Google Doodle Honors Maria Montessori

Today, Google honors the life and work of Dr. Maria Montessori. She was an educator, humanitarian, and devout Catholic, who is best known for the philosophy of education that bears her name.
Montessori Google Doodle

Dr. Montessori was a controversial figure in her time and her philosophy remains somewhat controversial today. Mostly people are just not familiar with Montessori philosophy and often misunderstand what it’s all about. Some people believe it is very unorganized. Others think that Montessori is out of date. This is all untrue. A great resource for Dr. Montessori’s history can be found on the Montessori Foundation’s Website. Below, is a video that tells a lot about Montessori schools as well.

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I am particularly fond of this doodle because my own children have benefited from the Montessori approach to education. Montessori schools are a great way for children to explore their world and learn in a more natural and independent way. Hayfield Montessori school’s website sums up the Montessori method very well.

Montessori materials incorporate the child’s senses in the learning process. Materials in the classroom are for manipulating as we believe a child learns by doing. There is a direct hand to brain connection in the young child that is nurtured in a Montessori environment. Many Montessori materials also incorporate a control of error which enables students to correct their own mistakes without adult intervention.

I encourage everyone, especially those with young children, to take a moment and learn a little more about the life and work of Dr. Montessori. You may find that there is a real special resource to help your child just waiting to be tapped.

Here’s the Rundown of the New Windows 8 Tablets

Ever since Microsoft announced its Windows 8 platform, the industry has gone abuzz about the touchscreen capabilities of its new OS. Even now there is a huge consumer electronics show going on in Berlin, Germany called IFA 2012. All of the big industry names are rolling out Windows 8 devices faster than I can honestly wrap my mind around. I will say this Christmas season is going to be tough for the average consumer as there are so many variations of hybrid tablets coming out from all of these manufacturers. We in the tech industry are going to have our work cut out for us trying to muddle through all the specs and separating the good from the bad. So without further ado, here is a list of Windows 8 tablets that have recently been announced.

HP Tablets

HP announced today, its lineup of hybrid PC and tablets. Pictured below, you can see what they look like.

HP Lineup


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The HP Envy x2 is a hybrid PC. It is basically a laptop and a tablet built into one. The 11.6 screen attaches seamlessly to a magnetic base on the keyboard. Slide it off and you have a tablet. The tablet weighs 1.5 pounds and runs on Windows 8. It has a front-facing HD webcam and an 8 megapixel camera on the back. HP expects to have the Envy x2 available around the holiday season and has yet to announce the price. HP also announced two ultrabooks, the HP Spectre XT TouchSmart Ultrabook, and the HP ENVY TouchSmart Ultrabook 4. 

Samsung Tablets

SamsungThe Samsung Ativ Tab seems to be getting a lot of attention and looking at the specs, probably rightly so. Pictured below, you can see it has a beautiful design. They put a Windows 8 button at the bottom of the screen so you can switch between Start screen mode and Desktop mode in Windows 8. It has built-in USB and HDMI ports so you can connect a mouse or printer without the hassle of special software. It also comes preloaded with Microsoft Office. Battery life seems to be incredible.

Samsung Ativ

They claim 13 hours battery time watching movies. It has a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 2GB of RAM. It also has a front facing 1.9 megapixel camera and a 5 megapixel rear camera with LED flash. Currently it is unknown when the tablet will be available or what the price point will be.

Dell Tablets

Dell announced today, its new lineup of tablets, touchscreens, and ultrabooks. The XPS 10, pictured below, is Dell’s new 10 inch tablet running on the Window RT OS and ARM processors. If you’re not familiar with that jargon, I will try to simplify it for you. The RT version of Windows 8 is basically a souped smartphone OS made for a tablet. You don’t get the full blown desktop experience like you do with Windows 8 however, you do get a lot of apps. So it is more like an iPad than a desktop. The ARM processor is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 processor, which is a mobile processor. This isn’t a bad thing, because these mobile manufacturers have learned how to make these mobile processors powerful but easy on the battery life. The XPS 10 comes with a dockable keyboard. When docked it can get up to 20 hours battery life. They expect to release this tablet in late October.

