I am looking for a tablet that could replace a Fire HD 8 (2017) for my preschool child. So the use case is as follows:

  • Watch offline video
  • Listen to offline music and audio books
  • Run a few select apps for children which require a WiFi connection
  • All of the above should normally work without headphones

Must haves

  • 8 or 10 inch screen size
  • weight suitable for a preschool child to carry and throw (!) around
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • WiFi
  • support for a microSD of at least 400 GB
  • 2 GB RAM or more
  • hardware acceleration for H.246 encoded video
  • ability to root without any soldering or opening the device
  • USB-C charging port (because direction doesn't matter and it's physically sturdier than micro-USB)
  • decent battery life as can be expected from a modern tablet
  • availability of a protective case
    • either readily available child-proof case (preferably one were the handle doubles as stand)
    • or a form factor mostly compatible with another tablet which has such a case
  • availability of a tempered glass screen protector


  • 3 GB RAM or more
  • ability to use Google Play Store (while rooted)
  • hardware acceleration for H.246 and H.265
  • replaceable battery
  • WiFi 6 support
  • Compatibility with LineageOS


  • Cameras

Explicitly absent

  • Any mobile internet modem

Price point

  • Preferably below 300 €, but not considerably above 400 €

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I'd recommend the Samsung Galaxy A7 2020 Wi-Fi. It does feature an audio jack, microSD slot and reasonable performance, and is apparently rootable too.

No LineageOS (yet?) support or easily replaceable battery though.

  • Thank you very much. I will have a closer look at the specs. A superficial look suggests this could be a match. Commented May 6, 2021 at 14:59

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