It’s my birthday month!
In order to celebrate my birthday month, I will be doing a series on Tuesdays reviewing some of the gifts I have received in the past. I often look up reviews of items I am considering to purchase. If you are the same way I thought you may enjoy a few included now and then as well. Hopefully, it will help you find some fun gift ideas for people in your life. Maybe you will find things you love too! (I will note that there are affiliate links in this post that I will receive a small percentage back if you choose to purchase from a link found here)
Now on to the review:
This week’s review will be all around the Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite Kids 7″; 8 GB WiFi Tablet. My family received this as a gift from my brother and sister-in-law. They know we homeschool and thought it would be a great idea to supplement with. It came with a preloaded educational program called K games. It has hundreds of games on it and the good side is that the kids cannot get out of the Program on their own (a.k.a. access the internet without supervision). It also provides information in an area for parent’s area which types of games and learning each child did while using the tablet. Plus it tells you how long they were on the tablet.
Initially, I was a little skeptical. I was never a parent who wanted to buy their child a tablet. I don’t think there is anything wrong with them, it just wasn’t something I had planned to spend my money on. Besides, my kids weren’t really into electronics. So when we opened this gift it took me awhile to figure out the best use for it.
Here’s what I discovered:
I really like this tablet more for down time than for homeschool time. My 4 year old likes this more than my 6 year old (he prefers Pokemon, which we can’t get on the tablet, and a game called block hex). I like that I can download things on it for me and let them use it without worrying about them getting into anything they shouldn’t. Sidenote: Don’t use the same password on your tablet that you do on your phone. If your kid knows one he will figure out the other. I may have learned this through experience. The upside to that is that I was right there and he asked permission to do it first.
Had I been looking to purchase a tablet for my child I feel like I would have chosen this one based on some tricky marketing on the package. It appears to have a lot of the educational games within the K program already loaded. That is not the case. You have to use the free trial to download them initially. If you don’t cancel you will be charged a monthly fee, but will have full access to the games. I should mention I opted to pay every month because I do see the benefit in it. Otherwise, you have access to the 22 starter games if you cancel, but your child can see all the games he/she cannot download.
The K program comes pre-downloaded, but you have to download each game inside individually. There is not much memory on the tablet. We happened to have a 16gb memory card available to put in it, and then it holds quite a few games, but not even close to all of them. So don’t be fooled by that.
Overall, I really like this tablet for myself and for my boys. I think it’s a lot of fun for those rainy, dreary days when we need something different and fun to do, but don’t have a lot of energy. However, if I had bought it at full price, I don’t know that I would feel the same way.
I’m hugely grateful for this gift, though. Even with the downsides, it was easy to overcome these and see the benefit in this tablet. It was incredibly kind and generous and I have the opportunity to enjoy something that I wouldn’t normally buy myself, which I think is the magic of thoughtful gifts.
Have you tried this tablet or a different brand for your child? Share the details below!