Dell XPS 10

Dell also announced a hybrid pc called the XPS Duo 12. Picture below, the ultrabook transforms into a tablet by rotating the screen and folding it down over the keyboard. The specs on this model are a little bit sketchy at this time. It too is expected to be available at the end of October.

Dell XPS Duo 12

Sony Tablets

Sony unveiled its new line of tablets at the IFA show in Berlin as well. Specs on this particular tablet are a little sketchy. It appears that it is intended to be a full blown laptop that transforms into a tablet. It comes with a stylus and the keyboard slides out instead of detaching like some of our previous contenders. The model they showed in Berlin sported an i7 processor and 8GB of RAM. That is some serious horsepower. They do plan to offer i5 and i3 processors as well. This is good because it is doubtful most consumers are going to want to spend the money for an i7.

Sony VAIO Duo 11


 

 

ASUS Tablets

ASUS unveiled the ASUS Tablet 810 and the ASUS Tablet 600 to the world. The 810 model is the full Windows 8 tablet. Here are the specs listed on their website:

Display11.6“ Super IPS+ Panel with 1366×768 resolution,
Touch panel: 10 fingers multi-touch
Operating SystemWindows® 8 Release Preview
CPUNext Generation Intel® Atom™ processor
MemoryRAM: 2GB
Storage64GB eMMC
Connectivity802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0
DigitizerWacom digitizer stylus
CameraRear: 8MP Auto focus with LED Flash / Front: 2MP
SensorG-Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, E-compass, NFC ,GPS

Asus 810

The Tablet 600 is the RT version of their tablet. It too has a removable docking keyboard. Below are the specs per Asus’ website:

Display10.1“ Super IPS+ Panel with 1366×768 resolution,
Touch panel: 10 fingers multi-touch
Operating SystemWindows® RT
CPUNVIDIA® Tegra® 3 Quad-core
Memory / StorageRAM: 2GB / Storage: 32GB eMMC
Connectivity802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0C
CameraRear: 8MP Auto focus with LED Flash / Front: 2MP
SensorG-Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, E-compass, NFC ,GPS

Pictured below, you can see the ASUS Tablet 600.
Asus 600

As you can see, the selection is going to be pretty incredible this fall. The big question is how much are these things going to cost? Everyone seems to have their eyes on Microsoft as they are set to announce pricing for their Surface tablet in late October. I doubt we’ll get any ideas about these other tablets until Microsoft announces their pricing. Keep checking back with us as I am sure this list will increase with time. We’ll be sure to keep our eyes open for the latest and greatest as it comes out.

Review: TV Guide Mobile App

As long as I can remember having a TV, I can remember the TV Guide. Growing up in a small town, I didn’t have a lot to do. The TV guide was kind of my connection to another world. Of course, back then we didn’t have 3 billion channels, nor did we have the internet. Nowadays I can only imagine that the TV Guide has to be quite creative to keep its revenue streams flowing. One way it is doing that is by offering a mobile app that can be downloaded on both Apple and Android formats. Today, I would like to give you my thoughts on the app.

TV Guide very recently updated their mobile app with some new features. Pictured below, you can see some of the channel partners that are available through the app. Some of these services, like HuluPlus and HBO GO, are subscription based. You can link your accounts through the TV Guide app.

TV Guide Partners

When you first install the app, it asks for your zip code so it can customize programming based on your location. It also has 3 options that allow you to choose whether you are a satellite, cable, or antenna user. Pictured below, you get the idea of how the app window looks. The current view is the “Listings” view which shows you the scheduled programs available for your area. If you click on a show, as pictured below, you will get a little pop out description of the with 3 options at the top. You can see where I have highlighted these options in red. If you click “I’ll Watch”, then it brings up a social media window where you can share what you’re watching with your friends.

