Holiday shopping is edging ever-closer, and you’re probably already inundated with gift ideas. If one of the things on those lists is a tablet, then you have some homework to do. Tablets are not one-size fits all, and if there pre-teens eyeing a device, then you should narrow down the options.
Not everyone needs the brand new iPad with its top-of-the-line specs (and the attached price tag). If you’re thinking about buying a tablet for a younger user, you should be shopping with a few things in mind—prime among them being some built-in guardrails to keep them from exploiting credit cards with in-app purchases. Luckily there are a handful of tablets that come with software to help this, and are also more affordable (especially with these Black Friday deals).
Think of it as keeping the training wheels on just a bit longer.
What: Kurio 7S Kids, 7-inch tablet with Android 4.2 & 8GB memory
When: 6pm Thanksgiving Day, while supplies last
How much: $49.88
What: Nabi 2 Nickelodeon Edition Wi-Fi Tablet, 8GB memory
When: Starting at 8pm Nov. 27, while supplies last
How much: $99
What: 7-inch SmartTab Jr.
Where: Big Lots
When: Starting at 6am Black Friday, through Sunday
How much: $58.88
What: Monsters University LeapPad2 Bundle, includes digital download card
Where: Big Lots
When: Starting 7 am-Midnight, Nov. 27
How much: $49.99
Where: Radio Shack
When: Starting at 8am Black Friday
How much: $14.99
What: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 Kids Tablet
Where: Best Buy
When: Starting at 5pm, Nov. 27th
How much: $129.99
What: Discovery Kids Laptop Computer
When: Starting at 6pm Nov. 27, through 1pm Black Friday
How much: $19.99
What: LeapTV by Leapfrog
When: Starting at 6am Nov. 27, through Sunday.
How much: $149.99
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