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Toys R Us Unveils Android Tablet For Kids

samzenpus posted about 2 years ago | from the think-of-the-children dept.

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puddingebola writes "Can Toys R Us provide the iPad killer? The 'Tabeo' s a 7 inch Android tablet running ICS with a micro-SD card slot. From the article, 'Powered by a 1GHz processor, the multitouch device comes with 4GB of built-in storage but can handle up to 32GB with a micro SDHC card. The device comes with 50 preloaded games, books, and educational apps and offers access to 6,000 more apps through the Tabeo Store.'"

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Android is a toy (4, Funny)

Mr. Kinky (2726685) | about 2 years ago | (#41291017)

Boooya!

Re:Android is a toy (4, Funny)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about 2 years ago | (#41291069)

They're just doing this now because manufacturers have found that the only people with the eyesight and dexterity to handle microSD cards are 7 year olds.

QOTD: Only adults have difficulty with childproof caps.

Re:Android is a toy (1)

amirishere (2651929) | about 2 years ago | (#41291269)

The only thing I can use my Galaxy S for is word learning and some minimal email checking and messaging, other than that it's just games. Guess it is a toy or maybe I am getting old. Has anyone managed to use their smartphone/tablet/iphone for anything serious?

Re:Android is a toy (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41291479)

Is masturbating to gay porn serious enough for you?

Re:Android is a toy (1)

Khyber (864651) | about 2 years ago | (#41291647)

Yes, my smartphone controls food production facilities and gives me updates on nutrient concentration, pH levels, O2/CO2 balance, etc.

Re:Android is a toy (2)

Nadaka (224565) | about 2 years ago | (#41291869)

My smartphone is a camera/flashlight/gps/map

And I also have the option of writing html5 web apps on it and running a web server.

Re:Android is a toy (1)

afidel (530433) | about 2 years ago | (#41292225)

My Android phone runs Debian.
chroot and loopback file systems are fun =)

Re:Android is a toy (3, Funny)

FatdogHaiku (978357) | about 2 years ago | (#41292937)

You forgot checking for IR output from various remote controls. TV remote not working? Point it at the phone camera and you should see the remotes IR LED ligjt up (on the phone camera screen) when you press a button on the remote.

Re:Android is a toy (3, Funny)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about 2 years ago | (#41292299)

The only thing I can use my Galaxy S for is word learning and some minimal email checking and messaging, other than that it's just games. Guess it is a toy or maybe I am getting old. Has anyone managed to use their smartphone/tablet/iphone for anything serious?

I use my Droid X to troubleshoot issues with wireless networks, do a bit of mitm experimentation, keep track of website analytics, study various religious text, tune my guitar, chat via IRC, control my home theater system, send WoL packets, monitor police and emergency radios, test various media codecs/protocols, play and record electronic music, manage my business calendar/contacts/transactions...

Oh, and of course, listen to Pandora whilst playing Nethack (most important use EVAR)!

Re:Android is a toy (1)

Culture20 (968837) | about 2 years ago | (#41292785)

Yeah, I SSHed into a server that was experiencing uber-load and restarted the offending service. Then I went back to reading /.. I'd say reading /. is serious.

Re:Android is a toy (5, Interesting)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | about 2 years ago | (#41291475)

Also see the "Bicycles are toys" crowd, versus the people who have no car and don't pay insurance/gas/car payment and are happily bicycling to work, to school, grocery shopping, etc.

Re:Android is a toy (1)

XiaoMing (1574363) | about 2 years ago | (#41292779)

Also see the "Bicycles are toys" crowd, versus the people who have no car and don't pay insurance/gas/car payment and are happily bicycling to work, to school, grocery shopping, etc.

That almost makes sense, were it not for the fact that the comparison fails here as you can get a fully functional (arguably more functional, better performing) laptop at the same price, if not less than many of the tablets out there (Sub-$400 Sandy bridge core i5's).

It's like saying "Look at all the stuff I can get done on my $20k Ducati!" as an excuse borne out of misrepresented frugality and necessity.

Cost too much (2, Insightful)

na1led (1030470) | about 2 years ago | (#41291045)

Seriously, why would anyone pay $150 for this cheap thing when you can get much better. I'd rather pay $150 for the kindle fire, or even the nook. Unless this tablet is childproof from breaking, its not going to sell.

