Before it’s all said and done tablets have a good chance of being the real breakout gift for this years holiday shopping season. All sorts of companies will have tablets designed for every type of tablet buyer.
If you want a high-end tablet and you’re not afraid of spending more than $500 Apple has you covered with the iPad 2 or if you want Android Samsung has the Galaxy Tab 10.1, now if you’re a budget shopper Amazon and Barnes & Noble will have quality tablets available for less than $250 this year.
Even children will have tablets designed for them to pick from. As far as kid-friendly yet fully featured tablets go we’ve already seen the 7″ Karuma PlayBase and 10″ Motorola XOOM Family Edition tablets, now it’s time to see what Toys”R”Us will have for kids this holiday season.
Toys”R”Us in partnership with Fooz Kids software developer FUHU have designed the affordable 7-inch Nabi Tablet for kids. The new Nabi Tablet is being marketed as the worlds very first full-featured Android tablet that’s designed especially for kids.
How is that so, you ask? Well the tablet doesn’t run traditional Android, there is a kid-friendly interface available that offers access to educational software, games, videos and more; to get to a more standard Android experience on the Nabi Tablet you would have to switch the tablet over to “Mommy Mode”. The Motorola XOOM Family Edition works the other way around, you have to launch the kid-friendly environment from the standard Android 3.x Honeycomb experience by launching a specific application called Zoodles.
According to the Toys”R”Us product page for the Nabi Tablet you get the following features with this child-specific tablet:
- Pre-loaded with over $150 worth of pre-loaded games, music, apps and books and will run over 500 applications and games catered to kids found in the Nabi App Store.
- It’s a University: The award-winning Fooz Kids University is a Nabi exclusive with over 22,000 state standardized math skills covering grades Pre-K through 5th.
- It’s a Design Studio: 30+ apps from drawing and painting to creating professional quality books allow for creative exploration that can be shared with friends and family.
- It’s a Movie Theater: A 7-inch brilliant 1080p display (display resolution is 800×480) lets children watch their favorite TV shows and movies at home or on-the-go.
- It’s a Library: 30 pre-loaded e-Books make stories come to life and encourage children of all ages to read.
- ay puts children in control of their favorite games such as Angry Birds, Cut the Rope, Fruit Ninja and Need for Speed.
- It’s a Game Console: Tilt-sensor controls and a Multi-Touch display puts children in control of their favorite games such as Angry Birds, Cut the Rope, Fruit Ninja and Need for Speed.
- Its Powerful Enough for Mom: With the tap of a button and password, mom can enter “Mommy Mode” and enjoy a full-featured Android tablet to browse the Web and use her favorite apps and games.
As far as technical specifications go the Nabi Tablet offers a 7-inch 800×480 resolution multi-touch LCD, a 533MHz dual-core Cortex-A9 CPU, an Imagination Technologies PowerVR SGX530 GPU, up to 1080p HD video playback capable, 4GB of internal storage, Wi-Fi only, a 1.3MP webcam, and the 3,000mAh battery offers up to 5 hours of life. The Nabi Tablet is decked out pretty well for its price tag.
The Nabi Tablet is going to be available this December for purchase at Toys”R”Us for $199, but right now you can place a pre-order for the tablet on toysrus.com if you don’t mind your order shipping on December1, 2011.