5 of the Coolest Kids Tablets
Barbie Fashion tablet
While most tablets tend to target the male demographic, here is something just for the pink loving princess in your life. I am talking about the Barbie Fashion tablet from Oregon Scientific here, where it has less practicality and functionality than being a fashion icon for the little girl in your life. Similar to the craze surrounding Hello Kitty products, Barbie, being an international fashion icon, has her very own tablet that certainly abhors all things high tech, as it lacks even the most basic necessity these days – a color LCD display. At least the monochrome LCD display is touch sensitive, and it comes with a stylus in addition to a range of learning activities like writing, drawing, music making, vocabulary building, sequencing, and memorizing amongst others.
There is a range of themes that accompany the Barbie Fashion tablet including fashion, design, pets, and parties, not to mention handwriting recognition. Seems to be more of a gift for collectors and fans of Barbie rather than having it being a functional, working tablet, but you cannot really complain much at $49.95.
Full specs over at Oregon Scientific and also available (cheaper) from Amazon.com
Nabi 2 tablet
“Power…unlimited power!” Or so the saying goes when Palpatine announced his identity to Jedi Master Mace Windu through a blast of Force Lightning, after Anakin Skywalker intervened by cutting of Mace’s saber hand. Well, the same can be applied to the tablet market – specifically for little ones out there. The Nabi 2 tablet as it is called is one device that you are able to give to your kids who want to imitate their parents who own “real” tablets. The Nabi 2 allows your little one to play and learn in a meaningful manner, and while the $199 price tag clearly makes this one of the more expensive tablets in the market – even for kids. Basically, if you pay peanuts, you get monkeys, so the amount of money you “invest” into the Nabi 2 would clearly reflect in the device that your kid finally holds in his or her hands, where it sports a 7″ capacitive display at 1,024 x 600 resolution, powered by the Tegra 3 processor and accompanied by 1GB RAM, 8GB of internal memory, a microSD memory card slot, a 2-megapixel camera with 720p resolution recording capability, a mini HDMI output, USB 2.0, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.
LeapFrog LeapsterGS tablet
Here is a tablet that you might want to consider getting for your little one if you want to stretch your budget by a whole lot – especially when you hand over a Benjamin for the LeapFrog LeapsterGS, and you will receive $30 in change, thanks to the $69.99 price point slapped onto the LeapFrog LeapsterGS. Targeting the edutainment (education and entertainment) niche, the LeapFrog LeapsterGS will also feature an integrated camera with video recording capability, not to mention throwing in a motion sensor. Not only that, there is also a fair amount of software and apps in its digital library so that your kids are able to get started off on the right footing. Underneath the hood lies a LF 2000 processor that is accompanied by a kid-friendly multi-button controls to help the LeapsterGS being able to engage with little ones better. Specially designed to work with kids aged from 4 to 9 years, you can always choose to purchase additional software and apps through downloads at $5 a pop, although game cartridges will cost more at $24.99.
Further info oover on Leapfrog, also available at Amazon.com.
Archos Child Pad 2
The little ones in your home would definitely want to own a tablet to emulate their dad and mom at work, so here is something from Archos that you might want to consider. The Archos Child Pad 2 will come with a capacitive touchscreen display which is different from its predecessor, the original Child Pad. The price point remains the same at $129 though, which is a good thing. We are looking at 1GB RAM in addition to a 1GHz processor underneath the hood, not to mention being able to access the Kids App Store. Not only that, Archos has also made sure that your kids will not be able to access websites that you do not want them to have a peep – and this is made possible thanks to the inclusion of parental controls. The Archos Child Pad 2 will be powered by the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, so you can be sure that you are able to get some Angry Birds action going on.
Archos Child Pad on Amazon.com.
Genius Kids Designer II tablet
Not all tablets are created equal, and I guess you can apply that particular saying to the Genius Kids Designer II. This is a graphics tablet which has been specially built up by Genius to be able to help accelerate the learning as well as assist kids in unleashing their creative potential. Just make sure your little ones are aged from 3 to 8 years old in order to wring the most out of the Genius Kids Designer II. The Genius Kids Designer II will be different from other Android-powered tablets with a custom interface located right on top of it, as it will have its fair share of software pre-installed. Kids being kids, surely all work and no play would make them a dull person, which is why Genius decided to throw in 15 games right out of the box with a wide range of difficulty levels, sporting a large 5”x8” display for your little one to interact with. Other features include large volume controls that can be accessed easily, and there is a cordless stylus for your little one to draw or paint with on the tablet’s display. The asking price for the Genius Kids Designer II? $64.99 a pop.
Genius Kids Designer 2 and again available over at Amazon.com