Amazon sells a Kids Edition of its Fire tablet, which is the exact same tablet they sell for adults, but in a kid-friendly case, with a year’s worth of the FreeTime Unlimited service for kids apps and content. Apple does not do this. But at $329 for 32GB of storage, the new iPad is pretty close. This is a great iPad at its most family-friendly price, and certainly a better buy for kids than the $599 iPad Pro.
I think this iPad is a very good deal. But… There’s one thing missing which, for me, would tip the balance. The 9.7″ iPad Pro has four speakers; two on the top, two on the bottom. If you’re watching videos, that means there are two speakers on each side. I often watch Netflix or Amazon Prime Video on my iPad Pro in bed, and the sound that comes out of that device is astonishingly good. It’s good enough that I don’t use headphones, which I always did with the previous iPad Air models.
So if you do watch videos on an iPad, I’d think twice about going for the cheaper model. If you’re happy to wear headphones, then it’ll be fine, but it’s much more comfortable to not wear headphones and use the four speakers in the iPad Pro.