 (2018) model for less than $400, which is roughly the equivalent of this model.

Pros:

  • Brilliant 2K display
  • Hi-Res audio support
  • Fast chipset

Cons:

  • Mediocre battery life
  • Build quality has issues
  • Speakers poorly positioned

Read more: where do people buy their tablets in South Africa

Honorable Mentions

Of course, those five tablets for kids that has WiFi access designed to suit children that we’ve mentioned above are not the only ones that we think you should buy for your kids.

No, in fact, there are other tablets that deserve to be in this list and so, we’ve decided to have an “honorable mentions” space just for them. That way you can have more options to choose from if you want one for your kids.

Here they are:

VTech InnoTab Max

The InnoTab MAX is VTech’s latest top-of-the-line toy tablet that’s aimed at the specific demographics of kids between ages 3 – 9 years old. It improves upon the previous iteration of the tablet which now comes with a better processor, a bigger touch screen, and double the memory capacity, but also has a larger price tag. Vtech also included 14 built-in apps in the tablet which includes;

  1. Wonder Cam MAX
  2. Movie Maker
  3. E-Reader (with story dictionary)
  4. Calendar
  5. Clock
  6. Calculator
  7. Videos
  8. Family Bulletin
  9. Notes
  10. Music
  11. Play Games
  12. Art Studio
  13. My Magic Beanstalk Game
  14. My Wishes

The InnoTab Max was clearly not designed for power gaming as it niether has the processing power nor the graphics interface to support high-end gaming.

However, reading children’s stories, watching videos, TV shows and movies for children is absolutely no problem with this tab. Its 1.4GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 dual core rocessor and 1GB Ram plus 8GB of internal storage space are more than capable of giving the best images and video streams on its 7-inch 1024×600 display resolution.

It also has an expandable micro SD slot that you can upgrade up to 32GB. The 2MP 180- degrees rotating camera is an attention-grabber, especially for kids as they love to play with it while taking photos and selfies.

Pros:

  • Larger RAM and added display length which gives a wider screen view and better resolution.
  • 180° rotating camera
  • The tablet cover can be adjusted to become the tablet’s kickstand that allows you to watch movies and stream videos like doing it on a laptop or desktop PC.
  • Built-in handle
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Still compatible with game cartridges used in previous iterations.

Cons:

  • Despite having a 1.4GHz processor and good RAM the OS loads slow (at 8 seconds which is not accurate to the product description of 4).
  • My Wishes app is way too much of a marketing material than an education app that kids can use.
  • Unlike in the previous iteration, the rechargeable battery is not removable.

RCT- M835 Tablet

Another locally made tablet that deserves to be in this list is the RCT – M835 8 inches multimedia tablet. Its large capacitive lulti touch 1024×768 resolution LED display is great for doing some e-book, article reading and studying. It is built with a 4800mAh Li-on battery which should last for 5+ hours if you stream movies or play mobile games on it.

Its 802.11 b/ g/ n WiFi connectivity is as good as other high-end WiFi access systems and will connect to the internet almost immediately once the WiFi app is turned on. It also incorporated a 1GB RAM and an expandable slot micro SD up to 16GB of external storage space.

Pros:

  • Affordable yet has competitive specs
  • Great for studying and watching educational content
  • Long battery life
  • HD display
  • Great for watching movies and TV shows
  • Works well with light mobile game apps

Cons:

  • 3G technology which is not fast internet
  • Floats mostly in the African market and is not recognizable in other regions
  • Processor, graphics and RAM speeds not ideal for high-end gaming

Also check out our post on the best overall kids tablets to choose from

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