Consumer Reports: best tablets for kids

(WMC TV) - If you're not wild about sharing your tablet with the kids, there's good news.

This year, you'll find more tablets made especially for children. Consumer Reports checked out five of the newest, all priced between $150 and $200.

They're made for kids, but they have features that are all grown up. Some come with real Android operating systems and features like Wi-Fi and expandable memory.

Consumer Reports examined the tablets, including display quality. Some screens proved hard to view from an angle. Another test measured battery life, tapping the screen to keep it awake until the batteries run down.
Consumer Reports also asked a dozen young testers to play games, read books and create artwork on the tablets. They answered questions, such as how easy the tablets are to turn on and which activities are fun.

The tablets all come loaded with child-friendly games and learning activities. Not surprisingly, the kids liked the games the best.

For bookworms, the Meep! Tablet from Oregon Scientific has the clearest display

If you want to limit your child's Internet access, parental controls are on all the tablets. The most extensive for younger kids are on the Meep!, the Kurio 7 and the Nabi 2.

Some tablets have Internet filters, which means kids can surf only on approved web sites. On some tablets, parents can limit their children's time online.

The magazine's kid-testers liked the Nabi 2 the best, $200. It has a friendly interface and the longest battery life.

Consumer Reports noted that some "grown-up" tablets have parental restrictions, too. You'll find them on the Galaxy Nexus, Barnes & Noble Nook and Amazon Kindle Fire models.

Copyright 2012 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.