Re:Cost too much (5, Informative)

SomePgmr (2021234) | about 2 years ago | (#41291141)

The article says it comes in a "drop-proof bumper" and is preloaded with kids stuff. I wouldn't be surprised if it uses its own, curated, kid-safe market with some protection against inappropriate material or apps that include unguarded in-app purchasing.

Re:Cost too much (1)

Nadaka (224565) | about 2 years ago | (#41291261)

The most important question is: does it have a fart app?

I know that is the first thing that most kids want to play with on a tablet/smartphone is the fart app.

Re:Cost too much (2)

gstoddart (321705) | about 2 years ago | (#41291361)

I know that is the first thing that most kids want to play with on a tablet/smartphone is the fart app.

And the sheer number of fart apps out there tells me that kids have correctly identified that farts are hilarious!! A friend's sister teaches elementary school, and she assures me that farts are the funniest thing ever.

Though, I must confess, I deleted my fart apps within the first week; but I'm betting a fair few people still use theirs. :-P

Re:Cost too much (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | about 2 years ago | (#41291371)

The most important question is: does it have a fart app?

I know that is the first thing that most kids want to play with on a tablet/smartphone is the fart app.

That's my theme you insensitive clod.

Re:Cost too much (1)

lister king of smeg (2481612) | about 2 years ago | (#41291709)

The fart app I great but I perfer the police siren app when your a passangger and you pass a cop you can have lots of fun.

Re:Cost too much (5, Informative)

idontgno (624372) | about 2 years ago | (#41291187)

Unless this tablet is childproof from breaking, its not going to sell.

You didn't read TFA. That's OK, this is Slashdot; it would have been weird if you had.

Yeah. It is, to some extent, childproofed. Its edge is a shock-absorbent soft-plastic bumper, so odds are somewhat better that if a kid drops it on the sidewalk, it won't shatter into a dozen pieces.

I couldn't see any other obvious signs of child-proofing (which would require engineering beyond even military ruggedization), but at least that obvious contingency is covered.

Re:Cost too much (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41291577)

I couldn't see any other obvious signs of child-proofing (which would require engineering beyond even military ruggedization)

The military internet use is under parental control?

Re:Cost too much (2)

Em Adespoton (792954) | about 2 years ago | (#41291753)

I couldn't see any other obvious signs of child-proofing (which would require engineering beyond even military ruggedization)

The military internet use is under parental control?

Yes; Uncle Sam knows best.

That's why military personnell tend to set up alternative networks outside of milnet; that way they don't have the strict controls over what goes in/out.

Re:Cost too much (1)

na1led (1030470) | about 2 years ago | (#41292431)

Slapping a cheap rubber bumper is not what I call Child Proof, heck I can do that to any tablet.

Re:Cost too much (1)

idontgno (624372) | about 2 years ago | (#41292905)

Well, sure. Knowing my 6-year-olds, they'd remove the bumper* and then drop the tablet on the sidewalk. They're just that talented.

But that's the marketing spin.

Like I said, if they were serious about kid-proofing, they'd ruggedize it like a $4,000 DoD job. And charge $4,000 for it. But I guess that market is already taken [google.com] .

*Knowing my kids, they'd remove the bumper even if it were an integral part of the tablet's case. They're just that stubborn.

Re:Cost too much (1)

Zemran (3101) | about 2 years ago | (#41291481)

I would much rather have a Samsung Tab if I wanted a tablet but I am not a child, so I am not in the target audience group. It is designed for children and it looks like it suits that group.

Get them a Raspberry Pi (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41292159)

That should set their emotional and intellectual development back several years.

Re:Cost too much (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41292403)

It'll sell 'cause grandma thinks little one needs/wants it.

This helps Intel... (1)

CajunArson (465943) | about 2 years ago | (#41291049)

You see, now that my desktop is slower than an Android toy tablet, I finally have justification for an upgrade to Haswell next year.

Re:This helps Intel... (2)

msauve (701917) | about 2 years ago | (#41291143)

"now that my desktop is slower than an Android toy tablet, I finally have justification for an upgrade to Haswell next year."

... or maybe Hasbro [hasbro.com] ?

Sure Toys R Us can provide the iPad killer. (4, Funny)

Kenja (541830) | about 2 years ago | (#41291079)

All they need is for hipster to buy it ironically.

Re:Sure Toys R Us can provide the iPad killer. (2)

the_humeister (922869) | about 2 years ago | (#41291245)

Well, why not? Put Cyanogenmod on it once it's been rooted and it'll work as well as any other 7" tablet.

