Top gadgets for kids

Long-gone are the days when the nearest to technology children got was using a calculator – now many are as addicted to gadgets as their parents.

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From tablet computers to smartphones, games consoles to portable DVD players, the wish-list for technologically savvy kids can seem never-ending. Here, we take a look at some of the best gadgets designed for children, and how much they are likely to set you back.

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Tablet computers

The LeapFrog LeapPad is a learning tablet for children aged between four and nine years old. It has a built in camera, as well as a library of more than a 100 games and activities. It also comes with 4 Apps included: Pet Pad, Story Studio, Art Studio and one app of your choice. You will need an internet connection to download these.

The usual cost of the LeapPad is £79.99, but according to the MoneySupermarket shopping channel, you can pick one up for just £61.94 through Amazon.

Alternatively, the Vtech InnoTab Kids tablet is due to be released shortly, and with its 5in colour touchscreen, built-in MP3 player and ‘child-friendly applications’ it is bound to prove a popular choice.

According to Selfridges, the InnoTab is likely to be the top-selling children’s toy this Christmas, so you may want to order yours now. The InnoTab, which features a 5” LCD touch screen and g-sensor for game-playing, combines educational games, creative activities and e-books, enabling children to develop core skills in reading, spelling, maths, logic and creativity, so at least you can seek solace in the fact they are learning something as they use it. Parents can download additional games and learning apps from their computer.

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Portable DVD players

Portable DVD plays have become a parent’s best friend when it comes to keeping the kids entertained on long car journeys. There are plenty of different models to choose from, but if you’ve got little boys, then the Disney Ben 10 7 inch portable DVD player is sure to be a big hit. This retails at around £120 but you can pick it up for as little as £85 on Amazon.

The Logik L9PDVD10 Portable DVD Player is another good option, with a screen resolution of 800x400. You can also plug in your digital camera memory card to see your snaps on a bigger screen, and there is a USB connection so you can plug in a memory stick or hard drive. Parental Control is supported on the Logik L9PDVD10 Portable DVD Player too.  This usually retails at around £160, but is currently on offer for just £69.97 at Curry’s or PC World.

Cameras

If you’ve got an aspiring David Bailey on your hands but don’t want to let them loose with your precious digital camera, then the VTech Kidizoom Twist digital camera is well worth a look. It has two megapixels and twists round so that your children can take self-portraits of themselves.

It also has a 4x digital zoom as well as a built-in flash and dual view finders. Children can add frames and other effects to the pictures they have taken, and, as well as being a camera, it has five different games. The camera, which is available in blue or pink, usually costs £49.99 – although you can find it for as little as £39.99 - and is aimed at children aged three and upwards.

Handheld consoles

Handhold consoles are hugely popular with children as they can take them out and about with them. The majority of handhelds have one screen, but the Nintendo DSi and DS Lite have two, with games written specially to take account of this. The DSi plays all DS games and games made specifically for the DSi, but it does not play Game Boy Advance games, which the DS Lite does.

The DSi, however, features two cameras. One of them is a 0.3 Megapixel and is located on the inside of the sytem, while the second 3MP camera is located on the back of the system. It also has an SD card slot.

Perhaps the most superior handheld console is the Nintendo 3DS. This costs about £20 more than the DSi and DS Lite models, with prices starting from around £129, but enables children to enjoy their gaming experience in 3D.

Please note: Any prices or deals mentioned in this article were available at the time of writing.

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