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Gallery: The Ten Hottest Android Tablets For Kids And Education

Gallery: The Ten Hottest Android Tablets For Kids And Education

Summary: The iPad and iPod Touch have been huge hits with children and schools. But there's a new wave of Android devices and tablets created by vendors taking advantage of Android's open-ness to create devices tailored specially for kids and teachers. Updated Sept. 27, 2012.

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  • Tabeo, Kurio, Nabi and now the Kuno: what's with all of the tablets that sound like sushi restaurants?  Seriously, the Kuno 3 is a 10-inch tablet running Ice Cream Sandwich on top of a 1.2 GHz ARM A8 chip, 1 GB RAM, and 16 GB of storage. And it costs about $500 to schools. 

    So what makes the Kuno stand out? Apparently, the CurriculumLoft software from the Indianapolis company of the same name that makes the Kuno. CurriculumLoft helps teachers manage their classrooms, and helps the school's techies manage the Kuno tablets.

    That combination has helped the Kuno get deployed by a number of districts. Martin Elementary in Illinois is rolling out 1,200 Kunos, while San Felipe Del Rio District in Texas is rolling out 1,600 Kunos. See my Google map of tablet deployments, fall 2012, to see a number of others.

    I plan to interview the executives of Kuno on Thursday, Sept. 13, so if you have any questions, please tweet them to me at @ericylai or e-mail me at ericyolai@gmail.com. 

  • The VINCI Tab II M is a new $169, 5-inch tablet from a company, Rullingnet Corp. that released its first 7-inch version a year ago. The smaller size makes it suitable for toddlers as young as 18 months - indeed, the company is jumping into the market for training baby geniuses once dominated by Disney's Baby Einstein DVDs.

    There are over 500 apps and e-books available to kids. Globally-minded parents will love that the VINCI curriculum apps can be set to work in French, Spanish and Chinese in addition to English. The company is also trying to woo app and content developers by promising a 75% revenue share.

    Technical specs for the VINCI include Android 2.3, 800x480 screen, 1.2 GHz Cortex A8 processor and 8 GB of storage. So no quad-core Tegra 3 under the hood, like the Google Nexus or Fuhu Nabi.

Topics: ÜberTech, Android, Emerging Tech, Google, iPad, Tablets

Eric Lai

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  • Tabulated info for comparision

    do you have a tabulated view of these tabs. useful in comparision of features & specs.
    gkon
    • Sorry, I don't have specs-wise view

      And in many ways, that's not the best way to judge their usefulness - their UI, apps, curriculum integration, etc. these are subjective things that aren't easily compared via spreadsheet. But it does seem on hardware alone, there is a large portion of vendors at the $150 price point with a single-core 7-inch tablet, with outliers on both sides.
      ericylai@...
  • kids tablets

    The color choise will limit the acceptance of these by the kids. The bright 'kid freindly' colors will mark them as 'little kids' toys. When kids get a little older and want to be seen as more grown up in the eyes of their peers and adults. They won't want to be seen with something that reminds others of a teddy bear. Maybe interchangable cases would help. The Childpad actually looks pretty good but it will quickly go to the toy box just because of the name! Just a name change could make it usable into the early teens.
    garyfizer@...
    • By the time they outgrow it...

      ... the device will be obsolete and "old news" anyway.

      Not much is sustainable in the mobile computing arena for more than a year.. maybe 2.
      PolymorphicNinja
  • Aren't bright orange and green trendy colors right now?

    Sure, I can imagine a sulky tween mentally pooh-poohing the tablet as he dons his all-black punk gear. But I know my wife loves both of these colors. And teen girls are into cute, no? I think there's a big difference between a plush toy and an electronic gadget.
    ericylai@...