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Kurio 7s Tablet

Kurio 7s Tablet

Fall 2013 Toys
Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: Techno Source
Price: $149.99

The Kurio 7S is a 7" Andrord Tablet from KD Interactive designed for children, primarily, and adults, too. This latest entry into the increasingly crowded 7"tablet market includes the standard feature set—front and rear facing cameras, HDMI out, micro SD card slot, and more rugged shell with an added rubber bumper to further protect in drops.

Though many tablets now feature stereo speakers, the Kurio 7S differentiates itself from others by placing a set of stereo speakers on the top of the unit. This may seem obvious, since that is the direction of your ears, but for some odd reason most other tablet makers place the speakers on the bottom.

The Kurio 7S has a child-safe interface operating system that sits on top of the core Android operating system. Parents can control the apps that their children have access to, control each user’s play time limits, and create up to 8 independent user profiles (although if you have 8 children, having independent profiles will be the least of your problems with only one tablet in the house!). The child interface is essentially the same as a standard Android interface with little visual difference, except that it allows for the parental control and customization mentioned above.

The tablet also includes a library of children-focused apps, games, e-books, educational apps and videos. Some good, some not so good. The good include games like Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja, some Disney apps, and a few decent e-books. I also liked the easy access to Toon Goggles for a huge catalog of free children’s cartoons and video. The educational apps designed by KD Interactive, the tablet makers, are also refreshingly good for apps designed by a hardware manufacturer.

The "Mr Nussbaum" educational apps were less successful. They are not organized into any kind of logical age-related structure. A child learning basic shapes is at a different level than one learning to recognize misspelled words like “embarrass,” but the apps don’t recognized that. With organization, these apps could be a good way for parents to guide their child’s learning. Without it, the apps will cause child frustration.

The tablet’s hardware is good and the dual core chipset played videos and higher end games very well. The tablet’s screen has what is considered higher-end resolution in today’s 7” tablets, the cameras worked well, and overall the hardware is very nice. The rubber bumper that is included felt a bit flimsy and loose on the tablet, but it would protect corners from dings in a drop scenario. Taking the tablet out of the rubber bumper reveals a very nice black stylish grown-up looking tablet that any adult would be comfortable holding on an airplane without feeling the need to explain to their seatmate that it belongs to their child.

Tim Leverett   ©2013 Parents' Choice
Tim Leverett is an entrepreneur living in Rochester, NY. Tim created the Giggles Computer Funtime For Baby Software Series and Club Toddler, and is considered an expert in children's media and software products. He is dad to an 11 year old boy and has many nieces and nephews spanning the ages of newborn to 19 years old.

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