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