“Kids with tablets” – it’s a new-age song with vintage feel waiting to happen and if Archos have anything to do with it, the happening will be sooner than later having just announced their Archos Child Pad, a 7-inch “Kid-Friendly Tablet”. Shipping with Ice Cream Sandwich, the tab will have access to a moderated version of the Android market – AppLib’s Kid’s App Store so there’s no danger of sweet little Jimmy bumping into something he shouldn’t.
With tablets like the LeapFrog LeapPad Exlporer already on offer as well as the Vtech Inno, there’s no shortage of bashproof “feature-tabs” to ease your child into the world of slate computing. What makes Archos’ offering different however is the Android on board and not just any Android – the latest version which is still to make its way onto most adult tablets.
Archos have a strong heritage in PMPs and gave us a demo of ICS on their G9 in January, so it’s clear that they’re propagators of Google’s 4.0 vision. In addition to ICS, the tablet also packs a 1GHz processor, 1GB RAM and comes pre-loaded with games such as Angry Birds, Pig Rush and Flight Frenzy.
The 7-inch tablet will be available from March and will retail for £99, making it dearer than the competition, but considerably more capable. Also, with Android games costing £2-3 less than those on the LeapFrog game store, there’s every chance that in the long-run, you’ll end up spending less on the Child Pad. We will be getting one in to review, putting it through its paces with both adults and kids, so check back in the coming weeks if you’re considering a tablet for your child.