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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 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.

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