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Archos launches $129 ChildPad with Ice Cream Sandwich

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Archos launches $129 ChildPad with Ice Cream Sandwich
The Archos ChildPad is a 7-inch tablet for $129 that looks like a toy, and comes aiming squarely at your kids attention, but it also features some decent hardware for the price. The "Alvin and the Chipmunks" theme is all around and might fool you into thinking that’s just a plastic toy, but Archos goes the extra mile to explain that this is “a real tablet.” Moreover, it runs on Android Ice Cream Sandwich, features a 1GHz processor and a front-facing camera. 

The Archos ChildPad does take some shortcuts to cut down the price and the biggest two are its resistive screen and lack of Google’s Play app store. The resistive screen means that your kid will need to apply slightly more pressure to get things going, while the lack of Google Play is compensated with a ChildPad-specific filtered AppsLib catalog. You also have parental controls so your kid doesn’t accidentally bump into online filth.

Another thing to take into account is that the ChildPad has only 4GB of internal memory, but you can easily fix this by adding an external microSD card.

So overall, that’s definitely a tablet for kids that hits a very sweet spot with its $129 price and delivers a “grown-up” experience in the good sense of the word. The Archos ChildPad is available now at the source link below.

source: ChildPad via CNET

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posted on 31 May 2012, 09:43 2

1. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1007; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


I would get this for my kids!!

posted on 31 May 2012, 09:47 3

2. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4172; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


$129.00 is STILL too much money for a child centric device. Most children just throw things around & don't really understand the value of money. I would not get a tablet for a child that is under 10 years old. It will not last & it would be money down the drain.

Again not all children are the same, there are some children that are more mature than others but for the "average child" it would be a waste.

posted on 31 May 2012, 10:14

4. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


$129.00 is hardly too expensive for kids devices. Go into any target and you're sure to find planty of things in the toy section for around that price and more. At toys r us there's even more. Bikes are about the same, well for good ones, powerwheels are a hell of a lot more. ereaders and other electronic devices can also easily be over $100, and some of the other "kid tablets " on sale that don't even run android are up to $150.

posted on 31 May 2012, 10:22

6. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4172; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Yes but everything you just mentioned are about 100 times more durable. If the tablet gets wet your SOL. If the tablet falls on any surface that is not carpet your SOL. A kid might step on it, sit on it or pretty much anything that I can't think of. Kids throw small to large things all the time. Children are the master demolition experts.

A delicate $129.00 dollar tablet will not survive too long especially if the child is under 10 years old. I have seen what a 8 year old can do to a Nintendo DS, & the DS is a clam shell. lol

posted on 31 May 2012, 10:08 1

3. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


Do u have kids superandroid? I'm gonna have to agree and disagree with you, yes some kids will just toss it around but that's mostly the 5 and under. Besides, any good parent supervises children when they use a web enabled device, I do. A lot of children are so tech saavy now a days they know how to handle and treat tablets and smartphoneS.

I was just at the website and I ordered one for my kids. Its a great tool. They're often on the internet at education based sites anyway, this is just another means for that. But I'm not stupid, I did order the bumper case and screen protector too.

posted on 31 May 2012, 10:29

7. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4172; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I have 2 boys. You can't constantly be micro managing your kids. It's the times when they are not supervised or when you just get distracted with other things. If you have kids then you know of what I speak of. It's impossible to be 100% on top of your kids. You might go to the fridge to get a drink of water & boom that is when the tablet is dropped, spilled on, sat on, stepped on & so on.

Kids will be kids, & at that age they are the best at demolition. lol

posted on 31 May 2012, 10:21 1

5. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5480; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


ChildPad is ok but in mine opinion Alvin and the Chipmunks just s**ks... :D

posted on 31 May 2012, 19:03

8. andyboi_ph (Posts: 101; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)


looks cute with the kiddos

posted on 31 May 2012, 20:16

9. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


@superandroidevo : actually it's fine
My cousin is 8 another is 6 both boys i let them play with my ipad not once they broken it
You must educate them like their parents let them play with their smartphones on condition not longer than 1 hour and no throwing things around .
If not no more gadgets to play with and like we Asian parents always do to educate children : beatings
I get that a lot when I was a kid cause I am kinda naughty , I am now 18

posted on 31 May 2012, 20:41

10. mercorp (Posts: 971; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


WTF is this tablet?
The nexus tablet is a much better one at $199.spend $70 more for a better experience.

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 01:05

11. silver0681 (Posts: 18; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)


Phonearenauser you correct everyone's grammar so try your own. What your trying to say is in MY opinion not mine opinion. Second Mercorp it's a child's device it he nexus is a normal tab not really needed for children.

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 02:55

12. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Ice Cream Sandwich for Kids, that's awesome.

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