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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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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.


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