IMPORTANT! The ideal tablet for an educator should be highly portable, have a long-lasting battery life, and
have a quality camera that can truly capture those special moments for parents. An operating system that is simple
for educators to navigate and an affordable price point were also taken into consideration as important factors when
deciding on a tablet.
What to look for when choosing a tablet:
Operating System (OS)
Spending a few extra bucks now will save you hundreds later!
Though newer tablets may be more expensive, investing in one now will save you money in
the long run. Both Android and Apple devices run on a unique operating system that is updated regularly. Older
hardware may not be able to install the latest OS, so it's important that your devices are from the last one or two
years. While HiMama can be used on some older operating systems, performance may vary, and we cannot guarantee compatibility. We only officially support
Android and Apple's active operating systems.
Basic amount of memory
With most things stored in the cloud, no need to go overboard with
It is recommended that you choose a tablet with at least 1 GB of storage space when using
an app like HiMama. All the information recorded through HiMama is securely saved in Amazon Web Services’ cloud
storage, so there’s really no need to get a tablet with more than 16GB of storage.
After all, you are around young children all day!
You’ll want to choose a tablet that is sturdy and resilient to survive any drops (as this
inevitable!) or other impact. Additionally, we strongly recommended investing in a case that can protect your tablet
and provide further peace of mind if a little one gets a hold of it. Think of it as an insurance policy!
Long battery life
Important if you don't want to be recharging your tablet all the time.
The ideal tablet will have an excellent battery life - lasting at least 6 to 8 hours when
using the internet. Especially when in a classroom or preschool environment, there isn't always time to stop and
charge the device mid-day; it is unfortunate when you are in the middle of something important and your battery is
Snapping and recording special moments and observations is important.
Picture time! Photos and videos are essential when considering tablets for a learning
environment. With HiMama, parents frequently tell us that they love to receive photos and videos of their child
throughout the day, so it's important that these moments are recorded with reasonable quality. First off, you will
want to ensure that the tablet you choose has a rear facing camera (so not every photo is a selfie!). For high
quality photos that parents will want to share with the whole family, the rear camera should be at least 4 MP.
Keeping distractions to a minimum is super important for educators.
It can be intimidating shifting from paper documentation to a tablet-based app. To make
this transition as smooth as possible, you’ll want an operating system (OS) that is user-friendly. The major
operating systems are iOS (Apple), and Android. Many HiMama users find iOS to be
the easiest to use!
HiMama Tablet Recommendations for School & Preschool Programs
Purchasing a tablet can seem overwhelming at first, but we want to remove the stress from
this process by providing you with some great device options. We're always up to answer any specific questions about
which tablet is right for you.