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Kids learn from their parents by example, so the old “do as I say, and not as I do” saying does not apply here. In fact, living out such a principle could prove to be very damaging to your little ones as they grow up in the years ahead. Kids who see their parents carry a tablet around too, want to have a tablet that they can call their own. The thing is, kids are not the most tech savvy bunch of people out there, and neither can you guarantee that they are the most careful tablet users, too. If only there was a company that rolled out tablets which target just kids alone, and VTech steps in to fill this void in the form of the InnoTab 3 tablet for kids.
Needless to say, with a name like the InnoTab 3, you can be sure that there were prequels before this, and it will continue from where the popular InnoTab 2S left off. In fact, the InnoTab 2S can be said to be one of the first children’s learning tablets equipped with with Wi-Fi connectivity, and the InnoTab 3 will be able to pack quite a powerful punch in a compact size and a price that parents would not cringe at, making it the ideal first learning tablet for your little ones. InnoTab 3 will be able to introduce children to a world of age-appropriate educational content thanks to VTech’s comprehensive app store called the Learning Lodge. How apt! With the Learning Lodge, one can explore hundreds of games, e-books, videos, and music among others.
Hardware specifications of the VTech InnoTab 3 include a 4.3” touchscreen display, a new directional pad and tilt sensor, a 2-megapixel, 180° rotating camera with over 55 photo features and special effects, a quartet of different media players (e-book reader, MP3 music player, photo viewer and video player), 2GB of internal memory that can be further expanded via a microSD memory card slot, an e-book, “What’s that Noise?” right out of the box, as well as free downloadable desktop themes to boot. The InnoTab 3 will retail for $69.99 a pop when it is available.
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VTech InnoTab 3 tablet for kids
Monkey see, monkey do – or so the saying goes. One of the best ways that kids learn is through emulation, which is why it is very important for parents not to mix things up with the mantra, “Do as I say, not as I do”, as that tends to confuse the little ones who are introduced to hypocrisy through the very same person(s) who are meant to shape their values and worldview in the right direction. Having said that, if Junior has seen dad or mom carrying an iPad all day long, surely it won’t be long before they too, start to hanker after a tablet of their own? This is where LeapFrog steps in, by announcing the all new LeapPad Ultra. The LeapPad Ultra is a kid-tough tablet that will play nice with LeapFrog’s unique library of over 800 life-changing content experiences which were specially designed or approved by LeapFrog’s learning experts.
In fact, the LeapPad Ultra is kid-ready right out of the box, thanks to LeapSearch by Zui, which happens to be a proprietary kid-safe web browser which parents are able to place their trust in. Not only that, you can also find the only 7” DUO TECH high-resolution screen on the LeapPad Ultra, where it was designed to help children learn to write using a stylus while supporting a slew of interactive touch experiences. Apart from that, LeapPad Ultra also boasts of a sleek new look, a long-lasting rechargeable battery, two cameras – one in the front and another at the back cameras, and video recording capability, all accompanied by 8GB of internal memory.
There are also new intuitive parental tools such as a four-digit security code so that parents will always have a semblance of control over the kind of content that their little ones are able to access, while Wi-Fi allows them to directly synchronize content to their child’s LeapPad Ultra. Parents are able to browse, purchase and download apps from LeapFrog’s library of games, apps, eBooks, videos, music and more. The LeapPad Ultra will retail for $149.99 a pop, and downloads have been priced at $5 and above, while game cartridges are more expensive at $24.99.
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LeapFrog announces LeapPad Ultra for kids
CES 2013 is still the place to be if you are looking for a tech mecca early January each year, and for the first time in history, we have the first crowdsourced gaming tablet in the world that has been turned into reality, coming in the form of the Razer Edge which was designed by gamers, and is specially launched just for gamers. You can call it a tablet, a PC, or a console, there is no real distinction between all three sectors as the Razer Edge is one of them and all of them at once. Razer boasts of it to be the most powerful tablet in the world, and we cannot help but agree to a certain extent.
Just in case you were wondering how come the Razer Edge looks so familiar, that is because it got its start in life as the highly-acclaimed Project Fiona PC gaming tablet concept which was first introduced at last year’s edition of CES, and it picked up some gongs along the way such as CNET’s “Best of CES 2012” People’s Voice Award, Stuff magazine’s “Hot Stuff” Award, IGN magazine’s “Best of CES” award and Laptop magazine’s “Best of CES award.” Expect the Razer Edge to arrive in North America and Asia Pacific sometime later this year.
Just what kind of gaming firepower does the Razer Edge come with? Well, it will run on the 3rd generation Intel Core processor alongside an NVIDIA GeForce graphics chipset to perform all the heavy graphical lifting for striking visual clarity, with Windows 8 as the operating system of choice, allowing the widest array of today’s most popular PC games to run natively on the Razer Edge without having to go through the tedious porting process, or to have it optimized or developed from ground up.
