These days, even kids want smartphones and tablets. But kids, being kids, may not be that careful with their gadgets. And in the rough-and-tumble world of friends and peer pressure, the chances of an expensive gadget getting permanently damaged are fairly high.
Thus far, if you didn’t mind replacing expensive tablets at regular intervals, the alternative was simply to deny your child a tablet. Now, with the launch of the Nabi, you may actually have another option.
Nabi (which means butterfly in Korean) is an Android tablet that is kid-friendly at least as far as its price goes. It is priced at just under $200 (£135) at Toys “R” Us and comes with a 7” capacitive touchscreen and large icons leading to various apps.
Nabi gives your child access to appropriate content such as music, books, games and movies. It even has parental controls. There’s a “Mommy Mode” where you can use a special password to give you access to stuff on the web beyond what’s child friendly.
Nabi runs on an ARM Cortex A9 dual core processor. It comes with 512 MB RAM and 4GB of storage and over $150 worth of pre-loaded apps and content. You can buy more stuff for your kid from the Nabi app store. Apps range in price from $1 (70 Pence) to $6 (£4).
If your kid needs a camera, Nabi has one built in. But at 1.3 megapixels, image quality will not be great. Nabi comes with a mini-USB port, a built-in microphone and an audio jack. It supports Wi-Fi and the overall build is quite rugged.