A decade a go, no one really knew or cared about tablets. Today, there is no shortage when it comes to tablet options. There are high-end devices like the iPad, mid-range devices like the Nexus 7 and dirt-cheap tablets that run ICS and cost under $175, like the Pipo.
What about children? No shortage there either. There are smaller handhelds and tablets out there that run Android from a variety of companies. Many of these are carried by retailer Toys R’ Us. Soon though, the big kid’s toy retailer will have its own endorsed tablet- the Tabeo.
The new slate will have the Toys R’ Us brand stamped on it and will only be found at the toy store. What do you get with the Toys R’ US tablet? The slate has a 1GHz ARM Cortex A8, 7-inch display with 800×480 resolution, 1GB of RAM and WIFI. The device also runs a custom UI designed for kids, which is powered by Android 4.0 ICS.
With Tabeo isn’t the most powerful tablet on the block, but it does feature built-in games, parental controls and other features you’d want and expect in a tablet designed for your kids. The Tabeo will be priced at $150 and will hit October 21st. Want this under the tree for your kids this holiday season?
You can preorder the device now to ensure you get a Tabeo in time for the holidays. Other accessories like bumper guards and drop-resistant cases will also be made specifically for the Tabeo.
Toys”R”Us ® Introduces tabeo (TM) – A Tablet Specially Designed For Kids With Safety Features Desired By Parents
WAYNE, N.J., Sept. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Toys”R”Us® today announced it is introducing the first wi-fi tablet designed by the kids’ authority. Called tabeo™, the device is loaded with the content kids want, as well as safety features desired by parents. This 7-inch, multi-touch tablet features 50 free, preinstalled apps that were carefully selected to entertain and educate children, while helping them explore the Internet. Making online safety a top priority, tabeo was designed with integrated parental controls that offer the flexibility to customize levels of Internet access for each member of the family. Tabeo will be available exclusively at Toys”R”Us stores nationwide starting October 21 for $149.99 and is now available for pre-order online at Toysrus.com. More information may be found at tabeo.com.
“Over the past year, we’ve spent considerable time talking to parents and children to determine what features and functions they really want in a kids’ tablet, resulting in tabeo,” said Troy Peterson, Vice President, Divisional Merchandise Manager, Toys”R”Us, U.S. “We are proud that tabeo offers robust and flexible parental controls that can help protect children as they surf the Internet, and we are pleased to offer the tabeo App Store, which features only kid-safe content carefully curated by the Toys”R”Us team.”
Entertain, Educate and Explore with tabeo
Designed to engage users, tabeo offers an entire world of content right out of the box. With an assortment of 50 free, pre-installed apps, kids and parents can immediately begin to use the device for entertainment, education and exploration. Each app included on tabeo was carefully selected by the tabeo team to ensure that it is kid-friendly and fun, including:
Games: With nearly 20 included games, like Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, Cut the Rope, Temple Run, 100 Floors, Collapse!, Tiki Golf, Tiki Cart 3D and more, tabeo users are guaranteed to enjoy today’s most popular titles.
Education: Nearly 10 apps help children learn about letters, math, science and additional categories. Software installed on tabeo includes AlphaTots, Discovery Kids Putterbugs, Operation Math and TechCalc, along with five more learning apps.
Entertainment: Those ready to explore the world around them can find creativity, photography, cooking and activity apps, such as Putt Putt Zoo, Freddy Fish and the Stolen Shell, Camera App, and more than ten additional apps.
Books: Featuring an initial library, tabeo comes with iStorybooks, Candy Factory and Little Red Riding Hood.
Those interested in expanding the content on their tabeo will find more than 7,000 free apps to choose from, along with thousands of apps, available for purchase at the tabeo App Store. Available through the device, parents can easily load content onto tabeo through the App Store, which features software specifically selected by the tabeo team to ensure that everything available is high quality and kid-friendly.
App storage is also a snap with tabeo due to its 4GB of internal flash memory. For power-users, tabeo‘s memory is expandable through a micro SDHC slot.