Re:Sure Toys R Us can provide the iPad killer. (2)

M0j0_j0j0 (1250800) | about 2 years ago | (#41291833)

What's the point? i think it is a good idea even as is, crash proof and preloaded for kids?! it's great, "here kid have this now fuck off and dont mess with my stuff"

Re:Sure Toys R Us can provide the iPad killer. (1)

idontgno (624372) | about 2 years ago | (#41293059)

GP's comment was about "hipsters" rooting and modding the OS. Unless you have a serious "you hipster kids get off my lawn" problem, that's not what this is about.

But yeah. Reverse-cool-chic might make this low-price low-spec dog appeal to the "too mainstream" crowd, especially if it's technically amenable to romming.

not an iPad killer (3, Insightful)

mbaGeek (1219224) | about 2 years ago | (#41291155)

my first thought is of someone yelling "developers, developers, developers!" (the success of the platform will be directly related to the amount of useful work that can be accomplished using it)

this has the potential to carve out a niche - but has zero chance of "killing" the iPad - i.e. fundamentally different markets...

Re:not an iPad killer (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41291205)

Agreed. Although, the Kindle Fire OTOH will take a huge bite out of Apple's ass. And we'll see what B&N comes up with next.

Then there's Google with their Nexus. Who knows if they're will be a nexus 10" or larger ....

Apple's days of being THE tablet maker are over.

Re:not an iPad killer (1)

Mr. Kinky (2726685) | about 2 years ago | (#41291221)

(the success of the platform will be directly related to the amount of useful work that can be accomplished using it

You do understand that this is an kids device, right?

Re:not an iPad killer (1)

mbaGeek (1219224) | about 2 years ago | (#41291601)

yup, the "iPad Killer" thing is in response to the writeup

education is big business - and positioning a device for "kids" implies an "education niche", not as a general purpose device that is even pretending to compete with the iPad

FTA: "In a nod to kids, the tablet is protected by a drop-safe bumper. And for their parents, specific controls are available to block objectionable Web sites."

and also: "Do children today really need a kids' tablet?"

I'll admit that I responded to the "iPad killer" bait and that this whole posting probably qualifies as advirtisement for a device without a viable marketing plan ... (but if someone comes up with a killer app for a cheap and durable tablet then they might stumble onto something)

Re:not an iPad killer (5, Insightful)

Darth Snowshoe (1434515) | about 2 years ago | (#41291311)

This. Why is "iPad-killer" even a thing? People buy iPads because they want iPads. If you offer them something better, cheaper... they will continue to buy iPads.

Re:not an iPad killer (1, Insightful)

mbaGeek (1219224) | about 2 years ago | (#41291981)

you raise an interesting point.

the Apple culture seems to irritate Steve Ballmer, and mystify industry experts. Yes, there is a sizable "Apple fanboy" market (those eagerly waiting to pre-order Apple's next product sight unseen) but that has been built on the fact that Apple has been releasing great products for a long time (but it hasn't ALWAYS been that way - the company went through some lean times once)

Apple is in a position in the tablet market that they once held in the personal computer market (and we all know how that ended).

Is someone really making something better AND cheaper than the iPad? Is the iPad just a $500 status symbol/fashion statement? I'd argue the answer to both question is "no." The iPad is positioned as a productive piece of hardware that happens to be elegant ...

My personal bias: I would like an iPad - but I don't want to pay $500 for one (I love my iPod though) - so I have a Nook color. The Nook color is "nice", only cost me $100, but is just a glorified reading device (although I could watch Netflix with it - which was important in my decision process).

Re:not an iPad killer (1)

Riddler Sensei (979333) | about 2 years ago | (#41292027)

Heh, definitely reminds me of the iPhone4 vs HTC Evo [youtube.com] video.

Re:not an iPad killer (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about 2 years ago | (#41292649)

This. Why is "iPad-killer" even a thing?

Because the media has to sell advertising slots on no less than 4 24-hour "news" networks, not to mention innumerable websites and blogs.

Much as it pains me to admit it, money drives our culture, friend, to the bitter end.

Re:not an iPad killer (2)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | about 2 years ago | (#41291497)

My first thought was "The Taboo? A kid's toy?!"

Stop Trying to be a Killer. (5, Insightful)

jellomizer (103300) | about 2 years ago | (#41291177)

Why do you thinks these products fail. Is because they are trying to kill the competition vs. Find their own niche where the competition fails to thrive.

