Okay, so after all the rhetoric of what an ideal tablet should be as you’ll read in the manufacturer’s brochures and online ads, it all comes down to functionality and ease of use.

But when you talk about streaming videos from YouTube, Vimeo or other video streaming sites as well as watching your favorite Netflix movies and shows, you’d have to have a big display.

Preferably one that is at least 8 inches wide (display size), has a 16:9 aspect ratio and at least 1280 x 720 pixels resolution (720p HD or HD Ready) for the clearest images and videos.

So the question is which tablets are most suited for movie viewing and video streaming? Let’s find out below!

Display Size and Screen Resolution

Standard tablet size (or more accurately screen width) offered in the market today is around 6.8 inches (rounded up to 7 inches in the ads) which is small enough to fit in your pocket, but large enough to enjoy doing multimedia activities with.

Personally, I think that 7-inch tablets are ideal for when you’re living the “always on the go” lifestyle; however, if you’ll use a tablet for your kids at mostly at home to enjoy watching cartoons, play games and or watch films and TV shows, then an 8, 10-inch or a much bigger display size is preferable.

Screen resolutions ranging from 1280 x 720 (720p), 1920 x 1080 (1080p), 2048 x 1080 (2K) and 2560 x 1440 (1440p) are also great for enhancing your kids viewing pleasure. This is especially true if they’re watching those action-adventure films like The Avengers or The Mummy or if they also want to watch animated movies like The Incredibles or Wreck It Ralph or Shrek.

Netflix offers HD and QHD streaming as well as Bluray movies that they’ve acquired or developed in their own studio like Bird Box or Spectral. You may want to purchase a multi-angle tablet stand so your kids can enjoy watching lots of movies and cartoons without getting tired of holding the tablet up for hours.

netflix time!

CPU, GPU, RAM and Battery Capacity

Another important thing that you need to know about tablets is that they are not at all different from desktop and laptop computers and they operate the same way.

Whenever a computer runs a program – whatever kind of program it is (e.g. opening a .txt file, a word document, image file, audio or video file) – the flow process goes from the hard drive (if the file is already saved in the system’s hard drive) or from its RAM if you’re trying to launch a browser and see, read, watch or listen to something from it.

The core processor is the primary device that does the “hand shaking” between other devices to make the computer work (i.e. core processor to RAM or to GPU or to HDD or all of them simultaneously at the same time trillions of times per millisecond or even microsecond).

For instance, when you want to stream videos from YouTube or open a video file for a movie, then the processor accesses the hard drive, the RAM and then the graphics processor to make your viewing experience excellent, when you have great wifi that is!

Likewise it wouldn’t be as much fun to play your favorite games or enjoy watching your most anticipated films on the tablet if the battery capacity cannot take you for at least 3 hours on continuous viewing, no wouldn’t it?

Therefore you’ll also need to choose a tablet that has over 2500 mAh battery capacity besides having a powerful CPU, graphics processing unit and system memory or RAM.

In other words, a high-end tablet brand is what you should buy for your kids.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro

The first entry on this list is actually not an ordinary tablet, in fact, you could call it a tablet PC or a notebook as it has its own removable keyboard and it has a whopping 13.3 inches wide display that will make watching movies your kid’s favorite passtime.

It’s called the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro and it is entirely made in China by a Chinese electronics manufacturer located in Haidian District, Beijing, China. Lenovo, by the way, constantly beats US brand Apple in South East Asia as well as other markets, so that says a lot about the quality of the products they produce.

The Yoga Tablet 2 Pro has a 1440p QHD or Quad HD resolution to match its huge screen size and it’ll make your kids point and chase around extremely clear details on the screen as they watch their favorite anime TV shows and movies.

The Yoga Tablet 2 Pro technically isn’t for kids, but if your children only wants to watch movies on it as the option to make them watch a movie on a bigger flatscreen TV isn’t available, then you can allow them to do that but it has to be done always under your supervision.

Specs:

  • CPU: 1.3GHz quad core processor
  • GPU: Intel Gen 7 (Ivy Bridge)
  • Chipset: Intel Atom Z3745
  • Display size: 13.3 inches
  • Display resolution: 2560 x 1440 pixels, 16:9 aspect ratio (1440p)
  • RAM: 2GB
  • ROM: Internal storage space 32GB with an expandable microSD slot up to 64GB
  • Camera: 1.6MP selfie camera and 8MP main camera
  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, hotspot
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 9600 mAh battery

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0

someone is using her/his Samsung tablet.

Another bitter rival of Apple in the consumer electronics industry is Samsung and their rivalry has produced the most innovative smartphones and tablets that has become the envy of every person on the planet since the tech revolution began back in late 2000s.

Today we take a look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 which is marketed as a child-friendly electronics hardware by the Seoul-based electronics manufacturer. The sleek and lightweight Galaxy Tab A by Samsung sports a bright 8-inch display with a 1280 x 800 HD resolution that’s perfect for Netflix binges or reading under the covers at night.

This 8-inch tablet is perfect for kids between 8 – 12 years old, although you may need to buy a rubber protector case if you’ll let your toddlers use it for their educational apps.

