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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.