TV Guide Window

You can also set alerts on shows. Pictured below, you can see the alert window. You can set a one time alert or you can set it to recur. This is pretty cool if you’re prone to forget what time you favorite show comes on. You can even set a lead time so it will warn you an hour in advance.

Alerts

You also can setup a “Watchlist” which basically allows you to pick a show or actor and it will go out and find all the relevant stuff available to you around that theme.

Watchlist

There are also other categories available like News, Photos, and Videos. The News and Photos sections are kind of like the articles you were accustomed to in the print version of the TV Guide. The videos section lets you browse through a selection of videos from the various channel partners. It also has subcategories that run along the top of the screen to help you narrow down your choice. For instance, if you’re looking for children’s videos, there is a category just for kids. There is also a search feature built in which seems to work pretty well.

Pros: The TV Guide mobile app has a slick interface and is pretty intuitive. If you’re a TV junkie, this is a great way to keep up with all the Hollywood news and keep up with programming.

Cons: Unless you’re already a HuluPLUS or HBOGO subscriber, there really isn’t a lot of free content available to you. The app does integrate with Crackle, which is free, but in my opinion, Crackle is pretty limited in its selection too. It would be nice if you could sort the videos by free or paid. It’s not easy to see that as it is designed now.

I give this app 3 stars because it really is just middle of the road in my opinion. If I had a “meh” rating, that is probably what I would give it. I think the app has potential, but right now it just seems like a shortcut to ABC programming and its affiliate companies. However, if you like reading articles about the stars and shows, then you might want to give this app a try.

If you want to download the Android App, click here.

If you want to download the Apple App, click here.

Tutorial: Navigating Windows 8

Windows 8 has been released to TechNet and MSDN subscribers. Microsoft has a lot riding on this newest operating system and it is certainly not the Windows you are used to. Today, I would like to show you around the new Windows 8, and point out some of the differences you should expect when this becomes the standard starting this fall.

start screen

Pictured above, is the “Start” screen in Windows 8. As you can tell it is a radical departure from the typical Windows you are accustomed to. Windows 8 is designed with the tablet in mind. That is why you see the brightly colored tiles on the main screen. The screen is designed to be easily usable on a tablet or touch screen computer. On the “Start” screen, Microsoft made some assumptions about the type of apps people commonly use.  Your not stuck with these “Tiles” as the start screen is fully customizable. In the upper right corner there is an icon where you can customize it to show your picture. Each corner of the screen has a purpose to help you navigate around. If you put your mouse in any corner it will show you a different menu. You may be accustomed to Windows having a little “Start” button in the lower left corner of the screen. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you can kiss that little guy goodbye. Instead of a “Start’ button, you get a start screen. That is the first and fundamental thing you need to grasp when dealing with Window 8.

Below, you can see where I zoomed in a little on the “Start” screen. One of the “Tiles” is labeled “Desktop”. If you click this tile it will put the computer in desktop mode. This is good news for those of you who are used to Windows XP.

Desktop Mode

In the image below, you can see what it looks like when you go into desktop mode. Notice what I I have highlighted. You’ll probably notice more what is missing. The old start menu button is gone!

No Start Menu

So how do you get around? Well, there are lots of ways to get around. I will try to show you a few of them. Microsoft introduced a new menu bar called the “Charm Bar” with Windows 8. You can see this pictured below. To get the “Charm Bar”, you position your mouse in the upper right corner of the screen and the bar will appear. There are several options on the “Charm Bar”. To answer a really big question I know you’re gonna have, if you want to see all your programs, click the “Search” charm on the “Charm Bar”. From the “Search” charm you will see a list of all your “apps” (programs are so 90’s). The “Share” charm can only be used in the “Start” screen mode. For instance, if you’re viewing a web page from the start screen, you can share it using the “Share” charm. The “Start” charm will take you to the “Start Screen” when you click it. The “Devices” charm is also not to be used in “Desktop” mode. It is supposed to be an easy way to send files to a printer or other device. The “Settings” charm is basically the control panel for the computer.

