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$150 "Tabeo" Android tablet hits Toys 'R Us in late October

If you’re looking for a tablet that is kid-friendly and costs even less than the latest budget-oriented offerings from Google and Amazon, then you may want to plan a trip to Toys ‘R Us this fall. Today Toys ‘R Us announced the Tabeo, a 7” Android tablet that sports a custom UI on top of Android 4.0 (ICS). The specs are nothing to write home about – a 1GHz Cortex A8 CPU backed up by 1GB of RAM and 4GB of storage (although you can expand that with a microSD card) and a front-facing camera. But for $150 you can’t really expect a Tegra 3 now can you?

For parents looking to get their kids into a tablet at a reasonable price the Tabeo looks pretty solid. In addition to the hardware, the tablet comes preloaded with 50 free game and educational apps, including fan favorites like Angry Birds and Cut the Rope. Tabeo has access to the Toys ‘R Us app store, where apps are all prescreened to confirm their kid-friendly nature. Right now there are over 7,000 apps available, and we imagine more will be on the way.

Toys ‘R Us also provides parental controls on the Tabeo, so you can manage the experience your youngsters have with their tablet. Parents can choose from any of 27 preset topics to block on the web, and can black list individual websites as well. There are also controls on how long a tablet can be used at one time, which is probably a good idea, since the rated battery life of 10 hours is probably much longer than anyone wants their kids to sit around playing on a tablet for.

The tablets are expected in stores on October 21st, and there will be colorful rubber bumpers available if you want a bit more insurance (or if you need more than one, perhaps you can assign a specific color to each child?). If there is a young child in need of a tablet in your life, the Tabeo looks like a worthwhile option to consider.

source: Toys 'R Us via 9to5Google

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posted on 10 Sep 2012, 14:33 9

1. The_Innovation (Posts: 631; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)

Kids don't need f***ing tablet. Even a kid-friendly one.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 15:07

2. AppleIsGod (Posts: 56; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)

First world kids do need a tablet bro..

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 18:23

5. BREvenson (Posts: 240; Member since: 17 May 2012)

They don't need it, but with the way many kids are spoiled these days, it's no surprise that kids want something like this. Where was OUR $150 tablet back then, or our $700 smartphones?

But that's just the cynic in me speaking. Either way, it might sell well, though we don't have to like it.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 22:04

11. The_Innovation (Posts: 631; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)

I don't consider it cynicism. There are always things to spoil kids with, no matter the generation. Doesn't mean that you should buy it for them. I see 5th graders walking around with iPhones. Really? They make Facebook accounts, Instagram accounts, etc. Then parents wonder when they lost touch of their kids.

Wow now I sound cynic lol.

Anyway back to the point, this just simply, unnecessary.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 19:09

7. thatguy312 (Posts: 3; Member since: 10 Sep 2012)

your gay

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 21:59 2

10. The_Innovation (Posts: 631; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)

My gay what?

Learn proper grammar, or else you're gay.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 22:20

13. bigstrudel (Posts: 523; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)

I agree. Tablets and smartphones and such should really be saved for teenagers (or better yet when they can buy their own). But parents today are determined not to let their kids get the social skills that will make them functional adults.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 15:36

3. CharlieAtInfinity (Posts: 253; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)

lol this is one cute looking tablet :D and 1 GB RAM is also sweet add-on!!

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 16:16 3

4. medicci37 (Posts: 1331; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)

Don't be cheap. Get your kid the Nexus 7. Its worth the extra 50 bucks.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 21:41

9. JGuinan007 (Posts: 692; Member since: 19 May 2011)

I think it's crazy to get a $800 Ipad for your kid, though I know plenty of my friends Ipads are really their kids. I asked my sister if I could see her new Ipad3 and my nephew had it it was loaded with tons of kids games and childrens book apps he's 3yrs old and uses it more than my sister does. I don't think this will sell well most kids will just take over their parents

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 08:04

14. mercorp (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)

buy a nexus 7,please.

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