I am one of “those moms” I let technology babysit my mom. (There, I said it.) Sure, I put a limit on it. I make her play outside, and do chores, and do her schoolwork. But I also let her play with my iPad. Or on the computer. Or watch TV. (If she had her way? She would watch YouTube Videos by Disney Car Toys and Lucky Penny Shop all day every day!) I use the excuse that my husband is gone for six weeks at a time, that it’s my only way to grab some sanity. And sure, that’s part of it. But also? It’s just the easy way out, to get some stuff done for me.
On our last trip to visit Grandma and Grandpa in Nebraska? Our DVD player in our car went out, so after five years? We were without anything to watch in the car! During a trip to Best Buy, after quite a bit of debating, we decided to buy the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids Edition (7-Inch with Orange Bumper Case). This way she could watch movies and play games on our car trips, but also? She would be forced to relinquish my iPad so I could actually use it for once!
GALAXY Tab 3 for kids – 7 inch tablet Review
This 7 inch tablet comes with orange bumper case, USB charging cable, wall adapter, and a quick start guide. The tablet itself is a fun yellow color with a thick orange (rubber) case.
In fact, let’s talk about this case for a minute. My daughter is six. So to just hand her this $180 device? It’s nerve-wracking! Seriously. I spent three days following her around, swooping up the tablet as soon as she was done with it! But before long, the inevitable happened. I watched as her brand new tablet went tumbling to the cement, and rushed to check out the damage. Nothing. Zip. It was still in perfect condition!
The tablet runs (be default) in kids mode, but can be swapped to a standard Galaxy Tab screen by using your 4 digit PIN that you select. (Disclosure: We have only used the adult mode to watch videos through our cable company app – everything else she wants to do runs fine in kids mode! Including Netflix and Youtube.) The benefit of kids mode is that it’s quick and easy to use, especially for clumsy little fingers!
But let’s discuss my favorite feature! The time manager!
You can set the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids to 4 different timed settings. You can set it to lock each time you use it (using a 4 digit PIN to unlock) for time limits – up to 90 minutes, to only be used during certain times or with no limits at all. During the day? I don’t set a limit, because I haven’t had issues with her using it unless she knows it’s ok. But in the evenings? I’ll set a 30 minute timer, she knows she gets to use her tablet for the last 30 minutes before bed to play whatever game she wants, and then when it’s off? It’s time to brush her teeth and head to bed.
I love this feature, because it gives the parents control. Beyond just keeping your kid in kids mode, you can really limit the time they spend on this device.
concern I had when we purchased the Tab was if it would truly support the games in kids mode! Would she be limited to just a few, cheesy games? Luckily? That is so far from the truth! The app store is pretty wide open, even in kids mode. (Of course, she can’t just purchase because she needs my password!) And while she adores the apps specific to the kids tab, like a kid friendly camera and video recording camera (so she can make her own movies, being a youtube addict and budding photographer) but also can spend her 30 free minutes before bed playing Minion Rush and Strawberry Shortcake Salon. But she can also use her educational apps, like hooked on phonics!
After nearly 4 months of use? I still consider the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids Edition to be one of the best purchases I have made in a long time. It’s a fun tool for her to use, keeps her busy while I’m cleaning the kitchen and has survived well with our use and abuse! At $180 on Amazon? I can’t complain in the slightest.
Does your kiddo have one of the many tablets geared toward children? Or an iPod of their own? Leave a comment telling me which one and why you love it! (Christmas is coming, so there is never enough info on these great products out there!)