I have a Nexus7 and my 2 and half year old has fallen in love with it. It is only a matter of time before he smashes it, so I thought I would try and find a kid proof one, so toughened, protected glass, maybe with some kids apps, but that's not to vital.
I want access to the Play Store on it too, and YouTube but can't find anything that fits the bill and has good reviews:
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Even if it doesn't have native Google Play support, you may be able to add it. I bought a cheap-o Chinese tablet that doesn't have native support for it, Facebook or Youtube but I was able to add them by side-loading the APKs.
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If I had kids, they wouldn't be getting such a device especially at that age. The reason why is gaming, gadgets and computers can be highly addictive. Maybe set strict time limits as to how long the child is on it. Too many kids sit indoors with technology and some never go out and play outside leading to weight gain amongst other problems...
I agree that gadgets can be addictive and he has started to get upset when it is taken away, so I am now trying to stop him having it in the first place. As for weight gain, again, I understand the point, but would not happen in my family as we eat well and play sports.
However, there has also been a learning experience for him using the tablet and I don't want to entirely rule that out either. He is 2 and a half and I have seen him evolve his behavior faster using some apps than with many toys.