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The best tablets for kids



Tablets aren’t just for adults – they’re a great learning and entertainment tool for kids of all ages. They’re versatile, portable, and they can encourage children to read more. Tablets also develop creativity, help with homework – and of course, are great for playing games and watching films. They usually feature parental controls to limit access to certain websites and apps, and plenty are designed to be extra robust.

If you’re looking for a tablet for your children, here’s a selection of perfect devices for little ones looking for entertainment.

A sturdy design

Even though they may look sleek and slim, tablets can stand the odd knock – their exteriors can be surprisingly hardy. The Samsung Galaxy Tab A is 7.5mm thick, and comes with a sturdy metal ‘unibody’ to protect it at home and on the go. If you’re looking for a portable device, the Huawei MediaPad T3 10 is also ultra-slim, and its deceptively lightweight body is covered by a hardworking, strong aluminium case.

When you’re buying a new tablet, make sure you’re familiar with what the manufacturer’s warranty will cover. It should cover you for any faults or issues you may have with the hardware or software, but may not include accidental or liquid damage. Vodafone customers get a 24-month manufacturer warranty for all non-Apple devices, and we’ll top up additional 12 months for Apple devices on top of the 12 months which Apple offer. For extra peace of mind, you can always buy tablet insurance that covers damage, loss and theft.

If you’d like to add an extra layer of physical protection in case your child drops their tablet, a tablet case and screen protector from a third party can help it withstand any knocks, drops and scrapes.

Parental security features

You may want to set some safety features and personalise some settings. Parental controls can help keep your kids safe online by limiting access to websites and apps, setting a ‘safe’ list of approved contacts they can call or message, and ensuring that kids can’t purchase apps without your consent.

The Mediapad T3 10 is perfect for the whole family, as children can have their own customisable login – giving you complete control over which features are available for each family member.

All iPad devices come with parental controls which can block or limit specific apps and content on your child's device, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab A and Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite have Kids Home, a separate child-friendly home screen protected by a PIN. You can even add profiles for up to six different children. If you’re interested in more advice on online safety for kids, our Digital Parenting hub has everything you’ll need.

Set screen time limits

Tablets can be a fun, educational way for kids to learn and play – but occasionally, you might want to set a screen time limit to help to restrict digital usage. The limits you set may depend on how old your child is and how often they need to use their tablet – for example, on days when they use it for homework, they may want some extra time that evening for movies and games.

You can set screen limits on the Samsung Galaxy Tab A and Galaxy Tab S6 Lite using the Kids Home login screen for parents, and screen time limit settings are also available on iPad devices. If you need to briefly extend or shorten screen time, you can do this on your child’s device via your own login.

Apps and games, plus memory to store everything

If you’d like your kids to be able to access apps and games, you’ll need a tablet with a large memory. The Galaxy Tab S6 Lite comes with 4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage to save all their favourite apps and games. You can also save photos and files on Samsung Cloud, if you want to keep the tablet memory for apps, games and documents. iPad Pro 11 comes with up to a whopping 1TB of memory – great for the whole family. What’s more, Apple users get 5GB of free iCloud storage.

You can look for new apps for your child using Google Play for Samsung and Huawei tablets, and Apple’s App Store for iPad. Some apps may be free, but others may have a small fee – especially games. If your child’s using an iPad and you’re willing to pay for certain apps, you can set up a Family Sharing group, add your child’s device and set up Ask to Buy to approve or deny their purchase requests. You can also set up purchase approvals on Google Play for Android tablets, including Samsung and Huawei devices.

Help with writing, drawing and creativity

Tablets are great for helping kids with research and keeping track of homework. They’re also versatile enough to help with handwriting, drawing, and developing creativity during their toddler and early years. iPad 10.2 and iPad Pro 11 are both compatible with Apple Pencil (sold separately), which acts like a pen on the screen, so kids can easily write notes, draw and jot down ideas. Older children and students doing coursework can even use Apple Pencil with iPad Pro to suggest edits for a PDF, create art and design projects, or edit photos. The Galaxy Tab S6 Lite also comes with a pen-like stylus called the S Pen, which lets kids write, doodle or annotate homework, and saves their work to the Notes app.

