Toys R Us Jumps on Tablet Bandwagon with $150 Tabeo Slate for Toddlers

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Benjo

I hope this tablet is built to handle the abuse and simple to repair! I might get one for the kids if it has enough functionality left over for the parents after the kids are in bed

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Strangelove_424

I dont want to sound like the walk-five-miles-in-the-snow guy, but when I was a kid you typed in command lines to do stuff, and it required critical thinking and memorization. Social norms and networks never dragged us down with trendy, hip, and ultimatley anti-geek mentality. We were never advertised to because computers weren't a medium about consumption, it was about creativity. You needed to create something in order to actually be doing anything. Yes, there were games, but they required you to learn things. Angry birds requires a healthy index finger, and some luck. Even the first version of MS Flight Simulator required heavy use of the manual (reading!) and a beginners understanding of basic principles of flying (science!). It took me 10+ years before I ever learned to properly land a plane on an actual paved runway instead of a tree, in a much later version. I'll admit there are probably lots of great uses for a tablet in the education world (digital books maybe) but there's also a shallow, utterly commercial aspects to tablets that undermines the entire education concept. They invite kids to take the easy way out - to assume that world is simpler than it actually is, and that the inner workings of technology and the corporations that make/control it should not necessarily be of their concern. Just touch the icons, and go along consuming the content. It's no more of an educational device than an iPad, and still doesn't equal an actual computer in the amount of quality education software. Behind that education facade is a commercial trojan horse knocking on the door of your kid's soul.

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NavarWynn

Apparently you are a bit out of date. There is as much or MORE quality basic ED software available on Android and iOS than there is for Win/Mac...
... and I've got bad news, your computer (and mine) running DOS & UNIX didn't exactly teach us much. We had to be able to READ, and SPELL, and do basic MATH -- BEFORE we could *anything* on them. Without those basic skills, your keyboard would have made an excellent doorstop. Not to mention that 'back in the day', the "educational" software market consisted of... The Oregon Trail...
So, even though my 4yr old can beat the pants off me at Angry Birds (Space), she also can READ (basic stuff) because of a reward based system in the apps she uses daily (pass the assessment, get a coin to dress up your princess and play a game type stuff) on her computer & Fire. I couldn't READ when I was 4.

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Strangelove_424

I couldnt read at 4 either. You have a smart daughter. If you noticed I said tablets have some uses in education, but they are undermined by the commercial aspects. If you have a bright kid, what's the next step? Another tablet? Personally, I'd be buying them a PC, loading it up with Word, Excel, Photoshop (or something simpler like gimp), maybe Carmen SanDiego and some other games, and let them go to town on a real desktop.

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Lednaara

.... Why does this upset you so? This is a modern day "Speak and Spell," for goodness' sake. It's not aimed a kids old enough to figure out a keyboard, it's aimed at the 3 to maybe 7 or 8 year old tops. Sheesh

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Strangelove_424

I never had to get credit authorization to use a Speak and Spell app store. My Speak and Spell didn't have skype or web browsing either.

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Lednaara

As I said, modern day version. There wasn't much of an internet nor was there skype or web browsing back then. Had there been, I'm sure they would have been incorporated somehow, just like, they are being incorporated now. Personally, if I could have web-cammed with Grans on my speak and does everything else under the sun, it would have been the coolest thing ever. Now I get to enjoy the fun my 8 year old gets to have with stuff like this. Course he's got his own custom built desktop with webcam to toy with and my old Kindle Fire to play angry birds and such on so no need.

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The Corrupted One

I agree.

That's the other reason I like PC gaming, your reward for not having your games crash down around your head is playing them, teaching you basic technology skills.

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gendoikari1

I thought the iPad was for toddlers.

*rimshot*

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big_montana

I will take the Nabi 2 tablet over this, as the Nabi 2 has a 1024x 600 screen res, Tegra 3 Processor, 1GB RAM, 8 GB storage, Micro SD storage, camera, Micro USB, HDMI,WiFI and Bluetooth for $50 more. It also has parental controls as browser control is more restrictive, and it seems to be based on a whitelist, which means that you would need to approve each site before it can be accessed. Parents can also get progress reports from the data gathered from the learning games. Skype is only accessible in “daddy” or “mommy” mode. This means that kids can’t initiate calls without parental consent.

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igoka

Did you even read the article or just looked at title ? This tablet was built for kids for a god sake . Even though specs for this "tabeo" are impressive when you think about children's use of it.

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gmvolk

The Nabi is also geared towards kids.

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proletarian

is there a UK date on this? if so, give it over. ta.

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