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Consumer Reports tests out tablets for kids

Posted December 21, 2012

— Colorful, high tech tablets are sure to be a holiday hit with kids this season.

Consumer Reports checked out five tablets, priced between $150 and $200. 

Features such as the quality of the display were tested. Some screens were hard to view from an angle.

Battery life was also measured, and then a team of experts were called in to test out the tablets.

Consumer Reports asked a dozen kids to play games, read books, create artwork and talk about what they liked.

"These tablets all come loaded with child-friendly games and learning activities," Carol Mangis of Consumer Reports said. "And not surprisingly, the kids liked the games the best."

For bookworms, the Meep! Tablet from Oregon Scientific has the clearest display screen. Parental controls on all of the tablets allow you to limit Internet access.

"Some tablets have internet filters, which means kids can surf only to approved websites," Mangis said. "And on some tablets, parents can limit their kid's time online."

The tablet the kids liked the best was the Nabi 2 for $200.

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