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Taboe tablet will have stiff competition

Toy retailer Toys "R" Us has announced a new technology product for kids called the Tabeo. This tablet will be available exclusively at Toys "R" Us stores. The Wall Street Journal reports that the move is Toys "R" Us' attempt at fighting so-called showrooming. Showrooming is a phenomenon where people come in the retail stores to try out products and then order them online at a discount. 
The tablet will cost $149.99 and will go on sale on October 21. The tablet can be pre-ordered right now via Toys "R" Us. The Wall Street Journal reports that when the $149.99 price was unveiled for the Taboe, the makers of some of the other child focused tablets including the Kurio 7, Meep, and Lexibook matched the same price.
The Toys "R" Us Tabeo tablet has a seven-inch screen and features parental controls to block inappropriate content. It has a front-facing  camera of unspecified resolution and a child-friendly  interface.

The processor for device is a 1 GHz unit, and the screen supports capacitive multitouch technology. Using the tablet kids can read books, play games, listen to music, watch video, and view photos. The tablet has 4 GB of integrated storage and has a micro SDHC card slot for expansion. The tablet ships with 40 pre-loaded games, books, and educational apps. The tablet will also have access to 6,000 other free apps via the Tabeo Store. The tablet also ships with a drop-safe bumper and has Wi-Fi. The tablet runs Android for the operating system. 

Parents shopping for a tablet for their children also have similarly priced tablets not specifically aimed at children to choose from, such as the Amazon Kindle Fire currently priced at $159.

Sources: Toys "R" Us, Wall Street Journal

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I will look into this....
By Cheesew1z69 on 9/10/2012 9:57:21 AM , Rating: 1
My little girl will be 6 months next month... :)

RE: I will look into this....
By Ristogod on 9/10/2012 10:07:11 AM , Rating: 2
Perfect age for using a tablet.....6 months. Can't walk, but yeah, android tablet for sure.

RE: I will look into this....
By ipay on 9/10/2012 10:19:33 AM , Rating: 2
Your snark is trumped by babies' love for touching things that interact with them.

RE: I will look into this....
By othercents on 9/10/2012 10:29:10 AM , Rating: 4
My 3 month old prefers to bang on things and kick things, however my brothers 2 year old can use the iPad really well. She knows which games she wants to run. She was showing my 58 year old mom how to use the iPad.

RE: I will look into this....
By ipay on 9/10/2012 11:03:58 AM , Rating: 4
Your 3mo might like Baby Smash:

Had to get my 5mo his own keyboard on account of the drool.

RE: I will look into this....
By headbox on 9/10/2012 6:31:04 PM , Rating: 2
all your kids are going to be morbidly obese and unemployed at age 22, statistically speaking

RE: I will look into this....
By pakigang on 9/11/2012 4:01:25 AM , Rating: 2
This deserves a six, many people will find it hard to realize it but its the truth.

RE: I will look into this....
By othercents on 9/13/2012 2:13:05 PM , Rating: 2
I'm somewhat confused how allowing a child to use a computer or TV at a young age makes the them morbidly obese. Actually statistically obesity doesn't really show itself until closer to age 4 or 5 vs under 2 years of age, which we have been discussing. Most of the obesity has more to do with diet than activity level especially for young children. However, Parents should always help their children find a good cross section of activities, so that they can develop properly. This includes using computers/tablets for young children to help build motor control and older children for learning.

Keep in mind before age 1 babies require lots of sleep (15 hours) and typically the wake hours are spent eating (every 2-3 hours), pooping, and baths with a very small mount of environmental interaction like iPads or playmats. Children typically don't walk until after 12 months, crawl after 6 months, rollover consistently both directions until around 6 months, and rollover the first time after 3 months. (My 3 year old son hasn't rolled over yet, but has good head control now.) I think I would call all that extreme exercise. This is why no doctor would ever call a child under 2 years old obese unless the parent was feeding them improperly during that time (IE candy and soda).

You really have to be naive to think that letting a child use a computer or tablet would be the contributing cause for obesity without looking at the full daily activity list of the child and diet. That would be like going to a friends house on Saturday at 9am and saying you can't believe they let their child watch TV all day and how their child will be obese, when in reality the child gets to watch TV between 9am and 10am, but has other activities like Soccer and swimming later that day and even during the week along with a strict no junk food diet.

Please do some research next time and be informed before making off the cuff comments.

RE: I will look into this....
By AMDftw on 9/10/2012 10:29:38 AM , Rating: 2
Even 3yo's would like this. You're so right. Babies love things that move and make sounds. My nephew would love this.

RE: I will look into this....
By Cheesew1z69 on 9/10/2012 10:43:39 AM , Rating: 2

RE: I will look into this....
By anactoraaron on 9/10/2012 11:23:51 AM , Rating: 2
Well my daughter was able to turn on a laptop, click her account (no password) to login, click on google chrome (homepage set to, and pretty much play every any game on there at 18 months. Oh yeah and she knew how to shut it down too. It was fun watching her be able to do all of those things. Funny how it took her until 3 to be able to use a mouse, but the touchpad she had down.

So yeah, tablet @ 6 mos. sounds reasonable provided your child has the proper temperament (not abusive or destroying things).

Some people who don't have kids don't realize just how smart they are :)

RE: I will look into this....
By Falacer on 9/10/2012 11:44:14 AM , Rating: 2
Same here! My daughter is 2.5 yrs old and she has been able to use the desktop for about a year now.