Charm Bar

If you position your mouse in the bottom left corner of the screen, you will get the “Start Screen” button, pictured below. This lets you toggle back and forth between the desktop and the “Start Screen”.

Start Button

Remember the old key combination of Alt + Tab? Well, that works for Windows 8 too, see picture below. It is actually a pretty easy way to go between things you have open.

Alt + Tab

Trying not to overload you here, I will let this be my last explanation for this tutorial. If you position your mouse in the upper left corner of the screen, you will see a small window representing an app window that you have open. If you leave your mouse hugging the left side of the screen and begin to move down, you will see a black bar with all the active apps listed. You can click the active app to go to it. You can right-click the active app and you can close it from there. A picture of what I describe can be seen below.

active app

This is just one of many tutorials to come. I hope you have enjoyed it and please feel free to ask any questions you have. As you can see, Windows 8 is radically different. I feel for all the IT organizations who are facing any kind of large scale deployment of Windows 8 because it is so different. Keep checking back with us as we continue to inform you of all the latest tips and tricks.

Neil Armstrong First Man On the Moon Dies

2012 has been a year of great loss, as the first woman in space, Sally Ride, recently passed and now Neil Armstrong has passed away. His family reports that the 82 year old died from complications of a cardiac procedure.

Neil Armstrong
Portrait of Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, commander of the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing mission in his space suit, with his helmet on the table in front of him. Behind him is a large photograph of the lunar surface. (courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Neil Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing mission. He successfully landed on the moon on July 20, 1969. It was an event that was watched around the world and his words will forever be etched in the minds of all who heard him say, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”.

Everything you can find on Mr. Armstrong seems to point to his humility and attitude of service. In a February 2000 appearance he is quoted saying, “I am, and ever will be, a white socks, pocket protector, nerdy engineer”. Not hardly what you might expect from the first man on the moon.

“As long as there are history books, Neil Armstrong will be included in them, remembered for taking humankind’s first small step on a world beyond our own,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden.

Neil Armstrong will be terribly missed by all who are fans of NASA and I am sure that his friends and family will feel the great loss for years to come.

His family has put up a website to keep people informed. I will end this post with what they posted today as I believe it is the most fitting tribute:

“We are heartbroken to share the news that Neil Armstrong has passed away following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures.

“Neil was our loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.

“Neil Armstrong was also a reluctant American hero who always believed he was just doing his job. He served his Nation proudly, as a navy fighter pilot, test pilot, and astronaut. He also found success back home in his native Ohio in business and academia, and became a community leader in Cincinnati.

“He remained an advocate of aviation and exploration throughout his life and never lost his boyhood wonder of these pursuits.

“As much as Neil cherished his privacy, he always appreciated the expressions of good will from people around the world and from all walks of life.

“While we mourn the loss of a very good man, we also celebrate his remarkable life and hope that it serves as an example to young people around the world to work hard to make their dreams come true, to be willing to explore and push the limits, and to selflessly serve a cause greater than themselves.

“For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request. Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.”

For more information, please visit NASA’s tribute to him at http://www.nasa.gov/topics/people/features/armstrong_obit.html.

Editorial: The Sky is Falling! Where Will You Be When the Cloud Goes Down?

I don’t know about you, but the whole “cloud” thing is starting to get a little old. I feel like we’re in the 1980s again, when all you had to do was slap “2000” on anything and it was instantly cool. Don’t believe me? Would you rather have Windows or Windows “2000”. The next fad came with the lowercase “i” on everything. iPods needed iSpeakers and iTunes etc… Now, we have “cloud”. If you want to instantly make your business sound legitimate, just add some kind of “cloud” service to the title and you’ll garner instant fame, at least that’s what some seem to think it will do. Don’t get me wrong, cloud computing is serious business, but as cool as it sounds to have your business “in the cloud”, where are you going to be when it all comes crashing down?

