Affordable & Compatible Devices for brightwheel


Looking for affordable devices for use in a preschool, child care, or camp setting? We’ve done some research here at brightwheel, and have gathered some customer suggestions, as well.

Here are a few recommendations for tablets, mobile devices, and stands and mounts that are brightwheel compatible. 

Aside from price, the most important feature criteria to consider include:

  • Screen size vs. mobility (i.e. tablet vs. mobile phone)
  • Operating system: Check the Apple app store or Google Play store to see the versions we support
  • Memory space: note that brightwheel does NOT store images and videos on your device in order to save space
  • Camera quality: we recommend a minimum of 5MP

Please note that brightwheel is not compatible with Windows devices and is not optimized for Kindle.


Tablets are a great choice, especially when used as a check-in kiosk. A few tablets we recommend:

Lenovo Tab 10

Our top recommended choice at $139, also has 10 hours of battery life.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A

This tablet has average handle and UI with a 5MP camera. Offered around $125.

Asus Zenpad

This is a solid choice from Asus. 5 MP camera for about $130.

iPad Mini

These retina display devices have super 8 MP cameras and are lightweight and compact. Pretty pricey in the $400-$600 range depending on the model.

Mobile Devices:

Although a lot of schools do lean towards tablets, we often recommend mobile devices for in-class use because you can easily use brightwheel and quickly put it away. In this case, you wouldn’t actually need to use the phone functionality; you can just put it on wi-fi.

For more affordable options, these are our Android phone recommendation, balancing quality and cost:

Nokia 6.1

Durable and fast, with a large screen. Priced around $270.

Motorola Moto G6 Smartphone

This one handles quite well with solid UI. 5 MP camera, can find for around $230.

Honor 7X

Best camera of the Androids, priced around $200.


A real bargain, but a solid camera. Priced at less than $80.

iPod Touch

A popular choice in the classroom for Apple fans, the 8 MP camera is amazing. Options ranging from 16 to 128 GB, with the latest models priced between $199 and $299. 

wall mounts & stands:

You may want to secure your devices in your entry area or outside your classrooms, depending on your needs.

Upergo Floor Stand

Adjusts to hold both a phone or a larger tablet, with adjustable height settings. $74.

Bentley Mounts Universal Tablet Mount

Highly rated and adjustable wall mount with swivel arm, can hold up to an 11-inch tablet. $20.

Pyle Anti-Theft Locking Mount

Fitting tablets sized 7.9 to 10.1 inches, this can be mounted on the wall or a table/desk, with a strong, secure lock. $29.

Lamicall Tablet Stand

Adjustable table-top stand to hold a 4 to 11 inch device. $15.


Have suggestions to add to our list? Please share them in the comments section below!

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