Managing Internet Experiences with tabeo‘s Parental Controls
To help keep kids safe while exploring the Internet using tabeo‘s wi-fi capabilities, the device comes with a full suite of customizable parental controls. Adults can easily set tailored levels of security for up to eight users, allowing children of multiple ages to access different types of content. tabeo‘s filter can be set to block 27 predetermined categories of content, and parents can choose additional sites to block and can select specific online content to unblock.
Modifying accessible sites is as simple as clicking on a box within tabeo‘s controls or remotely, through the Internet. And, if children find a new site that they want to visit, they can send a request to their parent to unblock the specific webpage.
For parents who want to limit their child’s online time, tabeo can be set to only allow access on certain days or during certain hours. As an added bonus, if users bypass tabeo‘s built-in Internet browser, parents will receive an email alert to notify them that their children may browsing in an unfiltered environment.
An Ecosystem of tabeo Accessories
To help keep tabeo protected when dropped from low heights or when bumped into other objects, the device is shipped with a lime green bumper. Additionally, each tabeo comes with one USB cable and USB power adaptor to ensure easy connection to a computer or wall outlet for charging.
At launch, a suite of accessories created especially for tabeo, including bumpers in multiple colors, cases featuring kids-favorite licenses, docks and tabeo branded cables, will be available at Toys”R”Us stores nationwide and online at Toysrus.com.
Information and Availability
Additional information about this kid-friendly tablet will be released on tabeo.com in the coming weeks. tabeo will be available exclusively at Toys”R”Us stores nationwide beginning October 21 for $149.99. Customers interested in purchasing tabeo can now pre-order it online by visiting tabeo.com or Toysrus.com.
tabeo offers the following:
|Capacity||Flash memory: 4 GB*
Expandable via micro SDHC Slot
|Operating system||ANDROID™ 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich”|
|CPU||ARM Cortex A8 @ 1 GHz|
|Display||7″ capacitive screen, TFT LCD, 16 million colors
800 x 480 screen resolution
|Video playback1||H.264 up to 1080p resolution – 30 fps
MPEG-42– 30 fps
With the above codecs, the device can play video files with the following extensions: .avi .mp4,mkv, .mov, and .flv
|Audio Playback1||MP3, WAV, APE, OGG, FLAC|
|Photo viewer||JPEG, BMP, GIF, PNG|
|Interfaces||Micro USB slave 2.0: Mass Storage Class (MSC)
Micro SD slot (SDHC compatible) Up to 32 GB
|Communication protocols||WiFi (802.11 b/g/n)|
|Power source||Internal: Lithium Polymer battery
USB Power adapter/charger
|Battery life||Video run time: 6 to 7 hours
Music playback time: 35 hours
10 hours of normal use – Internet navigation
|Dimensions & weight||223 mm x 142 mm x 12.2 mm -380 g|
|Compatibility||Microsoft® Windows® XP, Vista, 7 or higher, Mac OS or Linux in mass storage mode|
|Computer interface||USB 2.0 interface|
|Package includes||tabeo™, USB cable, USB power adapter, Quick Start Guide (QSG)|
High-res images of tabeo are available at https://toysrus.sharefile.com/d/s9dbe7702a0748008.
About Toys”R”Us, Inc.
Toys”R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and juvenile products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 875 Toys”R”Us and Babies”R”Us stores in the United States and Puerto Rico, and in more than 635 international stores and over 145 licensed stores in 35 countries and jurisdictions. In addition, it exclusively operates the legendary FAO Schwarz brand and sells extraordinary toys in the brand’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.com, Babiesrus.com, eToys.com and FAO.com, it provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Headquartered in Wayne, NJ, Toys”R”Us, Inc. employs approximately 70,000 associates annually worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Additional information about Toys”R”Us, Inc. can be found on Toysrusinc.com. Follow Toys”R”Us, Babies”R”Us and FAO Schwarz on Facebook at Facebook.com/Toysrus, Facebook.com/Babiesrus and Facebook.com/FAO and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrus and Twitter.com/Babiesrus.
*1GB= 1 billion bytes; actual formatted capacity is less.
1/ Certain bitrates, resolutions, and/or file variations may not be compatible.
2/ MPEG-4 ASP@L5 AVI (MPEG-4: ISO standard by Moving Picture Experts Group; AVI: audio/video file container by Microsoft) without GMC and Quarter.