Its screen size is just the right size for a solo or group of 4 movie viewing session in the living room, the tree house or bedroom when your kid’s friends visit your house for a sleepover.

Be sure to prepare plenty of snacks and milk for your tiny visitors as they will be hungry after watching some interesting films on Netflix.

Specs:

  • CPU: 1.2 GHz quad core processor
  • Operating System: Android 5.0 (Lollipop)
  • Technology: GSM / HSPA / LTE (the tablet is able to send/receive SMS and calls)
  • Display size: 8 inches
  • Display resolution: 1280 x 800 pixels
  • RAM: 1.5GB (3G Wi-Fi) 2GB (4G LTE)
  • ROM: Internal storage space 16/32GB with an expandable microSD slot up to 256GB
  • Camera: 5MP main camera and 2MP selfie camera
  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 4200 mAh battery

Amazon Fire HD 10

Nearly all Amazon Fire tablets have a kids edition on them and for a good reason, because they’d rather parents subscribe to their service than send them somewhere else (potential customer/potential profit loss).

The Amazon Fire HD 10 is the best big tablet from Amazon that costs more than one third the price of an iPad while on sale. Kids will absolutely love the bigger 10-inch display, speedier performance, and the handy (hands-free) Alexa voice-activated AI (artificial intelligence) assistant.

Having an Amazon Prime account isn’t such a bad thing and if you’ll use it wisely, you won’t have to spend much on stuff that you don’t like. But what’s great about the Amazon Fire HD 10 is that you can use it in tandem with Amazon Echo, which really raises the bar on things!

So basically you can do all those awesome things on the Fire HD 10 that you did with Echo like fill up your to-do list, set timer and alarms, do shopping and grocery and so many other fun stuff.

Specs:

  • CPU: Quad-core processor (2×1.8 GHz Cortex-A72 & 2×1.4 GHz Cortex-A53)
  • GPU: PowerVR G6250
  • Chipset: Mediatek MT8173
  • Display size: 10.1 inches
  • Display resolution: 1920 x 1200 pixels (1080p), 16:10 aspect ratio
  • RAM: 2GB
  • ROM: Internal storage space 16/32GB with an expandable microSD slot up to 256GB
  • Camera: 2MP main camera and VGA selfie camera
  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 3830 mAh battery

Microsoft Surface Pro 6

Microsoft tablet

Basically the Microsoft Surface Pro 6 is just a portable laptop with a touchscreen UI, but children can still enjoy watching Netflix movies and YouTube videos on it nevertheless. Microsoft’s Surface Pro 6 is faster, longer lasting and now comes in a sleek, new black shell but still no significant upgrades in features that we were hoping for this new model.

The 12.3-inch, 2736 x 1824 pixels (which is between 1440p and 4K UHD resolution) is much clearer and better than the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro that will make kids want to watch their favorite movies and TV shows here non-stop! There’s also a kick stand at the back so you can lay the tablet on any flat surface while streaming videos on it.

The QWERTY keyboard may not be much but it makes web browsing easier compared to typing on the virtual keyboard on the screen of the tablet.

Microsoft set the price tag on this tablet/netbook at $899 (some versions are sold at over a thousand dollars and by comparison the iPad 9.7 starting cost is $450, although it does go up to almost $800 too in some cases), which is probably the only discouraging thing about it.

But in their defense they said that the Surface Pro 6 is designed for work or business and not for general use or for kids. It’s still a great tablet though!

Specs:

  • CPU: Intel 8th Gen Core i5-8250U/Core i7-8650U
  • GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 620
  • Display size: 12.3
  • Display resolution: 2736 x 1824 pixels
  • RAM: 8GB/16GB RAM
  • ROM: Internal storage space 16/32GB with an expandable microSD slot up to 256GB
  • Camera: 8MP rear camera and 5MP selfie camera
  • WLAN: Wi-Fi ac (IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.1
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 8700 mAh battery

Also read: how do VR goggles work exactly?

Conclusion

While there are many other noteworthy tablets out there that are good for kids we determined that these 4 listed here in this article are the best for children to watch movies and stream videos from YouTube and Netflix on. The main factors for our rationale includes the display size, pixels resolution, aspect ratio, core processor, graphics card and system memory.

The 4 tablets on this article have some of the most powerful quad and octa-core processors to date! They also have excellent GPUs and double the RAM size that accentuate the images and visuals on the multi-touch display producing vibrant colors and bringing characters to life.

Each of the tablet brand and model mentioned here will not disappoint you even if your expectations are too high. While children will be happy with any gadget regardless of their size
or processing power any of the tablets listed here will significantly show their satisfaction as you look at their faces while they’re viewing some YouTube videos or watching Netflix on it.

Sure the price of these tablets may very well be beyond what you’ve planned for; however, these tablets are multipurpose and adults can enjoy using them as well – some are even designed for work and business!

So if the kids are limited to using them only 2 hours a day, then you can use it for the remaining hours and it’s like getting 2 items for the price of 1. It’s a very aggreable deal if you ask me and considering these tablets are almost the size of an average netbook and functions pretty much alike, I’d say it’s more than what your money’s worth.

Also read: our top tablet picks for this year

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