Tablet for 8 year old (not iPad or kindle)

(22 Posts)
LargeProsecco Mon 30-Nov-20 11:45:28

My near 8 year old DD is constantly pestering for my iPad. I got her a kindle in years gone by but her main issue is that apparently you can't get the you-tube app on it.

She plays Roblox and watches you-tube.

I don't want to fork out for an iPad, but wondered if there's something less expensive, which she could still use?

A friend mentioned the Samsung tablets- but I have no clue!

Any recommendations?

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PrayingandHoping Mon 30-Nov-20 11:47:08

Amazon Fire tablet. Very easy to use, has everything she'd need and v reasonably priced

Sprig1 Mon 30-Nov-20 11:50:26

I have a Samsung tablet, which I have had for a few years, and have just bought one for my son for his birthday. I think they are excellent. They are not particularly expensive new (£180ish) but I wanted to spend less than that for my son and managed to find an as new 2nd hand one for £50.

LargeProsecco Mon 30-Nov-20 12:33:30

@PrayingandHoping - we've had kindle fires before, but she says that she can't get the you-tube app on it or play Roblox

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lilmishap Mon 30-Nov-20 12:35:43

My 2 have amazon fires and all they do is play Roblox and youtube videos.

HardAsSnails Mon 30-Nov-20 12:38:06


*@PrayingandHoping* - we've had kindle fires before, but she says that she can't get the you-tube app on it or play Roblox

Is it possible your parental control setting is restricting access to these apps?

LargeProsecco Mon 30-Nov-20 12:42:18

I'm just trying to charge her old kindle which has a cracked screen - wasn't sure what parental controls she had set up.

Also just checked out the price of the Samsung tablets - about £300 - much more than I was intending to spend.

I'll revisit the kindle & see if I can get a higher spec one than what she had.

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CatsGoPurrrr Mon 30-Nov-20 12:51:11

I don’t know about Roblox, but you can def watch YouTube on the Fire.

LargeProsecco Mon 30-Nov-20 12:55:20

I'be changed the parental controls on the cracked screen.

So Roblox is the next thing to find out about.....

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catsmother20 Mon 30-Nov-20 13:27:03

Kindle and Amazon Fire are different things, fire tablet is what you're after, I would look now as they will be on Black Friday sales.

LargeProsecco Mon 30-Nov-20 13:30:59

@catsmother20 - thanks - you are correct in saying they are in sale on Amazon. Also some good deals in Argos. Just deciding between 2 models.

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PrayingandHoping Mon 30-Nov-20 13:38:14

No idea about Roblox but u can definitely play YouTube on it.

LargeProsecco Mon 30-Nov-20 18:04:27

@Sprig - am I right in thinking the Samsung's operate on Android?

Can you download apps?

I'm hopeless at using anything other than Apple products.

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PrayingandHoping Mon 30-Nov-20 18:17:46


There's a list of devices that u can play roblox on

Sprig1 Mon 30-Nov-20 18:24:32

Yes, Samsung are android. You download apps through the Play Store (just like on an Apple, I think, I have never had an Apple!).

LargeProsecco Mon 30-Nov-20 18:27:34

You guys are so helpful - thank you!!

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LargeProsecco Tue 01-Dec-20 10:43:25

Just as a final thought - what is charging the Samsung like?

I've found the charging port of the kindle to be quite flimsy & a few have broken over the years - it's almost a design flaw.

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PrayingandHoping Tue 01-Dec-20 11:25:28

I have a kindle never had an issue

The Fire is not a Kindle. It's totally different. I bought one for my (technophobe) parents after my friend bought a couple for her kids. No issues with using or charging

Sprig1 Tue 01-Dec-20 11:44:08

I have had no problem with charging my Samsung tablets. I don't even need to do them that often as they hold charge brilliantly. They seem to have v good build quality. No complaints here. I have Samsung phones too and never had any issues.

midnightstar66 Tue 01-Dec-20 11:52:46

The kids Amazon fire tablet only allowed YouTube kids I think but the normal fire has normal YouTube. They are different to a kindle. I don't think a Samsung would be much cheaper than an iPad mini. I find all non apple devices being handled by dc end up with broken chargers or charging ports eventually though. Usually an easy fix or covered by warranty.

helloxhristmas Tue 01-Dec-20 11:55:26

My kids had a kids fire - I had to lift all the restrictions to allow them access you tube, not you tube kids. They havent played Roblox so I don't know about that.

Would you consider an ipad from CEX? We never really got on with the fires, they are so unintuitive, the silk browser is crap.

IwishIwasyoda Tue 01-Dec-20 11:59:11

We bought a Samsung tablet last year for my young son - I wasn't keen on the Amazon Fire as the kids version was limited re access and the adults version seemed more difficult to 'lock down'. We bought a samsung and we were able to put in parental controls (which are a bit annoying but necessary)

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