Christmas is coming: Check out best tablets for kids

Published: Nov. 18, 2014 at 7:49 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 19, 2014 at 3:23 AM CST
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(KFVS) - Christmas is right around the corner and some of you may be thinking about a high tech present for your child, like a tablet.

With so many choices out there, what are some good tablet options?

Jay Spurgeon is a science teacher at Jackson Jr. High school. If you sit in on his class you will see every student with a tablet. What you won't see is a textbook.

"I haven't used an actual textbook in three years," Spurgeon said. "The lessons I use are either web designed or teacher designed or iPad designed."

Spurgeon is just one of many who think this is the future for our kids and not just education. The future of our world is going high tech.

Michael Walker owns Cape Computer Repair. We asked him what he thinks about kids and tablets.

"I think one of the best things you can do for a child is get them a tablet as soon as they can hold it properly," Walker says. "I think it adjusts their brains to really be able to interact with this technological world we live in. The earlier the better."

No doubt Apple is still the top banana when it comes to tablets, but we found some other choices you may want to consider.

Walker and his wife bought their two year old a NABI 2.

He said it's great for younger kids who may abuse their tablet.

"My daughter has dropped it, thrown it, stood on it," Walker said. "You name it and this thing has not missed a beat."

The features include: Child Mode, which limits their access to the internet and other apps; Android operating system; a 7 inch screen; a camera and maybe the best part of the NABI 2 is the price.

It sells for around $179 for the 8 GB version, but can be found for under $100. And, bonus: Daddy Mode, which allows it to be used by adults and, according to Walker, is a credible tablet that any adult could also use.

Up next, the Google Nexus 9. Features include a 8.9 inch screen, the latest Android 5.0 operating system, a camera and great graphics.

"It's a beast," Walker said of the Nexus 9. "Beautiful screen, high resolution, great speakers. Feels good in the hands. It has a luxury premium feel to it."

The Nexus 16 GB will run you around $400, or $480 for the 36 GB version.

The bonus: long term viability.

Walker said this would be a great option for a teenager because it has some great hardware that, he said, will last for years.

Our last option is the Samsung Galaxy Tab S. Features include a 10.5 inch screen with a beautiful display, Ultra Power saving mode and a fingerprint scanner. It has Android's Kitkat operating system and a camera.

This one will cost you around $500 for the 16 GB version.

Bonus: great for kids into photography.

Something else to consider when it comes to getting your child a tablet is security.

There are a lot of parental control apps out there in both the Apple store and the Google Play store.

Or in the case of the NABI 2, parental control is built in.

Whatever the case, it's important to keep track of what our kids are doing on these devices that give them great, but also dangerous access to the entire world.

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