Toys R Us, the retail giant that carries games, clothing, and other products for children, has announced its foray into tablet selling with the Tabeo.
The Table is the result of a year’s worth of planning by the Toys R Us team who talked directly to kids and parents alike to decide what features the device should carry.
Among the content available is a carefully-selected list of 50 free apps that that are preinstalled on the device. Examples of these are popular games such as Angry Birds, Temple Run, Cut the Rope, Fruit Ninja, 100 Floors, Temple Run, Collapse, Tiki Cart 3D and Tiki Golf. There are also apps that teach children about language, science and mathematics such as Operation Math, Discovery Kids Putterbugs, and AlphaTots. Likewise, apps that tickle the imagination of children like Camera App, Putt Putt Zoo, and Freddy Fish and the Stolen Shell are onboard. Lastly, Little Red Riding Hood, iStorybooks, and Candy Factory encourage children to read and enjoy their personal digital library.
If these apps, however, are not enough, parents can always add to their children’s app collection by downloading new content from the Tabeo App Store. The Tabeo App Store, which is curated by Toys R Us, gives parents access to a library of over 7,000 free apps plus around a thousand more which may be purchased.
Parents are also granted customizable controls over their children’s Internet usage. These controls may be modified for eight users, making it possible for children to share the tablet. Parents may also specify the particular kinds of content to disallow on the tablet.
As for technical specifications, one will find on this tablet Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen with a 800 x 480 screen resolution, a 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of storage, a mini HDMI output, a microSD card slot, a front camera, microphone, and a built-in speaker. Its power source is a Lithium Polymer battery that can run from six to ten hours on a single charge.
Toys R Us will be the exclusive seller of the Tabeo. The product is scheduled to hit market shelves on October 21st for the price of $149.99. Those who want to pre-order the device may head to the Toys R Us website.
The Tabeo is just one of the several options for parents looking for child-friendly tablets. Other choices available in the market are the Nabi 2, Archos ChildPad, or even the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7 tablets, provided that parents know how to make these two safe for children.