Based on its existing Galaxy Tab 3 slate, the kids edition is more garishly coloured with the welcome addition of a bright orange bumper surround to help keep the device in one piece even in the hands of the most enthusiastic preschool user.
And while internal specifications are important when choosing an Android tablet (and in that area it doesn't disappoint - HD screen, dual core processor), it's the apps and the all-round usability that are most important when picking a digital educational tool.
To this end, Samsung is offering a host of preloaded content including educational apps and kid-friendly games, plus a re-jigged interface that is meant to be easier to navigate.
There is also a parental control setting so that Internet access can be governed, as well as the usage time. However, be ready for a revolution as the tablet automatically shuts down after 90 mins of gaming.
Announced Monday, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids will go on sale in the US from Nov 10, priced at US$229 (RM687). And if that sounds like a lot of money for a children's toy, it does offer a ‘normal' mode, which can be accessed via a PIN number, meaning that it can be used like any other tablet, albeit one with a yellow shell and a bright orange bumper. - AFP/Relaxnews 2013
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