Cloud Computing’s Appeal

Some of you may be wondering what the “cloud” actually is. Isn’t a cloud a white puffy thing that floats in the earth’s atmosphere? Believe it or not, that’s the second result you’ll get if you search for “cloud” on Google. In very simple terms, the cloud is a service that is delivered to you via the internet. If you look below, you will see a representation of a laptop at the bottom of the picture. The laptop connects to the internet via it’s Internet Service Provider, which could be DSL, 4G, cable etc… The internet is represented with a cloud. The reason for this is because once you get past the physical boundaries of your home or work-space, the route that your computer’s data takes is very complex. You have probably been using cloud services for years and didn’t even realize that’s what it was called. For instance, if you use Hotmail or Gmail for your email service, then you are using software as a service. It is provided to you via the internet, rather than something being stored on your computer.

cloud

There are many things to like about cloud computing. Probably its greatest appeal is how easy it is to access your information. For instance, one of my favorite applications is Dropbox. I can create a grocery list on my laptop at home and save it to my Dropbox folder. When I go to the grocery, I use the Dropbox app to open the grocery list and do my shopping right from my phone. From a business standpoint, there are a lot of great advantages to using cloud services too. For instance, I work in the construction industry and we deal with blueprint designs all of the time. Most blueprints are designed using a program called AutoCAD and the files it creates are usually enormous in size. Even if you convert them to PDF format, the drawings are usually still to large to transfer via email. Using a service like Dropbox allows our project managers to share these files with field personnel, which saves the cost of printing the files and putting them in a truck and driving them to a job site.

Dinosaur Footprint Discovered in NASA’s Back Yard

While NASA was busy peering into deep space to find the origins of life, an ancient life-form had left an indelible print right in its own back yard. Noted dinosaur hunter, Ray Stanford, went hunting on the property of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center based on a “hunch” he had. Incredibly, he found what he was looking for, a cretaceous era dinosaur footprint belonging to a large herbivorous nodosaur.

Pictured below, you can see the imprint left behind by the ancient creature. “This was a large, armored dinosaur,” Stanford said. “Think of it as a four-footed tank. It was quite heavy, there’s a quite a ridge or push-up here. … Subsequently the sand was bound together by iron-oxide or hematite, so it gave us a nice preservation, almost like concrete.”

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This imprint shows the right rear foot of a nodosaur – a low-slung, spiny leaf-eater – apparently moving in haste as the heel did not fully settle in the cretaceous mud, according to dinosaur tracker Ray Stanford. Credit: NASA/Goddard/Ray Stanford

Stanford, a self-taught dinosaur tracker, has a history of significant finds in Maryland. He found the first ever fossilized nodosaur hatchling. Nodosaurs were a relative of the better-known ankylosaurs. They were large plant eaters that lumbered low to the ground. Stanford has also found prints of Maryland dinosaurs that they don’t even have bones for yet. In a Washington Post article, Johns Hopkins University expert David Weishampel speaking about Ray’s collection said, “the best collection of footprints we have from early Cretaceous era of the East Coast”.

Below, you can see an embedded NASA’s Flickr share with pictures and videos.

Right now NASA personnel are treating the area as sensitive, as they do not want anyone to damage or try to steal the fossil. They hope to be able to open some type of public display in the future.

Review: Scramble With Friends

Recently, I was introduced to a really fun game called Scramble With Friends. I needed another time waster like I needed a hole in the head, but I digress. Scramble With Friends is a lot of fun I have to admit and, as a word of warning, can be very addictive!

Scramble With Friends

The game was developed by Zynga, which is probably the most well-known maker of games for social networks. Scramble with Friends allows you to search your social networks and play against your friends. The idea behind the game is that you get a board, like the one pictured below. The board contains 4 columns by 5 rows of letters.  You try to pick out as many words as you can in the allotted amount of time. There are 3 rounds per game. This gives you a chance to redeem yourself if you royally blow it the first time.