The iPad is here and it will stay as long as Apple Deems fit. Now that doesn't mean it need to be the only tablet on the block, but apple has left gaps for areas to success.
1. Low End Market (The Kindle Fire area) Low end Tablet, for those who don't need the fancy iPad.
2. Business Market. Businesses really don't care for the iPad closed nature. They need to do their own trusted tweaks to them.
3. High End Market. (Microsoft?) We want a full featured PC but just an optional keyboard.

Android had seemed to stay in the Me Too area. Its success in the phones wasn't as much as the success in the OS but because Apple stuck only on AT&T for too long and people didn't want to switch to AT&T for whatever reason (often good one), the tablets which had less success was because they are less tied to a carrier thus people make a choice. So you have an iPad or something else that is priced the same as an iPad and equal specs... You might as well go with the iPad.
I am NOT saying Android is a bad OS or your tablet or phone is second par to the iPhone. But Apple got the image first, the rest are trying to takes its place in an area where Apple already has that place.

Re:Stop Trying to be a Killer. (4, Informative)

Dog-Cow (21281) | about 2 years ago | (#41291267)

2. Business Market. Businesses really don't care for the iPad closed nature. They need to do their own trusted tweaks to them.

I don't think you understand the business market or the iPad. The iPad can be managed centrally. You can control which apps may be installed. You can do remote wipes, and you can install apps outside of the App Store. From a business perspective, there's not all that much to dislike about the iPad. It can't join AD, but then, neither can any other mobile device that isn't a laptop.

Re:Stop Trying to be a Killer. (5, Interesting)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about 2 years ago | (#41291441)

We're rolling out an EHR (electronic health record). Although the vendor supports iPads and 'hopes' to support Android tablets in the near future, we're not going the iPad route. Not because of administration but precisely because they're too popular. We think it's just going to be too easy to walk off with them.

Yes, you can lock it down so no patient info could be compromised, but the issue is a perception that it's an iPad and therefore desirable / fenceable. We're not in the financial position to be able to supply the town with iPads. I'm hoping that we can get a 7" generic Android tablet that runs the the data entry part of the application.

So, there are other valid reasons for wanting something other than a nice, shiny iPad....

Re:Stop Trying to be a Killer. (1)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | about 2 years ago | (#41291529)

I strongly suggest the Google Nexus 7, and perhaps put Cyanogenmod 10 on it depending on your needs. Cyanogenmod 10 is definitely a plus; the question is does it meet HIPPA, or more precisely if it's compromised can you be blamed for using CM10 versus nobody (even Google, they didn't supply this for HIPPA) being blamed for using what came standard?

Re:Stop Trying to be a Killer. (1, Insightful)

DerekLyons (302214) | about 2 years ago | (#41291885)

You think nobody is going to walk off with an unsecured tablet that's not an iPad? I have a bridge and some land in Florida to sell you.

Why can businesses do what users can't? (1)

Comboman (895500) | about 2 years ago | (#41292041)

I don't think you understand the business market or the iPad. The iPad can be managed centrally.

I agree.

You can control which apps may be installed.

Yes.

You can do remote wipes,

Yes.

and you can install apps outside of the App Store.

You can do what now?!? I'm no expert on centrally managed iPads but I'm pretty sure there is no way to install apps that are not in the app store regardless of whether it's centrally managed or not. If what you say is true, why should businesses be allowed to do what ordinary users cannot (without jailbreaking their device and voiding the warranty)?

Re:Stop Trying to be a Killer. (1)

flibbidyfloo (451053) | about 2 years ago | (#41292743)

I don't think you understand the business market or the iPad. The iPad can be managed centrally. You can control which apps may be installed. You can do remote wipes, and you can install apps outside of the App Store. From a business perspective, there's not all that much to dislike about the iPad. It can't join AD, but then, neither can any other mobile device that isn't a laptop.

From a corporate IT perspective the biggest problem with the iPad is the need for yet another third party app and server to provide secure email in an exchange environment.

First we had to install a BES server because everyone had a blackberry. But setup is easy and maintenance is minimal. The fix for literally 90% of the problems we see with blackberries is "pull the battery out for 10 seconds then put it back in".

With iDevices you have to install something like a "Good" server, then install the Good application, and the Good reader application, and then set up new accounts for each device, and constantly take calls from people who forgot their password for the app.

the fix for probably 75% of the problems with the app is "uninstall and reinstall it" which wouldn't be a big deal if the process didn't also require IT to regenerate a provisioning PIN for the user too.

