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Toys"R"Us reveals its tablet computer for kids, the Tabeo

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September 10, 2012

Tabeo includes integrated parental controls which can limit when the device is used, and f...

Tabeo includes integrated parental controls which can limit when the device is used, and for what

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There's no shortage of tablet computers for children. There's the Leappad 2, the VTech InnoTab 2, even the non-functional wooden Tinker Tablet – and that's before you consider the many ways of turning iPads into children's toys. In fact, it sometimes it seems like children have now stopped playing with anything other than tablet computers, which probably explains why Toys"R"Us has launched its own tablet for kids, the Android-powered Tabeo.

Fitting somewhere between the lower-spec tablets made by toy firms and the option of installing child-friendly apps on a higher-spec device, the Tabeo is powered by an ARM Cortex A8 processor running at 1 GHz and powering Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. There's also a 7-inch touch screen with 800 x 480 resolution, 1 GB RAM, 4 GB of built-in memory, a front-facing camera, a microSDHC slot and Wi-Fi capabilities.

The Tabeo comes with 50 pre-installed apps which have all apparently been chosen for their ability to educate and entertain children – games including Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja and Cut the Rope are joined by apps which teach children about letters, math and science. The tablet can also access the Tabeo App Store, where more than 7,000 free apps are available along with paid options, again selected by the Tabeo team.

Tabeo is powered by an ARM Cortex A8 processor running at 1 GHz and running Android 4.0 Ic...

One of parents' biggest concerns about handing an internet-connected tablet to their little ones is not knowing what they might get up to on it. Toys"R"Us says it's addressed this by including customizable parental controls which allow levels of security to be set for up to eight users.

Access can be allowed only on certain days or during certain hours, and the Tabeo can be set to block 27 pre-determined categories of content. Additional sites can be blocked and a warning email can be sent if users bypass the built-in internet browser.

The 223 x 142 x 12.2 mm (8.7 x 5.6 x 0.5 inch) device comes with a lime green bumper to help protect it from the knocks and falls it will undoubtedly suffer, though other colors will be available as accessories. The battery is said to be good for six hours of video playback (Tabeo supports up to 1080p 30 fps via Mini-HDMI output), 35 hours of music or ten hours of "normal use" such as internet navigation.

Tabeo will be available from Toys“R”Us stores in the U.S. from October 21 for US$149.99.

Source: Toys"R"Us

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4 Comments

This tablet with FM transmitter, some Velcro and it will be on the dash board of my 2001 Mustang.

Robert DuBois
10th September, 2012 @ 11:27 pm PDT

There's already the Nabi 2, (Toys R Us carried the original version) with the following specs. It has an adult mode that can be entered with a password, great screen resolution, turning it into a great little tablet - if you can ever get it from your kid... $200

7” 1024×600 capacitive display

NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor

1GB of RAM

8GB of internal flash storage + empty MicroSD slot

2 Megapixel main camera, 720p recording

3850mAh battery capacity

Micro USB 2.0, mini HDMI, 3.5mm audio out

WiFi B/G/N + Bluetooth 3.0

153.7×220.8×29.08mm, 596g

kilomonk
11th September, 2012 @ 09:39 am PDT

@Flipider why not use the $200 Nexus 7 in your mustang?

Daishi
11th September, 2012 @ 04:58 pm PDT

abs right Diachi, nothing makes sense in front of the 159 USD Google Nexus 7, now with 1 GB RAM !

Atul Malhotra
11th September, 2012 @ 08:49 pm PDT
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