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New Ematic FunTab kid slates run Android, promise to keep your offspring busy on a budget

If you have a kid, you've no doubt realized the entertainment potential of tablets and smartphones for them, and the me-time potential for your own overwhelmed self.

Not every tablet is suitable for child's play, though, and we are talking content, not only durability, so dedicated children slates are certainly a market niche that needs its entries.

Enter the Ematic FunTab and its varieties. Running Android 4.0, they range in price from $60-$150. The top-shelf price gets you a FunTab Pro with a 7" screen or a FunTab XL with a 9.7-incher, dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, 1 GB RAM and 16 GB storage. The FunTab Pro keeps it leaner with a 1 GHz dual-core CPU, has swappable faceplates in different colors and promises 8 hours of battery life. 

Both the above tablets have an HDMI port, but if you can make do without one, Ematic will shave off $20 to arrive at the $130 FunTab, whose specs are otherwise identical to the Pro version.

Finally, if you want to get very downmarket, you can actually get away with $60 for a 4.3" FunTab Mini that weasels away with a 480×272 display, 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, and a rear camera - nothing to call a Tab here, we know.

Most importantly, the kid-friendly slates are preloaded with the “Zoodles” kid friendly mode that is designed to create “a safe and educational online learning experience for children,” says the company, and that might be enough for you to pull the trigger on one for your restless offspring. The whole suite can be purchased at Walmart for added convenience.


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