RE: I will look into this....
By nafhan on 9/10/2012 11:35:41 AM , Rating: 3
For a kid-centric tablet, I'd probably go with the cheap Kindle Fire, but I've also been looking at the Fuhu NABI 2 as it's running ICS on a Tegra 3. It comes with a "kid resistant" bumper and a "kid zone" type layer on top of Android (that can be disabled with a password to get to stock Android). No personal experience with it, but the hardware/specs look good (checked it out in person at BB) and it's got good reviews.

Playing movies and battery life
By CU on 9/10/2012 11:42:03 AM , Rating: 2
I plan to get my 4 & 6 yr old tablets for Christmas. Looked at <$100 China pads. Cheap, but low battery life and no support. New $159 Kindle. OK, price, good support, but no expandable memory. How does this table or other tables for children compare?

Needs to be somewhat durable and cheap with >4hrs. of battery time while playing movies during car rides while using headphones. I think I need expandable memory also to hold the 20+ DVDs they may want to watch.

RE: Playing movies and battery life
By Falacer on 9/10/2012 11:47:35 AM , Rating: 2
Depending on your budget I would go with the new Kindle Fire HD. It has the battery life you are looking for and Amazon Cloud storage.

I wanted to see a SD card slot for expanded storage in these new Fire lineup but the cloud storage is useful for longer road/plane trips.

RE: Playing movies and battery life
By CU on 9/10/2012 12:24:09 PM , Rating: 2
The new 7in. Kindle Fire HD is OK price wise. $199 is the max I would consider buying for my kids. As for the Cloud, that doesn't really help on the road when one of them wants something that is not on local storage. It doesn't have free 3g access to the cloud does it, only wifi correct?

RE: Playing movies and battery life
By Falacer on 9/10/2012 12:49:20 PM , Rating: 2
Yea wifi only but just about anywhere you travel you can find free wifi at fast food places, coffee shops, hotels, airports and etc. The $199 model does have 16gb storage so that can hold a lot of music, movies and books.

RE: Playing movies and battery life
By CU on 9/10/2012 2:03:12 PM , Rating: 2
While 16gb sounds like alot. You can only use about 12gb, so at 1gb per hour (does that sound about right?) that gives you 12 hours or about 6 dvd movies worth of storage. I would really like to hold more than that, so I think I really need to find one with expandable memory.

RE: Playing movies and battery life
By Falacer on 9/10/2012 2:13:04 PM , Rating: 2
Then you are probably looking at a Google Nexus 7 which has a micro USB slot.

RE: Playing movies and battery life
By nafhan on 9/10/2012 3:45:41 PM , Rating: 2
Just a thought... but if you mainly want it for simple games and movies, get one of the "nice" tablets that are outdated. It looks like used Nook Colors are going for less than $100 on eBay right now. Drop Cyanogenmod on it, and you've got yourself a decent, if a bit underpowered, tablet. I'd definitely do that over picking up one of the no-name tablets. Might need a car charger to hit the 4 hour battery mark, though.

RE: Playing movies and battery life
By CU on 9/10/2012 4:26:07 PM , Rating: 2
Thats used price though correct? I would rather buy new. I also just had another thought. Does anyone make a cheap wireless HD that other device could connect to and stream media from it? That would mean I could use any tablet. And even a small HD would hold alot of movies in the car.

RE: Playing movies and battery life
By Falacer on 9/10/2012 6:28:48 PM , Rating: 2
If you want "new" devices then you're not going to find something under $200 with storage for 20 movies and 3G type connection. I would honestly go with the Kindle (8GB) or Kindle HD (16GB)and make use of the Cloud storage.

Whenever you get to a free wifi spots in your travels just swap movies out so they have new ones to watch. And I have two young daughters so I can feel where you are coming from.

Spend some time browsing the XDA forums they have lots of useful info and tidbits (like how to use the microusb slot on a Nexus 7 to get more storage).

RE: Playing movies and battery life
By nafhan on 9/11/2012 12:33:25 AM , Rating: 2
If you want "new" devices then you're not going to find something under $200 with storage for 20 movies and 3G type connection.
Correct. Wait another year or two, though, and you'll be able to get a Nexus 7 REALLY cheap, and it'll still do everything it does now.

RE: Playing movies and battery life
By CU on 9/11/2012 8:36:42 AM , Rating: 2
I don't need 3G or want to pay for the monthly access. And expandable memory would allow me to hold infinite movies.

cool idea
By momorere on 9/10/2012 11:49:58 AM , Rating: 2
The new iPad will crush this in sales. LOL sorry but I would rather say it as a joke than an actual isheep being serious. I can see this being pretty useful in helping kids with technology at a young age rather than writing till in school with a limited number of devices available.

RE: cool idea
By momorere on 9/10/2012 11:51:12 AM , Rating: 2
should be waiting not writing. Stupid auto correction.

By VoodooChicken on 9/10/2012 11:21:54 AM , Rating: 2
"is it chewable?"

The times, they are a-changin'

By erikstarcher on 9/10/2012 1:06:07 PM , Rating: 2
Looks a lot like the Archos kids tablet that they were working on.

By Ammohunt on 9/10/2012 1:53:34 PM , Rating: 2
My 5 year old told me he wants an iPad; but now that i have seen the kindle fire HD's i think once he learns how to read i will pick up one of those next year for him.

targeting too young
By brotj7 on 9/11/2012 1:18:23 PM , Rating: 2
Lets see here... Critical age for human beings develop muscle, strengthen vision, coordination, and learn how to play and share... lets give them a screen they can keep 1 foot from their face!!!!

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