IMO the whole thing is a hack designed to shoe-horn a non-business friendly device into a business environment because the people in charge want their shiny at work as well as at home.

Re:Stop Trying to be a Killer. (1)

jellomizer (103300) | about 2 years ago | (#41292781)

1. Custom App development/Using GNU open source applications.
2. Insuring a lock down of features such as a Camera.
3. Connecting to alternate VPN connections.

the iPad is good for most modern IT infrastructures. However there are a lot of older infrastructures out there that can be done with a PC but now with an iPad.

Re:Stop Trying to be a Killer. (1, Flamebait)

Nadaka (224565) | about 2 years ago | (#41291315)

Android is a me too phone?

Tell that the the android phones with physical keyboards, hdmi output, or sd card slots. These are things that the iPhone never did.

Re:Stop Trying to be a Killer. (0)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | about 2 years ago | (#41291835)

Android is a me too phone?

Tell that the the android phones with physical keyboards, hdmi output, or sd card slots. These are things that the iPhone never did.

In other words: "Our product is like theirs only we added a couple of features."

That's the very definition of a me-too product.

Re:Stop Trying to be a Killer. (1)

Nadaka (224565) | about 2 years ago | (#41292011)

Smart phones are general purpose computers in your pocket. Not implementing basic features because someone else also implements them doesn't make you innovative, it makes you idiotic.

Re:Stop Trying to be a Killer. (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | about 2 years ago | (#41292387)

Smart phones are general purpose computers in your pocket.

No, they're not. They're way more like game consoles than PCs. Yes, even on Android.

Not implementing basic features because someone else also implements them doesn't make you innovative, it makes you idiotic.

I don't know when anybody has been called innovative because they didn't replicate a feature. Just adding a data port to a phone doesn't make you innovative. You're still following in the parade and hoping you can somehow edge a little past your competition. That's the trap Google is in right now and it'll continue to plague them until they develop their own vision of what a phone or a tablet should be like.

Android is a me-too product for exactly the reason you said it is not. Sorry.

Re:Stop Trying to be a Killer. (3, Insightful)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about 2 years ago | (#41292699)

Android is a me too phone?

Tell that the the android phones with physical keyboards, hdmi output, or sd card slots. These are things that the iPhone never did.

In other words: "Our product is like theirs only we added a couple of features."

That's the very definition of a me-too product.

Like when Apple started adding hard drives to their desktops, after everyone else started doing it?

Seriously, though, these fanboi pissing contests, while close to the dumbest shit I've ever encountered, do make for fairly entertaining reading.

Re:Stop Trying to be a Killer. (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | about 2 years ago | (#41292751)

Seriously, though, these fanboi pissing contests, while close to the dumbest shit I've ever encountered, do make for fairly entertaining reading.

I agree.

Re:Stop Trying to be a Killer. (1)

WankersRevenge (452399) | about 2 years ago | (#41291423)

I didn't see any mention in the article of the tablet being an iPad killer. There were iPad links, but informational ones. The iPad killer text was either applied by the submitter or the editor as a poor man's way to drum up controversy.

Re:Stop Trying to be a Killer. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41291501)

2. Business Market. Businesses really don't care for the iPad closed nature. They need to do their own trusted tweaks to them.
 
Tell that to my Fortune 50 company that is moving from Blackberry and Android solutions to the iPad and iPhone.
 
My take on a lot of posts that make claims such as these is that they don't understand the App Store culture and exactly what is and is not allowed and at what price point. There's a lot of uninformed voices in this arena. I don't know if it's just lack of knowledge or outright FUD but either way it makes it easy to point out who's worth listening to and who isn't.

Re:Stop Trying to be a Killer. (1)

sootman (158191) | about 2 years ago | (#41291623)

> Why do you thinks these products fail. Is because
> they are trying to kill the competition vs. Find their
> own niche where the competition fails to thrive.

The company is, in fact, trying to do exactly what you describe: finding a niche that the competition isn't fully addressing. It's the writers who are throwing around the *-killer meme.

Re:Stop Trying to be a Killer. (1)

fm6 (162816) | about 2 years ago | (#41291757)

It seems to me that finding a niche market is exactly what this product is about. I'm not sure I've even seen a tablet maker call their product an "iPad killer", though I suppose it might have happened. I've only seen it used in breathless headlines on Slashdot and other tech websites.