There will be two models to choose from – a standard Razer Edge with an Intel Core i5 processor, an NVIDIA GT640M LE GPU, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 64GB SSD, while the higher end Razer Edge Pro will have a speedier Intel Core i7 processor, an NVIDIA GT640M LE GPU, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, and a choice between a 128GB or 256GB SSD. Out later this quarter, the Razer Edge will be priced from $999 upwards.
Razer introduces Razer Edge
When you mention Polaroid, you know that this is one company that lives and breathes photography, even making it to popular culture such as songs (“Shake it like a Polaroid picture”, anyone?) Well, it seems that Polaroid is not content with just churning out photography related equipment, but they too, want a slice of the growing Android market. In particular, Polaroid is looking at the Android-powered tablet niche which has grown by leaps and bounds over the years, although Polaroid is not going to roll out a simple tablet for the masses, but rather, one that targets the little ones. Yes sir, this will be a kids oriented tablet that ain’t too shabby when it comes to the kind of system specifications underneath the hood.
Sporting a 7” design like many of the mid-range Android-powered tablets out there, the Polaroid tablet will run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as the operating system of choice, where it will come with a customized suite of apps that include Kids Cam, Music Studio and Draw, which are definitely ideal apps that encourage little ones to let their creative juices flow, and one can also show off their creative side to friends and family members using videos, pictures and songs.
Not only that, the Polaroid kids tablet also features Kids Vids, which is an app that enables children to stream safe and filtered videos across a wide range of age groups and Free Play, which is a simple and unique method that displays all the free games/apps which are made available for download from the kid-friendly App Shop.
Since this will be a kid-centric device, you know for sure that it is going to run into all sorts of “accidents”, if you get what I mean, which is why Polaroid has thought ahead of you by equipping it with innovative side and rear bumpers in order to help protect the tablet from accidental bumps and drops. There will also be built-in parental controls and a safe web browser which is a snap to set up, letting your kids enjoy a safe interactive experience.
Expect the Polaroid 7.0” kids tablet to retail for $149.99 a pop as it goes on sale later this month.
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Polaroid targets kids with a new tablet
Monkey see, monkey do – that is more or less what some folks think applies to kids. After all, haven’t we seen enough children who want to follow their dads and moms as an example, with little girls wearing make-up, while little boys doing their best to hold back their tears each time they fall down and scrape their knees? Having said that, with the plethora of gadgets and gizmos that us adults carry with us these days, it goes without saying that there will be little ones out there who would be bugging their parents to also purchase a touchscreen smartphone and a tablet. This might look cute from the outside, but the family dynamics have been altered in this way. Ematic seizes the opportunity to bring balance to families by introducing their FunTab Pro tablet.
The FunTab Pro tablet is not just any ordinary, run-of-the-mill tablet. Sure, it might come with a $149.99 price tag, but that does not mean it skimps on quality. You will find that it is made out of some rugged construction and design choices, while delivering a custom interface which offers nothing but fun, educational and parent-approved content for a safe online experience. Yes sir, with the number of weirdos stalking the Internet these days, you can never be too safe, can you?
The Ematic FunTab Pro will run on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, and Roy Rayn, President of Ematic, has this to say, “Ematic teamed up with Zoodles Kids Mode to create a safe and educational online learning experience for children. Zoodles is the top app for kids, and leads your child through every step of the interface with large buttons and vocal cues.” With a rubberized texture and ergonomic design, the rubber coating ensures one has a secure grip, while the original shape fits perfectly in small hands.
Other hardware specifications of the FunTab Pro include a 1GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB of internal memory, a microSD memory card slot for expansion purposes, a 7” 800
So your little one also wants to be like daddy and mummy, craving for a tablet of his or her own and throwing a tantrum that would even irritate the ears of Zeus on Mt. Olympus, what do you as a parent do? Do you give in, or do you place your foot down and show your kid just who is boss? Well, for folks who feel that it is time for their kids to have a tablet of their own, here we are with the MEEP! tablet from Oregon Scientific.
The MEEP! tablet will carry with it cutting edge technology, durability, and interactive content, all crammed into a design which was specially formulated just for kids in addition to being accompanied by a full line of action-packed accessories. Sporting a 7-inch display, the MEEP! tablet will run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (no idea on whether there will be a Jelly Bean update on the way or not), carrying with it Wi-Fi connectivity while ensuring it remains the most rugged and durable tablet on the market – for kids, at least.
Games, books, videos and apps that are available in the MEEP! store have all been certified to be kid-friendly by Oregon Scientific, where it is either free or can be purchased using MEEP! coins. You can also opt to access Google Play from the Parents Portal to purchase additional content. Other hardware specifications include 4GB of internal storage and a microSD memory card slot for expansion purposes, in addition to to an integrated front-facing camera and HDMI connectivity.
Just how much will the MEEP! tablet cost? Well, we do know that it is specially geared for kids who are aged 6 and above, and is currently available at mass market retailers and online stores, retailing for $149.99 a pop. It will not come with its fair share of accessories right out of the box as you will need to fork out money for those. At least it is packed with a charger, a USB cable and a quick start guide to help you use it right there and then without missing a beat.