Scramble Board

Notice the red circled area in the picture below. Every day you are given a certain amount of tokens to play with. On the left side of the tokens is a timer that lets you know when you will be given your next free token. To the right of the tokens is a button that says “Get Tokens”. This will allow you to purchase additional tokens if you just can’t stand to wait another 15 minutes to play again.

tokens

The game also features “Power-Ups” which give you certain advantages. For instance, there is a “Freeze Time” power-up, which is the blue icon pictured below, that will stop the clock and allow you to get words while the clock is frozen. You only have a certain allotted amount of power-ups, but never fear, Zynga is happy to sell you more.

power-ups

Below, is a YouTube video that will give you a better idea how the game works.

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The Good – Scramble With Friends is a lot of fun. If you like word games then this is a great game to play. It isn’t hard to play and it is one of the best social games I have seen. It even has a little message window where you can trash talk your friends. Unfortunately, I am so bad they usually trash talk me.

The Bad – It’s a resource hog. On my little Android Optimus T, it nearly took my phone down to a crawl. However, it runs like a charm on my iPad 2. There are a lot of ads and I am not real fond of having to wait for tokens to play. The voice that they use to cheer you on in the game could not be more creepy sounding either.

I give Scramble With Friends 4 stars because it is a great game. I would recommend it for people of all ages. It is just good clean fun. If you would like to download it, follow the links below:

Apple Download

Android Download

Meet MASER, Laser’s High Powered Older Cousin

Lasers have been around for a long time now. They are so ubiquitous, you can find them in computers, hunting rifle scopes, medical devices, and even a child’s play thing. Believe it or not, about 50 years ago, most of the devices that use lasers had not even been conceived of. What you also may not know is that the laser has an older cousin that has been sitting quietly on the shelf for nearly 50 years. It’s name is MASER.

Where LASER is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation, MASER is Microwave Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. So basically, instead of visible light, the MASER produces a concentrated beam of microwaves. Though MASERs were actually developed first, the conditions it took to create them were very difficult to achieve. For instance, they required nearly absolute zero temperatures to operate. New research done by Britain’s National Physics Laboratory (NPL) and Imperial College, London has resulted in a solid-state room temperature MASER. The research has been published in the journal Nature and was led by Dr. Mark Oxborrow.

MASER
The MASER core via NPL Youtube Video

Up until now, MASERS were only a thing of physics labs and research facilities. The only real practical use for them was in atomic clocks. Now that the NPL scientists have been able to remove the extreme environmental conditions from the MASER, more practical applications are likely to be introduced. According to an NPL press release, “MASERs could be used to make more sensitive medical instruments for scanning patients, improved chemical sensors for remotely detecting explosives; lower-noise read-out mechanisms for quantum computers and better radio telescopes for potentially detecting life on other planets.” In the embedded video below, Dr. Oxborrow gives a brief description of the MASER and shows the core they invented to make all of this possible.

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Conventional MASERs work by directing microwaves at crystals such as ruby. Unfortunately, this material requires extremely low temperatures, as well as a lot of costly magnets to work. The NPL scientists discovered a new type of crystal called p-terphenyl crystal. This crystal is “doped” pentacene which allows it to be used to amplify microwaves at room temperature. There are still challenges facing the MASER. One, is to get it to work continuously instead of in pulses. The other, is to get it to operate in a broader range of microwave frequencies to make it more useful. To keep up with the MASER research, visit http://www.npl.co.uk/news/maser.

Review: NABI 2 Tablet for Kids (Parents Too)

Let’s face it, tablets are in! Everybody seems interested in getting one. I can’t tell you how many times a week that I get pinged about what is the best tablet to buy. Lately, I have received a lot of questions about what parents should get their kids. Tablets can be a great educational tool, but as a parent myself, I know that unfettered access can be a huge nightmare. One accidental tap and your kids are watching something that would make a sailor blush. It’s also hard for me to recommend a $500 10 inch tablet for use by a kid, especially when my own 18 year old has broken the screen on his iPhone twice. It’s not all doom and gloom though. Recently, my wife and I acquired the NABI 2 Tablet. This ruggedized tablet is designed with kids in mind. The dirty little secret? It’s great for parents too and best of all, it won’t break the bank! Today, I will lay out my review of this tablet and give you all the info you need to make an informed decision.

