By Stephen Schenck | March 2, 2012 1:03 PM
Smartphones and tablets are changing the way children learn and are entertained; there’s no shortage of kid-targeted apps out there, spanning all age and ability levels. If kids have their own apps, why not their own devices? After all, wouldn’t you feel better handing Junior a tablet that was engineered with the accident-prone hands of kids in mind, rather than see your latest toy get turned into a $500 paperweight? Archos has got you covered, announcing today its Child Pad Android tablet.
The seven-inch Child Pad tablet runs Ice Cream Sandwich with some UI tweaks to make it more appealing to young eyes. We don’t know much about the hardware just yet, other than that it will run a 1GHz processor and feature a gigabyte of RAM. Now sure, those are aging specs for a tablet, especially if we assume that we’re talking about a single core processor, but not having the latest components lets Archos keep the Child Pad’s cost very low; it will sell for a mere $130. At that price, even if Junior ends up sticking it in the oven, it’s no huge loss to replace it.
There’s no Android Market on the Child Pad, with a custom Kids App Store from AppsLib, instead. Granted, there are only about 10,000 titles available at the moment, but you know these have been cleared as being appropriate for children.
We’d still like to get a more complete picture of the Child Pad (battery life is going to be hugely important for a tablet for kids), but it sounds like a fantastic idea, and you just can’t beat that price. Look for the tablet to go up for sale near the end of the month.