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Oregon Scientific announces MEEP! tablet
LeapFrog has just announced their latest iteration of the LeapPad 2 tablet – where this particular puppy not only comes in pink and green shades, but for those fathers and grandfathers who love nothing better than to dote on their precious daughters and granddaughters, there is also a special Disney Princess bundle for you to look into. Just what kind of technological wizardry does the LeapFrog LeapPad 2 carry? For starters, you not only get back cameras that allow you to record whatever goes on around you, there is also a front-facing camera for some shameless self-portraits, not to mention video recording capability.
We shall take a closer look at the hardware specifications right after the jump, in addition to the number of features as well as kinds of hardware that comes with the LeapPad 2.
There is a speedier faster LF 2000 processor located right underneath the hood that ensures your little one will be able to glean maximum performance from the LeapPad 2. Sporting a stylish, high-tech tablet design which was also built with kids in mind, it is said to be durable enough to be able to withstand the rigors of being used and played about by a kid. The on-board memory has been doubled compared to its predecessor, while kids are now able to maintain their more personal creations and downloads at their fingertips, where we are talking about up to 25,000 photos or 70 downloads.
LeapFrog has also thrown in a longer battery life and a recharger pack option so that your kid will be able to remain occupied for longer whenever you are traveling, translating to the lower number of instances of your kid asking, “Are we there yet?” when you all head out for a long road trip. LeapPad2 will also come with extensive free content, ranging from a music player with five LeapFrog Learning Songs, to a new Cartoon Director creativity download, an Art Studio, the popular Pet Pad writing game and choice of an additional download from the LeapFrog App Center.
You can pick up the LeapPad2 for $99.99 a pop, and it is recommended for children aged 3 to 9 years.
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LeapFrog introduces LeapPad2 in a special Disney Princess bundle
So your little one has been hankering after you for a new tablet, considering how you do your very best to prevent him or her from coming anywhere near your iPad each time you come home from work? You know the drill – as much as you want to let your kid enjoy some games on the iPad, you know that he is still trying to get his body’s co-ordination right, so walking or running around with the iPad in hand is not exactly the best idea, since a slip of the fingers or a fall would mean a crying child and the very high possibility of a broken display – not something you can afford right now, what with austerity measures being introduced just about everywhere else.
Apart from purchasing an old, first generation iPad from someone else, you might as well go all the way and deliver a tablet that has a specific target – the little ones. There is just something about Alvin and the Chipmunks being revived, where their past three movies actually combined to rake in more than $1 billion from box office receipts alone. I know, this is no Avengers, but it is still quite the achievement for a trio of high pitched chipmunks that would make for a decent meal for select jungle tribes out there. Enter the Archos Child Pad that has an Alvin and the Chipmunks 3 theme in place.
This unique Archos Child Pad will come in a compact and lightweight design, not to mention run on a 1GHz processor, accompanied by 1GB RAM while having Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as the operating system of choice. Pretty neat, since that would mean not having to loiter around and keeping your fingers crossed for an operating system update which might not even arrive in the end.
To make sure that your kids love it to the max, it will feature special Alvin and the Chipmunks 3 content like behind-the-scene clips, images from the movie, wallpapers, and even an online game. If they want something more feathery, there is always the pre-loaded Angry Birds game to keep them occupied, and as a parent, you will be pleased to know that this $129.99 tablet comes pre-loaded with a 6-month parental control application for child-safe web browsing. It boasts of a redesigned interface that features colored icons and folders to deliver direct access to games, apps and books, and has 4GB of internal memory to get you started.
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Archos Child Pad ready to hit the market
Companies will need to constantly reinvent themselves if they were to survive and even flourish – and in the world of high tech devices and gadgets, this saying holds true all the more. Diversifying your portfolio is always a great way to spread the amount of risk, as not all of your eggs are in a single basket. Of course, there is also the flip side to this, as some claim that being a specialist in your field is also a good thing, but regardless, it depends on the context, the chances that come your way, as well as your management of the situation.
Having said that, GameStop, a games retailer, has recently announced that they will soon be offering Android-powered tablets to the masses via its massive chain of retail stores. This has been confirmed, with the green light given by the top management after a 200 store trial kicked off since last October.
These will definitely not be your two bit Android-powered tablets though, as GameStop intends to live up to their name as a games retailer by preloading the Samsung, Asus, Acer, and Toshiba makes by throwing in additional gaming titles including the old school Sonic CD, Riptide, the Kongregate Arcade app as well as a free issue of GameStop’s gaming mag, titled Game Informer. These additions will also feature prices that are in line with what other stores are offering, meaning you get more bang for your buck as a gamer, and it might just help GameStop gain a small foothold in the tablet market.
Granted, GameStop has not been in the best of financial health lately, so to see them take different measures such as this is certainly encouraging, as it tells the world that they are working on a way to get around the problem of bleeding money. Kudos for their efforts – hopefully they will be rewarded accordingly for it. Do you think that Android-powered tablets have a chance to actually gain a decent foothold in the mobile gaming market?
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GameStop takes the tablet route