What is the best tablet to buy for Christmas?

Posted Dec 17, 2012 at 9:26 am in Threads > Opinions

Christmas is coming and my five year daughter write already several letters to Santa Claus. The tablet is always most wanted present. I have difficulty to choose the best one. I think a lot of parent are going to buy a tablet for Christmas present. Lets make the best tablet to buy for Christmas list.

Btw, Nexus 10 sounds good, but it is impossible to find it in Europe before Christmas. Can you share your choice? Shouds it be Asus, Samsung, Aser or something else?

  • TheVoodoo

    Lower-priced: Asus TF300 (or TF200)
    Higher-priced: Asus TF700

    • w5t1h7

      I got the Asus TF300t for myself, my first tablet, great value and great to take notes in college!

  • TheVoodoo

    I would still suggest a card reading:

    “Sorry, but Google still has your gift of Nexus 10. You will receive it after Christmas, but it will be worth the wait.”

    That tablet is fantastic from my first-hand experience.

  • Laurel laurel25

    My 2.5 year old daughter loves my Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. She has a very easy time navigating the home screens (I have it stock) and the 7″ size is very easy for her to hold comfortably. For a small child, I would definitely suggest a 7″ tablet. Plus you can pick them up for a pretty decent price right now (~$150 US for refurbished models).

    • http://pixelswim.com Steve Heinrich

      I would agree that a 7″ tablet is not only easier for a child to hold, but you can definitely get them cheaper. This would be the way I would go.

  • gp126904

    Nexus 7 FTW!!

  • sandy105

    nexus 7 if a child will use or one of the nabi jr tablets which can suatain few drops and bumps..
    if a family will share nexus 10 or asus tf 300 will do quite fine ..

  • Dradien

    Like many here have suggested, a 7 inch tablet. I’m not sure how that Kid-friendly one is (I know it has good specs, but not much else), but maybe take a look at that one too.

  • thymeless

    I don’t think there is one absolute answer. What is your target use? How hard of an environment will it endure? How will you carry it around? Connectivity over the course of the day? Cloud access or do you rely on uSD?

    I think the Samsung 7.7 is a pretty compelling device feature wise and except for being sold only with a cellular contract would be my top pick. But I don’t want a cellular contract for my tablet so that’s out.

    No RT for me, that’s not interesting to me at all.

    Probaly an Asus TF 700 would be my current choice.

  • ldouglas64

    I would highly recommend the Acer Iconia. I have an A700 and A 500. Both perform wonderfully.

  • BradleyRuiz

    Nexus 7 my kid loves it but get the 32gb one 16gb to is not enough sadly

  • kelltrash14

    I do fine with a 16 gb Nexus 7. Really just depends on what they’d have on there. As far as apps go, it’s not a problem at all. I doubt your 5 year old has a large music collection or anything to store =)

  • TheVoodoo

    I agree with the Nexus 7 remarks. The are even easier to hold for adults, let alone children.

  • TheVoodoo

    By the way some local stores might have Nexus 7 in stock, or maybe even 10.

    You can use the following link to check stock at several stores at the same time.http://www.nowinstock.net/computers/tablets/asus/nexus7/

  • JonJJon

    I personally would recommend the Nexus 7 as its a good price for what you get and a handy size, however you could also consider the Amazon Kindle Fire/Fire HD if you want a more family orientated device and are invested in the Amazon ecosystem a bit. But of course if you want your daughter to have a more Androidy experience then I personally recommend the Nexus 7 route.

  • impromark

    Definitely look at the 7″ if you’re buying for a five year-old, they will find it much more comfortable to hold than a 10″. Nexus 7 is a sure bet, and the Samsung Tab 2 7.0 are being liquidated at low prices this season ($148 CDN up here!).

    Also, the money you save on a 7″ for your little girl can be used to get a 10″ for yourself. Win-win! :D


  • alexanderharri3

    For 7″, if you can find a Nexus 7 – that’s a mighty fine tablet.

    For 10″, the Nexus 10 may be nice, but you’re also great going for the TF300 Asus transformer pad. It’s a great price for a great tablet.

    Samsung typically overcharges, but you’re often able to find an older Tab 2 (various sizes), or better yet a Galaxy Note 10.1 at decent prices.

  • TheVoodoo

    I would stay away from older tablets at cheaper prices, since dependability and speed are important to avoid frustrating a child.

    You can’t imagine the horrendous user experience on some older or cheaper Android devices.

  • TheVoodoo

    Also the Nexus tablets would have the added benefit of a multi-user environment due to Android 4.2.

    Paired with face-unlock, you provide your 5-year-old with an easy-to-access curated version of the same tablet that you can use when you desire with your own apps an settings.

  • WlfHart

    Galaxy Note 10.1. Stylus is great and the dual window mode is nice (although very restricted).