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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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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
quote:
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.


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