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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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  • Another $150 tablet aimed at upscaling the child device category dominated by LeapFrog and VTech, the Tabeo is a 7-inch Android 4.0 ICS tablet. Coming from Toys R Us, it has an impressive 4 GB of RAM and built-in Wi-Fi. More impressive is the Tabeo's apps: included for free are Angry Birds Fruit Ninja and Cut the Rope, among others, as well as access to a curated app store, which includes 7,000 free apps and thousands available for purchase.

    Most impressive to me is the feature that lets parents set limits on the amount of time their kids can play the device every day or week. That's a feature I would love to have on my iPad.

    On the other hand, its 1 GHZ single-core ARM chipset and 800x480 screen are unexciting, especially compared to the Fuhi Nabi, which I describe later.

    (Note: Fuhu has sued Toys R Us, its former partner, over the release of the Tabeo.)

  • The ChildPad is another 7-inch Android 4.0 ICS tablet that predates some of the others by a few months. It was originally marketed by Archos, but now seems to have been taken over by Arnova instead. Besides sporting a 1 GHz ARM A8 chip, 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of storage and a capacitive touchscreen (latest version only), the Child Pad's main merits is its $139 price tag, or $20 less than the MEEP and Tabeo. 

  • The Kurio comes courtesy of Techno Source, a division of the $20-billion-a-year Hong Kong conglomerate, Li & Fung. It was introduced several months ago, and, like the MEEP, Child Pad and Tabeo, runs Android 4.0 ICS on a 1 GHz single-core ARM processor with 4 GB of storage and 7-inch screen.

    Like the coming Tabeo, the $149 Kurio lets parents control how much time they kids can play, as well as filter out adult content. Reviews of the Kurio are mixed. PC Advisor lamented the quality of the Kurio's 800-x480 screen, while PC Magazine called it a Kindle Fire for kids. The Kurio has pretty good reviews at, ironically, Toys R Us. 

    Coming soon: a 10-inch version of the Kurio.

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@...