If your children need a little help with their handwriting, there are plenty of Apple and Android apps which let them practice tracing letters and words – you can even download finger painting apps for younger children.

Easy to use interface

If you’ve got younger children, they may need a lightweight tablet with a slightly smaller screen, a clear display and easily-recognisable apps. The Huawei Mediapad T3 10’s operating system is carefully designed for intuitive and easy interactions. Most actions can be performed in a few simple steps, and their favourite videos, games and apps can be organised in an uncluttered presentation across its 9.6-inch display.

Smaller children who have their favourite apps will also enjoy the Samsung Galaxy Tab A, which minimises clutter on the display, shows them the pages and apps they’ve recently used, and displays their favourite apps on the home screen. If you’re using Kids Home or Kids Mode on the Galaxy Tab A, you can add the apps you’re happy for them to use from Galaxy Apps for Kids, so the apps they have access to are easily and simply displayed for them to navigate.

High-definition screens for video and games

Older children who love their games and can’t get enough of YouTube may want a tablet with a clear, high-definition screen. iPad 11 has a backlit 11-inch Liquid Retina display with ProMotion and True Tone to give entertainment a rich, truly immersive feel, adding drama to action sequences and a wealth of lifelike colour. The Galaxy Tab S6 Lite’s slightly-smaller 10.4-inch display also packs a punch – the combination of minimal bezel and up to 16 million colours makes for a gaming experience they’ll love. Plus, sound quality is maximised with its two speakers engineered by AKG, featuring Dolby Atmos – perfect for when they’re not using headphones and they won’t be disturbing anyone nearby.

Long-lasting batteries for travel

Whether it’s a delay at the airport or a three-hour train ride, time goes faster when the kids are having fun – and a tablet with a long-lasting battery is essential. The Galaxy Tab S6 Lite has around 13 hours of video playback time, and the iPad 11 Pro and Huawei MediaPad T3 10’s batteries can last for around 10 hours, even with heavy use. If you’re planning a long journey, remember to fully charge their tablet before you set off, and try to encourage kids to turn the screen off when they’re not using it. You can also adjust the settings to conserve power – iPad settings can be toggled to reduce screen brightness and background apps from running, and you can reduce power consumption on the Mediapad T3 10 by turning on low power mode. You can also use power saving modes on Samsung Galaxy tablets to save battery life.

Getting online with data or WiFi

If your plan is for your child to only use their tablet at home, a device without a data plan which uses your home WiFi will be fine. If you’re considering tablet use when you’re out and about (and not connected to public WiFi), you’ll need an LTE tablet which uses 4G data (like a smartphone does).

Browse our full range of LTE pay monthly tablets, and discover our Unlimited data plans that will let your child stream and game to their heart’s content.

Getting a tablet for every budget

If you want to see all the Apple and Android tablets available and compare their features, you can browse our full range of tablets here. We also sell a range of great value nearly new tablets. They’re in pristine condition - the only difference is that they’ve been returned without being used by the original owner.

And if you’ve decided a tablet isn’t quite right for your little one, our roundup of the best phones for kids might be more what you’re looking for.


Want to find out more? Here are the tablets we recommend for kids.


If you’re buying a tablet for a child and you’re an existing Vodafone customer, you can enjoy a 15% discount on selected additional devices and plans - log in to your My Vodafone account to apply the discount.

Find your perfect match

Free 12 months Apple TV+

Apple

iPad 10.2 32GB

 
6GB data

£31 a month
£40 upfront
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Samsung

Galaxy Tab A

 
2GB data

£16 a month
£20 upfront
Get the Galaxy Tab A
Free 12 months Apple TV+

Apple

iPad Pro 11 128GB

 
6GB data

£53 a month
£60 upfront
Get the iPad Pro 11 128GB