Whenever I see a headline of the form "Is X the Y killer?" I wince, because the answer has to be "no." Y is part of the conversation because it dominates some particular market segment. That dominance is not going to disappear suddenly just because somebody introduced a product that may or may not be better than Y, which has the advantage of brand loyalty and awareness, word-of-mouth marketing, and user's reluctance to give up technology that they're used to and/or locked into. If X is a really good product and the people who make know what they're doing, it can maybe hope to steal enough market share to be called a successful product, no more.

Can Toys R Us provide the iPad killer? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41291185)

"No"

Why not just get a Kindle? (4, Interesting)

CRCulver (715279) | about 2 years ago | (#41291193)

If you want to get something educational for your children, why not just buy the simplest Kindle [amazon.com] and load it with books? Sure, you won't have a color screen and flashy games, but for younger children the various electronic features will probably be enough to satisfy their desire to explore. People often overestimate what it takes to keep a child staring at a screen for hours on end. Tthey could actually read something edifying and there wouldn't be quite the same distractions as an Android tablet.

Re:Why not just get a Kindle? (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about 2 years ago | (#41291483)

A curated app^Hadvertising store. That's what is going to be the big added feature.

Lots of parents won't have the time nor inclination to lock and iPad or a generic Android pad down. At least that's what they're hoping. And in doing so, they open up the definition of 'customer'. You have both the parent that bought the device AND the advertiser that is buying space in the 'app' store.

Now, if only Apple had thought of that.....

Re:Why not just get a Kindle? (1)

afidel (530433) | about 2 years ago | (#41292331)

That's why the Kindle HD is offering parental controls =)
In fact it's why I'm seriously considering one for the kids over the Nexus 7, if they make it as easy to implement as the XBOX-360 does then it's a killer feature. I'll of course root it and install the Google Play store for my user, but the kids can have a nice PG-13 experience with game timers.

I wonder why (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41291199)

They don't even mention the Nabi tablet http://www.nabitablet.com in the article as an alternative, it seem a very good competitor in thus space to me.

Toys R Us? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41291219)

What the fuck kind of name is that? Do they mean "We are toys"?

Fucken fagets don't got no grammer. Fagets.

It's Russian (2)

Kupfernigk (1190345) | about 2 years ago | (#41291325)

If you look at their actual logo, the letter in the middle is a backwards R - the Cyrillic symbol for "Ya". It's obviously a Commie plot to destroy American competitiveness by addicting children to made-in-People's Republic of China plastic.

Removes tinfoil hat

On second thoughts, forget that.

Need to change the name... (1)

daviee (137644) | about 2 years ago | (#41291227)

From TRU's website: "Over 6,000 free downloadable apps available in the Tabeo Store"

Google search for "Tabeo Store" and most results are not kids friendly at all!

As for the tablet itself, it would be quite useful if their app store is already optimized for kids app and their bundled apps are full versions of fun and education apps.

Looks interesting (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41291253)

Looks interesting. Cheaper than the Classmate PC tablets with Kiddix on them being sold a few years ago.

You're not thinking like Mom (5, Insightful)

LordNicholas (2174126) | about 2 years ago | (#41291279)

As a nerd, but also as someone in the mobile games business, I'd say there's definitely potential here. All they need is a big sticker saying "No accidental app purchases!"

Mobile games on an iPad run the risk of Junior buying $500 worth of virtual currency. The same moms who aren't tech-savvy enough to disable that feature are the same ones who'd more than happily spend $150 on a kid-proof Tabeo. There's also a dollar value on the fact that Mom doesn't need to spend any time or energy ensuring Junior doesn't download anything objectionable.

Those are just two examples- there are plenty of others.

Re:You're not thinking like Mom (1)

Em Adespoton (792954) | about 2 years ago | (#41291903)

There's also a dollar value on the fact that Mom doesn't need to spend any time or energy ensuring Junior doesn't download anything objectionable.

It's got Wifi access and a web browser, and is Flash-capable. So much for not downloading anything objectionable....

Re:You're not thinking like Mom (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about 2 years ago | (#41292729)

There's also a dollar value on the fact that Mom doesn't need to spend any time or energy ensuring Junior doesn't download anything objectionable.

It's got Wifi access and a web browser, and is Flash-capable. So much for not downloading anything objectionable....

Ha, I see it now...

*perusing Little Johnny's browser history*
Hmm, let's see... disney.com, OK, pbskids.org, Fine, hidemyass.com... JOHNNY! GET YOUR LITTLE ASS DOWN HERE!

