Is a tablet on your kid’s wish list this year? If you’re in the market for a model that will keep him happy, but that won’t break the bank, we’ve found what you’re after. We got our hands on an advance copy of the VTech InnoTab 3S, and think it’s going to make many a kid very happy this Christmas. Targeted at ages 3-9, this tablet spans a wide age range–and with good reason. It comes loaded with plenty of apps–20 in all and others you purchase separately–including a MP3 player, art studio, calendar and friends list. We don’t personally know any 3-year-olds who are penciling in their playdates, but this definitely offers big-kid appeal for budding tweens making note of their friends’ b-days and other 411. The 5-inch screen is a touch smaller than competitor kid tablets, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in capabilities. One of the more standout features is Kid Connect, a premium package that lets your child send texts, stickers and even artwork to your smartphone. A kid-safe WiFi connection provides access to education expert-approved content like Sports Illustrated Kids. You don’t have to worry about stumbling upon inappropriate content, thanks to a parent control feature that lets you approve other URLs, set a daily usage limit and even view a history of sites visited. Other bells and whistles include a rotating camera and video recorder for taking tons of photos and home movies. And with a holiday that has the InnoTab 3S under the tree, there are bound to lots of happy moments worth capturing. The VTech InnoTab 3S is now available at a reduced price of $69.99.
In a Nutshell: A kid tablet that will wow your resident techie, big kids included.