Toys R Us are just a few weeks away from launching Nabi a tablet computer, which the company describes as: “…the worlds [sic] first, full-featured Android tablet made especially for kids [stet].”
With a 7-inch touch-screen, the $199.99 tablet computer is designed for child-friendly web browsing, viewing films and television programmes, reading electronic books, learning with educational software, playing games and more. Nabi is available from 1st December 2011 and can be pre-ordered now from Toys R Us.
The device will include $150 worth of pre-loaded games, music, apps and books. Examples include, Fooz Kids University (a mathematics teaching aid), plus well known games, such as, Angry Birds, Cut the Rope, Fruit Ninja and Need for Speed, which are controlled by tilt-sensors and the multi-touch display.
A dedicated Nabi App Store will offer over 500 applications and games for children.
For the technical minded Nabi’s specifications are: 800 x 480 pixel display, 4GB of on-board memory and is an ARM 533MHz dual-core Cortex-A9 CPU.
Nabi is capable of running a full version of Android (an operating system for mobile phone, tablet computers and other portage devices). A password protects the egregiously named “Mommy Mode” which enables web browsing and access to the thousands apps and games available to Android devices.
The timing of the launch is perfect for Christmas and may be a more useful and desirable alternative to the more limited but cheaper LeapPad and InnoTab (iPad-like devices for children), which are proving to be rather hard to find in the shops.