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Old November 8th, 2012, 02:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi there everyone, i would really appreciate some experienced knowledge as i have none when it comes to Android Tabs...! I am looking to buy my twins an Android Tablet each for Christmas. They start school next year so they are nearly four years old... I need something with lots of educational apps, it needs to be quick as i dont want them to get bored too quickly..the latest OS, and with excellent wifi to use the internet... ive had a look at a few on amazon which look great but i really could do with an experts opinion...Im looking to spend about 100 - 120 on each tablet....

It also needs to be something to use an external hard drive to listen to music/films and also something we can use for internet once the kids have gone to bed!

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Old November 8th, 2012, 02:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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There is an Android tablet made by Kurio specifically designed for kids.

Kurio Kids Tablet, 7 Inch, 4GB, Android - Toys"R"Us

EDIT: Here's another link

http://www.kurioworld.com/
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Thankyou Valorian,,,,, that looks cool, im also thinking of something that we can use for internet/music/films once they've gone to bed!
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It has Wifi but no cellular so you can access internet via WiFi if you have it at home.
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WOW! Tablets for 4-year olds?!?!?

Ummm... I guess they also have to be small enough to be handled by their small hands and light-weight enough not to weigh them down?

This forum did an article on some small tablets being marketed for women (no offense to women, but they generally have small hands)
LG Planning to Launch Android Tablet in Q4, 3 New Optimus Phones

Or you can try the TINY but PSP-looking Arcos Five
Archos 5 Android Tablet review (Shallow Thoughts)

Since it's for kids, I'd recommend the Harris RF-3590, which, except for the glass, it VERY difficult to break
Rugged PC Review.com - Rugged Tablets: Harris RF-3590


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Check this out Neiski, bit above your original budget but this is one of the latest out.

Nabi 2 Kids Tablet - Smyths Toys
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Thanks guys, this all looks great so far.. Wilkas, if im going to spend a bit more would it be worth me looking at the kindle fire of something like that????

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i found this that i like the look of on amazon....Ployer Momo8 IPS Tablet PC - 8 Inch Android 4.1.1 for 112>>>spec looks good to me...??
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Neiski not with a 4 year old, if your child was a few years older I would recommend an adult one that you could set up but 4 year olds as you know are wrecking machines... don't think the screen on a fire or nexus 7 would stand up to getting dropped or anything.

What I would do in your position is buy a cheapo tablet and get a case and screen protector on it and download a parental control app... then buy yourself a Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HD
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i think FlashTab M3 may meet your needs.It costs $184.99,just equal 120.74
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Nexus 7 is the best bet for what you are looking for
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Just wondering what your reasoning behind that was

How child/honey/drop/chocolate/mouth proof is it? That would be my concern. 150 pounds is a lot of money for a childs device, and if it breaks (outside of a situation that would be covered by a warranty) there will be a lot of tears before bedtime.

A slower device thats cheaper to replace may be a better option. or something that is built to a child spec would be more rugged.
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Thankyou All, psionandy, would the tablet i mentioned earlier in the thread be suitable..?? Ployer Momo8 IPS Tablet PC - 8 Inch Android 4.1.1...on amazon for 112. They all look the same to me to be honest .

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Hi there everyone, i would really appreciate some experienced knowledge as i have none when it comes to Android Tabs...! I am looking to buy my twins an Android Tablet each for Christmas. They start school next year so they are nearly four years old... I need something with lots of educational apps, it needs to be quick as i dont want them to get bored too quickly..the latest OS, and with excellent wifi to use the internet... ive had a look at a few on amazon which look great but i really could do with an experts opinion...Im looking to spend about 100 - 120 on each tablet....

It also needs to be something to use an external hard drive to listen to music/films and also something we can use for internet once the kids have gone to bed!

Many Many Thanks in advance

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What about a kindle fire HD? I want to say they're about 160, and they have an interface that is going to be easier for small children to understand. You will also have access to Amazon's video and music stores, and the amazon android app store, which has plenty of educational apps.
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Last year for Christmas we got my 4 year old a Kiddiezoom digital camera. Technically it wasn't at the top of the tree by any means, but it took quite good 2MP pictures, and was very robust. She's taken quite a few decent photos, plus some that are 'interesting' because of the way she see's the world... plus a bunch that are just 'strange', So i'd recommend one of those as a gift.. It also taught her that she needs to look after a gadget etc...

And she's grown (in age, responsibility and ability) to the stage where my wife lets her play with her samsung android without batting an eyelid, and i'll let her play with mine without getting too nervous (as long as i'm there).

The tablet you mentioned looks like the sort of thing i'm looking at, althought its probably not going to happen this year as she has lots of other stuff on her list.. but she does have a birthday next year, and its not long before mine so it may end up as a 'shared gift'

The Nabi looks like a nice bit of kit although is a bit more than i want to spend... but if it comes down in price it may be a real option.

Also consider the Blackberry Playbook.. I know its not android, but a lot of the apps are available on it, and its very nicely built and on sale through curries and pc-world at the moment. My Father has one and i'm really impressed with it.

Anyway, if you do go for it, then let us know how you get on with it, as we'd really like to know...
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Dont buy the Momo8. Its rubbish. I sent mine back and got a galaxy tab.
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Dont buy the Momo8. Its rubbish. I sent mine back and got a galaxy tab.
what was wrong with it? there's quite a price difference between the Momo8 and the Tab, so i wouldn't expect it to be as good, but what 'showstoppers' did you find?
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