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It will be released in Korea first come early September

Samsung and Google have already conquered the adult world when it comes to smartphone and tablet sales, so the pair will now attempt to provide child-friendly gadgets

Samsung announced today that it is offering a tablet for children called "Galaxy Tab 3 Kids." It works just like a real tablet, and even offers a stripped version of Google's Android 4.1 operating system -- but is entirely made for children.

Galaxy Tab 3 Kids offers a 7-inch, 1024 x 600 display; a 1.2GHz dual-core processor; 1GB RAM; 3MP front-facing camera; 1.3MP rear-facing camera, and 8GB of internal storage (expandable via a microSD slot).

There will also be a Kids Case, which will have multiple stand options and a C Pen (which acts as a stylus for the tablet).



The tablet packs e-books, educational apps and games. Parents can use the Application Manager to load which apps they want their children to have. 

There are other tools parents might enjoy as well, such as the Time Management feature. It allows parents to set specific times in which the child can use it, and when the designated use time is up, a password protected lock screen appears. From there, parents have to enter a password in order to unlock it. 

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids will make its way to Korea first in early September, and will later be available across China, Europe, U.S., Africa, South America and South East Asia. There's no word on a price yet. 

Samsung recently released the Galaxy Tab 3 series for adults on July 7, and prices start at just $199. 



A tablet for kids could be a great move by both Samsung and Google. As mobile electronics become more ubiquitous, children are starting to use them at younger and younger ages. The problem is that there's a whole open Web on traditional tablets and some don't have strict enough parental controls (if any at all). The new Galaxy Tab for kids remedies such worries.

Also, getting kids started on the Android operating system and Samsung products early in life could mean a better chance of them continuing to use the products/OS as they grow (since they're already familiar with the gadgets and how they work). Samsung's Galaxy Tab 3 Kids will likely evolve to mirror other Android products used today, and it won't necessarily guarantee customer loyalty from childhood to adulthood, but it couldn't hurt their chances. 

Source: Samsung Tomorrow



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Mmmm...
By Motoman on 8/27/13, Rating: 0
RE: Mmmm...
By frozenassets on 8/27/2013 1:02:32 PM , Rating: 3
I have a 3 year old with Down Syndrome who can operate an iPad with no issues at all, can play all her games, watch videos that are saved on it locally, pictures, can get into Netflix and watch her favorite shows.

Adults are in a greater need of technology with training wheels than kids.


RE: Mmmm...
By Windogg on 8/27/2013 1:30:56 PM , Rating: 2
So true. While I watch adult at the office struggle to check email on their tablets and smartphones, my 2 year old nephew is disturbingly adept at using gadgets. He knows the correct button to unsleep every device around the house, distinguish between Android's unlock screen (fit puzzle piece) and IOS's unlock screen (slide), swipe to find the app of his choice, launch the app, and tap the home button when he wishes to use another app. It's not random, he knows exactly what he is doing. When he is done, the knows to plug the device into the charging cable.


RE: Mmmm...
By fic2 on 8/27/2013 3:04:40 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe he could teach my gf's 9 yo daughter to plug her tablet into the charger....

The Nabi Jr that I got my 2 yo goddaughter was pretty much because she kept begging her parents for their phones to play games on. Now she has her own her parents are much happier. And, yeah, she is pretty adept at using her tablet or her parents GS3 phones.


RE: Mmmm...
By Motoman on 8/27/2013 1:45:45 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, while I was clearly being sarcastic above, the issue with today's adults (at least, those middle-aged or older) is that they didn't grow up with video games and other electronics that got them used to digital input devices.

Anyone who had an Atari 2600 when they were kids learned to use a joystick, and from that point forward pretty much any other digital input method is very intuitive.

My cousin's kid, back in the day, could turn on the computer, navigate the Win95 Start menu, find the game he wanted to play, launch it and get going all by himself well before he learned to read. It was just no big deal. Meanwhile, the concept of a color printer completely blew his dad's mind.


RE: Mmmm...
By troysavary on 8/27/2013 5:39:40 PM , Rating: 2
Ummmm, I'm middle aged and I have been using computers since they dys you had to solder chips onto motherboards yourself. Computers are not just a 90's toy, you realise?


RE: Mmmm...
By Motoman on 8/27/2013 6:57:20 PM , Rating: 2
Uh-huh. And do you have any issues trying to use digital input devices? I'm guessing not.


RE: Mmmm...
By Reclaimer77 on 8/27/13, Rating: 0
RE: Mmmm...
By troysavary on 8/27/2013 5:37:50 PM , Rating: 2
I think they thought he was mocking kids rather than mocking Metro.


Perception...
By SublimeSimplicity on 8/27/2013 10:47:25 AM , Rating: 2
When viewed as a toy, the Galaxy Tab's specs aren't too bad.




RE: Perception...
By retrospooty on 8/27/2013 11:13:40 AM , Rating: 2
LOL... I was just gonna post "I thought the tab3 were childrens tablets. With the slow CPU/GPU and low res screens, what else were we to think?


RE: Perception...
By fic2 on 8/27/2013 11:29:55 AM , Rating: 2
I bought a Nabi 2 for my gf's 9 year old daughter last Christmas. $160 for a 1024x600 7" Tegra3 tablet for kids. I also gave my 2 yo goddaughter a Nabi Jr which is a $99 800 x 480 5" tablet for her birthday. Both kids use them quite a bit.


RE: Perception...
By Monkey's Uncle on 8/27/2013 8:26:52 PM , Rating: 2
what could a 2 yo toddler possibly do with a 7" tablet except stick it in her mouth, slobber all over it and gum it to death?


RE: Perception...
By Monkey's Uncle on 8/27/2013 8:27:33 PM , Rating: 2
(sorry 5 inch tablet...)


RE: Perception...
By Samus on 8/28/2013 3:26:13 AM , Rating: 2
My 1 year old uses the HP Touchpad as a sled down the hallway, STILL WORKS ;)


Time Management
By othercents on 8/27/2013 12:11:09 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Developed with kids’ best interests at the forefront, Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 Kids also includes a Time Management feature that allows parents to set specific time periods for use. When the designated use time is up, a password protected lock screen appears, requiring a parent or adult to enter the password to unlock the device. This tool will help parents ensure the time their children spend on smart devices is balanced.

This is a good start, however the Time Management on the Kindle Fire is much more robust with allowing tiered Time Management based on what application they are using (IE. Unlimited Reading with 1 hour game play).




RE: Time Management
By Lord 666 on 8/27/2013 3:25:14 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. When I first saw the title, definitely caught my interest for my 9 year old. But based on the pictures, it would be more age appropriate for toddlers.


RE: Time Management
By Aloonatic on 8/27/2013 5:49:24 PM , Rating: 2
I hope that when the lock screen appears then it also covers the device in some kind of super tough armor as, in my experience, kids don't take well to things not going their way sometimes and don't tend to understand how fragile electronics can be.

Something like this I'm thinking:

http://cdn.gizmocrazed.com/wp-content/uploads/2012...


RE: Time Management
By invidious on 8/28/2013 11:26:44 AM , Rating: 2
It's sad that the refinement of automated parenting options is a determining factor these days.


RE: Time Management
By Maiyr on 8/28/2013 1:20:56 PM , Rating: 2
Said the non parent.


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