By Consumer Reports

School Zone Little Scholar® Learning Tablet: Long battery life, minimal security customization

The Little Scholar Learning Tablet comes preloaded with more than 150 education-focused apps, and access to the School Zone Market app store, which offers more child-safe games for download. In child mode, kids click on P (preschool), K (kindergarten), or 1 (first grade). The password-protected parent interface has access to the app stores, settings, and more.

This kids' tablet is made of a colorful light-blue plastic, and its back cover has a rubberlike texture. It has a mini-HDMI port that lets you connect to a large monitor or television for sharing the screen with large groups.

What we liked

The tablet's child-mode interface has large home-screen icons that make it easy for young kids to use. Parents can choose which apps can be opened in which section in child mode, and the A+ app lets them monitor how their child spends their time on the tablet. Battery life averaged 8.9 hours in our tests, long enough for kids to watch videos and play games throughout the day without a recharge.

What we didn't like

Child security levels are not fine-tuned; for example, parents can't choose which websites are allowed for their kids; they can only turn the Web browser on or off.

Colors on the screen appear washed out and under-saturated, with cool undertones. The display is relatively dim and prone to glare, and the viewing angle is narrow: When you try to view the screen from the side while in landscape mode, colors appear to fade and darken. The screen does not have fingerprint resistance, so you might feel some friction while you're swiping on the touch screen, although it works fine for quick movements while playing games.

Bottom line

You might consider the School Zone Little Scholar Learning Tablet for young children if you want to control the content of games or apps they play and to minimize Internet use. And it’s a good choice for trips, as the battery can last quite a while without needing a recharge. But you'll need to use it in shady spots on sunny days.

$200, ages 3 to 7
Battery life: 8.9 hours Display size: 8 inches Specs: Android 4.2, 1.2-GHz dual-core Cortex A9 processor with PowerVR SGX540 graphics, 1GB RAM, 8GB of storage (expandable via microSD)

Consumer Reports Reviews School Zone's Little Scholar