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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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  • The Intel StudyBook is a 7-inch tablet that uses a power-sipping single-core Intel Atom Z650 chipset and runs either Windows or Android (Honeycomb 3.0) on top. 

    The above photo is from my ZDNet compatriot Christopher Dawson's blog, who declared the StudyBook "what an education tablet should be." As Monty Python would say, Pretty strong meat from Longueur. 

    The StudyBook will start for less than $200, a price point aimed not at besting the iPad but at competing with the One Laptop Per Child project for the hearts and minds of, not parents, but schools, especially those in the Third World.

  • Speaking of the OLPC, the non-profit is introducing the XO-3, an 8-inch Android/Linux based tablet that uses an Armada 610 system-on-chip - essentially an ARM v7 chip running at 800 MHz. No speed demon, but OLPC's hardware never is. Rather, the XO-3's goodies are in the area of power - it can be charged via a hand crank or optional solar panel - and display - the Pixel Qi sunlight-readable screen.


    The XO-3 will reportedly cost $100 when it's available (no word on that yet) The OLPC is also working on a convertible tablet/laptop called the XO-4 Touch that may arrive before the XO-3 - Q1 2013.

  • The newish MEEP tablet is from Oregon Scientific, which I know best as a maker of fancy thermometers. The Portland company is pitching the MEEP as having all of the kid-friendly touches of the LeapPad and InnoTab (ruggedized plastic case, parental controls, curated MEEP app store) but with grown-up features (Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, 7-inch screen, 1 GHz ARM Cortex A8 CPU, 512 MB RAM, streaming video to TV via HDMI slot).

    Reviews of the MEEP are neutral to positive. Parents whose kids have outgrown the kiddie tablets but don't trust them with their family iPad might find the MEEP a good deal, especially if Oregon Scientific can deliver a good, inexpensive app store. But the two tablets I'm really excited about lurk later on this slideshow.


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

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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@...