Fuhu is releasing a new 7-inch Android tablet called the Nabi 2 targeted at children. The product is a response to the recent trend of making devices that would suit younger users. No longer is it convenient, it seems, to share one gadget among several people, especially when the device is being used by one for long hours due to work or play.
The nabi 2 is a sequel to the original Nabi tablet that had been released last year. Several improvements are being included in this upgrade. For one, it has an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system and a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor. This itself is a knockout combination often seen on high-end or mid-range models, which shows that even children deserve fast computing speeds and a good-looking interface on their gadgets.
As might be expected, the tablet is packed with an attractive kid-friendly user interface. Called Monarch OS, this UI prevents children from accidentally tinkering with settings or stumbling upon inappropriate content. Storage capacity amounts to 8 GB, which is still expandable through a built-in card slot, while RAM is a full gigabyte. Other features include a 2 MP camera, mini USB, mini HDMI, and an audio jack.
Several apps geared at entertaining and educating children are likewise onboard. That said, this device does not have Google Apps, including the Google Play. This means that even if there is a tempting new app for children on the app store, children will not be able to enjoy it on the Nabi 2 tablet.
Another feature is the choice between Mommy/Daddy Mode and Nabi Mode, also known as the Kidz Mode. This allows family members to share the device, if parents are ever able to pry it away from the kids. Of course, this doesn’t mean that the tablet is an optimal tablet for adults, especially for those who plan of using it for work. For one, battery life, even when doing light tasks, only runs up to six hours.
A protective covering prevents the device from breaking too early after suffering from drops, kicks, and whatnot. Moreover, the folks at Fuhu have foreseen that children might chew on the casing, so they created it out of food-grade silicone.
The Nabi 2 tablet is expected to retail around $199 and will hit stores in mid-July.