With a tablet technology which is being aggressively marketed, and a market that is rapidly becoming saturated; it seems natural that we should be thinking about tablets for our children. Electronic software designers are creating more fresh and innovative ways for children to learn new skills every day, and while the educational merits may not be readily recognisable to the untrained eye they definitely become apparent over time.
Children’s dexterity, problem solving, memory, and many more skills have been proven to be benefited by educational software. While the main drawbacks for educational software and computer use by children draw our attentions the areas of over usage and lack of outdoor pursuits; intelligent usage and parental control can negate such drawbacks.
As the demand for technology and software persists, supply of relevant educational options will evidently increase. It is therefore no surprise that the tablet market now boasts a healthy number of choices in the niche of Children’s Tablet. Here follows a write-up of two such devices.
Lexibook, (not to be confused with Lexmark) are a French firm that specialise in products for children. Their website boasts a wide range of hardware including four variations of a single tablet; as well as an extensive catalogue of software, toys and multimedia. The Lexibook Tablet Junior is aimed at the youngest of users and the Lexibook Tablet Master, Lexibook Tablet Ultra, and Lexibook Tablet Advance all change aesthetically as they target progressively older children; varying only slightly in size and style. All of the devices are reviewed here as one.
When it comes down to built in software all of the tablets come pre loaded with the same range of features. Hardware includes an Android operating system, built in camera, 7” screen, 4GB internal memory (expandable with SD card), Wi-Fi connectivity, and a durable case. The software installed on the device is very varied, and as pleasant surprise it is well supported by Lexibook in that they have their own iTunes like store where you are able to purchase apps and features to supplement the wide range already installed on the tablet. Accessories are also available; making the Lexibook range a serious contender for those looking for an innovative and conscious educational toy company. Prices vary from model to model, but those prices fit in with the brand standard for other such devices.
The outright favourite in this contest is the Kurio 7” Personal Tablet with all of its bristling features. As an educational tablet it stands equal to the Lexibooks, but it is way more than just a school tool. With a high resolution display and multi touch touch screen, built in microphone, Wi-Fi connectivity, 4GB memory (expandable with SD card), USB and HDMI connections, e-reader, and two cameras (front and rear), it has more bells and whistles than its opponent.
The Kurio also has access to the Kurio Marketplace, and this offers thousands of apps and other downloadable content, just like you’d expect from such a device. The market isn’t just aimed at kids however as parents can shop there as well; taking advantage of the Kurio 7” Personal Tablet’s 8 different user profiles with parental control. The tablet is a kid’s device on the outside, but it also affords mum and dad the opportunity to enjoy it on their own level.
In summary the Kurio offers better value for money, and while both tablets are similar, the Kurio just edges the Lexibook range due to its cost, its abundance of features, and the added whole family experience potential. It even has Angry Birds pre-installed.