History repeating? (1)

blind biker (1066130) | about 2 years ago | (#41291287)

This whole Android vs. Apple situation reminds me of the beginning of the (Intel) PC vs. Apple Macs. MS DOS was ubiquitous, any manufacturer could use it, and so was Windows 3.1. Sure, they were uglish, but anyone who was ready to pay Microsoft, was free to load them on their PCs, be it workstations or laptops. And while Macs had an early advantage, they pretty soon became a niche player.

It seems like Android is becoming as ubiquitous as DOS+Windows were back in the early to mid 90's.

Re:History repeating? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41291563)

Yeah, I heard the same thing about Microsoft and Linux. Linux was suppose to marginalize MS because of Freedom!!!(tm) and all that. What happened?
 
Sure, Linux runs on tons of stuff but where there is a real choice people stayed with MS. No one cares about Raspberry Pi or your home router running Linux. Linux was suppose to own the desktop market on ease of use and availability alone. But it never happened, did it?

Re:History repeating? (1)

0123456 (636235) | about 2 years ago | (#41292461)

Sure, Linux runs on tons of stuff but where there is a real choice people stayed with MS.

Where is there 'a real choice'? Most people don't run Linux because they can't run the Windows-only Happy Kitteh Screen Saver or whatever other Windows program they believe they can't live without.

All well and good... (3, Funny)

ilsaloving (1534307) | about 2 years ago | (#41291333)

All well and good, until Tabio dies in a freak accident. Next thing you know, they're building a super-powerful robot made in Tabio's image with Tabio's memories.

Good idea, excessive price point. (4, Insightful)

Animats (122034) | about 2 years ago | (#41291387)

It's a good idea, but $150 is too much. Generic 7 inch tablets are now down to $40-75 on Alibaba. [alibaba.com] This thing will probably drop below $100 on December 26th.

The future of computing is $79.95 tablets in blister packs at the convenience store. Intel, Microsoft, and Apple are desperately trying to stop this.

Re:Good idea, excessive price point. (1)

Abreu (173023) | about 2 years ago | (#41291959)

I bought a $99 7-inch Archos tablet in Target last time I was in the USA. It was sooo bad, I had to return it the next day. I couldn't even install cyanogenmod in it.

Re:Good idea, excessive price point. (1)

Cute Fuzzy Bunny (2234232) | about 2 years ago | (#41292561)

Yep, once I clicked on the article to find out the most crucial aspect of this - the price - I said it was about $50 too much. Considering you can get a $200 used ipad 1 or a $300 refurbished ipad 2, $150 is too much for a second tier chi-tab with a few apps on it. Shoot, over a year ago I bought a $150 android tablet with about the same guts as an ipad 1. I could probably pick that up for $80-90 now.

Kindle Fire's aren't much more than this either, and they have one heck of an ecosystem for free movies/tv shows, apps, music and so forth...especially if you're a Prime member.

Already exists (0)

Lucky75 (1265142) | about 2 years ago | (#41291395)

It's called the iPad. Oh wait...

Toys(U+042F)us (1)

Penurious Penguin (2687307) | about 2 years ago | (#41291487)

Isn't it

Toys
(U+042F) [fileformat.info]
us

?

Re:Toys(U+042F)us (2)

fm6 (162816) | about 2 years ago | (#41291921)

You mean Toys U+1D19 [fileformat.info] Us. This isn't Soviet Russia yet!

The way Slashdot filters out most non-ASCII characters in posts is lame. It dates back to before they started used UTF8 encoding and long since stopped making sense.

Re:Toys(U+042F)us (1)

Penurious Penguin (2687307) | about 2 years ago | (#41292433)

Thanks for the correction. It was supposed to be funny, but I ended up learning stuff instead. Well, there goes my theory on ToyRus/FSB conspiracies.

This will not kill the ipad... (1)

pswPhD (1528411) | about 2 years ago | (#41291505)

...but it was never designed to. It was designed for kids- hence the separate (presumably child friendly) app store, drop safe bumper, parental controils and smaller size than the ipad. Only time will tell whether it will actually sell.

This is a rebranded Archos Child Pad (4, Informative)

xybe (525773) | about 2 years ago | (#41291573)

According to Engadget [engadget.com] this is a rebranded Archos Child Pad.

Re:This is a rebranded Archos Child Pad (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41291841)

It that case, it's really nice to see Archos get a nice contract from ToysBackwardsRUs.

