Tablets are a dime-a-dozen lately, but Rob reported on a very special one that was unveiled at CES this past January. It’s not one that’s likely to appeal to all of our readers, but listen up parents, because this one is for you. Well, actually it’s for your children!
Manufactured by Fuhu Inc, and developed alongside DreamWorks Animation, the nabi DreamTab HD8 8-inch tablet has just been announced for retail. This this isn’t the scaled-back, dumbed-down kids tablet that many might expect. Oh no, this is a fully-loaded, full-featured tablet, with performance, functionality, and fun in mind.
For those who are interested with what’s under the hood, how about an NVIDIA Tegra 4 T40S/Cortex-A15 quad-core processor able to pump out HD graphics at a resolution of 1920×1200? Add in 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage with the option to bump it up to 32GB using a MicroSD card, a 2MP front facing and 5MP rear facing camera, WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, and GPS capabilities, (phew!) and you have a kids tablet able to rival anything that adults use today.
On the software side, the DreamTab HD8 is running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, with a new overlay named Blue Morpho. It comes loaded with a ton of custom software such as Dream Pro Studio for the aspiring artists, animators, and authors. The Wings Learning System features adaptive learning technology to help with math, reading and writing, and provides parents the option of viewing their child’s progress. There’s also nabi Play, Web, and Radio, which gives children access to kid-friendly content, and the nabi Utilities Suite designed to help children learn how to read time, understand the weather, and how to keep a calendar.
This is just scratching the tip of the iceberg, but there’s also controls available for parents to keep your children safe, and manage when and how they use the DreamTab. The nabi Time Controls allow parents to set time limits, rules, and animated notifications, and also nabiGator, where parents can manage the DreamTab remotely from another Android or Apple device.
The DreamTab HD8 is available at Walmart and Target stores for $269 USD, with more stores to be added in the future.
We’ll have a review of the DreamTab HD8 shortly, so parents can see if it’s right for their child, but be warned. We plan to put it through some of the most rigorous testing ever seen here on Techgage – the hands of my 5-year old son, as we prepare him to begin kindergarten in the fall.