Kid Friendly Tablet

Below, you can see a video that gives you about a 3 minute tour of the NABI 2. You can see that they put a lot of work into making the outer shell rugged and with a good grip.

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The makers of NABI have 3 main concepts that they built the tablet features around:

  1. Learn – NABI is designed to work with Fooz Kids University. The University offers state standard curriculum designed by grade level. Kids can take classes on the NABI and you as a parent can monitor their progress with reporting tools. This is a pay service, however and there are different levels you can get.
  2. Play – The NABI has NVIDIA TEGRA HD games available that the kids will love playing. Adults would probably like this feature too. It also has features for kids music and streaming videos.
  3. Grow – Parents can assign chore lists to the kids and assign “NABI coins” that the kids can redeem in an app called “Treasure Chest”. The kids can exchange their earned coins for new games and apps that the parent approves.
The really cool part about all of this is that you the parent get to decide what apps are available to your children and when they are available. You can also create multiple IDs for your kids so they can have their own personalized experience.

A Truly Legit Tablet

One of the great features about this tablet is that it is a real tablet. I don’t mean just for kids either. This is a fully functional Android tablet. It features a “Mommy” mode, which requires a password so the kids can’t get the full features. In “Mommy” mode you’ve got all the power of an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich tablet. You can read your Kindle books, watch Netflix, browse and purchase apps. So while they market this as a kids tablet, it really is every bit as good as other Android tablets out there on the market today. Plus, it only costs $199. So for the price of a Kindle Fire, you not only get a regular tablet, but you also get all the safety features for your kids.

Let’s Talk About Specs Baby

Pictured below, you can see NABI pictured in “kid mode”. The tablet has a nice weight and feels good in your hands. Video on the screen looks great. The front facing camera is decent enough for the kids to use to play games and video conference. Take a moment to check out the quick specs I have listed below the first picture.

NABI Specs
NABI 2 Tablet
  • Display – 7-inch, Capacitive, Multi-Touch Display, 1024 x 600 Resolution
  • Processor – NVIDIA® Tegra® 3, Super 4-PLUS-1™ Quad Core
  • Storage – 8 GB, Expandable via MicroSD (Up to 32 GB); It also comes with 2GB of Cloud storage for your apps and pictures.
  • Memory – 1GB RAM
  • Camera – 2MP front facing camera; 720p video
  • OS – Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Network – Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n; Bluetooth 3.0
  • Battery – 3,850 mAh Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery
  • Physical Parameters
    • Width: 8.69 Inches (220.8 mm)
    • Height: 6.05 Inches (153.7 mm)
    • Depth: 1.14 Inches (29.08 mm)
    • Weight: 1.31 Pounds (596 g)

As you can see, this tablet has some hefty specs. It also has some pretty impressive inputs and outputs. This is something I find very encouraging. A lot of tablet manufacturers try to force you to their cloud by not offering storage options. This isn’t the case with the NABI. You can use MicroSD cards to store your stuff if you so choose. If you look at the image below, you can see that it also offers a lot of connectivity options such as MicroUSB and Mini HDMI.

Inputs and Outputs
NABI 2 Tablet Inputs and Outputs

The Good: There are a lot of positives with this tablet. It’s a fast Android tablet with all the features you love, but with the added safety for your kids. NABI has a great community and very responsive support. It is also very inexpensive.

The Bad: There’s not a lot of bad to this tablet. It doesn’t feature a rear facing camera, but seriously, why use a tablet for taking pictures? It’s just awkward. The only negative we have found with ours is that the screen kind of froze up on the kids when we first got it. We believe that these issues have been resolved with the latest update.

There’s just too many positives with the NABI for me to not give it 5 stars. So 5 stars it is! For more information about the NABI, and to find out where you can buy one, visit http://www.nabitablet.com/where-to-buy/.