Why Toys R Us? (1)

Dracos (107777) | about 2 years ago | (#41291813)

Why is Toys R Us producing a kid's tablet, instead of LeapFrog or even Amazon?

Drop-Safe Bumper? (1)

fm6 (162816) | about 2 years ago | (#41291853)

I'm multiple decades beyond the target market of this gadget, but being clumsy as hell, I might want to give it a look. Just have to avoid touching the Barney [youtube.com] icon!

Re:Drop-Safe Bumper? (1)

ilikenwf (1139495) | about 2 years ago | (#41292135)

This will need the AOKP/Cyanogenmod treatment, but otherwise it seems like a decent tab for hacking and general use...I mean, there are cheaper/easier alternatives, but these things will get really CHEAP after Christmas.

Re:Drop-Safe Bumper? (1)

fm6 (162816) | about 2 years ago | (#41292319)

there are cheaper/easier alternatives,

Like what? This thing is at least $50 less than the leading 7-inch tablets. [cnet.com]

Re:Drop-Safe Bumper? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41292681)

I'd rather pay $50 more for a nexus tablet, since they're much easier and more open in terms of slapping whatever the current android kernel and version is on it, but if this gets to be $50-75 used on ebay after Christmas, I could see it become popular for hacking...otherwise, unless you need something tough, there's not a huge reason not to spend $50 more.

Re:Drop-Safe Bumper? (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about 2 years ago | (#41292749)

This will need the AOKP/Cyanogenmod treatment, but otherwise it seems like a decent tab for hacking and general use...I mean, there are cheaper/easier alternatives, but these things will get really CHEAP after Christmas.

hmm...

Render farm?

Already other products (3, Interesting)

microTodd (240390) | about 2 years ago | (#41292127)

There's already other products on the market in this space. But I guess this one is interesting because it runs android?

So I'm not a shill, but my kids both have a Leappad. http://www.leapfrog.com/leappad2/ [leapfrog.com] They are very nice...run off 4 AAs for a week or two, and seem pretty indestructible. And its only $100. PRoprietary walled garden, I know, but the apps come either downloadable or via a dedicated SIM-like card. Works well enough for me.

I guess my point is...I don't know what my point is. Maybe the Toysrus one is interesting because its Android? So it can run any android app? But although my kids prefer my iPad I much rather they use a kid-proofed tablet.

Nabi (1)

Ciege (2022620) | about 2 years ago | (#41292217)

I got my daughter the Nabi tablet... Has really good specs (for the target audience) and she loves having it. At $199 + squaretrade I'm less touchy about her using it that I am letting her use our tabs or phones...

Re:Nabi (1)

vwbus (573713) | about 2 years ago | (#41292629)

I bought one for my son and I have to say that it is awesome. The bumper has saved if from quite a few spills and if only I could figure out how to get Google Play on it

They'll just poke an eye out. (1)

formfeed (703859) | about 2 years ago | (#41292863)

now that they're not allowed to have rounded corners, I mean.

I know this one (1)

Faffe (915522) | about 2 years ago | (#41292871)

It certainly looks exactly like the Arnova Childpad, which i bought for about $130 a couple of months ago. It is now waiting for burial i the electronics graveyard, since it couldn't take a mild beating by a two year old. The screen has no marks, but is broken. I learned a few things about Android on the way though, since I've only had an iPhone and iPad previously (the Childpad was essentially bought so I could have the iPad to myself). "Tabeo store" means it's not Google certified, and thus will not run the Google Play store, and you won't have access to a lot of thing you'd normally take for granted, like Google maps, youtube, Gmail and the likes. The battery time also sucked, and the viewing angles were less than optimal. I won't be buying any Android devices not marked 'Nexus' in the future.

Re:I know this one (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41293041)

You are obviously not a geek. Just flash the rom with ArcTools and you can access Google Play and get all the Google Apps Goodness.

Replaces one Wired called the best Android tablet (1)

Freedom Bug (86180) | about 2 years ago | (#41292919)

Toys'R'us used to carry the Nabi tablet, which has been replaced by the Nabi 2. In its review, Wired said that the Nabi 2 may be the best Android tablet available for anybody. Of course, that distinction has since been lost to the Nexus 7 and others, but it's a very nice tablet. I was wondering why Toys R Us was not carrying the Nabi 2. Now we know.

Archos Child Pad (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41293009)

It is an Archos Child Pad [engadget.com] which is already heavily discounted below $150.

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