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Inspiration Works’ Kurio 7 Android tablet hands-on

Although there were a wide variety of products on display at London’s Appletics Event, not many had been designed to so readily accommodate both children and parents. A version of Inspiration Works’ Kurio 7 tablet had made an appearance at Toy Fair 2012 earlier in the year, but this latest incarnation is the most complete yet.

The 7-inch slate approaches the tablet market with a unique take on its target audience. By modifying Android to the extent that Inspiration Works have, the Kurio 7 is flexible enough to suit any young user just as well as any professional adult user. What’s more, the customisability options made available to the adult users, provides access to better equip the younger users with a more tailored experience.

The stylised child layer not only features a host of pre-installed learning and fun apps such as Angry Birds, but capabilities such as whitelisting mean that users (in this case kids) can’t accidentally navigate to inappropriate sites and content. Parents can even limit the amount of time the tablet stays active and usable for so privileges are not abused. According to the makers, the Kurio tablets are the only Android devices around which allow for such fine grain control with regards to child security and safety.

The Kurio 7 is set to retail in the coming months and although specs were slim during our encounter with it, we can confirm that it will run Android Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box. There’s also 4GB of inbuilt user storage, expandable via microSD using anything up to a 32GB card. The rubberised case also provides ample drop protection, so even the most clumsy of kids will have a tricky time breaking it.

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