Samsung Dual-Mode ’Galaxy Tab 3 Kids’ Isn't Just Child's Play

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

That's a Surface 2, right?

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Caboose

Really? Did you completely gloss over the article title, and the fact that it says Note 3 everywhere?

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MaximumMike

Actually, it says Galaxy Tab 3. I think you'll find the specs are different from the Note 3.

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Caboose

Isn't my face red.

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ZX9RDan89

Will it have the Only-Our-Crap-Works-On-This-Just-Like-Apple chip?

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jbitzer

Had to get my kid an iPad, all the disney crap is on there, and the way content providers fear android, I didn't want to be limited.

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MaximumMike

My Kid's Nabi has Disney content. I find it superior to an iPad in many significant ways, not to mention the cheaper price.

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jbitzer

I have a couple android tablets, I haven't used them in a while, but I recall none of the cool apps from disney ever seemed to be in the app store.

Maybe it's changed, but another tradeoff is I don't have to convert his movies for android anymore either, just drag and drop from itunes.

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MaximumMike

The Nabi has its own ecosystem with a plenty of Disney apps on board. But I think you're right that they're not in Google Play.

On the iTunes issue, it's really not an issue for me because I never buy anything from iTunes in the first place. So, I can do whatever I like with my videos. That's actually a disadvantage of Apple's platform, not an advantage.

Once you buy an Apple product, you start to get locked in and find yourself reasoning just as you just did. But if you never buy their junk, you never miss it.

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jbitzer

Except for the part that the digital copy included with every bluray I've bought over the last 6 years has been itunes, I'd agree with you.

Ultraviolet was too little, too late, by time the studios got their act together, I already had a 100 movie deep itunes collection. from there it made sense to get appleTvs, and everyone already has an ipod, So the only odd format was my android tablets.

After a bad android phone experience I got tired of it and got an iphone. With All of these idiot manufacturers trying to make their own ecosystems on android, between google, amazon, Toshiba (they make my tablet) all selling the same apps with no cross store compatibility, I said fuck it, one store is way more convenient than 5, especially when that one store has all the apps I'm looking for.

SO long story short, I just buy movies on iTunes now, I get stuff weeks before regular release, and everything uses the same system. sometimes convenience is really better than freedom, and I can always strip iDRM with audials, but it's really a waste of time anymore.

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MaximumMike

As long as you have a path that works for you and satisfies your needs, I say go with it.

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Innomasta

Hope you bought a protection plan... There's a lot of gravity out there...

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jbitzer

Naah, he's fine with the protection case. If he breaks it, I'll get it fixed or just buy him a new one. It's worth every penny to keep him quiet in a restaurant.

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Innomasta

The Nabi does this very well, but for much less.. Interested to see how this pans out.

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Hg Dragon

Bought a Nabi for my daughter and regretted it. I loved the idea of the thing, but I just felt like it just didn't meet its potential.I thought the Nabi store was entirely too limited in selection and scope and the lack of ability to access the regular Play Store was a PITA. Thought the parental controls were also clunky and annoying. Luckily, the thing was a snap to root so I could access the Play Store so I could get the apps to view her movies and the other content she liked.

She still prefers Mom's iPad to the Nabi, though.

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MaximumMike

I don't have that problem. I rooted my Kid's Nabi 2 and I have the play store, along with the ability to decide which apps are for me and which are for him. He can only see what I show him, and he can only get to what I allow. I have all the freedom of Android with the security of an ecosystem tighter than Apple's.

And then I read the rest of your post and realized you did the same thing I did. So, I don't see how that was a disadvantage. Also, I thought the parental controls were a little hard to find, but worked very well once I located them. Unlike the iPad, this thing also has a memory card slot and HD output. The screen is probably the worst part on the thing, but considering it's in the hands of a 5 yr old, I'm not too worried about that. It's way cheaper than an iPad and durable as heck. If my 5 yr old hasn't abused it enough, my 4 yr old surely has and it still runs like the first day, with the exception of all the gooey stuff kids rub all over the screen. This device is hands down better for the age group than any other tablet. And I researched tablets for kids for 18 months before my kid got his Nabi 2 for Christmas last year. And at the time the specs were better than a lot of $600 tablets, especially the graphics card. For the price, there was nothing else even close at Christmas time last year.

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jbitzer

for the ipad, I found a seagate 500gb wifi enabled external drive and a super secure case. Also, I can airplay to the appleTVs I already have, so the HD output isn't an issue either.

There are ways around apple's admittedly retarded restrictions.