The current best-selling tablets all have options that allow parents to make them child-friendly. Last week, Amazon announced a new feature for its Kindle Fire called Kindle FreeTime that lets parents create profiles and choose which books, videos, and apps their children can access. Toys R Us doesn't care. It feels there's still room in the market for another tablet aimed at children, therefore, next month the world's toy store will launch the Tabeo.
Priced at $150, the Tabeo will come pre-loaded with 50 apps and allow parents to block 27 types of content as well as websites.
Under the hood, it will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It will have a seven-inch display with a paltry resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. Under the hood will be a 1 GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor and four gigs of storage space which can be expanded to 32 GB via the MicroSD card slot. There's also a front-facing camera.
The LA Times says this is Toys R Us' first "first Wi-Fi enabled tablet." We didn't know it made tablets before this.
The Tabeo's biggest selling point is its price: At $150 it's one of the cheapest tablets on the market. Though, at $159, the Kindle Fire isn't too much more, has tons of parental controls, a better screen, more storage space, a faster processor, and is locked into a content ecosystem that most parents already use. Which would you buy?
The Tabeo is available for pre-order and will go on sale at Toys R Us on October 21.
[via LA Times]