It might not give the next-generation iPad a run for its money, but Archos has unveiled a kid-centric Android-powered tablet that won't break the bank.
Called the Child Pad, the tablet costs $129 and features a 7-inch screen, runs a 1GHz processor and has 1GB RAM (actual hardware details are hazy at present). The tablet is powered by a retweaked Android 4.0 ‘Ice Cream Sandwich' operating system that has been optimized for youngsters.
Note: From the specifications provided, it's hard to tell if this is a decent tablet for the price of yet another ‘cheap and nasty' offering with a kid-centric user interface. I've approached Archos for more details on the hardware and will post an update here should I get a reply.
There's also an AppsLib-powered Kids App Store, which will allow the youngsters driving this tablet to choose from a range of child-suitable apps from 14 categories. To get them started, Archos will preload 28 apps including Angry Birds.
The Child Pad will be available in stores at the end of March and has a price tag of $129. At that price this could make a fun tinkering platform if you're into that sort of thing!