Consumer Reports tests best tablets for kids

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A tablet can make a great gift for kids and many come loaded with lots of games and activities. But which one is the best? (WPVI)

A tablet can make a great gift for kids and many come loaded with lots of games and activities. But which one is the best?

Consumer Reports checked out a wide range of these products just for kids - then turned those tablets over to the ultimate testers.

Kids at Consumer Reports were ready to play once they got their hands on the current batch of tablets.

But the children weren't the only ones trying them out. Consumer Reports' experts put over a dozen kids' tablets through a series of tests: checking their responsiveness, screen quality and readability, and battery life.

And when it comes to kids, durability is key.

Meet the Tumbler. The machine replicates falls from almost three feet.

Two tablets failed the tumbling test - the School Zone Little Scholar Learning Tablet, and the Isabella Products Fable.

And the Fable failed this five-year-old, who was frustrated trying to use a screen that Consumer Reports found hard to swipe.

In the end, the K-D Interactive Kurio Smart for $200 dollars topped Consumer Reports' ratings.

It has a very good, easy-to-use screen. It's also one of the most responsive tablets tested and comes loaded with several fun motion-sensor games.

The Kurio Smart runs on Windows' operating system, useful if your child is transitioning to a Windows computer for schoolwork.

And Consumer Reports named two Amazon Fire tablets Best Buys.

The regular "grownup" version is $50 dollars, or you can opt for the $100 dollar kid version.

It comes with a bumper and is loaded with a year's subscription of kid-friendly content.

Both have nine hours of battery life and both survived the tumbler.

All these kids' tablets come with parental controls to limit access to certain apps. And some even allow you to limit the amount of time your child uses them.

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